It was a meeting place for Aboriginal people, who knew it as Galup, but today Lake Monger bears the name of settler John Henry Monger.
University of WA Indigenous Studies Professor and Australian Research Council chief investigator Len Collard has thrown his support behind a push to restore the Aboriginal name.
Prof Collard said a shift was under way to reclaim the Aboriginal names of significant places.
“The original name was Lake Galup or Kalup, which is the ‘home fire’ or ‘location of home’; hence, that’s where people lived,” he said.
“It was the centre of our world.
“I’ve seen literature refer to it as the first Perth, it was the centre of people’s commerce.”
In 1996, the City of Subiaco together with the Geographic Names Committee, Aboriginal Affairs Department and Aboriginal Sites Register restored the name of Shenton Park Lake to Lake Jualbup.
Subiaco’s chief executive at the time Patrick Walker said the Aboriginal name change was a significant and appropriate step toward reconciliation.
Town of Cambridge Mayor Keri Shannon said she would investigate whether there was support to change the name of Lake Monger.
“I think it’s really important to acknowledge the cultural significance,” Ms Shannon said.
“Absolutely it’s worth putting it to the council; it is something I would like to investigate.
Cambridge acting chief Jason Lyon said the Town received a request to recognise the lake’s Aboriginal name during consultation for the Lake Monger Management Plan 2007-2008.
“During the course of the consultation, a request was made to council to recognise the Aboriginal name Galup for Lake Monger,” Mr Lyon said.
“As a result of this request, council endorsed the inclusion of the name Galup on one of the interpretive signs installed at the lake last year.
“In addition, the name Galup is included on three entry statement signs due to be installed at the lake in April.”