Five new roads and a park in one of Sydney’s newest precincts, Melrose Park, will be named in honour of the area’s historic past – from its role in making Australia’s favourite jelly to entertaining locals with mini-golf.
City of Parramatta Council this week endorsed a selection of proposed names for the precinct, including Appleroth Street, a tribute to Adolphus Herbert Frederick Norman Appleroth, the creator of Aeroplane Jelly; Bundil Boulevard, in remembrance of Sally Bundil, a local Aboriginal woman born in the early 1800s; and Putt Putt Park, in recognition of the much-loved mini-golf course that was formerly located at the site between 1969 and 2016.
The other names include Lemon Tree Street and Rose Bush Street in recognition of fruit growers and market gardeners who previously occupied the land, and Wykoff Lane, after Tom Wykoff, who brought Putt Putt to Australia from South Africa.
“Melrose Park is undergoing a massive transformation, with around 5,000 new homes being built over the next 10 years,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said.
“I remember riding my bike through the area as a young man, passing the many factories, farms and famous nurseries that occupied sites on Wharf Road and down towards the Parramatta River.
“As we set the foundations for the future of our growing City, it’s important we also acknowledge the region’s past – both indigenous and non-indigenous. By naming Melrose Park’s new roads and open spaces after the people and businesses that once called this place home, we are keeping the area’s unique and fascinating history alive.”
Council undertook extensive consultation in November and December 2020 to ensure the new street and open space names reflected the community’s values.
The proposed names will now be sent to the Geographic Names Board (GNB) for approval and gazettal.