THE naming of a new road at a Kew subdivision is a nod to one of the state's architectural forefathers.
Council has agreed to named the new road Vernon Circuit. It is located off Tathra Road in Kew.
Hopkins Consultants, on behalf of the property owner, proposed to name the only road in the subdivision as Vernon Circuit after the NSW government architect, Walter Liberty Vernon, who designed the heritage Kew Police Station and residence, which is adjacent to the subdivision.
Council's Road Naming and Renaming Policy states that the use of names of people, living and deceased, are excluded as a source of road names.
However, in exceptional circumstances as determined only by formal resolution of council, the names of deceased persons such as early settlers, war servicemen and women and other persons who have contributed significantly to the heritage of the area, may be used under the principles and guidelines published by the Geographical Names Board.
The original police building was built in 1899 as a court house, police station and lock-up residence. Two cells and an exercise yard are within the building which is constructed from brick and corrugated iron.
It is now listed on the Local Heritage Register.
Walter Liberty Vernon was born in 1846 at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, according to State Library of NSW archives.
He qualified as an architect in 1872 and migrated to Australia in 1883 where he played an integral role in shaping the design of some of the state's now historic Federation buildings.
Mr Vernon was appointed NSW Government architect in 1890 and from 1909, he produced numerous site studies for the future federal capital and designs for the National Art Gallery of NSW and Jenolan Caves house.
In 1909 was appointed to the Federal Capital Advisory Board.
Mr Vernon was also a NSW Lancer, rising to the rank of colonel, commanding the 2nd Light Horse Brigade from 1907 to 1910. He died in 1914.
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