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The Most Musical Suburb

01:01 PM Friday 1/15/16 | |

Moncrieff, a new suburb in Australia’s capital Canberra that opened this month, has named all its streets after Australian musicians and entertainers.

  • Chrissy Amphlett

    Pperforming with cast from "The Boy from Oz" during a photocall at the Sydney Ent. Center in Sydney.
    August 2, 2006

    (Mark Baker, File/AP)


Since 1927, all of Canberra’s suburbs have followed a theme. All street names can be named only after dead musicians and only with the approval of their families or estate. Among the street names are Bon Scott Crescent after the AC/DC singer and Amphlett Street after The Divinyls singer Chrissie Amphlett who also has a lane named in her honour in Melbourne. Roads Minister Mick Gentleman said it was only fitting that Moncrieff feature artists' names.

"Moncrieff has been named after (soprano and musical theatre star) Gladys Lillian Moncrieff, or 'Our Glad,' who was a fantastic entertainer for our troops during World War II, and of course the Korean War.” Others include indigenous singer Jimmy Little, Australia’s first rock and roller Johnny O’Keefe, country music icon Slim Dusty, indigenous singer-songwriter Ruby Hunter, didgeridoo player Alan Dargin, folk singer John Dengate, professor of music Bernard Heinze, music critic W L Hoffman, 1931 mouth organ champion William Ketterer, big band leader Tommy Tycho and celebrated tenor of the 1920s and 1930s, Joseph Browning Mummery.

Other streets get their names from the ‘60s TV pop show “Bandstand,” which launched the careers of the Bee Gees and Olivia Newton-John, as well as two instruments – the Aboriginal “yidaki” of northeast Arnhem Land, and traditional Torres Strait Islander drum the “warup.” Crackerjack Way is named after the Australian harmonica manufacturer.


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