Kogarah park expected to be named after local WWI heroine, nurse Edith Blake

Keeping her memory: WWI nurse Edith Blake who lost her life when her hospital ship was torpedoed in 1918.

Keeping her memory: WWI nurse Edith Blake who lost her life when her hospital ship was torpedoed in 1918.

A small corner of Kogarah is expected to be dedicated to the memory of local heroine, WWI nurse Edith Blake.

Edith Blake was one of a list of names recommended by Georges River Council's Community and Culture Committee to identify a number of local pocket parks, reserves, unnamed roads and lanes throughout the local government area.

The small reserve on South Street Kogarah, opposite St George Private Hospital, is expected to be named Edith Blake Reserve.

The name is supported by members of the Kogarah Historical Society who said it would be particularly appropriate as the reserve is located in the Kogarah medical precinct.

This small park in Kogarah, unoffically known as South Street reserve, could soon be dedicated to the memory of Edith Blake.

This small park in Kogarah, unoffically known as South Street reserve, could soon be dedicated to the memory of Edith Blake.

Edith Blake is believed to have lived at Blakehurst and was the only Australian nurse to die in World War I as a direct result of enemy action.

She died aged 32 when the hospital ship she was serving on, the HMHS Glenart Castle was torpedoed off the English coast by a German submarine on February 26, 1918.

Georges River Council has accepted the recommendations which will be sent for approval to the Geographical Names Board, the NSW body that approves names.

The unnamed parcel of land is unofficially called South Street Reserve. Several years ago there was a proposal to name the reserve after the Chinese city of Shunde.

Other place naming requests accepted by the council will see an unnamed road reserve informally known as Edgbaston Road Reserve in Beverly Hills will be called Merv Lynch Reserve after the former mayor of Hurstville.

Other names adopted by the council to be sent to the Geographical Names Board for approval are:

The unnamed road reserve informally known as Gloucester Road Reserve, Beverly Hills to be called Gloucester Reserve;

The unnamed road reserve informally known as River Road Reserve No1 in Oatley to be called Boorea Reserve;

The currently unnamed park adjoining Anglo Square in Carlton to be called Nethery Park are a long-term local family;

The unnamed lane between Hardwicke Street and Littleton Street, Riverwood to be called Lauricella Lane;

The unnamed lane between Edgbaston Road and Stoney Creek Road, Beverly Hills to be called Evans Lane;

The unnamed lane between King Georges Road and Hampden Street, Beverly Hills to be called St James Lane;

The unnamed lane between Hampden Street and Melvin Street, Beverly Hills to be called Cable Lane.

But a request to rename part of Mortdale as the suburb of Mortdale Heights was declined, along with a request to name an unnamed rivulet in Peakhurst as Pename Rivulet, and an unnamed island in Lugarno as Future Island.

A proposal to name a currently unnamed waterway in Oatley as Myles Dunphy Creek was endorsed to be placed on public exhibition.

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