Call for permanent memorial to 'Kid from Kogarah' Clive James

Kid from Kogarah: Bayside Council will look at dedicating a public space to formally acknowledge Clive James, pictured in 1997 and his connection to Kogarah, for the benefit of future generations.
Kid from Kogarah: Bayside Council will look at dedicating a public space to formally acknowledge Clive James, pictured in 1997 and his connection to Kogarah, for the benefit of future generations.

A permanent local memorial could be dedicated to writer Clive James, known as the 'Kid from Kogarah' who passed away aged 80 in England on November 24.

Bayside Council will investigate naming a section of public place to Clive James who recorded his Kogarah childhood in his best-selling book, Unreliable Memoirs.

Any public domain area nominated for dedication would be relevant to Clive James' childhood home in Kogarah.

Bayside Councillor Bill Saravinovski presented a Notice of Motion at last night's council meeting calling for a suitable place to be named after the writer.

Councillor Saravinovski said the recent passing of Clive James provided an opportunity to reflect on his significant connections to the local area.

"Mr James was born in 1939 in Margaret Street, Kogarah and went on to become world-renowned for his passion for language and his stylistic flair as a broadcaster, television personality, scriptwriter, poet, novelist and critic," Cr Sarvinovski said.

"Over the years, whether in interview or writing in his memoirs, Mr James often fondly referred to his upbringing on the local streets of Kogarah.

"It was a simpler time, when racing billy-carts on public roads was the sport of choice of young children.

"Starting at Rocky Point Road and tearing down Sunbeam Avenue or Margaret Street to the finish line at Production Avenue, it was the 'Kid from Kogarah' recalling these stories, including owning up to taking out a neighbour's poppy garden.

"He attended Sydney Technical High School at Bexley and went on to Sydney University, before becoming the Clive James that the world now remembers.

"Among the many other honours Clive James received over his lifetime, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1992, which was enhanced to Officer level (AO) in 2013, for his "distinguished service to literature through contributions to cultural and intellectual heritage, particularly as a writer and poet."

"Fondly remembered, we have the opportunity to formally acknowledge Clive James and his connection to Kogarah, for the benefit of future generations."