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Ada Cambridge is a noted literary figure, a published author linked to the history of Williamstown. The intention to name the forecourt after Ada Cambridge provides an authentic story with relevance to both the Town Hall and the Library. Ada lived in Williamstown as the wife of the vicar of the Holy Trinity Church in Nelson Place from 1893 until moving back to England in 1913. She was a prolific writer, recognised as a strong voice of her time, producing several novels, volumes of poetry, two memoirs and contributing to numerous publications and journals.
The Ada Cambridge Prize has been an integral part of the Williamstown Literary Festival since 2005. The prize for biographical short story writing has created a renewed interest in this form of writing in the Western suburbs, with all shortlisted authors published in Beyond Words.
Places and street names of Williamstown are overwhelmingly named after men, reflecting the power and political base of the times. It would be good cultural practice for Council to put a gender lens to this opportunity, and formalise and celebrate a woman’s contribution to early Williamstown life. Naming the forecourt in honour of Ada Cambridge will highlight the area as a new public space for the city, create a strong sense of place and reinforce Hobsons Bay as a creative city where heritage and the arts are valued.
Should you have any objections to naming the library forecourt in honour of Ada Cambridge, please complete the below online objection form for Council's consideration.