Professor Geoffrey Bolton overlooking Elizabeth Quay site, under construction
13 October 2014

Quay acknowledgement for Perth historian

  • Elizabeth Quay

Renowned Perth historian Geoffrey Bolton will have his own name written into history when Elizabeth Quay opens in spring 2015.

Planning Minister John Day said Geoffrey Bolton Avenue would be the name of a new central street across the top of the inlet in acknowledgement of the contribution made by Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Bolton AO to conserve, record and teach the history of Western Australia.

Bordered by Esplanade Station to the west and the Supreme Court Gardens to the east, and running parallel to The Esplanade, the new tree-lined avenue will be open to motorists and will provide a pedestrian connection from the city to the Swan River.

“Professor Bolton is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost historians, socio-political commentators and historical writers, and was WA’s nominee for Australian of the Year in 2006,” Mr Day said.

“It is very appropriate that we celebrate and commemorate his contribution to the history of our State in a project that is designed to reconnect us with our city’s past.”

The Minister said the Elizabeth Quay project area was the original site of the Perth Water Baths and was once Perth’s port, a bustling centre for trade and commerce, before being reclaimed for freeway interchanges and parks.

“There are many great stories about the history of this part of the city,” he said. “The State Government has drawn this information together to ensure Indigenous and European histories are integrated into the design of the public area - Geoffrey Bolton Avenue is now an important part of this story.

“Given Professor Bolton’s achievements and eminence in the WA community, this is a wonderful opportunity to recognise and show appreciation for his dedication in capturing and re-telling the State’s history.”

The avenue can be closed to traffic for public events such as the Australia Day sky show, public markets, sporting events and exhibitions.

Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Bolton AO

Professor Bolton was the founding Professor of History at Murdoch University and served as the Chancellor of Murdoch University from 2002 to 2006. He has written 13 books on Australian history since 1952 and was the General Editor of the five-volume Oxford History of Australia. Professor Bolton is a member of the WA Maritime Museum’s Archaeology Advisory Committee.

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