Our Namesakes

What’s in a name? Find out the story behind our suburb names…

Forde – Our Suburb

Most Canberrans know that many of our suburbs are named after former Prime Ministers, and our suburb is no exception. As mentioned in the About Forde history section, our suburb is named after The Right Honourable Francis Michael Forde.

But did you know that our suburb streets have a theme? Do you ever wonder where the names of our streets came from?

Streets of Forde

The theme for Forde’s street namesakes is Community Service. How fitting that, in a suburb where we greatly value our sense of community and connection to each other, the streets we live on honour Australians for their commitment to community.

So as you drive to and from home each day, if you wonder about your street name or another that you pass so often, we encourage you to have a look at the history, the hard work and dedication to community of the person or people for whom your street is named.

Maybe their story will inspire you and your family to be involved in giving back to one or more of your communities.