Naming proposal: Louisa Lawson Place

Naming proposal: Louisa Lawson Place


Following community consultation, this site has been named Napoleon Plaza.

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Provide your feedback on a proposal to name a public space in the city centre Louisa Lawson Place after an early champion for women’s rights. 

The public space is near Wynyard station and bound by Kent, Sussex and Napoleon streets. 

Louisa Lawson (1848–1920) was a noted Australian social reformer, writer and publisher who lived and worked in Sydney. In 1888, she founded the influential The Dawn: A Journal for Australian Women, which covered women's issues and advocated for women’s rights to vote and hold public office.

Ms Lawson also launched the campaign for female suffrage and helped form the Dawn Club where women met to discuss issues and gain experience in public speaking. The magazine and the club were located near this public space.

The Womenhood Suffrage League of NSW printed its pamphlets at The Dawn free of charge and used its offices in its early years. Ms Lawson was elected to its inaugural council in 1891. When the NSW Woman’s Suffrage Bill was passed in 1902, parliament described her as "the Mother of Suffrage in New South Wales". 

How you can give feedback 

You can provide your feedback via email at by 5pm on Monday 18 December 2017.

Your feedback will help us assess the level of community support for these proposed names or other popular name choices.

If supported by Council, the City will submit the proposed name to the Geographical Names Board for consideration. It may take the board up to a year to make a final decision.

Other ways to give your feedback

We want to make sure everybody has the opportunity to provide ideas and feedback.

If you prefer to talk to us in person, please contact the City of Sydney officer listed in contacts.

If you are Deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment you can contact us through the National Relay Service. You will need to provide our phone number 02 9265 9333.

If you need an interpreter you can contact us through the Translating and Interpreting Service  on 131 450. You will need to provide our phone number 02 9265 9333.


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Key dates

Public consultation period
20 November to 18 December 2017


Mark Driver
Parks and Recreation Planner

02 9265 9333

Last updated: Monday, 14 October 2019