Manager City Engagement
Outcomes from the consultation were reported to Council at its meeting on 12 December 2022. The proposed names were approved by Council and an application will be made to the Geographical Names Board for the naming of the lanes in accordance with the Geographical Names Act 1996.
The redevelopment of 180 George Street is creating 2 new lanes between George and Pitt streets that require official naming.
The lanes are currently within private property but will be handed to the City of Sydney to manage when the development is complete.
We consulted our communities on the proposed names Cabinetmaker Place and Crane Place from 23 September 2022 to 21 October 2022.
Feedback strongly supported the intent to celebrate the history of the area, particularly the original Chinatown that was located around the site in the 1800s. However, a majority of responses suggested that using well-known Chinese family names would be a more meaningful way to do this.
In response to community feedback and to better celebrate the Chinese-Australian history and businesses of the area, we’re proposing Cabinetmaker Place is amended to Ah Toy Lane and Crane Place to Sai Ying Lane.
It’s proposed that the lane with a northeast-southwest alignment recognises the evolution of Sydney's original Chinatown around lower George Street and The Rocks from 1850s to the 1880s. Ah Toy was a large and successful furniture business located on George Street in the vicinity of the lane.
It’s proposed that the lane with the east-west alignment from Pitt Street recognises the early Chinese immigrants who established businesses in Sydney and Parramatta. Mak Sai Ying is recorded as one of the first Chinese people to arrive in Sydney on 27 February 1818. His sons were carpenters, cabinetmakers and undertakers. Mak Sai Ying had 31 grandchildren and the family is believed to be one of the largest Chinese-Australia families in Australia today.
Consultation closes at 5pm on Wednesday 30 November.
You can also give feedback by email to [email protected] or post to:
Senior Project Manager
City of Sydney
Town Hall House, Level 7, 456 Kent Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Feedback may be published in publicly available reports at the end of the consultation period. Your name or organisation's name may appear in these reports with your feedback attributed. If you would like your feedback to be kept confidential, please let us know when making your contribution.