Pre 1950 the Common at Lavington, New South Wales, was declared a cemetery and was used to cremate Indians who lived in the area, many of whom had served in the Indian Army under General Roberts. This was not unusual as most small towns had a Common (or Public space) where cremations took place.
What is different about this one is that Councillor J. E. Jelbart advocated for most of his life to have the Common turned into park so that people could enjoy the open space, and as a memorial to all of the Indians who were cremated there.
This didn’t happen in his lifetime but after his death it was declared a park and named Jelbart Park, in his honour; and to memorialise the Indian cremations that had taken place there; the area was named Indiana Estate and three streets bordering the Park were given Indian names.
But how dumb can people be? They gave them American Indian names: Sioux Court, Cheyenne Drive and Indiana Court.
The question is; Should we leave the street names as a monument to mans stupidity and ignorance or should we ask the Albury Council to change them to names that properly pay respect to the Hawkers and other Indian rural workers who were cremated there?
We look forward to your comments.
If you would like to see the streets given proper Indian names please let us know, and if a significant number of people agree with us we will petition the Council for more Indian appropriate names to be given to the streets.
COMMENTS CAN BE MADE VIA OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: AUSTRALIAN INDIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC
© Crystal Jordan & Len Kenna 17.11.2015