Project Status: Closed

The ACT Place Names Advisory Committee invited community feedback on a proposal to co-name the suburb (Division) of Spence to commemorate Catherine Helen Spence.

Catherine Helen Spence (1825–1910) was an author, teacher, journalist and social and political reformer. She was Australia's first female political candidate and a lifelong campaigner for electoral reform. Spence's influence on suffrage culminated in South Australia being the first Australian colony to grant the vote to women, and the first in the world to give women the right to stand for parliament.

five dollar note

Spence is commemorated on the Australian five-dollar note.

How you provided feedback

ACT Place Names sought input from the community about the proposal to co-name the suburb of Spence to commemorate Catherine Helen Spence. Feedback was collected through a quick poll, the feedback form, and via email at placenames@act.gov.au. Engagement closed on 1 December 2022.

The Listening Report shows the findings of community engagement.

Quick Poll

Do you agree to co-name the suburb of Spence to commemorate Catherine Helen Spence as well as William Guthrie Spence?

This poll has concluded.

Total Votes: 81

Spence location

Spence is located adjacent to the suburbs of Fraser, Melba and Evatt. The suburb is to the south of Owen Dixon Drive and Kuringa Drive and also bounded by Alpen Street and Copland Drive.

Location of Spence in the ACT

The suburb (Division) of Spence