Project Status: Closed

The ACT Place Names Advisory Committee invited community feedback on a proposal to name an open space in Kingston ‘Alf Stafford Park’ in honour of a remarkable Kingston local.

Mr Alfred George Stafford MBE (1906–1996) was a Gamilaroi and Darug man who ran a business in the Kingston area and was a local resident and sportsman. He drove for several Federal ministers, including Prime Minister Robert Menzies. In 1950 he was appointed as Menzies’ official driver and subsequently joined the Parliament House staff as a ministerial attendant.

Mr Stafford was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1972 for his dedicated services to several prime ministers. You can read more about Mr Stafford’s life in the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Image of Mr Alfred Stafford next to a car

Alf Stafford, former prime minister Robert Menzies’ driver, with Commonwealth 1 – a 1941 Cadillac.

AIATSIS COLLECTION, COURTESY MICHELLE FLYNN.

How you provided feedback

ACT Place Names sought input from the community about the proposal to name the park ‘Alf Stafford Park’. To provide feedback the community could complete the survey below or email the Place Names team at placenames@act.gov.au. Public consultation for the park name closed on 1 December 2022.

The Listening Report shows the findings of community engagement.

Proposed location of the park

The open space faces Lake Burley Griffin from the northern side of Trevillian Quay on the Kingston Foreshore (the northern part of Block 18 Section 62 Kingston). More images of the site can be found in the Image Gallery on this page.

Yellow shading indicates proposed park area of part Block 18 Section 62 Kingston

Yellow shading indicates proposed park area of part Block 18 Section 62 Kingston