How the names were chosen

At the request of the Minister for Education, the Directorate asked the Office of the Surveyor-General and Land Information and the Place Names Committee for options to name the school. The name options include eminent Australians (deceased) whose contribution is related to the suburb theme and include the names of women and the names of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Family members, former colleagues and organisations closely associated with these individuals were also consulted to obtain their support to have the name considered as one of the options for the new school.

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Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri School

Clifford ‘Possum’ Tjapaltjarri was an Anmatyerr man and is recognised as a significant Australian artist. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2002 for his service as a contributor to, and pioneer of, the development of the Western Desert art movement, and to the Indigenous community through interpretation of ancient traditions and cultural values.

Living in the Papunya settlement, west of Alice Springs, Clifford was part of the first generation of the Papunya Tula arts movement. His art is in national, state and international galleries including ‘Goanna Dreaming’ (1992) and ‘Possum Dreaming’ (1994) held by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

John Calaby School

John Calaby, a Canberra resident, was a biologist and naturalist, who made a significant contribution to science in Australia, particularly in the fields of zoology and ecology and to Australian mammalogy.

Calaby commenced his scientific career in 1945 as an Experimental Officer at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (later the CSIRO) where he developed a particular interest in mammals and birds.

John was a specialist member of the Alligator Rivers Region environmental fact-finding study in the Northern Territory in the early 1970s, which assisted the formation and development of Kakadu National Park. A number of species are named for him including the Kakadu Pebble-Mound Mouse, Pseudomys calabyi. John Calaby was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1994.

Shirley Jeffrey School

Shirley Jeffrey was a marine scientist and naturalist, known for being a pioneer in oceanographic research. She commenced her distinguished career in the early 1950s working with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Division of Fisheries and Oceanography. She studied at the University of Sydney; King’s College Hospital Medical School, London and the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr Jeffrey was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia in 1993 ‘for service to marine science’ and awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 ‘for service to Australian society and science in algal physiology and ecology’. In 2000, Jeffrey was awarded the US Academy of Sciences' Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal (the first time it was presented to a non-US citizen) and, in 2001, was inducted into the academy as a foreign associate. She was appointed a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1991. Shirley is remembered for her superb work across several scientific fields, setting a standard for scientific research with her passion and strategic thinking.

Throsby School

Charles Throsby was a surgeon, settler, and explorer, born in England. He joined the navy as a surgeon and served in the armed transports Coromandel and Calcutta in 1797. In 1804 he was moved to Sydney and applied for a permanent position in the medical service of the colony.

Charles explored the country around Lake Bathurst, Lake George, and the Murrumbidgee River in 1820.He followed the Molonglo and Queanbeyan Rivers, starting from Lake George to arrive in the present day Australian Capital Territory in 1821. The suburb of Throsby was named after him in 1992.