News item release date: Thursday, 8 November 2018
The Ada Cambridge Forecourt is now the official name for the forecourt at the Williamstown Town Hall and Library, with unique interpretive signage recently unveiled.
Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillor Angela Altair initiated the naming to pay tribute to the noted writer and poet who lived in Williamstown from 1893 to 1913. A sign onsite details Ada’s life and features a unique ‘QR’ code, which connects to further biographical information on the Hobsons Bay Library website.
“Naming the forecourt after Ada Cambridge is a way of providing an authentic local story with relevance to both the Williamstown Town Hall and the library,” said Cr Altair.
“Ada had links to early Williamstown as a key community figure and her contribution to the literary world has relevance to the library.
“Ada wrote fiction, poetry and autobiographical compositions and was inspired by her time in Williamstown, where her husband George Cross was Vicar at the Holy Trinity Church in Nelson Place. She could often be found writing at the Williamstown Library, then located at the Williamstown Mechanics Institute.
“She was progressive for the day – a mother, wife and author, recognised as a strong voice of her time, producing several novels, volumes of poetry, two memoirs and contributing to numerous publications and journals.”
Cr Altair said the forecourt at 104 Ferguson Street was long used as a driveway and for parking and was not a place where people could, or would want to, gather.
“The restoration of the Town Hall and rebuilding of the library has given the perfect opportunity to create a new and more inviting public space with places for people to sit, relax and spend time,” said Cr Altair.
“The Ada Cambridge forecourt will highlight the area as a new public space for the city, create a strong sense of place and reinforce Hobsons Bay as a creative city where heritage and the arts are valued.
“Naming the newly revamped space after Ada shines a light on the important contribution of women to the history of our community.”