Slave names have no place in modern Melbourne

This article was originally published in The Age on 25 November 2021. The City of Moreland in Melbourne’s inner north is named after the late 18th-century Jamaican slave plantation of the McCrae family. Including the suburbs of Brunswick, Coburg and Pascoe Vale, the municipality’s name valorises slavery and colonialism. Moreland’s councillors are considering a new name for the local government area after being made aware of the links. But it’s not just Moreland. Across the city, Melbourne has sites connected to slavery, necessitating an urgent rethink of place names and colonial histories. Nineteenth-century Australian history is often told through the stories of

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