My early research into the housing market has turned up something unexpected yet entirely predictable as we investigate house prices and neighbourhoods in and around the Canberra suburb of Gungahlin.
I can’t decide whether it’s intentional or accidental, but it seems to me that the people in charge of naming Canberra’s streets have a pretty good sense of humour.
As someone who grew up in London and arrived here by way of Copenhagen, I’m used to street names whose etymology is lost in the mists of time. Perhaps they signal the site of a hanging, an old Viking settlement, or commemorate a long dead nobleman or woman.
In Canberra, the layers of European history are slightly shallower, which creates a different type of challenge for those in the planning department. So, for every street that may be named after an eminent citizen, there are those that seem to imply much more modern references.
Just around the corner from our house, there’s a Moriarty Street, but I have yet to find a Holmes Crescent (or perhaps a Letsby Avenue). On our drive to the shops, there’s a Batman Street, which the kids love driving past.
My personal favourite, however, is James Kirk Street. As a long-time Star Trek fan, I’d pay a premium to live there. If there’s a number 1701, so much the better. I may even have a chance of convincing Mrs CBRbound that now is the time to buy that USS Enterprise-shaped post box I’ve been coveting for a while now. Or maybe not.