Which Famous Lane Cove Resident Should Have a Blue Plaque?

Nominations for the Heritage NSW Blue Plaques Program is now open!!

The NSW Government is looking for stories that connect us to places and events involving:
  • Aboriginal people, heritage and culture
  • Early European settlement
  • Migrant History
  • Social movements and change
  • Wartime history
  • Industrial advancements
  • Arts, culture and sport
  • Ordinary people who have done extraordinary things
If you know of any interesting people that meet the criteria, please send
Anthony Roberts’ office an email at:[email protected]


The Blue Plaques program is part of a $5 million heritage engagement program funded by the NSW Government. Heritage NSW administers this program. The Blue Plaques program inspires this new initiative in the UK.

The NSW Government will use the information provided in the Blue Plaques MP nomination form for the purposes of reviewing all nominations and may be used to contact property owners and verify information sources.

If you have any enquiries or wish to join the mailing list, contact us at [email protected]

Some Famous Lane Cove Residents

Billy Hughes – Prime Minister

Hughes Park is named after Billy Hughes, Australia’s wartime Prime Minister. Billy Hughes lived in Lane Cove at 6 Richardson Street East. Billy Hughes is also famous for holding the record as the longest-serving Federal Member of Parliament.  He was the member for North Sydney and served for 51 years in federal parliament.

Gladwys (Claudia) Leach – Community Worker

Lloyd Rees – Painter

If you’ve ever driven along Cliff Road Northwood and seen a house that looks like it should be located on the Riviera – you are correct.  Read more here.

Famous Australian and former Northwood Resident Lloyd Rees built this home in 1934 as a tribute to his love of the Riviera.

Lloyd Rees and his wife Marjory lived in their Northwood home until 1986. In 1986 Lloyd Rees moved to Tasmania to be with family. Lloyd passed away in 1988 and left the house to his son Alan.

Guy Warren – Painter

Guy Warren won the 1985 Archibald Prize with a portrait of artist Bert Flugelman, which is included in the Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize exhibition at the Art Gallery. This is the seventh time he has been an Archibald subject, including a self-portrait in 1996. Guy Warren started his working life at The Bulletin magazine, founded by JF Archibald, whose bequest established the Archibald Award in 1921.  Read more here.

Brett Whiteley- Artist

Brett Whiteley grew up in Longueville.

Charles Kingsford Smith – Aviator

In 1928, local World War I aviator Charles Kingsford Smith and his navigator Charles Ulm made the first trans-Pacific flight from the United States to Australia in their plane, the Southern Cross. Charles’ parents had resided in Arabella Street Longueville from about 1907, and Charles, born in Brisbane in 1897, spent his boyhood in the Lane Cove area. On 23 June 1928, Lane Cove Council and the citizens held a Civic Reception at the Lane Cove Picture Theatre for Kingsford Smith. He was presented with an illuminated address from the Municipality. An afternoon welcome home followed at Longueville Oval, which included an aerial display by the New South Wales Aero Club members.

Smokey Dawson – Singer

While Smokey Dawson presented a radio show on 2NSB and lived in Lane Cove, New South Wales, Herbert Henry “Smoky” Dawson died on 13 February 2008 after a short illness, aged 94. His wife, Florence “Dot” Dawson, an elocutionist, radio actress and presenter,  died on 27 October 2010 at 104 years of age. In a 2005 interview Dawson indicated how he would like to be remembered, “Ah well, just as Herb. Just as one who’s tried his best, he’s carried out, lover of his country and always thought about the good things in life. Being honest and true to yourself, the main thing, true to yourself. And ah, I think to be remembered as an old friend”.

John Newcombe – Tennis Player

John Newcombe grew up in Longueville.  His father owned a dental practice on Longueville Road (which he sold to Mark Casigila from Apple Dental).  He is one of only a few men to have the number one ranking in both singles and doubles tennis.

Phil Dulhunty – Businessman and Pilot

Philip received an OAM for service to international trade through the design, manufacture and export of equipment for large high voltage electric systems and to aviation, mainly through the Seaplane Pilots Association of Australia and the Catalina Flying Memorial Limited.  You can read more about Phil here.  He passed away last year.

We would love to hear more about Lane Cove locals who have excelled.  In particular, first nations people and women.  Here are a few others that have called Lane Cove their home:

Nicole Kidman
Brett Lee
Rupert Kirk

Lane Cove Council Election Survey

The Lane Cove Council elections will be held this year. We want your feedback on what issues candidates should be talking about and also if you want us to hold a zoom candidates meeting. We held a forum last time, and it was packed, and residents got to ask some excellent questions.
Help us by filling out this survey, and you could go into the draw to win a $50 Lane Cove Gift Card.

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