Why is this Street Named President Wilson Walk?
President Wilson Walk is named after Thomas Woodrow Wilson who was the 28th President of the United States of America from 1914 to 1921. He served in office during World War 1 and led America into war in order to “make the world safe for democracy”.
President Wilson Walk is one of the 19 of 24 streets in Tanilba Bay that owe their names to patriotism to honour the sacrifices made during World War 1. It was a gesture to commemorate the bravery and dedication of those who served in the Army fighting for the British Empire (Commonwealth).
Henry Halloran, a surveyor and real estate agent, bought the land in 1920 and planned a subdivision that would repeat elements of Walter Burley Griffin’s plan for Canberra based on a central Avenue of the Allies.
Use of Alliteration for Street Names
A feature of Henry Halloran’s developments and subdivisions was that street names were chosen to capture attention through their alliteration (the repetition of the beginning consonant sounds of nearby words) and to remind buyers of the heroes of World War 1, like Navy Nook, Army Avenue and Diggers Drive.