What's in a Name? Exploring the Idea of Renaming Kings Square

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Aerial view of Kings Square space and future development

The historic heart of Fremantle is being transformed into a vibrant city centre with a host of fantastic new public facilities and features. As part of our preparations for the opening, we’re exploring the possibility of renaming the space known as ‘Kings Square’ in the Fremantle city centre.


Later this year everyone will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the current name, Whadjuk Nyoongar names already put forward, and other suitable suggestions received. Right now we're seeking additional name suggestions to include in this process.


We'd love your input!

Council is keen to engage broadly with the community on the possibilities before finalising a position on maintaining the current name or renaming Fremantle’s main public square. Engagement will be in two stages to allow all suggestions to be considered:

  • Stage one - seeking additional name suggestions that fit the parameters.
  • Stage two - discussion on the current name, Whadjuk Nyoongar names already put forward, and other suitable suggestions received.

The process will be supported by a special stakeholder group specific to this space who will meet throughout the process. All contributions will be recorded and names not used for this space may be considered for future naming opportunities in the City of Fremantle.


About the space

The space known as Kings Square refers to the area bordered by Newman Court, Queen, Adelaide and William Streets. No street addresses will be affected as all buildings in the space have existing street addresses (including High Street and Newman Court within the space).

The space has undergone continual change over many decades, including road names, the building of two Anglican Churches and the Town Hall, shops and other commercial buildings on the southern triangular half. The space was briefly renamed St Johns Square (after the Church) in 1980s but the name Kings Square was reinstated in 1990. Currently a new civic building and library is under construction (replacing the 1960’s council building) as well as a new playspace.

Map of the Kings Square area

Potential renaming

Following consultation with Traditional Owners in 2019-20, Council considered options for renaming the public space of Kings Square to a Whadjuk Nyoongar name. This was in the spirit of the Walyalup Reconciliation Action Plan (WRAP) and the state-wide Aboriginal Place Name Initiative to preserve and reawaken local Aboriginal languages through place naming.

Council made the decision to extend the engagement process for the space and be open to name suggestions (including non-Whadjuk Nyoongar names), provided they fit within a set of parameters.

You can find more detailed information on the history of the space over time in the information pack, available by clicking here or see the document library. This information will be expanded for stage two.


Submit your proposed name below, along with any suffix ideas you would like considered, by Sunday 1 November 2020. To ensure all options can be considered, the opportunity to engage on the current and potential names will open early 2021. You can register to ensure you are notified when this opens.


The historic heart of Fremantle is being transformed into a vibrant city centre with a host of fantastic new public facilities and features. As part of our preparations for the opening, we’re exploring the possibility of renaming the space known as ‘Kings Square’ in the Fremantle city centre.


Later this year everyone will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the current name, Whadjuk Nyoongar names already put forward, and other suitable suggestions received. Right now we're seeking additional name suggestions to include in this process.


We'd love your input!

Council is keen to engage broadly with the community on the possibilities before finalising a position on maintaining the current name or renaming Fremantle’s main public square. Engagement will be in two stages to allow all suggestions to be considered:

  • Stage one - seeking additional name suggestions that fit the parameters.
  • Stage two - discussion on the current name, Whadjuk Nyoongar names already put forward, and other suitable suggestions received.

The process will be supported by a special stakeholder group specific to this space who will meet throughout the process. All contributions will be recorded and names not used for this space may be considered for future naming opportunities in the City of Fremantle.


About the space

The space known as Kings Square refers to the area bordered by Newman Court, Queen, Adelaide and William Streets. No street addresses will be affected as all buildings in the space have existing street addresses (including High Street and Newman Court within the space).

The space has undergone continual change over many decades, including road names, the building of two Anglican Churches and the Town Hall, shops and other commercial buildings on the southern triangular half. The space was briefly renamed St Johns Square (after the Church) in 1980s but the name Kings Square was reinstated in 1990. Currently a new civic building and library is under construction (replacing the 1960’s council building) as well as a new playspace.

Map of the Kings Square area

Potential renaming

Following consultation with Traditional Owners in 2019-20, Council considered options for renaming the public space of Kings Square to a Whadjuk Nyoongar name. This was in the spirit of the Walyalup Reconciliation Action Plan (WRAP) and the state-wide Aboriginal Place Name Initiative to preserve and reawaken local Aboriginal languages through place naming.

Council made the decision to extend the engagement process for the space and be open to name suggestions (including non-Whadjuk Nyoongar names), provided they fit within a set of parameters.

You can find more detailed information on the history of the space over time in the information pack, available by clicking here or see the document library. This information will be expanded for stage two.


Submit your proposed name below, along with any suffix ideas you would like considered, by Sunday 1 November 2020. To ensure all options can be considered, the opportunity to engage on the current and potential names will open early 2021. You can register to ensure you are notified when this opens.


  • Compiling Input

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    17 Nov 2020

    Thank you for your contributions in stage one. From 2 October 2020 to 1 November 2020 the My Say Freo page was visited by 1,120 people. There were 194 valid submissions in total (150 online, 39 idea cards and 5 direct email).

    Some submissions expressed multiple ideas so across the 194 submissions there were 241 ideas communicated:

    • 128 new name suggestions (grouped into 72 unique names).
    • 5 suggestions to dual name.

    Within the name suggestions key themes were Aboriginal names (just over a third), use of the word Fremantle, use of the terms people / community, recognising Italian migrants and names of individuals.


    While not the intent of stage one, the following was also received:

    • 66 people expressed preference for no change to Kings Square.
    • 42 people expressed preference for a name from Traditional Owners, or one already suggested by TO.


    We have initially progressed the suggestions received using the City's naming criteria, preliminary comment from Landgate and discussion with the stakeholder group. Because of the significant number of Aboriginal name suggestions received, we are now adding in a further process to ensure these can be discussed with Traditional Owners, particularly as names had already been approved as suggestions. We will be able to provide an update once proper processes have been followed. The full engagement report will be available soon.

  • Stage one engagement

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    01 Dec 2020

    Later this year everyone will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the current name, Whadjuk Nyoongar names already put forward, and other suitable suggestions received. Right now we're seeking additional name suggestions to include in this process.

    Submit your proposed name below, along with any suffix ideas you would like considered, by Sunday 1 November 2020. To ensure all options can be considered, the opportunity to engage on the current and potential names will open later this year. You can register to ensure you are notified when this opens.