What’s in a Name?
Initially the area was called Wongothin Beach or Coolaluthin Homestead and more generally Potts Point (after the overseers house built on the Headland) until the formal name was gazetted by O’Connnor in 1915. With the country at war, sentiment for royalty was high, and Queen Alexandra (Queen Mother) was much loved, particularly for her charity work including with returned soldiers from the Boer War, for establishing a military nursing service and working for the disabled through Alexandra Rose Day. The non traditional beautiful woman was known for her love of sports (taking swimming lessons as a child in Denmark, and enjoying ice skating and hunting) her devotion to family, and her interest in state affairs.
Born in 1844, “Alex” (Alix) as she was known, married Albert Edward The Prince of Wales in 1863 and on the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 she became Queen-Empress Consort until the death of her husband Edward VII in 1910.
STREET NAMES IN ALEXANDRA HEADLAND
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Originally called Potts Point Road, it was re-named by Thomas O’Connor in the early 1900’s when he surveyed the ocean frontage and adjacent streets, and he named many streets after the Royal Family. By the time it was gazetted in 1915, Queen Alexandra was a matriarch, the Queen Mother.
King Edward VII was King of England from 1901 until his death in 1910
Initially named after the Duke of York, but by 1915 he was King George V
Mary Street was named after the royal consort of King George V, Queen Mary
The original road from the mountain (Buderim) to the seaside, it was originally called Buderim Street. On the western side of the motorway the road is named Mooloolaba Road, and some directories continue this name on the eastern side, but most people who live here consider they live on Buderim Avenue!
KATE and JANET Street
Named after the sisters of Thomas O’Connor Misses Kate and Janet O’Connor.
Probably named by Thomas O’Connor, but may also have been named after Norman Fielding’s sister – Alice (now Grimmett)
In the 1940’s Norman Fielding of Buderim subdivided land he had purchased, and named Mayfield Street after his wife MAY.
Probably named by Norman Fielding after his father – Herbert VICTOR
Not of spanish derivation as one could think, but formed from the first two letters of the daughters of Norman Fielding – JUNE and ANNE.
Likely also to have been named for the Fielding family, but searching for derivation of CAM.
Tantula Road West
Tantula Road East
This road connected to Cathedral Hill.
Name means “challenge” in an aboriginal language – also famous fighter plane?
Oogar Street (top half)
Crystal Waves Place
Ocean Crest Place
|Water themed streets named in 1990
as part of the Alex Shores Development.
Presumably named for the tranquillity of the surrounding forests, is one of the most recently named streets in Alex and was developed in 1995 after the subdivision of part of the bushland.