Local residents are invited to have their say on the proposed renaming of Ben Boyd Rd in Neutral Bay.
North Sydney Council this week opened a public survey, to gauge whether the name of a “slave trader” should be wiped from the local landscape.
A colonial entrepreneur and Neutral Bay resident, Ben Boyd pioneered a practice of securing cheap labour, known as “blackbirding”, in the South Sea Islands in the 1840s.
Recent heightened public awareness of the controversial figure’s activities and legacy has led to a community divided over the appropriateness of honouring Boyd.
The survey is asking residents if they are in favour of renaming the 1.8km road, to choose from three alternative names – one of which is derived from Indigenous history.