Name change on maps for Nelson Avenue in East Perth in honor of the late Anzac Indian who was killed during WW1

The City of Perth plans to rename Nelson Avenue East Perth after a deceased Anzac Indian was killed in the Belgian campaign during World War I.

City councilors at a meeting on Tuesday agreed to consult the community on a proposed move to rename Nelson Avenue – which is near the WACA site – to Private Nain Singh Sailani as Sailani Avenue.

The city originally received a request from the Indian Consulate General to name a street near Kings Park after the late Private, but there were no new streets in the area that required a new name.

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The consulate also approached Prime Minister Mark McGowan’s office about the request, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade then contacted the city with a request that Nelson Avenue be renamed after the late Private.

Nelson Avenue in East Perth
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It is not known when Private Sailani arrived in Perth, but he worked as a laborer before enlisting on 7 February 1916.

He trained in Britain and was subsequently deployed to many theaters of war in Europe.

Private Sailani was one of 12 known Indian Anzacs to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force during World War I and was one of two Indian Anzacs killed in the Belgian campaign. He is buried in Belgium with other Australian soldiers who died in combat.

The city will now undergo a public consultation on the proposed name before seeking council approval.

The City then forwards the decision to Landgate – which is responsible for approving the street names – and then to Country Minister John Carey for approval. Name change on maps for Nelson Avenue in East Perth in honor of the late Anzac Indian who was killed during WW1

Nate Jones

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