Parramatta’s Prince Alfred Park has been restored to its former name, Prince Alfred Square after the change was approved by the Geographical Names Board of NSW.
Originally known as the ‘Old Gaol Green’, the reserve was re-named Prince Alfred Square in 1867 to honour the visit of Prince Alfred Ernest, Duke of Edinburgh (son of Queen Victoria) to Parramatta.
Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid said the council chose to change the name back to its original title to honour the history of the area.
“The park has been a great asset to Parramatta for over a century. It was the site where a gathering was held that led to the establishment of Parramatta City Council in 1859 and was also the site of our first permanent gaol,” he said.
“Today, the park is regularly used for leisure activities and is also home to many popular events including Winterlight and Parramasala.
“This change will also help people distinguish Prince Alfred Square from Prince Alfred Park in Sydney City.”