The soon-to-become Amphlett Lane, which currently sports the uninspiring name of CL1639, sits off Little Bourke St, near Spring St, close to the recently closed Palace Theatre where the Divinyls often played. “The proposed name honours Australia’s ‘first lady of rock’, a council release announced.
“Chrissy’s career began in Melbourne in the late 1970s and her history with Melbourne is long and colourful,” reads the Council’s statement. The release notes that Amphlett was actually christened at Collins Street Baptist Church, and later worked at legendary Collins Street boutique The House of Merivale. “Chrissy and Charley Drayton also signed their Marriage Licence in the Princess Theatre,” it adds.
The push for Amphlett Lane began last year with a petition that garnered the signatures of over 7000 people, who agreed that it would be a fitting tribute for the legendary rocker. It also had the support of Amphlett’s husband and Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton.
The initial plan was for the street to be called Chrissy Amphlett Lane, but this was rejected by the Registrar of Geographic Names because it went against official state guidelines.
Amplett joins rockers AC/DC who also have a Melbourne CBD lane named after them, as well as Crowded House drummer Paul Hester, who was honoured with the naming of the Paul Hester Walk along the Elwood Canal.
Amphlett died in April 2013 at the age of 53, after a battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.
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