What's in a historic but controversial name like Douglas Haig?

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 23 2018 - 11:17pm, first published August 12 2014 - 8:55pm

A planning activist group calling itself the Braddon Forum has begun campaigning for the forested reserve connecting Braddon and Turner known as Haig Park to be renamed – proving, if nothing else, that the centenary of the start to the Great War this month will be the catalyst for a good deal of historical revisionism between now and 1918. Those agitating for the change – on the basis that Douglas Haig was ultimately responsible for the deaths or mutilation of hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers in the pursuit of ill-conceived strategies and is therefore unworthy of commemoration in Canberra – claim no professional historical expertise. This has left them open to criticism from those who do, and one, Professor Peter Stanley, claims Haig ''did as good a job as could have been done'' and that to obliterate his name from the park would be "grotesque''.

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