THAT scenic route hugging the rugged coastline between Bulli and Helensburgh, could have ended up with the somewhat unimaginative title of Ocean Drive, or had the Lawrence dropped from the beginning of its title, during debate over a new name for what had been known as the Lower South Coast Road.
Bulli Council decided on the name ‘Lawrence Hargrave Drive’ in honour of Australia’s Father of Aviation, the South Coast Times reported on November 8 1946.
The decision followed a letter from the NSW Mains Road Board stating it was prepared to accept one of the following alternatives – Hargrave Drive, Lawrence Hargrave Drive and Ocean Drive.
The Board stressed that the term “Pacific” was underisable to be used in the title of the name owing to the possible confusion with the Pacific Highway, north of Sydney.
That undersirability waned just over 60 years later when Lawrence Hargrave Drive became part of a 140km tourist drive, between the Royal National Park and the Shoalhaven, officially tagged the Grand Pacific Drive.