Formerly called Gunn Street, we think that Holbrook Street was renamed in honour of Lieutenant-Commander Norman Holbrook, VC, RN (1888-1976), who was the first submariner to be awarded the Victoria Cross.
Holbrook on 13 December 1914 penetrated through the Narrows of the Dardanelles in the submarine B11. He found his way under several rows of sea-mines and, after four hours, raised his periscope to spy the Turkish battleship Messudieh.
Holbrook ordered that the ship be torpedoed and, waiting just long enough to see the Messudieh destroyed, he dived steeply and bumped along the bottom until the submarine reached deep water and open sea.
For this act of bravery, Lieutenant-Commander Holbrook received the VC and each member of the B11 crew was decorated. The Shire of Holbrook in New South Wales, whose civic badge shows a submarine, changed its name from Germantown in 1915 in honour of Norman Holbrook, VC.