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«WHAT'S IN A NAME."'
If a certain tradesman'of Queenscliffe, Kangaroo Island, heard the observation "What's in a name?"' he Avould probably 'reply with a good deal of \dgor, "Loss of1 money and inconvenience." ? Queenscliffe is ,one of those fortunate, or unfortunate, places which are known by two naines, not "merely in private, but also in official cir- uelos. It is officially,,both, Kingscote and .Queenscliffe. Originally it was Kingscote. The post-office, police-station, and other 'Go-"crnmcnt property are situated within
the Government survey of the township, but Avhen the settlement -vas young an en- terprising individual stepped in and pegged out a private township adjoining, and nam- ed it Queenscliffe. Nearly all the houses' are built in the private township, and the place is noAV better kno*vn as Queenscliffe! than as Kingscote. Mr. H. S. Ruuiball (the local postmaster) is not only telegraph master of Kingscote, but also harbor- master and deputy returning-olficct*. , On the other hand, he holds of < ficiul appointments as registrar of
births, deaths, and marriages, and! clerk of the Local Court of Queenscliffe, .while it is as a Queenscliffe officer that he deals with certain postal matters and the issue of money orders. "Queenscliffe" is . frequently confused with Queenscliffe, the
?popular pleasure resort near the Melbourne heads, and the utmost inconvenience has occasionally been caused by this fact. The storekeeper referred to has good reason to complain of the absurdity^ o* giving two places the same name, even though they may be in different States. On one occa-L sion some time ago-he sent an order to Ade« laide for potatoes, and the consignment ar- rived by the next steamer, but there was no invoice. As he had dealt with tho finn for a long time he was perfectly satisfied that the invoice had been posted to ac-. company the tubers, and in response to his request Mr. Kuniball mado a careful search for the missing document, but it Avas no- where to be found. The potatoes were wanted for immediate sale, so there was nothing for the tradesman to do but soil at the same price as he charged for the pre- ceding shipment. Subsequently the missing invoice turned up, marked "Try Queens- cliffe-, Kangaroo Island." It had been ad- dressed to "Queenscliffe" only, and the postal officials liad sent it to Victoria. The price of potatoes had advanced since the previous shipment, and to his horror and disgust the shopkeeper found ho had sold the whole <of the parcel at a figure con- siderably below that which he had still to pay for it. After that he-took care that "Kangaroo island" was added to the ad- dress. Mr. Rumban states that it is a common occurrence for postal matter in- tended for the Victorian town to go to the island, and vice A-crsa.