CLASHING PLACE NAMES.
Nomenclature Committee's Recommendations. The second report of the Nomenclature Committee (Messrs. E. M. Smith, I.S.O., R. Cockburn, and H. C. Talbot) was laid on the table of the Assembly on Tuesday. It deals wish the subject of the confusion which is caused by the similarity of many geographical place names, and states: — The committee has dealt only with names within the borders of South Australia, although the trouble is common to the whole continent. Interstate confusion of names can best be avoided by joint Federal action, because if one State alone applied the remedy of new and distinctive christen ings its identity would in a measure, be obscured so far as the nomenclature of
a country affects its identity. To remove this interstate duplication more than 200 places in South Australia would have to be renamed if the reform were undertaken by the State soley, whereas with Com monwealth co-operation the new christen ings would be spread over all the States, with proportionately less disturbance to the nomenclature of each. The committee has therefore confined its recommendations to such names within our own borders where resemblance has given rise to diffi culty. - Vexation in the Post Office - The Deputy Postmaster-General fur nished the committee with a list of names that are responsible for constant trouble to his staff, delays to correspondence, and considerable annoyance to the public; and the committee had before it other evidence of the desirableness of many changes being made. For example, it appears to be a common happening for merchandise inten ded for Kingston on the Murray, to be forwarded in mistake to Kingston in the south-east, while parcels intended for Moo rook on the Murray have miscarried to Moorak, near Mount Gambier. —Proper Control Advocated — Many other instances of the drawbacks associated with name place clashing could be quoted, and it is obvious that much irritation and inconvenience might have been saved the community if there had been proper control and system in the matter of the State's nomenclature. With the opening up of new farming areas and the extension of the metropolitan and other residential sites, the control so desirable might be instituted even now with great advantage. At present there nothing to prevent repetitions of the regrettable kind of enterprise which re sulted an the creation of a Toorak near Adelaide, to come into eyery-day postal conflict with, the better known Melbourne suburb of Toorak. A small official board to exercise reasonable supervision over
place-naming could be established without cost to the taxpayer, and by its members observing due respect to the prevailing public sentiment which favours the pre servation of aboriginal names the pos sibility of imitation and duplication would be avoided for the future. —Suggested New Names.— The Deputy Postmaster-General sub- mitted 36 groups of clashing place names for consideration and alteration. The committee considers that in regard to one third of these groups the similarity is not sufficiently serious to 'justify renaming, and in respect to the remainder it begs to make the following recommendations:- ALLANDALE NORTH, near Kapunda.— To stand. ALLENDALE EAST, near Port MacDon- nell.- To be KANDELKA, a native word mean ing "good soil". BOOLEROO.- To be NOOCOONA, a name of COTTONVILLE, a suburb of Adelaide.- To stand. COLLINSVILLE, near Hallett.- To be METIAPPA, abridged from Pilimetiappa, the native name of a creek in the district. FRANKLYN, near Terowie.- To be WONNA, native name of the Hundred in which the town is situated. FRANKLIN, near Alberton, to stand. GERANIUM, on the Pinnaroo Railway line. To stand. GERANIUM PLAIN, near Roberts town.-To be IPERTA, a native word for Ge ranium. GLENCOE, in the south-east.- To stand, the name having been given to the station in the locality more than half a century ago. GLEN COPE, on the Waikerie Railway line.-To be COPEVILLE, this giving the desired distinction, and preserving the name of the settler (Mr J. S. Cope) after whom Glencoe was christened.
HIGHBUfRY, near Paradlse.-To stand. HIGH BURY, near Prospect.— To be ERRABENIE. abo riginal for 'all together;' . HILTON, a suburb of Adelaide (named after the original owner of the section, Matthew D. Hill, Q.C., Recorder of Birmingham).— To stand HILLTOWN, near Clare. To be YAKKALO the ware name of a waterhole to the north-east of the township. HUMMOCKS, near Port Wakefield.— To stand. HUMMOCKS HILL, a town on the western shore of Spencer's Gulf.— To be known by the native name WHYALLA, which was assigned to the town when it was surveyed a few years ago. JCUA, near Ewhinda (Julia Gawlert-To stand. PORT JULIA (Julia Wurm). on YorkeS Peninsnla.-To be ^KOAMURRA, an aboriginal word meaning 'man and wife.' . KLVGSTOX. (George Strickland Kingston), in the .soirth-eart.— To stand. KINGSTON, on the Murray iCOiarlcs Canunjon Kingston) .-To be THURK, the native name of the old station property on which the -present settlement stands. There are five other Engstons in South lus tralia,.but they are without post or other, offi cial offices. KEJG3W00D, a suburb of Adelaide.— To stand. KTXGSWOOD Railway Station, in the. Hundred of Palroer.-To' be BUND ALKIE, the native name of. a well. in the hundred. KIXGSWOOD. in- the Hundred of Willochra.'— To be ITUj' 1TAU, native name of the old station adjacent. MOORAK, near Mount Gambier.-To stani MOOROOK, on- a bend of the River Murmy — To be TOOKDRRA; meaning 'a bend in the river.' .. ? ?'.,,? . -?' ? JfOlTNT HOPK, on Eyre's Peninsula, to stand. MOUNT HOPE, north-westerly from Roidlcs hani.— To be MOUYT WOAK^TNE, after the raw of that name, meaning 'my arm.' NAEttA,- near Swan Reach.— To rtand. XADDA, on the Paringa Railway line— To be NAL-Y1XTA, meaning 'a bough shelter.' . .OAKkANDS, on the Brighton -fiailvrar line.— 5ici stand. ? OAKLAXES, on Yorko's Peninsula (so 'named bwxinse of t)«- nrnfiw growth of riieaoaks there).-To be. MUNKURRA, meaning '^beaoak apples.' . . ' ROCKY RTVER, in the no'rth.— To stand. ROCKY RIVER, Kangaroo Ialand.-To be the River PARKLO. meaning 'stony.' STIRLING WEST. n»r Mount Lofty.-To frtand; ., STTRTAVG NORTH, nesT Port .Wish.— To be CATXEJQA, native name of a creek flow injr towards Stirling North. TAROOWIE. ' nwr Orrnroo.— To rtind. YAR COWIE.— To be WVTE-YARCOWIE, and YAR ROWTE to be APPILA, the native name of ii crock which emrties out on the plain imme diately to the north of tlic' town. Applh means 'hniitlivr ground.' ami in the put has been used as a mrflx to Yarrowie to arcid cmtfusion. TORRRV^VTTXK. a nilnirb of Adi-liHc.-To sbuid; TORREXS VALE, near Yanlalilla (formerly knon-n as Dairy Flat).— To Tm WOLYERRA, abo ripiTxjl for 'tree hranchps.' ' ?VTOOPS, neaT Balalda-ra.— To stand. WOOD'S FLAT, on the River , Mutray.-To be NORAIXIE, O» nstne of the legimdjry native who. killH the serpent whioh the aborigmes believed established the conrfc of the Murray. YATALA, near Afterton,— To stand.' . YALATA, the Government town at Fowler's Bay.— To be TAROMBO, the name of a well in the vicinity. — Less Harmful Clash.— The committee dees not consider that there is any necessity to make changes in regard to the following groups of names submitted by the postal authorities:— Coolcha and Coulta, Galga and Calca, Galway and Gallwey (there being no post office in the former place), Keilli and Keith, Koolunga and Koonunga, Medindie, Meningie, and Menindie (the lastnamed place lwing outside the control of the South Australian Government), Mindarie and Mingary, Morphettville and Morphett Vale, Myponga and Mypolonga, Nether leigh and Netherton, Pmna and Petina, Sturt and Stuart (the latter being beyond the control of the South Australian Go- vernment), and Weetulta and Winulta. In regard to Dawson and Dewson, the name of the latter place has already been altered to Culburra, meaning "plenty of sand." With respect to Wye and Rye, the latter is much better known as Walloway. —Two Lakes Bonney.— Complaint was made to the committee that goods intended for Lake Bonney, on tho Eiver Murray, had been delivered to Lake Bonney, in. the south-east. Both these waters were named after Charles
of Public Lands in 1842, and was the first Mayor of Kensington and Norwood. The committee recommends that the name of Lake Bonney in the Bouth-east (which may wholly or partly disappear under a system of drainage that may be inaugurated) be changed to Lake Coonunga, the native ap pellation of tho late Peter Begg's cattle station founded in the locality in 1850. — Pisant Creek.— - Pisant Creek, near Gladstone,' the de 6irableness pi altering the name of which waff brought to the notice of the com mittee, has already, on the .plan been made a continuation of Yangya Creek, after which the hundred through ^hich-it^flpwa was named. The official, plans, have -been altered accordingly. - [Continued on Page 9.] ,
CLASHING PLAGE - -NAMES: [Continued from Page 6.] —Three Blackfellow Creeks— - Local residents have asked- that the name of BlackfelWs Creek, in the Hun dred of Kuitpo, should be changed to Pal terilla, by_ which name the creek' ?was known originally. .As there are three creeks in South Australia named Black fellow's Creek, the committee recommends that the proposed alteration be made. —Victor Harbour.— The Harbours Board has intimated that in' future the town of Port Victor will be officially called Victor Harbour, to save clashing with Port Victoria. 'Klaebes. The committee further recommends that Klaebes, in ' the Hundred of Baldina, bo called Pintannie, a native word meaning 'open country,' instead of Kilto, 'as/ pre viously suggested, in order to avoid pos sible clash with a recently named locality on Eyre's Peninsula. —Street Names of Enemy Origin.— In dealing with street names of foreign enemy origin, the - committee has given attention oDly to .those within Government towns, the fact having been mentioned in an earlier report that the local governing authorities had the power to ake action in cases which are not. covered by the recommendations that follow. Teu tonic or otifcer enemy influence has not ob truded to any marked extent in pur street nomenclature— the South Australian Direc tory contains ijhe names of approximately 2,800 public highways within the metro politan area, and. only about 30 of '$hm are of enemy origin. The objectionable names are noticeable in some country centres; for example, Petersburg, founded by a German, has four streets, named Bis mark, Rhine, Koch. and.Glogau respec tively. Since the beginning of the war the Surveyor-General has adopted the practice, where names have been required tor new streets in* Government towns, of perpetuating the memory of SouAAus rauan soldiers who have given then; lives for their country. /Many heroes' have already been honours! in this way, and in continuation of the system the. commit tee begs to make the following recommen dations:—' HALDON.-Mnecke street to be DAVET street, after the late Senior FUrM Ifient Davey; Yon! Qqusri terrace to beBLACJKET terrace, after the late Chpt Bkckfit, Whoee brothers are farmers In the district. LOXTOJJ .-Drabsch street to be LAWRENCE street, after the late Pte. T. 3. Lawrence, whose next-of-kin resides at Loiton. MOUNT BRYAN EAST.-TOlman street to be HARTLEY street, after the kte Oapt. W. a Hartley. ? PCOTAROO.— Homburg terrace to be EVA10 terrace, after the late Oapt. Q, F. Grub. TKTINARA.-Wendt street to bo GILBEBT street, after the late Tte. Joseph Gilbert, son of Mr. William Gilbert, of Pewsey Vale. WANBL— Hummel 6trcet to bo O0U2NS street after the late Pte. a Yt. Oollins, formerly of Wanbi WAIKERIB.— Pflamn street to be CHINHER, street, after the Jate Uent. Eric Ohinner. -IWHYALLA.— Muecfce terrace to bo WAHS street, after Mr. Gordon Walla, the Broken Hill Proprietary Oompany'B superintendent at Whyalla (by request of the local branch of the All-British League) ? WYNARKA.-Klose street to be MOODY street, after the late Lieut. H. E. Moody. YUOTA.-KricbaBff street to be MAIiPAS street, after the late Lieut. E. & Ifalpas, a draftsman in the Sarvey Department. '