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Letters to various people in Governors letterbooks Volume 1 (ITM17659)
21st August, 1860.
I have the honor to state that a Despatch from the Duke of Newcastle to Governor General Sir William Denison (No.11 of 21 January 1860) conveying a recommendation, founded, as it would appear, on a suggestion from Your Excellency, that the river variously known as the Cooper, the Victoria, the Strzelecki, and the Barcoo, should henceforward retain the latter designation only, - has been transmitted to Queensland, as part of the stream in question now lying within the Colony of New South Wales.
2. The Government of this Colony entirely agrees with the Duke of Newcastle's recommendation; and I have already informed his Grace that directions have been given that as much of the river referred to as is comprised in the Territory of Queensland, shall be designated the Barcoo. Your Excellency will doubtless take similar steps respecting that portion of the stream which is comprised withing the Territory of South Australia.
2. I further stated to the Duke of Newcastle that, in my opinion, two distinct principles should be adopted as general rules, in settling the local nomenclature
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nomenclature of Australia. So far as regards the Great features of nature, such as rivers and mountains, I think that the native names, if tolerably distinct and euphonious, should invariably be retained. But with regard to the towns founded by the European settlers, and the new territorial divisions of counties, electoral districts, and the like, - I hold it to be advisable that they should usually be named after the leading Statesmen of the day, after other Englishmen eminent in politics, science or literature in the Mother - Country, or after the Governors and other conspicuous public men in the respective Colonies.
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Signed / G. F. Bowen.
28th August, 1860
I have the nonor to acknowledge the receipt with its enclosures, of Your Excellency's letter of the 17th inst. which did not reach me until the 20th inst. I laid it on the following morning before my Executive Council.
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M.H. Marsh Esq. M.P. 45 Rutland Gate Hyde Park London.
Government House Brisbane Queensland, 6th December, 1860
Sir, I have much pleasure in informing you that I have acquainted the Executive Council of this Colony with your offer to act gratuitously as Hononary Agent General and Representative of Queensland in the United Kingdom; and that, with their advice, I have appointed you to that office. I enclose copy of the Minute of Council on this appointment; and of the despatch in which I have reported it to the Secretary of State.
2. The Government of Queensland desire to take this oppportunity of expressing, through me, their sense of the zeal and ability with which you co-operated with this Colony in its' long and arduous struggle for separation from New South Wales; and their confidence that it will continue to derive great advantages from Your exertions on behalf of its' interests I cordially concur in these sentiments. I have to. Signed / G. F. Bowen.
His Excellency Sir R. G. MacDonnell C.B. etc. etc. etc.
Government House Brisbane, Queensland 10th December, 1860
Sir, Your despatch of 17th September, ult., arrived during my absence from Brisbane on an official tour to the northern districts of this Colony.
2. I was not previously aware of the facts recorded in your enclosures; but before the receipt of these documents, the Government of Queensland had already agreed (as stated in my letter to Your Excellency of 21st August ult.) to follow the advice of the Secretary of State respecting the river henceforward to be know as the Barcoo.
3. I learn from Sir W. Denison that the Government of New South Wales have also signified their adherence to the opinion of the Duke of Newcastle; and I trust that the Government of South Australia will see reason to pursue a similar course. I have to. Signed / G.F. Bowen
Government House Brisbane, Queensland 19th December, 1860.
Sir, Referring to previous correspondence with the Major-General Commanding H.
Letterbook of despatches to the Secretary of State for the Colonies 1859-1861 Vol 1 (ITM17670)
No. 30. of 4th April 1860.
of Queensland are prepared to make any sacrifice, and to incur much risk for the succour of their fellow-subjects at the seat of war in New Zealand; but I apprehend that they would protest firmly but courteously against any course of policy which would have the effect of leaving this Colony entirely without military protection for the sake of increasing by from twenty-five to fifty soldiers the garrisons of the neighbouring Colonies. The removal of so small a detachment could not materially weaken the defences of Sydney or Melbourne, whereas, without a few regular soldiers to drill our volunteers, Brisbane must remain entirely defenceless. This last-named Chief town of Queensland is situated twenty miles from Moreton Bay, on a river inaccessible to large vessels. But it is open to an attack from the boats of men of war; which, however, competent military authorities hold would be sufficiently guarded against by corps of rifle volunteers, rendered really effective by a small nucleus of troops of the line. In paragraph 11 of the despatch referred to above, I transmitted an extract from the Minutes of the Executive Council of this Colony on the subject in question.
3. The local parliament has just voted a further sum of three thousand pounds, (£3000) to
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to procure from England, additional arms of the most approved construction for the volunteers already embodied here. It has been decided to purchase the breech-loading rifles manufactured by Messrs. Terry and Calisher. It is stated that it will be in the power of the Secretary of State for War to expedite the speedy execution of this order. If this be so, I would beg to solicit Your Grace to bespeak the good offices of Your Colleague in favour of the Colony. Our order has been given to the Colonial Agents of Messrs. Terry and Calisher, — viz. to Messrs. Montefiore, Graham &Co. of Sydney.
I have &c. Signed / G. F. Bowen.
S. F. B.
Government House, Brisbane, Queensland, 8th. August, 1860
My Lord Duke,
Your grace's despatch to governor-general Sir William Denison, (No. 11 of 21st. January, 1860,) conveying Your recommendation that the river variously known as the Cooper, the Victoria, the Strzelecki, and the Barcoo, should henceforward retain the latter designation only, — has been transmitted to Queensland, no part of the stream in question now lying within the Colony of New South Wales.
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I have brought the subject before my Executive Council and I have the honor to state that the government of Queensland entirely agrees with the opinions expressed by Your Grace, and will give directions that so much of the river referred to as is comprised in the territory of Queensland shall be designated the Barcoo. Your Grace will doubtless communicate with the governor of South Australia respecting that portion of the stream which is comprised within the territory of that province.
3. In my opinion, two distinct principles should be adopted, as general rules, in settling the local nomenclature of Australia. So far as regards the great features of nature, such as rives and mountains, I think that the native names, if tolerably distinct and euphonious, should invariably be retained. But with regard to the towns founded by the European settlers, and with regard to the new territorial divisions of counties, electoral districts, and the like, — I hold it to be advisable that they should usually be named after the leading Statesmen of the day, after other Englishmen eminent in politics, science, or literature in the mother-country, — or after the Governors, and other conspicuous public men in the respective Colonies.
4. The adoption of the last-mentioned principle of local nomenclature in these great and flourishing
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flourishing provinces of the Empire, is calculated to secure a peculiarly durable and wide-spread recognition for the names of eminent Englishmen. I will mention but two illustrations. So long as our language and race shall endure, millions of persons speaking the English tongue will be familiar with the names of the noble cities of Sydney and Melbourne, whereas, but for these designations, already only thousands, and in the next century, only hundreds would remember that a Lord Sydney was a Secretary of State in the reign of George III, and that a Lord Melbourne was a First Lord of the Treasury in the reign of Queen Victoria.
I have &c. Signed/ G. F. Bowen.
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Government House, Brisbane, Queensland, 9th. August, 1860
My Lord Duke,
In compliance with the enclosed official application from the American Consul at Sydney, and in conformity with the practice followed in the other Australian Colonies, I have the honor to report that I have directed Mr. John Evans Brown to be recognized, provisionally, and until Her Majesty's pleasure shall have been signified, as Consular Agent at Brisbane for the United States of America.
I have &c. Signed./ G. F. Bowen.