Pages That Mention His Excellency Sir R. G. Macdonell, C.B.
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.
His Excellency Governor General Sir W. T. Denison, K.C.B. etc. etc. etc.
and to the extent explained in the enclosed Minute. I have to. Singed / G.F. Bowen.
Government House, Brisbane, Queensland, 23rd November, 1860.
Sir, Your Excellency's despatch of the 2nd October ult., with its enclosures, arrived here during my absence on an official tour of inspection in the northern districts of this Colony. Immediately on my return, I laid it before my Executive Council, and I have now the honor to state that it is the intention of the Government of Queensland to propose, in the Session of the Legislature for 1861, a measure to regulate transfers, and other dealings with real property, upon principles similar to those already adopted in South Australia.
I shall feel additionally obliged, if Your Excellency will communicate to me any further information which you may consider likely to be useful to the end in view, before the meeting of the next Session of the Queensland Parliament. Which will
His Excellency Sir R. G. MacDonnell C.B. etc. etc. etc.
His Excellency Sir W. T. Denison K.C.B. etc. etc. etc. Sydney.
will not take place before the close of the ensuing month of April. I have to. Signed / G. F. Bowen.
Government House, Brisbane, Queensland, 24th November, 1860
Sir, Your Excellency's despatch of the 24th Oct ult. arrived during my abscence from the seat of Government on an official tour in the Northern Districts of this Colony. Immediately on my return, I laid it before my Executive Council; and I have now the honor to transmit the decision of the Government of Queensland on this subject. We should have preferred a different arrangement, but under all the circumstances of the case, acquiesce in that proposed by the Government of New South Wales. I have to. Signed / G. F. Bowen.
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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.