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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


His Grace
The Right Honble.
The Duke of Newcastle
&c. &c. &C.

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.

No 61.

S. F. B.

See Records in Private Secretary's Office.

His Grace
The Right Honble.
The Duke of Newcastle &c. &c. &.c

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.

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