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Title : Use of indigenous names Use of indigenous names
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Creator : Harris, C. Hope (Charles Hope), 1846-1915
Source : Geographical nomenclature of South Australia, p. 2
Place Of Creation : [Adelaide, S. Aust.
Publisher : Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science
Date of creation : 1893
Format : Cartoon
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Charles Hope Harris writes that the reasons for the assigning of a place name should be kept on record; he asks that some protocols be established for nomenclature. There has been considerable inconsistency about the naming of places and maintaining a record of such he stresses is important and urgent. He again strongly advocates the use of indigenous place names instead of the wide use of personal names much favoured by Governors and other government representatives at the expense of indigenous names. These he says contain a 'wealth of history and romance' specific to the region. He cites the use of native names in regions conquered by the ancient Romans, and which are now preserved to the present time.

Charles Hope Harris obtained his surveyor's licence in 1869, and in 1871 was hired by the South Australian government to conduct surveys in the northern agricultural regions, and in 1874 to conduct trigonometrical surveys north-west of Port Augusta. He discovered and mapped Lake Harris, which was named for him by the government. Harris was Examiner of Licensed Surveyors' Work, a lecturer on surveying at the School of Mines and was the state's acknowledged expert on the variation and dip of the magnetic needle. Among a number of other books and articles he wrote Field service; handbook for Government Surveyors, the fourth edition of which was published in 1914. He maintained a keen interest in the early history of South Australia and on the use of Aboriginal names for place names.
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Harris, C. Hope (Charles Hope), 1846-1915

Coverage year : 1893
Place : South Australia
Further reading :
Cockburn, Rodney, What's in a name?: nomenclature of South Australia: authoritative derivations of some 4000 historically significant place names [Glen Osmond, S. Aust.]: Ferguson Publications, 1984 (Adelaide: Gillingham Printers)
The land is a map: placenames of indigenous origin in Australia edited by Luise Hercus, Flavia Hodges, Jane Simpson Canberra: Pandanus Books, c2002
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