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Notes and queries: German place names
Title : Notes and queries: German place names Notes and queries: German place names
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Source : Register, 18 September 1914, p. 8
Date of creation : 1914
Format : Newspaper
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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This newspaper column presents comments from letters to the editor both for and against changing German place names in South Australia. A writer against the move states that to change place names would be an example of "petty spite" and asks "Surely we Australian Britishers are great enough to be magnanimous and courteous". A writer for the move states that it would "proclaim our entire disapprobation of Germany's demonstrated readiness to go back on her word to a nation weaker than herself, and of the barbarities her soldiers practised on the non-combatants of one of the smallest countries in Europe."

In 1917 an Act of Parliament changed 69 place names of German origin in South Australia. Some were changed back in 1935 and 1986, but others remain.

Period : 1914-1918
Further reading :

Harmstorf, Ian, ed. The German experience of Australia 1833-1938, [Bedford Park, SA]: The Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows, The Flinders University of South Australia, 1988

Praite, J. German placenames in Sth. Aust., [Adelaide: J & R Praite], 1989

Reynolds, GT. German placenames in Australia changed during the Great War 1914-1918, Batemans Bay, NSW: Possum Printing, c1991

State Library of South Australia. Germans in South Australia, [Adelaide]: State Library of South Australia, 1995

Van Abbe, Derek. The Germans in South Australia: the story of the German communities in South Australia

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