Monday, September 6, 2010


Another discussion on the naming of Canberra. It's becoming quite a collection. In this newspaper clipping Mr Frederick Slater writes to The Sydney Morning Herald - 31 January 1934 and apart from discussing the origin of Canberra's name he also relates a few descriptions of the origin of Canberra place names including Pialligo and Ginninderra. Ultimately he rejects the name Canberra as being of Aboriginal origin.

Please note that this clipping contains remarks that are racist toward Aboriginal people but were apparently acceptable for print in 1930's Australia...

National Library of Australia (here)

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