CENTRAL OTAGO NAMES.
TO THB BDITOR. Sir,—The postscript to Mr Ash’s letter in Saturday’s Star suggests the inquiry who was responsible for these ugly names. Ugliness couldn’t go further than Sowburn, Hogburn, etc., and the names must have been actuated by other motives than mere want of taste. 1 have heard it said that hia superiors found fault with the late J. T. Thomson, who, in virtue of his office as Chief Surveyor, had named several places in the province after historic places in Northumberland, instructing him to find other names if he was not satisfied to confine himself to Scotch names. He was not to use English names. The Chiaf Surveyor, being a thorough English Borderer (born not far from Flodden Field, by the way), could ill brook such petty interference, and took hia revenge. Hence these names, it has been said. Some old resident might throw some light on the subject —I am, etc,, CcRIOSITf. Dunedin, July 9.
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CENTRAL OTAGO NAMES., Evening Star, Issue 7956, 11 July 1889
CENTRAL OTAGO NAMES. Evening Star, Issue 7956, 11 July 1889
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