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Naming the Australian Fleet.

To Sir Saul Samuel, Agent-General for New South Wales, is due the credit of having persuaded the Admiralty to consent to call the ships of the Australian auxiliary squadron by native names rather than by the stereotyped appellations which find favor in Whitehall. Sir Saul Samuel suggested to tho First Lord of tho Admiralty that it would be very appropriate that the ships of tho Australian auxiliary squadron should bear Australasian names. Lord George Hamilton demurred a little at first, but ultimately looked graciously upon the suggestion, and requested Sir Saul to draw up a list of names for the Admiralty to select Iran, This hes bcai done. It cannot, however, be said tiiat the joint efforts of the Australian Agencies-Geueral have produced anything remarkable,_ either in tho way of euphony or appositeness. One would have thought the better plan would have been to have submitted the matter to Mrs Campbell Pracd, who could surely have mentioned a dozen or so Australasian names which had a flavor of romance about them. Happily Sir Francis Bell and Mr Archer, the Agent-General for Queensland, have yet to send in their selections, so possibly they may do something to redeem the reputation of their body for originality and taste. Sir Saul Samuel’s selections were : Waratah, Platypus, Illawarra, Woolloomooloo, Emu, Bilohela, Warrego, Dingo, Katoomba, Boomerang, Corowa, Uralla, and Mowra. Sir Graham Berry proposed the bay at Geelong, Dimhoola, Euroa, Korong, Minhamite, Numurka, Warragul, Wimmera, and Yarramanga. Sir Arthur Biyth’s suggestions were : Foonindie, Wallaroo, Manoora, Mantaro, and Kadiva. Mr Braddon’s recollection was only capable of producing:—Tasmania, Platypus, Koonya, Waratah, Boobyalla, and Ringarooma. None of these are very suitable names for warships. Dingo would do very well for a torpedo boat, and Boomerang would not be a bad name for a swiftsailing cutter ; but what self - repecting British tar would like to serve on board the Boobyalla, or to bear the suggestive name stamped in letters of gold on his cap?— ‘ New Zealand Herald ’ correspondent.

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Naming the Australian Fleet., Evening Star, Issue 8022, 26 September 1889

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Naming the Australian Fleet. Evening Star, Issue 8022, 26 September 1889