Back when I was young, there were lots of ladies who were "getting on" but still active, who were all "Miss". It took me many years to realise that these were the girls who became women in a man-drought caused by the Great War.
They were victims as well, but it didn't do to talk about them. In fact, I was hissed at once by my mother when I asked, as a four-year-old, why the two ladies in the room (both middle-aged teachers ) were both called "Miss Davies".
I escaped the worst of that when my own father returned from the next stoush, more or less normal, but I know some horror stories of fathers who had gone — and remained — "troppo" in one of the World Wars, and I have seen what has happened to a few Vietnam returnees and their families.
|The gate at Auschwitz, stating that|
"Work makes you free".
Basically, there were no winners, and few victims ever get anything for their troubles. This need not be the case for some other lesser casualties, who merely suffered nomenclatural injustice. There, at least, we can right a small and petty wrong.
This past week, my relaxation has been digging into the records for Ferdinand Bauer, an Austrian painter and passable botanist who visited Australia with Matthew Flinders in the early 1800s. Near Streaky Bay, Flinders put Ferdinand on the map when he added Cape Bauer to the chart.
|Holbrook'w sub, HMAS Otway.|
It is here: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/5530969 but the relevant paragraph reads "BAUER, CAPE, near Streaky Bay. - Named in 1802 by Matthew Flinders after Ferdinand Bauer, Austrian painter of natural history, who was on the Investigator. To be CAPE WONDOMA, the native name applied to a well in the locality."
"Wondoma Or Cape Bauer? In the Assembly yesterday, Mr. Morphett (L.C.L.) asked whether the Government would consider changing the name of Wondoma, on the West Coast, to Cape Bauer, which it originally had been called. Cape Bauer, he said, had been named by Captain Matthew Flinders on February 5, 1802. as related in his journal, in honor of Ferdinand Bauer, who was a painter of natural history on the technical staff aboard the Investigator. Cape Bauer had also been associated with South Australia in connection with Eyre's first expedition.
"The Premier (Mr. Butler) said that the Government, in restoring German place names, desired that certain pages of the State's history should not be lost. The Government had reached a definite decision in regard to Klemzig. Hahndorf, Lobethal, and Hergott. Whether or not the system was to be extended was a matter for the Government to decide."
"RESTORATION OF GERMAN PLACE NAMES FLINDERS'S HONOR TO FERDINAND BAUER To The Editor Sir—Referring to your article, In Wednesday's issue of 'The Advertiser,' on the restoration of German place names, I regret to note that no request has been made in connection with Cape Bauer, now known as Cape Wondoma, and I submit that the S-A. branch of the Royal Geographical Society might very well take the matter up before the special legislation has been prepared. The name Bauer was given by Captain Matthew Flinders during the Voyage of the Investigator in 1802, the man thus honored being Ferdinand Bauer, an Austrian, not a German be it noted, who joined the Investigator as botanical draftsman to the celebrated botanist Brown.
"Flinders considered it a point of honor never to disturb a name bestowed by an original discoverer, and his naming: of Cape Leeuwin, Mounts Zeehan and Heemskirk, and Cape Keerweer, are eloquent of his desire to recognise in full the exploits of his predecessors on the Australian coast. He gave to the geographical features of the shores discovered by himself the names of people who had befriended him. the names of the gallant band who voyaged with him, and the names of places in his native county, Lincolnshire; but never was a place named after himself. He left to posterity the recognition of his performance, and it should devolve on posterity to see that his names are not disturbed.
"If the change back to Hahndorf, Hergott, Klemzig, and Lobethal is justified, as a Centenary gesture, how much more so is the restoration of a name given by the State's original discoverer—the man who gave to the continent around which he was the first to sail, the name Australia. I am Sir, &c., NORMAN FORD 70 Currie street, Adelaide."
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