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    Queensland May Have Been Called Saxon Land

    A BRITISH historian says Queensland might have been called Saxon Land or Clarence and Queen Victoria didn't seem to take any interest in the state's naming.

    Saxon Land, Clarence and Queen's Land were options suggested by the Colonial Secretary, Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, according to Ged Martin from the University of Edinburgh.

    Professor Martin reveals his findings in letters to his friend John Dawson, a former Queensland agent-general in London, now retired in Brisbane.

    Professor Martin said letters held in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle show Lord Lytton's correspondence to Queen Victoria in 1859.

    When the options were narrowed to Saxon Land and Queen's Land, Lord Lytton wrote a cringing letter saying "both the names which have occurred to Your Majesty are excellent", adding, "the Colonists would find particular pride" in Queen's Land. So it came to be.

    But the naming of Queensland seems to have been an afterthought with letters showing Victoria was far more interested in the naming British Columbia and its capital, Victoria.
    http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/s...0-3102,00.html

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    Pity it was not called Saxon Land

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    Quote Originally Posted by theTasmanian View Post
    Pity it was not called Saxon Land
    True, but at least Victoria had a bit of German blood running through her.

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    The PC establishment of today would most likely have only called for a name change anyway though , afterall, 'Saxon Land' might offend people of a ''diverse'' background.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berrocscir View Post
    True, but at least Victoria had a bit of German blood running through her.
    true but Victorians are Mexicans

    the state i would pick for the "most" German blood would be south Australia...funny how my Family are there
    Tasmanian twice the heads!!.......twice the intelligence!?

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