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Amiens

How Amiens got it's name

Many names were submitted to the Governor-in-Council for approval.  Where there was no well recognized local name, one of aboriginal origin was usually preferred.  Mr George D Grant (the surveyor) writing from Thulimbah on the 18th Aug, 1919, suggested the practice be varied in this instance in order to adopt the names of notable battlefields in Gallipoli, France and Palestine. For the highest station on the line (the highest in Southern Qld in fact), he suggested Mons St. Quentin (where it may truly be said Australians reached the highest point of their brilliant career. 

 

His idea was not opposed, but there was already a “Mons” on the Buderim Tramway, and given the propensity of railway men to shorten names, would lead to inevitable confusion. In principle, the idea was adopted and preferred over local MLA Mr Gunn’s suggestion for the settlement at the terminus to be “Diggerthorpe”. The officer in charge of the settlement, Mr A Clark, was consulted and he suggested the names be after the 6 VC winners and the terminus after “General Birdwood”, but again, this idea was dropped due to similar existing names.

 

The names ultimately proposed were “Fleurbaix”, “Pozieres”, “Bullecourt”, "Messines", "Passchendaele", "Bapaume" and “Romani”. As usual these were submitted to the Lands Department and Post Master General. All were approved except “Romani”, because of the similarity to “Roma”. As a replacement, “Cambrai” was suggested, only to find a town of this name was in South Australia.So the third choice, “Amiens” was finally approved.