Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

'Ghost' Township Casts Two Spells

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

'Ghost' Township Casts Two Spells

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Byline: Ren Lanzon

IT might be a moot point in a township that has been killed by industry, but history demands that Targinnie be spelled with two, not one, 'n'.

At least that is the opinion of the Gladstone Regional Council and most of the residents, past and present, of the area.

At its meeting yesterday the council decided that, based on most historical uses, Targinnie was the correct spelling. It is to apply to the Department of Environment and Resources (DER) to have that spelling confirmed.

The emissions from the Southern Pacific Petroleum oil from shale plant, and later the inclusion of Targinnie into the State Development Area, virtually ended the existence of the township.

In a report to the council, community services director Cale Dendle noted that historian and heritage consultant Thom Blake in his Targinnie: The History of a Central Queensland Rural Community, said the two 'n' version was the commonly used spelling since the 1860s. …

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