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Metal Sign 'Dongarra 40M'

1920 - 1930

Yellow enamel sign with yellow background and red and black writing. Sign print says: 'DONGARRA 40M/USE PLUME AND Mobiloil'.

Historical information

Since early surveys the name of the town was spelt several ways in government and public records, including Dongarra, Dongara and Dongarrah.
The Nomenclature Advisory Committee Meeting looked at the issue in 1943 and reported that whereas the official spelling was 'Dongara', common usage was 'Dongarra', and that a Surveyor Bennett even referred to the town as 'Dongarrah'. The Committee decided that in view of the evidence available, including the fact that in the 1902/03 Year Book the name is spelt with one ‘r’, that this spelling should be adopted. Thus the name Dongara was gazetted on 2nd June 1944 to show correct spelling.



Registration number
Item type
760 mm
180 mm
Contextual Information

The sign is important because it demonstrates the alternative spelling of the town's name.

Year End
Statement of significance

This item has high historic significance for the local and State communities and has very high interpretive potential..

Primary significance criteria
Historic significance
Comparative significance criteria
Rare or representative
Public Location
Old Courtroom
Irwin Districts Historical Society

Irwin Districts Historical Society

Organisation Details
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Black and red writing on yellow background of enamel sign.