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By Holden Caulfield - 15 June 2010 28

McCaughey St

After living in the inner north for a few years now I’m still no closer to solving this little riddle – how should one pronounce McCaughey Street?

Is is McCorgi? Or perhaps it might be McCoffee. Or, a new theory put forward to me over the weekend, is it McCackey?

The street in question starts at Barry Drive before terminating at the roundabout on David Street. Thanks to the ACTPLA Place name search I can also tell you the street was named after Samuel McCaughey who was a “Pioneer pastoralist and philanthropist of New South Wales; early advocate of irrigation for pastoral as well as agricultural uses; MLC, New South Wales, 1899-1919; made generous bequests to the Universities of Sydney and Queensland.”

Hopefully someone can give me a definitive answer on the pronunciation.


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McCaughey Street in Turner
bigcohuna1 2:39 pm 15 Jun 10

Wow,

when I first came to Canberra i was given directions by people on how to cut throughthe back of turner & oconnor by taking “Mac cawghey” or “Mc Corgi” or “Mc Cowhey” street.

Had me stumped until i found out it was “Mac Ackey St ” (aka Mc Cackey St)they were referring to. No problems.

Sir Samuel owned plenty O’ property and was a smart businessman & philanthropist. His main property was at Yanco in the Riverina and he offered the first trials of irrigation. (also with pronunciation problems is Yanco or Yanko – depending on which side of the canals you reside on) When he died he left his main estate to the government to build a school (the mansion is the main building) – Yanco Agricultural High School.

Once had strong family links to the Mc Caughey family (older generations were employees and spoke highly if him) and in our family and other heaps of other folks I know it’s pronounced “Mc Ackey”. Silly I know but that’s the way it goes with celtic names I spose.

He also was going to invest in & bankroll some small business experiment in aviation in the early post WWI years that no one else wanted to know about but passed away before he had issued authority to his bank to transfer the fund$ – that was for some mob made up of two blokes with a little box kite of a plane – called QANTAS.

toadstool 2:37 pm 15 Jun 10

My whippet’s pedigree name includes the name ‘Eoghan’. How do you pronounce that?

Holden Caulfield 2:35 pm 15 Jun 10

Pork Hunt said :

Holden Caulfield said :

McCoy and McCorkey, well I’ll be, hadn’t considered those two options. Thanks for that feedback.

The plot thickens.

Why don’t you thin the plot a little and give the Irish Embassy a ring?

I did try this mob, but the email bounced back, haha…
http://www.mccaugheycentre.unimelb.edu.au/

grump 1:35 pm 15 Jun 10

Always heard it called mac-hor-hee.

Given that there’s about 19 different ways of pronouncing ‘ough’ I imagine ‘augh’ could offer the same opportunity for variety. 🙂

georgesgenitals 1:04 pm 15 Jun 10

I think you’ll find it’s pronounced ‘McCoffee’, sorta like that yucky warm drink you get at the drive-through.

BimboGeek 11:55 am 15 Jun 10

Oh this is a fantastic thread!

I don’t think anyone who lives or works in Deakin pronounces Geils Court the same way. While working there I heard it pronounced like Gails, Jales, Giles, Jiles, Geels, Jeels… etc.

Do any of you brainiacs, pedants or nitpickers know the answer?

Pork Hunt 11:27 am 15 Jun 10

Holden Caulfield said :

McCoy and McCorkey, well I’ll be, hadn’t considered those two options. Thanks for that feedback.

The plot thickens.

Why don’t you thin the plot a little and give the Irish Embassy a ring?

Holden Caulfield 11:09 am 15 Jun 10

McCoy and McCorkey, well I’ll be, hadn’t considered those two options. Thanks for that feedback.

The plot thickens.

astrojax 11:07 am 15 Jun 10

my corgi. my husband and i. ma’am…

grump 10:43 am 15 Jun 10

co-burn – not difficult!! 🙂

Woody Mann-Caruso 9:58 am 15 Jun 10
M0les 9:51 am 15 Jun 10

My dad, who was born here in the 1930’s and lived here ever since pronounces it like Trix: “McCor-hee”.

trix 9:35 am 15 Jun 10

McCor-hee. Although I’ve heard “Caughey” as a surname pronounced as “Coe-ee”. Bloody Irish and their variable spellings and pronounciations.

MissMoniker 9:26 am 15 Jun 10

I’m guessing that the g is silent…I’d pronounce it “McCoy”

random 9:23 am 15 Jun 10

I can’t give you a definitive answer, just more possibilities — I have only ever heard it pronounced like “McCorky” (Google also finds a Betsy McCaughey pronounced that way).

There also seem to be a number of McCaugheys who pronounce it “McCoy”.

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