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Sir Oliphant, SirMark, Sir Mark?

By johnboy - 16 June 2010 11

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Earlier in the day we noted admirable efforts to commemorate Sir Mark Oliphant.

Only keen eyed readers noticed a strange style miss in the media release:

grump
(Rioter)
11:27, 16 Jun 10

“Sir Oliphant”???????????

oh dear, how standards have slipped. Is there no hope????????

At 12:20 Skidbladnir took the above screenshot where an early remedial effort is under way.

Keep trying kids.

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11 Responses to
Sir Oliphant, SirMark, Sir Mark?
Pandy 8:50 am 17 Jun 10

Typos? That is what you get when you close down schools Mr Barr.

CraigT 6:12 am 17 Jun 10

I guess you can’t have literate staff AND homosexual marriages at the same time. It’s a matter of priorities.

housebound 9:55 pm 16 Jun 10

Is this the same department that had to pull an infrastructure plan because of typos? Perhaps their latest work-experience boy can’t simultaneously make coffee and proofread.

marcothepolopony 3:35 pm 16 Jun 10

This is the American way which we so slavishly follow these days. Take a look at the message from the Las Vegas Hotel I recently received:

‘Bellagio is proud to welcome the Founder and President of Virgin Atlantic, Sir Richard Branson, to Las Vegas and congratulate him on the airline’s 10th anniversary of flights between Londonand Las Vegas. We are grateful to Sir Branson and his team for their support of Las Vegas. In celebration of this anniversary, Sir Branson will make a special appearance tomorrow morning at 9:15 a.m. on Bellagio’s iconic lake at the entrance to our resort. We hope you enjoy this special performance with Sir Richard Branson and The Fountains of Bellagio! This celebratory event will last approximately 10 minutes.’

Anna Key 3:18 pm 16 Jun 10

After five years as Governor of South Australia from 1971, Oliphant retired to Canberra in 1976 where he lived until his death in July 2000, aged 98

I could be wrong, but I thought Sir Mark lived in Adelaide until the death of his wife in the late 80s

ricci 3:03 pm 16 Jun 10

I hadn’t come across a “Sir” preceding a surname only, before. I would have thought you would say “Sir Mark” or “Sir Mark Oliphant”. My father-in-law was never addressed with just the surname after the “Sir”. None of my other “Sir” acquaintances were called by their surnames alone either (I worked for Westerman, Crawford and Coombs and was a neighbour of Ennor, White and Eccles). Perhaps things have changed.

Anyway, I am not in favour of knighthoods.

Skidbladnir 1:25 pm 16 Jun 10

Ian said :

I notice its all fixed now on the CM’s website.

As of 1325hrs it isnt, there is still one “SirMark” in the Release (second paragraph).
Mr Stanhope said he had recently received the proposal to commemorate SirMark from ANU Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian Chubb AC.

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Fourth time lucky, perhaps?

Ian 1:18 pm 16 Jun 10

#2, I think if you’re trumpeting the fact that you’re honouring someone you might take the care to get the name and title correct. I suspect this wasn’t proofread at all, just spell checked.

I notice its all fixed now on the CM’s website.

astrojax 1:17 pm 16 Jun 10

As if none of us here have ever made a proofreading mistake …

a person might make such a glaring error, but a department ought not to make such a gaffe.

the gesture is a grand one, and appropriate. the office sir elephant previously inhabited, i must say, has though one of the best views of an office in canberra. 😉

housebound 1:12 pm 16 Jun 10

As if none of us here have ever made a proofreading mistake …

Anyway, here’s the original release:

PARKES WAY BRIDGE TO HONOUR ANU PIONEER
Published: June 16, 2010, 10:53 am
Section: Jon Stanhope, MLA | Media Releases

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has written to the ACT Place Names Committee requesting that a bridge over Sullivan’s Creek on Parkes Way be named after Australian nuclear physicist and founder of the ANU Research School of Physical Sciences, Sir Mark Oliphant.

Mr Stanhope said he had recently received the proposal to commemorate Sir Oliphant from ANU Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian Chubb AC.

“Individuals who have made a notable contribution to Canberra’s establishment and community life are under-represented in our city’s street and place names,” Mr Stanhope said. “I am grateful to Professor Chubb for his proposal to commemorate Sir Oliphant, which if agreed to will go some way to addressing this issue.

“Sir Oliphant was instrumental in the establishment of the Australian Academy of Science and became its first president in 1954. His contribution to the early days of the ANU and his wider contribution to the development and promotion of Australian science warrant significant recognition in our city.

“The bridge identified by Professor Chubb is on the edge of the ANU Campus and just a stones throw from the Academy of Science’s Shine Dome. It is, I believe, an ideal place to recognise Sir Oliphant’s connection with Canberra,” Mr Stanhope said.

Sir Oliphant was born in South Australia in 1901 and completed his early studies at the University of Adelaide. He subsequently studied with and then worked alongside the notable physicist Lord Earnest Rutherford. Oliphant returned to Australia to become the founding Director of the ANU Research School of Physical Sciences, a post he held from1950 until 1963.

Oliphant also played a key role in the creation of the now heritage-listed Shine Dome which has been home to the Academy of Science since its completion in 1959.

After five years as Governor of South Australia from 1971, Oliphant retired to Canberra in 1976 where he lived until his death in July 2000, aged 98.

Media Contact:

Jess Wurf 6205 0504 0411 772 700 jess.wurf@act.gov.au

JessP 1:00 pm 16 Jun 10

What is wrong with Communications in the ACT? This government really is ‘no-hope’.

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