Place Names was Fire amd Hemlock revisited or maybe not

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Wed Jan 24 16:16:24 EST 2001

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Sally wrote
>   In
> Tasmania we have Sheffield (we say Sheff - ee- eld) and Railton (we say
> Rail-ton), Launceston (we say Lon - sess - ton) Richmond, Devonport,
> Ulverstone (Ulv-er-ston) Bicheno (Bee-sh'n-o) and Beaconsfield
> (Bee-cons-field).

Some of these pronunciations have definitely shifted:

Sheffield = Sheff-eeld,  we also call  it "Sheffie, do Aussies do that 

Launceston = Lawnceton

Ulverston seems unchanged.

Beaconsfield = Beckonsfield

There's probably more than one way to pronounce some of these -- 
people still argue about "Derby" for example. Now, try and guess 
the pronunciation of this Sheffield place name -- "Beauchief", its a  
cause of much confusion between locals and non locals, and once 
made me look a total idiot in front of some poor German tourists 

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