Argie - Sorry if it's been answered before!

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Postby NewShoes » Mon 08 Sep, 2014 9:59 pm

Hi all, I'm sure this must have been answered before, I can't find it if so. Who or what are the Argies named after? I'm heading to the archives soon to do my specific house history, which may tell me the answer (the builder?), but does anyone know?

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Postby tilly » Tue 09 Sep, 2014 8:08 am

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Postby NewShoes » Tue 09 Sep, 2014 3:04 pm

Thanks! I've been lurking around here for a long time....!
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Postby dsco » Thu 11 Sep, 2014 11:18 am

I've often wondered this, also whether it should be pronounced with a hard or soft G.
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Postby BLAKEY » Thu 11 Sep, 2014 9:30 pm

dsco wrote:
I've often wondered this, also whether it should be pronounced with a hard or soft G.


Pronounced I think almost universally with a hard "G" - certainly was by me when I lived there, and by all the locals too.
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Postby dsco » Fri 12 Sep, 2014 12:26 pm

That's how I've always said it, but I have no idea why. A quick Google didn't turn up anything useful, but I did find this gem of a curryhouse in New Zealand along the way: http://www.arjeebhajee.co.nz/.
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Postby NewShoes » Fri 12 Sep, 2014 2:01 pm

Very odd, I'll let you know if I find anything in the archive!
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Postby uncle mick » Fri 12 Sep, 2014 5:43 pm

I have looked in the 19th Century newspapers & drew a blank. As for Argie been the surname of the builder there a very few examples mostly in Ireland

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Re: Argie - Sorry if it's been answered before!

Postby Magpie » Thu 30 Oct, 2014 2:28 pm

I lived on Argie Avenue for a time in the 80s, and have always understood it to be a hard G. I've often wondered about the origin, too.
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Re: Argie - Sorry if it's been answered before!

Postby NewShoes » Sat 13 Dec, 2014 8:12 pm

Hm, so I went to the archive, only to find nothing useful! The land all round Argie Rd/Sowood/Bankfield was sold off in 1896-7 by William Henry Eagland and Ambrose Edmund Butler. When the land was sold the streets were 'intended to be called', and were marked on the accompanying map. Bankfield was the name of Eagland's big house on Burley Road... I couldn't find any info for Eagland buying the land. I also, on the off chance, checked the indexes for anyone called Argie doing any buying and selling between 1849 and 1900, nothing!

Few Mr Argies in Ireland at the time, but that's about it!

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