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QLD Name on Mail in All Caps - Legal Meaning Under Australian Law?

Discussion in 'Other/General Law Forum' started by Bellpepper, 6 January 2016.

  1. Bellpepper

    Bellpepper Active Member

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    Hi,

    When I get letters in the mail from certain institutions, why is my name in all caps?

    Why not just in normal writing, i.e John Smith, not JOHN SMITH

    Is there a legal meaning to this under Australian Law?
     
  2. Rod

    Rod Well-Known Member

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    No. Don't believe everything you read on the internet :)
     
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  3. Bellpepper

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    Ok, can you tell me why though? Why do they do it then if there is no meaning? Why not write it "john smith"?
     
  4. Rod

    Rod Well-Known Member

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    It is purely a bureaucratic convention. Not sure if it predates use of typewriters when most documents were hand written. A history buff specialising in the production of official documents and their conventions would be better able to answer this question.

    IMO, it makes the name stand out from other clutter around it and aids in better recognition of the characters. Ie less chance of mistaking a Q for a G (gq) or I and l (il) or U and V (uv)

    You are not a slave and there is nothing sinister about having a name in all caps on government documents.
     
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  5. Tim W

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    No.
     
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