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rf foe romanee ai Australian place names

flere are more Australian place names,

i "n>6 about each. Watch this series for and n°tes A .

, fl vOU know or are interested in - places you

or perhaps your own home town.


4 "lí of the'famous Professor

birthplace who becamc Grafton at the Cairo

, ff fi Matine "and at Man , ^utersity. During the 1914

J he was engagée in psycho ' 1Í work among shell-shocked £ Also the birthplace o the gished Australian soldier

> Mackay and Harry Searle,

: fwÄ champion sculler, 1888



Aboriginal: Stated by some to I toe meant "plenty of eels"; by i olhers "head of the river. First

bm as Rose Hill, after George Rosf, Secretary of the British ' Treasury. A cabbage grown at

¡lose Hill and rut for the King's Birthday is said t<> have weighed


ffagga Wagga

Aboriginal: "Many crows." Thomas Mitchell, who served un- der Wellington, named the streets alter Peninsula War veterans. Here lived as a butcher last century Thomas Castro (Arthur Orton), who claimed to be heir to the Tich- borne estate. The case in London occupied 102 days (costing the elate £92,000). The court found against Orton and he was tried for perjurv. This trial took from April'22, 1873, to February 28,

1874, when he was sentenced to 14 years. He weighed 24 stone. Wagga was the birthplace of Field-Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey, famous in World War II as Commander-in

Chief of the Australian Military


(VICTORIA) Campaspe

Thomas Mitchell, who was a classical scholar as well as an ex- plorer, named it after a woman mend of Alexander the Great. Morwell

From an early hotel. Dimboola

Should really have been Dim Ma the Ceylonese name bestowed Jv Surveyor J. G. W. Wilmott. »to had been in the Indian

gemment. It means "land of


Aboriginal: "Ghost waterhole." Prahran

From native Purraran, which wa?" nCarly surT»nded by Porepunkah

«oTaÄWaS ChrÍStened in a

.ion of H "amC IS 3 c°mhina

'^"anÏÏow:?5 meanÍng %mfptEEJVÄLA]VD>

í 0:igin«; settlement was

1»T« Nash f /Mc (becausc the latcÄ fo,u"d gold there ir officiallv ah\ f"d Was recordec Field Thp i Upper MarY Rive. Gympie VargeSt nuS§ct fr°T thc ^ valIgrgS W3S ,hc C""is 'íou»d'mt uat/3132- 11 wa;

"»".e Gvm abandoned «haft. Th, Gympi-cS6'5 derived fr°"

^^Sgteab°rigineS'WOr< ^rongh

Ï Sta"ds Ud«ryxfÍVer °n whid T_ of »he fourth Duke o

Richmond and wife of Sir Charles Fitzroy, Governor of N.S.W. She was thrown from a carriage and killed when going to a dance at



Formerly German Pass. Named

Angas Town after George Fife Angas, who sent the first shipment

of settlers to South Australia. Ceduna

The aboriginal name for a waterhole in the locality. Echunga

Aboriginal: "Close."


Named after the Earl of Kim- berley.


The scene in 1834 of a distress

ing battle with aborigines. The battle practically dispersed the Bubbulniun race, whicb had lived in the south for countless ages, making them wanderers.

(TASMANIA) Port Davey

Named after the Governor, "Mad" Tom Davey, who had a

turbulent career in Tasmania from

1813-17. He upset staid officials when arriving by carrying his coat over his arm. Tbe port was named by James Kelly, who, in 1817, sailed with four men from Hobart

in a whale boat and went right

round Tasmania. The native name for Port Davey, Poynduc. Marrawah

Native word for "gum trees."


Victoria River

Named in 1839 by Captain Stokes, R.N., who wrote: "As we ran in between the frowning heights . . . 'This is indeed a noble river' burst from several lips at the same moment. 'And worthy,' con- tinued I, 'of being honored with the name of Her Most Gracious Majesty, the Queen!' "