Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Funny Aussie place names

Found this site the other day, have put down a few good ones, check the site for the rest.

Boing Boing (NT)
Meaning "mosquitoes buzzing" in Aboriginal, Boing Boing narrowly takes the cake for the most unusual place name beginning with "B" — it narrowly beat Blighty in NSW, which probably reminded somebody of home.


Come by chance (NSW)
Immortalised in a Banjo Patterson poem, this settlement in north-western New South Wales got its name from pastoralists who happened upon a large vacant block, while en route somewhere else more promising.


Gingin (WA)
This town north of Perth sounds good enough to drink. The Aboriginal meaning is "place of many streams".


Humpybong (Qld)
Lovely name originating from when the British abandoned the area in favour of settling Brisbane, leaving behind empty huts or "humpies". Humpybong means "dead shelters" in Aboriginal.


Innaloo (WA)
Perth suburb with a fruit market called Innaloo Fresh (we kid you not!) and a shopping plaza, presumably with plenty of indoor restrooms.


Jimcumbilly (NSW)
Tiny settlement and disused railway station located near Bombala, inland from the New South Wales south coast. Mystery surrounds the meaning of its Aboriginal name.

Knuckey Lagoon (NT)
Near Darwin and actually a wildlife reserve, rather than a place popular with couples. Just beats Kurri Kurri in New South Wales, where good Indian cuisine is guaranteed.


Loos (SA)
This settlement's original German name, Buchsfelde, was considered offensive during World War I so they came up with this much better alternative.


Mount Buggery (Vic)
The evocative and typically Aussie name, Mount Buggery, cannot be bettered anywhere in Australia — although WA's Muchea (as in "there's nothing muchea"), a corruption of the Aboriginal word Muchela, is excellent too.


Nowhere Else (Tas & SA)
Located near Devonport in north-western Tasmania, there really is "nowhere else", like Nowhere Else. Well, actually there is... Like many of our visitors have pointed out, a place called Nowhere Else can be found on the Eyre Peninsular in SA too!



Rooty Hill (NSW)
Area in western Sydney named by Governor King in 1802. Disappointingly, the name refers to roots exposed in fields around the hill following floods.


Smiggin Holes (NSW)
Popular ski resort that got its Scottish name from pools formed in rocks by cattle.


Tom Ugly (NSW)
Tom Ugly Point, near Sylvania in Sydney's south, is named after an Aboriginal Australian who lived in a rock shelter in this area during the mid-19th century. His nickname was said to be ironic as he was a strong, handsome fellow.



Wonglepong (Qld)
Although New South Wales has Woolloomooloo (meaning young kangaroo), and Wards Mistake (named after bushranger Frederick Ward), Queensland's delightfully named Wonglepong, possibly meaning "forgotten sound" in Aboriginal, pips them all, and also tramples all over Victoria's Wurt Wurt Kurt as number one "W".


Xantippe (WA)
Australia's only place name beginning with "X" is found near Dalwallinu in the WA wheat belt, and got its name from workers on the rabbit-proof fence. On discovering that the granite ground they were working on was almost impenetrable, they called the place Xantippe, after the wife of Greek philosopher Socrates, reputedly a very hard woman!


Yorkeys Knob (Qld)
Located just north of Cairns, it got its name from a fisherman from Yorkshire, George Yorkey Lawson, who lived nearby in the late 19th century. Locals have since resisted attempts to rename it Yorkeys Beach, fond as they are of the original moniker, despite the reactions it sometimes provokes.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Funnity enough back in 1988 I went to Yorkeys Knob Primary school for 1 term in grade 5.

Mark Edwards said...

Innaloo Fresh is a great place for fresh seafood....never thought about the connotations of that, until you mentioned it!

Muchea is pronounced... mooshay

Mairead said...

Isn't it funny that I happened upon this almost a year to the day that you wrote it? Love it - but you missed off the Bungle Bungles and Humpty Doo!!!

John Gunn said...

I just found a place called Berserker in Rockhampton. Ha.

Anonymous said...

I once had to change a customers.address to Hell Hole Creek Rd lol :)

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