Interesting place names names round here – this seen on the road out of “howlong” While this name is clearly a bastardization of some some old Aboriginal dialect the barrumbuttock is more of a mystery. Seems an amalgam of an Aboriginal name and an English ending -pun intended.
Could not help reflecting that this is something one would be less likely to see in NZ as over time the Maori have insisted that new zealand must adopt correct and accurate place names including correct pronunciation of words. Culturally insulting to do otherwise.
Australia is different – maybe the local Aboriginals have all been wiped out – maybe no one left cares. Since heading out of melbourne I have been playing a type of ” eye spy” game to be first to spot
1 – a beehive
2. An Abo
So far zero for either or option.Wonder where they are?
The ride from Howlong was thru flatter country than I have been in so far Wheat growing country in black loamy type soils. Traffic very light – plenty of billabongs on route and an incredibly noisy birds seemed to want to serenade my passage on these long straight roads.
the aussy’s have a great 3G network that has remarkable coverage thru much of rural Australia. has been possible to keep in good contact with home and also update the blog via this network. pity NZ is so far behind with this technology