Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What's in a Name #37.5

I think we all learned something when I last posted about unusual place names. Quite a few were suggested in addition to mine, my suggestions being Wisemans Ferry and Field of Mars.

I have discovered a few more odd ones, well odd to me anyway. Maybe perfectly normal to you.

I don't believe that Model Farms exists now, but it used to be an area squeezed in between Baulkham Hills and Northmead in greater Sydney, around about where the Hills Motorway crosses Windsor Road.

Chipping Norton out Cabramatta way is odd enough in itself, but just to its north is George's Hall.

I don't believe my old map that tells me National Park is a suburb. Perhaps I am wrong. It is near to the excellent tram museum we visited last year, just south of Sutherland and it is actually a national park.

Now kiddies, we will have no discussion on the name origins of Rooty Hill.


  1. Indented Head: near Geelong.

    Hiawatha: South Gippsland hills, where I stashed some booty years ago.

    Spotswood was once called Spottiswoode, and the Spottiswoode Hotel is the only bloke pub left in Melbourne: 'Foxy Barmaids and Topless Waitresses'. Wooh!
    Peeping Toms never retire.

  2. Anonymous4:12 pm

    Ah memeories of Rooty Hill - the RSL Club there is quiet good.

    What about Toongabbie and Old Toongabbie?

    And we still have our Blacktown - a push to change its name was quashed.

  3. Indented Head does not sound odd to me. I spent time in South Gippy, and so I am familiar with Hiawatha. It sounds native American, and so is a curious one.

    And the Rooty Hill RSL club was often the butt of jokes on the Don Lane show. Toongabbie sounds Aboriginal to me. I have never thought about Blacktown, but I can see where the name might come from

  4. Hi Andrew

    The original Chipping Norton is in Oxfordshire, UK. Not uncommon for settlers to name their new establishments after their ancestral towns.

    There's a Seldom Seen in East Gippsland. I doubt that's named after anywhere in Britain.



  5. There's a town in the Hunter Valley called Broke. I guess it never had much going for it. Same goes for mountains like Mount Despair or Mount Disappointment.

    Drove past a place called Chloride in Arizona not far from the Hoover Dam.

  6. Teddywaddy was a name that made us laugh when we went through it. There are a few places with unreal names as we go on our drives... it is fun to look out for the signs :)

  7. Sea Lake: no sea, no lake.
    Worst place on earth, slept out in a sandstorm there, hitching to Mildura.
    Hey, Miz Panz, have you bumped into my sister up there? (What a collision.) Come down here, I'm taking you to the Spottiswoode!

  8. hey Anonymous above?
    The Toongabbie ROCKET is
    the local picture theatre.

    Coochiemudlo Island is one of my favourites. I used to answer the phones at Centrelink and a customer called from there one day.

    PENGUIN in Tasmania is a cute place to live.

  9. My favourite footy team comes from Poowong, love the name Patchewollock but I still can't find the town of Nypo.
    Carnegie was named after Dale Carnegie in an act of brown nosing by town officials hoping for a healthy donation towards civic buildings but silence was the reply *snort*.

  10. No surprise there I suppose Pants. Initially it was Georges Hall that grabbed my attention. I think I may have heard of the UK Chipping Norton. I had a great Uncle who specialised in camping in odd places, including Seldom Seen.

    Broke, Ben. Good one. Not heard of it. The other two also favourites of said great Uncle above.

    Makes me laugh Cazzie. Teddywaddy. A waddi in some Arab country is a place for water to run....I think. I would guess there is a connection.

    Dried salt pan RH?

    Googling as I type Ann. Okies, Qld. Good one.

    Ah yeah Jayne. I remember now, Nypo. It was closed by government because all the women were Nypomaniacs. I especially like Patchewollock. I must know it reasonably well as I could spell it without checking.

  11. It was barren, parched, windswept. Total despair. We found a homestead and the bloke's wife made us some sandwiches. We waited outside, took them away to eat them. We slept at the road that night, made a sort of windbreak with some bits of shrub. And the wind blew, oh golly.

    Wycheproof; another dirty hole.

  12. Anonymous9:59 pm

    You are right in thinking where the name for Blacktown came from. It is also famous for where Toni Collette was brought up.

  13. On the road to Mildura, no money, no home, rich farmers, nazi wives.

    Darlings, I have never been so foreign.

  14. Ah Anon. That is nice. Ms Collette is great. I suppose if I never connected it with what it might have meant in the past, who else would? It is a missing 's' that makes all the difference.

    Poor soldier settlers with their children made good with chips on their shoulders perhaps. Btw, do not pick people up on typos or spelling errors, especially very nice unpretentious people from your side of town. I thought you picked your marks better than that.

  15. Soldier settlement was total failure. These were smug cockies who'll pick up ragged hitchers just to show off about the new car they've ordered in town with brochures to show you then dump you at their gates after a few kilometres.

    Anyone making snooty remarks better get the spelling right.

  16. Has anyone yet mentioned Blackfellows Caves in South Australia, just neat Carpenter Rocks (itself a bastardised version of the French version of 'sawtooth rocks') half an hour out of Mount Gambier?

    I've been to their caravan park, played on their play equipment, drank on their boat ramp and ripped out some brilliant circle-work in their carpark! Not all in the same trip though!

  17. Tidied it up Mutant. Not heard of Blackfellows Caves. Blackfellows sounds odd compared to Blackfellas. I recently learnt about sawtooth rooves, so I get the rock formation. I really must make an effort to see more of the west of Victoria and east of SA.