Lake Borrie

To: "Reid" <>, "Tony Russell" <>, "birding-aus" <>
Subject: Lake Borrie
From: Margaret Cameron <>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2003 14:33:04 +1000
Lake Borrie was named after Edwin Fullarton Borrie, Chief Engineer for Sewerage and Main Drainage of the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works, and as such in charge of the wonderful Werribee sewage farm, through the 1930's and 40's. He then became town planner for Melbourne and was responsible for the Borrie plan, the first real plan for Melbourne, published in 1954 (see Australian Encyclopedia under Melbourne - Planning and Open Space for stuff about the plan though it does not mention his name).

His son Ian Borrie (with his wife Wendy) is well known to many wader watchers and birdwatchers in Victoria; he and Wendy lived at Point Lonsdale and were long term wader counters and Hooded Plover and OBP watchers, especially of Lake Victoria, Swan Island and the Swan bay area. Ian was very active here on conservation issues; now they have moved to Tasmania he is not yet quite as well known to developers, spoilers etc but give him time!

Ian tells me that in teenage slang the word "borrie" means "s--t" a word the politically correct software in my updated email program does not like me to use


  At 01:36 PM 29/06/03 +1000, Reid wrote:

I had asked this question of an acquaintance at the Australian National
Placenames Survey (based at Macquarie University, and the aim of which is to
record all known Australian names, documenting their origin, meaning,
history, cultural significance, map reference and location) and
unfortunately their name database is not yet up and running.  There was no
reference to 'Borrie' in any of the reference books close to hand.

As far as I know, the term 'borrie' is another name for the spice commonly
called tumeric.

Or perhaps you are referring the the Macquarie Dictionary definition of the
slang term?


Ralph Reid

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