Mt Sonder-Rwetyepme, Jabiru, local names etc

To: Greg <>
Subject: Mt Sonder-Rwetyepme, Jabiru, local names etc
From: Robert Gosford <>
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 09:40:53 +0930
Dear all,

For those that are unfamiliar with it, Jabiru was created to house the mining crew from nearby ranger uranium mine - it later morphed into a half mine/half tourist town that is also in large part supported by the Aboriginal economy from local communities. The mine will reportedly close down within 5 years or so so a name change might be in line with its about-to-change demographics. I'd suggest something of relevance to the local Mirrar people - the traditional owners of the country - I'll see what I can come up with ...

BTW - the Arrente name for Mt Sonder is *Rwetyepme*, its Aboriginal <> name, is the second highest mountain <> in the Northern Territory <>, Australia <> at 1380 metres above sea level: per Wikipedia at:

Just having been in the truly mountainous country of Arizona & New Mexico for a few weeks I really have to laugh when I see what should really be only considered hills or mounts at best described as mountains...I mean, a 1,380 metre high mountain?


Greg wrote:
Well the Australasian race of the Black-necked Stork is likely to be separated from the Asian race as a good species in the revised Christidis and Boles as Ephippiorhynchus australis with the common name "Satin Stork'.

Maybe the town name could be Satin Town or Australis.

I don't think Satin Town would really reflect the tough reputation of the Territory though!!!

Greg Clancy

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