"Philip Veerman" <>
What is a Warrajah?
Thu, 1 Jan 2009 16:21:01 +0800 (WST)
> Interesting thoughts. In the bushland near Canberra is a "Condor Creek". Hard
> to imagine
> where that one came from and why someone would choose vulture-like US birds
> as a name.
> Though there is surely many other foreign animal names in Australian
> localities (Badger
> Creek near Healesville for example). And then we have a suburb Conder, named
> after the
> painter Charles Conder and you see it frequently in the local newspapers and
> and pronounced by people as "Condor". Crazy really. Maybe it is due to spell
The Conder isn't a suburb (in Melbourne any rate) but a street in Heidelberg -
overlooking the Heidelberg part of the Yarra Valley. Suitable for the painter.
streets nearby commemorate other members of the Heidelberg School.
But may I point out that the Badger of Badger Creek isn't the European
creature but an
old name for the Wombat.
Victoria has several Pheasant creeks - all refer to the Lyrebird as Native
There are probably other examples of now diused animal names fossilised in
but I can't think of any more just now.
> Lyre (?)
> Rufous (?)
> Sheldrake (?)
> An impressive lineup - with a couple of strange choices. Maybe Google
> Maps isn't 100% accurate.
> I suppose the other non-bird names were existing ones as they seem to
> apply to thoroughfares.
> Across the way there are some plants represented: Cherrytree, Caraway,
> Orixia, Cotoneaster, Privet. A lot better than naming them after dodgy
> local politicians or their children :-)
> Have a very happy and safe New Year everyone
> Russell Woodford
> Birding-Aus List Owner
> Geelong Victoria Australia
> On 31/12/2008, at 1:36 PM, Gemfyre wrote:
> > I've recently moved house. The area where we live has many roads
> > named after birds (how lovely - we live on Widgeon ourselves - which
> > is a type of duck).
> > A street nearby is called "Warrajah". Is this a bird related name?
> > A Google search doesn't bring up much.
> > Belinda
> > Stirling W.A.
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