What is a Warrajah?

To: "Philip Veerman" <>
Subject: What is a Warrajah?
Date: 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 
> elsewhere
> and pronounced by people as "Condor". Crazy really. Maybe it is due to spell 
> checkers.
> Philip

  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 
place names
but I can't think of any more just now.

Anthea Fleming

>   Bittern
>   Brogla
>   Corella
>   Dove
>   Egret
>   Gannet
>   Grebe
>   Harrier
>   Ibis
>   Kingfisher
>   Kookaburra
>   Landrail
>   Lorikeet
>   Lyre (?)
>   Nightjar
>   Oriole
>   Osprey
>   Pipit
>   Plover
>   Prion
>   Quail
>   Robin
>   Rosella
>   Rufous (?)
>   Sanderling
>   Sandpiper
>   Shearwater
>   Sheldrake  (?)
>   Sitella
>   Skua
>   Spoonbill
>   Turnstone
>   Warrajah
>   Weebill
>   Weeroo
>   Whimbrel
>   Widgeon
>   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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