A project from the National Trust of WA
A self-guided drive trail between the Perth Hills and Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields. Go with the Flow. Follow the water to discover more about the audacious goldfields water supply scheme and Engineer CY O’Connor.
“Future generations, I am quite certain will think of us and bless us for our far seeing patriotism, and it will be said of us, as Isaiah said of old, ‘They made a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert”
Many of the place names you will encounter on the Heritage Trail have their origin in Aboriginal languages. Some are connected to water sources. Early European explorers relied on, and sometimes forced, Aboriginal people to take them across the land and show them where water could be found.
Europeans then often tried to transcribe the Aboriginal name for a place into English so that when they, or others, returned to the area they could use that name to ask the local people for their help in finding the place. In transcribing the sound of a place name, the Europeans often had no understanding of its meaning.
It is not surprising that over 100 years later more than one meaning is now claimed for many names. Some examples of place names and their possible Aboriginal derivations include: —
I will not trouble your readers with the outlandish names of the various camping places along the route to the diggings, suffice it to say they were most of them named by the Blacks before the arrival of the white men … most of them are beginning with a B, and containing four syllables, and lots of o’s and double o’s. Albert Vincent 1899
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