Monday, August 2, 2010


The following letter to the editor from 1927 written by a Mr Frederick Slater contests the accepted origin and meaning of not only Canberra's name but also other well known places around Sydney. Perhaps there is some merit in some places having been named the Aboriginal word for European utilisation of a particular place.

Slater quotes John Lhotski (1795?-1866?)(bio) who, on his quest to explore the Australian Alps passed through the Limestone Plains and made the observation that there were no indigenous peoples resident in the area in (1821?). It is today however obvious that the Limestone Plains were inhabited for many thousands of years by Aboriginal people and the following article remains I think as a curiosity...

The Sydney Morning Herald - Tuesday 24 May 1927

National Library of Australia (here)

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