So 1949 was the start of the end for this valley - as we knew it!!!
TO THE EDITOR OF THE HERALD.
Sir, There has been a great deal of controversy over the name Barren Jack. Well, I happened to be living at that place as far back as 1857 when there were in those days scores of blacks on the Murrumbidgee flats, and I became fairly well used to their language. I am to a fair extent familiar with it yet. Now the blacks' name for that place is Burreen- gic, meaning Big Fish.
I have known fish to be caught there weighing nearly 100lb. But the name has been corrupted by the white people the same as a place called "Blowering", at Tumut.,
The aboriginal name is "Bulla-roaren," meaning two standing; that is, they have seen two buckeens (Willa blackfellows) standing.
There are many other similar names, viz., Cootamundra, Adelong, Merrybindinyah, I can give the meaning of.
I am, etc.,
NICHOLAS LOCKYER POTTER.
Canterbury. Feb. 21. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Thursday 2 March 1911).
Which is South of
1888 - TUMUT, FRIDAY. - The centenary celebrations wore a great success. All the business places were closed yesterday and to-day. Yesterday nearly 700 children marched in procession to the Recreation Ground, on tho bunk of the river, where a monster picnic was held. There was a large attendance. Athletic sports were carried out. A cricket match was played today, All Tradesmen v. Storekeepers, and was won by the latter by one wicket.- (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 28 January 1888).
1891 - THE CENSUS RETURNS. [BY TELEGRAPH.] (FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT.) QUEANBEYAN, FRIDAY . The consus returns for the TUMUT, area show the population of the Tumut electoratate be males 3886, females 2982; total, 6868, including 406 Chinese, seven of whom are females. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 9 May 1891).
John Stephenson(Mobile 0431 481 451) Ex West Blowering & Tumut Resident, now living in Wollongong, NSW. Australia.