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What‘s in a name?

What‘s in a name?

Ever wondered how the names of some of our Perth suburbs came about? Here are a few interesting origins:

Named in 1997 from the Aboriginal word meaning ‘shade of trees’

This suburb name was coined in 1980 by combining the names of the two adjoining roads, Wanneroo Road and Gnangara Road

Duly named after the ship ‘Rockingham’ ran aground on the beach in 1930

Thought to be derived from the Aboriginal name for ‘trading place’ or ‘mandjar’. In the nineteenth century an early settler to the region, Thomas Peel, named his residence ‘Mandurah House’

Mirrabooka was only named as a suburb in 1980. It has the Aboriginal meaning of the ‘Southern Cross Constellation’

Land in the Hillarys area was used in WW11 by the Australian army. The suburb is named after Gallipoli war veteran Bertram John Hillary who built its first beach shack in 1930

Although the town centre is relatively new, the Lake was named in 1837. Most Aboriginal words ending in ‘up’ mean ‘near to’ and are often indicative of water. This Noongar word means ‘place of whiteness or glistening’

Lake Yanchep was recorded in 1866 by surveyor R Quinn. The name has its origin in the Aboriginal word ‘yanget’ or ‘native bullrush’

This suburb is thought to be named after Sir Walter Murdoch who, in 1912, was appointed as Professor of English at the newly built University of Western Australia

Known in 1919 as ‘Place of the Rat Kangaroo’, or ‘Mullaloo’.  An English settler used the Aboriginal word to name a coastal point. At this stage in time it is feasible that quokkas weren’t solely confined to Rottnest Island

This suburb, located at the mouth of the Swan River, was named in 1829 after Captain Charles Howe Fremantle who came to the Swan River Colony from the Cape of Good Hope aboard the HMS Challenger

For more interesting reading go to the government website

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