Савелий Балалайкин (balalajkin) wrote,
Савелий Балалайкин

Серию о реформации продолжу на днях, а пока выложу любопытный курьез из истории местных топонимов.

Пригород Мельбурна, Данденонг (Dandenong) находится в десятке километров от моего дома. История Данденонга примечательна. В начале 1900х там стоял трактир под названием "Нехорошая лепешка". Название странное, но оно и является буквальным переводом аборигенского "Данденонг". Данденонг приклеился к этой местности благодаря чрезвычайному происшествию с группой аборигенов. Дело было в 1840 году. Местные охотники - собиратели обнаружили неохраняемый склад негашеной извести, упакованный в мешки и покрытый брезентом, у пристани во Франкстоне. Полагая, что эти мешки содержат муку, о питательных свойствах которой аборигены уже кое-что знали, они стянули несколько мешков и убежали. Пробежали двенадцать миль, опасаясь погони. А когда остановились, развели огонь, набрали воды и собрались приготовить лепешки. Реакция воды с негашеной известью впечатлила их настолько, что местность так и стала называться "Нехорошая лепешка", то есть Данденонг.

” . . . To the Editor of the Argus

Sir, – In the interesting article, “The Gippsland Mystery,” on Saturday, by Ernest McCaughan, it is stated that “a party of five whites and ten blacks were sent out under the leadership of De Villiers, an ex police officer who kept the extraordinary named No Good Damper Inn.  A propose of this, a story was related to me by the late Robert Rowley, then of Rye (a very old colonist who had known Buckley, the wild white man).  The story, which may be of interest, that that about the year 1840 lime was being burnt about Sorrento and Rye.  A layer of sheoak logs was laid on the ground, then a layer of limestone.  Another layer of logs, then again stone, and so on, until there was a considerable stack.  Fire was next applied.  By this rough and ready, though wasteful, system, lime used in the building of early Melbourne was then burned.  The lime was then “slacked’, afterwards sieved, through a fine sieve, and forwarded to Melbourne by ketch.  One of these old wind jammers had the misfortune to go aground near the site of Frankston.  The lime was taken off undamaged, stacked, and carefully covered a little way from the shore.  A number of blacks were in the vicinity.  They had had some little experience of the white fellow’s flour.  When they found the lime, sieved and done up in small bags under a tarpaulin, they were sure they had got the genuine article in plenty.  So they mustered in force, took away all they possibly could, and, fearing pursuit, did not stop running till they put about 12 miles between them and the stack of lime.  The blacks then mixed their flour with water upon their ‘possum rugs and put the dough in the ashes to bake, the result being spoiled rugs and bad damper.  In the words of Mr. Rowley, “they called that place Dandenong,” which means “no good damper.” – 

Yours &c.   J.L. Brown

Sandringham, Sept. 8 . . . “

Source:  Exerpt – ‘Argus’ – Article “No Good Damper Inn.” – published 9 Sep 1924


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