SA misses nautical placename opportunity
In a move that will have Australia’s nautical toponymists braying for blood, Centrex has scuttled South Australia’s last best hope of an interesting maritime place name.
In a state where placenames range from the pragmatic Boat Harbour to the almost insultingly self-evident Port Wool Bay, Sheep Hill was widely seen as at least a start on clawing some ground back from the other states.
While South Australia may never catch Western Australia, scaling the heights of the serendipitously named Intercourse Islands, beggars can’t be choosers.
Regional NSW boasts Burrumbuttock, Delicate Nobby and Dunedoo. Even suburban Sydney gets in on the act with Tom Ugly’s, Rooty Hill and Woolloomooloo.
Victoria sports Titty Bong, Mount Buggery and Upotipotpon.
Physically diminutive Tasmania is a giant of the genre. It has a strong nautical line up with Squeaking Bay, Eggs and Bacon Bay not to forget Doo Town and the postmodern quandary of Nowhere Else.
Queensland raises the flag with Yorkeys Knob, Burpengary, Dicky Beach and Pimpinbudgie.
If you did feel the need to look beyond the Intercourses, Western Australia has Innaloo, Useless Loop, Koolyanobbing and Woodie Woodie.
ABHR believes that, considering South Australia’s slim pickings, Centrex has squandered a once in a generation opportunity to restore some stocks to South Australia’s collection of interesting place names.
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