Name changes

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

THE New South Wales city of Black­town is now seen to be named with racist in­to­na­tions and moves to have it re­named are afoot. This is as ridicu­lous as the event some years ago that changed the name of Wart­burg to Baf­fle Creek be­cause a group of tree-chang­ers claimed it was un­savoury to their yuppie per­sonas. Wart­burg was set­tled in 1908 by 79 Apos­tolic Ger­man mi­grants who bought gov­ern­ment al­lo­ca­tions of what was sup­posed to be arable farm land but turned out to be vir­gin scrub, mostly rocky and with­out re­li­able wa­ter. It was so named be­cause it trans­lated to “wait­ing hill” as the group were stranded on the wrong side of the creek for six months await­ing the build­ing of a punt, paid for by them, to ferry them and their be­long­ings across. The name also linked them to their for­mer home­land where Wart­burg Castle was a fa­mous land­mark. The name change was ap­proved as the ag­i­ta­tors were vo­cal and media savvy, and the com­mu­nity lost its history and iden­tity. Then, as is of­ten the case, those trou­ble mak­ers moved on to eas­ier lives, not hav­ing the for­ti­tude of the area’s founders, leav­ing their legacy of con­fu­sion be­hind. Now when one says “there’s been an ac­ci­dent at Baf­fle Creek” or “I’m go­ing to Baf­fle Creek”, there’s no way of dis­tin­guish­ing be­tween the creek or the lo­cal­ity. OLGA GE­ORGE Ber­a­jondo

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