Fame name of the game

It’s of­ten the butt of jokes, but Rooty Hill has gained re­spect af­ter a men­tion in the new ver­sion of Triv­ial Pur­suit.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE -

NAY, to all those crit­ics who’ve poked fun at Rooty Hill over the years.

Yes, the name might be un­for­tu­nate and prompt lots of in­ap­pro­pri­ate jokes, but its quirk­i­ness has seen it earn a spot in the lat­est edition of Triv­ial Pur­suit.

The sub­urb has re­ceived a men­tion in the up­com­ing 2000s ver­sion.

It’s one of a num­ber of un- con­ven­tional Aus­tralian lo­cal­i­ties that has made it into the cat­e­gory of Places – Strange Names in the new­est edition of the clas­sic board game.

It also means Rooty Hill’s no­to­ri­ety is set to soar Aus­tralia-wide and be­yond.

And just to add a bit more trivia to the game – for those who didn’t know – Soc­ceroos cap­tain and As­ton Villa mid- fielder Mile Je­d­i­nak was raised in Rooty Hill.

Antarc­tic ex­plorer Sir Dou­glas Maw­son also had close ties to the sub­urb. The Maw­son im­mi­grated to Aus­tralia when Dou­glas was two. The fam­ily lived in Rooty Hill and Maw­son trav­elled into the city to school.

The sub­urb also main­tains a strong link to Minch­in­bury Wines. Dr Charles McKay, who planted the first vines on the colo­nial prop­erty, bought a large tract of land in the dis­trict, in­clud­ing The Rooty Hill, in 1865.

Black­town Mayor Stephen Bali de­scribed Rooty Hill as “a di­a­mond in the rough”.

“It’s a shame it’s taken Triv­ial Pur­suit to give it more pro­file,” Cr Bali said. The trivia game is be­ing re­launched for younger fans.

Pic­ture: Justin San­son

Ed­die Dib, of The Dis­tillery Wood­fire Restau­rant (lo­cated on the for­mer Minch­in­bury Wines site which has a his­toric con­nec­tion to Rooty Hill).

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