INI­TIAL PUZ­ZLE

Australian Geographic - - Wild Australia -

The ori­gin of the name Pee Dee is a mystery. It orig­i­nated be­fore the O’Sul­li­vans took over Pee Dee Sta­tion in 1878. One story is that a girl named Pearl Dufty got lost in the bush and was taken in by a lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal group. As the group moved through the land­scape, Pearl carved her ini­tials in tree trunks. She even­tu­ally re­turned home safely. An­other story is that a stray steer was found to have the ini­tials PD branded on it.

An­drew O’Sul­li­van has a third the­ory that has its roots rather fur­ther away: “There’s an­other re­gion in the world called Pee Dee. It’s in South Carolina, in North Amer­ica, and it’s spelt in the same way. There’s a Pee Dee River there too. I think that’s where it came from.”

That river’s name is thought to de­rive from the name of a lo­cal In­dige­nous Amer­i­can tribe.

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