During my conversation with Clare Millege, we both referred to some of our landscape memory moments. Clare grew up close to Wollumbin, in Northern New South Wales. (still sometimes known by the name given to it in 1770 by James Cook, Mount Warning).
I refered to one of my all time, favourite places on the Sunshine Coast, also generally known by its Captain Cook name, The Glasshouse Mountains. However each of the extinct volcano core peaks retains its original name and its ‘dindshenchas-like’ origin story.
- Mount Beerburrum, 278 m.
- Mount Beerwah, 556 m.
- Mount Coochin or The Coochin Hills, 235 m and 230 m.
- Mount Coonowrin or Crookneck or Fakebig, 377 m.
- Mount Elimbah or The Saddleback, 109 m.
- Mount Ngungun, 253 m.
- Mount Tibberoowuccum, 220 m.
- Mount Tibrogargan and Cooee, 364 m and 177 m.
I am sure I have another version of this story in my notes somewhere but sometimes, hardrives are very good hiding places!
Tibrogargan was the father of all the tribes and Beerwah was his wife, and they had many children.Coonowrin, the eldest; the twins, Tunbubudla; Miketeebumulgrai; Elimbah whose shoulders were bent because she carried many cares; the little one called Round because she was so fat and small; and the one called Wild Horse since he always strayed away from the others to paddle out to sea.
Just a few more from my nostalgia bank.