STILL USED: Wooroowoolgan Station, which was once spread over an area almost to the Queensland border.
STILL USED: Wooroowoolgan Station, which was once spread over an area almost to the Queensland border.

Name of station a clue to history of area

HAVE you ever looked at old addresses? If you have you will have noticed that most do not have house/street numbers but they all seem to have house names - not the name of the people who lived there, but the house itself!

Larger properties, farms, and the earlier stations were also known by a name rather than by the owner's name.

The numbering of street houses is a more modern system

Some properties are still known by a name, but perhaps not the original one.

This should all be kept in mind when reading old histories, including family histories.

Some names became the name of a town or village.

An example of this is Wyangarie. This originally referred to the Wyangarie (or Wyangaree) Station.

Coraki is another example. This was the name chosen by William Yabsley and referred to his property, Coraki Estate, part of which is now the township of Coraki.

Dungarubba is another example. The original owner was a Mr J.C. Leigh.

Of course it became a little confusing if more than one person chose the same name for his or her property!

Take for example the name of "Beechgrove". This was the name chosen for a property at Eureka owned by a Mr A. Anderson, while the same name referred to a property at Federal owned by Mr W.J. Bate.

"Bella Vista" was a very popular name for both houses and properties. It meant "beautiful view" and was chosen by Thomas Gibson at Mullumbimby as well as Mr J.G. Riordan at Steve Kings Plains. There are many houses with this name scattered throughout the whole district.

One name which could have been confusing for the postal department was Glenfield. Mr S. Cook and Mr S.R. Cooke both chose this name for their properties, one at Rous and the other at Corndale.

In the early days addresses often simply said "Mr A. Name" or more likely "A. Name, Esq., Name of Property, Richmond River".

In the Glenfield example this address could have been confusing indeed! But then, in the early days perhaps only those who were well known received mail.

Quite often the name chosen referred to a place where the settler was born.

An example of this is Donegal Stud, near Lismore, owned by Mr R.V. Boyd. Probably Mr Boyd came from Donegal in Ireland.

Malvern Estate at Clunes, owned by David Weir, was probably the same.

Quite a few names referred to the "glens" back in Scotland. Some of these are Glen Eden, Glencoe, Glenfield, Glenthorn, Glenview, and Glenyon.

One interesting one is Wooroowoolgan. This was originally a large station in the Casino area.

The name is still used. It originally was made up of several parts and spread over a large area, almost to the Queensland border.

Each part was known by a different name, sometimes because of its usage, e.g. Heifer Station, and Main Camp.

The sale of stud heifers was an important part of the station's income and so the young females were kept in a separate area of the property.

Main Camp (the area used when mustering) became the name of Cunningham Henderson's station in later years. His station incorporated the area where the Main Camp had been.

Some of the original names can still be seen throughout our area when more recent owners have kept the name.

One example is Bau Farm at Wollongbar which was the name of a property originally owned by Mr T.H. Booker.

Prepared by Geoff and Margaret Henderson for Richmond River Historical Society, 02 6621 9993.

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