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 +===== What's In A Name? Melon Country. =====
  
-WHAT'S IN A NAME? +by Jim Brown
-MELON COUNTRY ​by Jim Brown+
  
 Everyone has heard of that gambit in psychology where the head-shrinker utters a word and the victim is asked to reply with whatever "​associated word" comes first to mind. I wonder what my reply would be if the psychologist said "​Melon?"​ and awaited my response. Everyone has heard of that gambit in psychology where the head-shrinker utters a word and the victim is asked to reply with whatever "​associated word" comes first to mind. I wonder what my reply would be if the psychologist said "​Melon?"​ and awaited my response.
  
-Would I say "​Grose"​ or "​Nepean"?​ Well, perhaps, because I would be remembering a hot Sunday evening in February more than 40 years back, sitting on the dried grasses along the river near Richmond and, with whole-hearted support from my companion of the week-end, Ken Meadows, polishing off the whole of a fair-sized watermelon we'd bought at a roadside stall. ​ge needed it, too, because that broiling week-end we'd "​done"​ the Grose from Blackheath to Richmond, and our body fluids needed topping-up. As we ate, the sun went down in a glory +Would I say "​Grose"​ or "​Nepean"?​ Well, perhaps, because I would be remembering a hot Sunday evening in February more than 40 years back, sitting on the dried grasses along the river near Richmond and, with whole-hearted support from my companion of the week-end, Ken Meadows, polishing off the whole of a fair-sized watermelon we'd bought at a roadside stall. ​We needed it, too, because that broiling week-end we'd "​done"​ the Grose from Blackheath to Richmond, and our body fluids needed topping-up. As we ate, the sun went down in a glory of red and gold beyond the Kurrajong Hills across the rose-tinted mirror of the Nepean. 
-' ​of red and gold beyond the Kurrajong Hills across the rose-tinted mirror of the Nepean. + 
-Or would I cry "​Wollondilly",​ thinking of the melons that used to grow wild along the banks of that river? Planted originally I'd guess by the poor devils who eked out a precarious existence there during the Depression years. The melon skins were dark green, stippled with paler patches, and they looked ever so inviting to a thirsty walker - but they weren'​t watermelons. They were jam melons with succulent but tasteless greenish flesh. ​Ih +Or would I cry "​Wollondilly",​ thinking of the melons that used to grow wild along the banks of that river? Planted originally I'd guess by the poor devils who eked out a precarious existence there during the Depression years. The melon skins were dark green, stippled with paler patches, and they looked ever so inviting to a thirsty walker - but they weren'​t watermelons. They were jam melons with succulent but tasteless greenish flesh. ​In spite of that, I recall taking one to bed with me one stinking hot evening and gnawing lumps of it at intervals during the night. Even if the taste was insipid, it was better than the turgid river water. 
-spite of that, I recall taking one to bed with me one stinking hot evening and gnawing lumps + 
-of it at intervals during the night. Even if the taste was insipid, it was better than the +But again, if the head-shrinker said "​melon?"​ I may even murmur "​Wollemi"​. Because in the environs of Wollemi National Park there are so many places including the word "​melon"​ or something very like it. Let's look at these numerous Wollemi "​melons"​. First, of course, the divide between the Colo and Macdonald River systems, which carries the Putty/​Singleton road, is called "​Mellong Range"​. Flowing from it, about 45 km north of Colo Heights is "Melon Creek" which joins the Macdonald just upstream from its lesser relative "​Little Melon Creek"​. 
-turgid river water. +
-But again, if the head-shrinker said "​melon?"​ I may even murmur "​Wollemi"​. Because in the environs of Wollemi National Park there are so many places including the word "​melon"​ or something very like it. Let's look at these numerous Wollemi "​melons"​. First, of course, the divide between the Colo and Macdonald River systems, which carries the Putty/​Singleton +
-road, is called "​Mellong Range"​. Flowing from it, about 45 km north of Colo Heights is "Melon Creek" which joins the Macdonald just upstream from its lesser relative "​Little Melon Creek"​.+
 Quite a lot higher up, the "​Mullen Malong River" (also called Branch Creek), flowing from the northern face of the Hunter Range, also comes into the Macdonald. Surely that name is simply "​melon(g)"​ again, with the map-makers trying out two differing spellings. Quite a lot higher up, the "​Mullen Malong River" (also called Branch Creek), flowing from the northern face of the Hunter Range, also comes into the Macdonald. Surely that name is simply "​melon(g)"​ again, with the map-makers trying out two differing spellings.
-Flowing from the western side of th'​e ​main north/south Mellong Range, and draining into the Wollemi and thus the Colo, is "​Molong Molong Creek" (and "​Molong Molong Swamp"​),​ and overlooking this area from the west is Mount Molong, on a long spur running south-west from Gosper'​s Mountain. My guess is that these are all variants of the "​melon(g)"​ theme, but I won't offer any opinion as to how the same name got applied to the mid-west town of Molong out past Orange. That does seem rather a long way from my Melon Country.+ 
 +Flowing from the western side of the main north/south Mellong Range, and draining into the Wollemi and thus the Colo, is "​Molong Molong Creek" (and "​Molong Molong Swamp"​),​ and overlooking this area from the west is Mount Molong, on a long spur running south-west from Gosper'​s Mountain. My guess is that these are all variants of the "​melon(g)"​ theme, but I won't offer any opinion as to how the same name got applied to the mid-west town of Molong out past Orange. That does seem rather a long way from my Melon Country. 
 Somewhere in between, however, just east of the cement town of Kandos on the Mudgee Road, there'​s a big hill called "​Cumbermelon"​ which seems to be a compromise between "​cucumber"​ and "​melon"​. Somewhere in between, however, just east of the cement town of Kandos on the Mudgee Road, there'​s a big hill called "​Cumbermelon"​ which seems to be a compromise between "​cucumber"​ and "​melon"​.
-And there'​s a final example which doesn'​t appear on the maps     ​"​Melonjelly"​. Back in 1953 I was lucky enough to be invited to join a week's walking in the northern Blue Mountains planned by Alex Colley. One of our targets was Mount Monundilla, the big basalt hump three days' march along the then trackless Hunter Range from the Putty Valley. At the outset we asked one of the local inhabitants for information. Well, no, he'd never been to the mountain, but of course you could see it, as a big flat-topped crown in the north-west, from any of the high points above the Putty Valley. No, he'd never heard the name Monundilla - the Putty people always called it "​Melonjelly"​.+ 
 +And there'​s a final example which doesn'​t appear on the maps.... "​Melonjelly"​. Back in 1953 I was lucky enough to be invited to join a week's walking in the northern Blue Mountains planned by Alex Colley. One of our targets was Mount Monundilla, the big basalt hump three days' march along the then trackless Hunter Range from the Putty Valley. At the outset we asked one of the local inhabitants for information. Well, no, he'd never been to the mountain, but of course you could see it, as a big flat-topped crown in the north-west, from any of the high points above the Putty Valley. No, he'd never heard the name Monundilla - the Putty people always called it "​Melonjelly"​. 
 So we have a concentration of these "​melon"​ names in an area of perhaps thirty to forty kilometres each way. Of course we all know what a melon is, but I'm pretty sure the name was not bestowed so generously over the area by people thinking of the European word "​melon"​. "​Melon"​ as we know it comes from an Ancient Greek word (seems they always had a word for it) and means a gourd-like fruit. We even use it in the botanical name for the Woody Pear (Xylomelum pyriforme) which translates roughly as "Wood fruit, pear-shaped"​. My guess is that the Wollemi "​melons"​ have an aboriginal source. So we have a concentration of these "​melon"​ names in an area of perhaps thirty to forty kilometres each way. Of course we all know what a melon is, but I'm pretty sure the name was not bestowed so generously over the area by people thinking of the European word "​melon"​. "​Melon"​ as we know it comes from an Ancient Greek word (seems they always had a word for it) and means a gourd-like fruit. We even use it in the botanical name for the Woody Pear (Xylomelum pyriforme) which translates roughly as "Wood fruit, pear-shaped"​. My guess is that the Wollemi "​melons"​ have an aboriginal source.
-Page l2 The Sydney Bushwalker October 1988 + 
-I then remembered my pleasure when I'd worked out that the place name "​Kanangra"​ probably came from the tribal name of the aborigines who lived thereabouts (GundUngura ​or Gandangarra). So I went to that mine of information,​ the book "Wild Places"​ - and drew a blank. It seems the tribes that lived or hunted in the region included the Dharug (to the south), the Darkinjang (east towards the coast), Wiradjuri (west) and Wonorua (north - Hunter Valley). Clearly not a tribal name. In fact, that idea proved a lemon - which is an anagram of melon, of course. +I then remembered my pleasure when I'd worked out that the place name "​Kanangra"​ probably came from the tribal name of the aborigines who lived thereabouts (Gundungura ​or Gandangarra). So I went to that mine of information,​ the book "Wild Places"​ - and drew a blank. It seems the tribes that lived or hunted in the region included the Dharug (to the south), the Darkinjang (east towards the coast), Wiradjuri (west) and Wonorua (north - Hunter Valley). Clearly not a tribal name. In fact, that idea proved a lemon - which is an anagram of melon, of course. 
-However, from "Wild Places"​ I did discover that one of the earliest penetrations of the area by Europeans was in 1817, when a party led by,a mineralogist William Parr and including a bloke called Singleton explored the country north of Colo Heights (once called Parr's Brush). Parr reported the presence of nice park-like country at "the flats of Mellon",​ considered to be Long Wheeney Creek near Putty.+ 
 +However, from "Wild Places"​ I did discover that one of the earliest penetrations of the area by Europeans was in 1817, when a party led by a mineralogist William Parr and including a bloke called Singleton explored the country north of Colo Heights (once called Parr's Brush). Parr reported the presence of nice park-like country at "the flats of Mellon",​ considered to be Long Wheeney Creek near Putty. 
 What we need now is someone knowledgeable about aboriginal dialects who can tell us what "​melon(g)"​ meant to those people. At present, if I had to go for psychological tests and the Doc. said "​melon?"​ and I said "​Wollemi",​ he's sure to think I'm round the twist. What we need now is someone knowledgeable about aboriginal dialects who can tell us what "​melon(g)"​ meant to those people. At present, if I had to go for psychological tests and the Doc. said "​melon?"​ and I said "​Wollemi",​ he's sure to think I'm round the twist.
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-THE SEPTEMBER ​ GENERAL MEETING+---- 
 + 
 +===== The September General Meeting. ===== 
 by Barry Wallace by Barry Wallace
 +
 It was around 2011 when the President in the chair called the 25 or so members present to order and called for apologies, which there were from Keith Perry, Jan Mohandas and Jim Oxley. New members Keith Perry, Neil Mansfield and Chris Perry were called for welcome, with Chris Perry having already tendered an apology. It was around 2011 when the President in the chair called the 25 or so members present to order and called for apologies, which there were from Keith Perry, Jan Mohandas and Jim Oxley. New members Keith Perry, Neil Mansfield and Chris Perry were called for welcome, with Chris Perry having already tendered an apology.
 +
 The Minutes of last month'​s meeting were read and received. Matters arising included advice that CMW will accept the Club's Gestetner duplicator, Mt. Druitt Bushwalkers have been advised of details of our path to incorporation,​ and the Land Tax Commissioner has confirmed that SBW Inc. is exempt from land taxes. The Minutes of last month'​s meeting were read and received. Matters arising included advice that CMW will accept the Club's Gestetner duplicator, Mt. Druitt Bushwalkers have been advised of details of our path to incorporation,​ and the Land Tax Commissioner has confirmed that SBW Inc. is exempt from land taxes.
 +
 Correspondence brought a letter from FBW requesting updated S & R lists, also from FBW asking if we wished to sell chocolates (caries for a good cause?) to provide funds for S & R. We took this one on the fly and voted to send them $45.00 and keep our pearly whites intact. There was also a letter advising that the audit, required as a result of the change of Treasurer, had been successfully completed. A letter from the Ella Community Centre advised that the Centre will be closed on certain dates. There was a letter from Jean Kirkby resigning from Club membership and there were outgoing letters to Gordon Redmond, offering Honorary Membership, and to Bob and Christa Younger offering Honorary Active Membership. Correspondence brought a letter from FBW requesting updated S & R lists, also from FBW asking if we wished to sell chocolates (caries for a good cause?) to provide funds for S & R. We took this one on the fly and voted to send them $45.00 and keep our pearly whites intact. There was also a letter advising that the audit, required as a result of the change of Treasurer, had been successfully completed. A letter from the Ella Community Centre advised that the Centre will be closed on certain dates. There was a letter from Jean Kirkby resigning from Club membership and there were outgoing letters to Gordon Redmond, offering Honorary Membership, and to Bob and Christa Younger offering Honorary Active Membership.
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- ​The ​TreasurerI ​s Report brought news that Jim Oxley has resigned and Don Finch was slow to +The Treasurer'​s Report brought news that Jim Oxley has resigned and Don Finch was slow to duck and now holds that exalted position. Our situation is that we started the month with $7,029, received income of $2408, spent nothing because no cheques were written, and closed with a balance in excess of $9,000. 
-duck and now holds that exalted position. Our situation is that we started the month with $7,029, received income of $2408, spent nothing because no cheques were written, and closed with a balance in excess.of $9,000. + 
-The Walks Report began with the weekend of 12,13,14 August. Chris Perry had 5 on his Kosciusko N.P. ski touring trip and Bill Capon reported that the route for his Wolgan Escarpment trip had to be extensively modified but that the 8 starters still thought it was good value. Carol Lubbers'​ wine and cheese walk was relocated to Boobera Pool as there were insufficient cars offering to transport the 8 bon-vivants who attended. ​They also reported that wine and cheese is really quite heavy if you cafry enough of it. Despite the programme'​s dire warnings +The Walks Report began with the weekend of 12,13,14 August. Chris Perry had 5 on his Kosciusko N.P. ski touring trip and Bill Capon reported that the route for his Wolgan Escarpment trip had to be extensively modified but that the 8 starters still thought it was good value. Carol Lubbers'​ wine and cheese walk was relocated to Boobera Pool as there were insufficient cars offering to transport the 8 bon-vivants who attended. They also reported that wine and cheese is really quite heavy if you carry enough of it. Despite the programme'​s dire warnings about the need to be confident with spikes and chains (what sort of club is this anyway?) there were 15 starters for Jan Mohandas' ​Carlons ​Head walk enjoying the fine and beautiful day. Things went somewhat awry for the lucky 13 on Bill Holland'​s Colo River stroll. One of those Sternhells was at it again. This time Peter badly sprained an ankle down in a Colo side creek and did very well to hop out before dark, with a little help from his friends. 
-October 1988 The Sydney Bushwalker Page 13 +
-about the need to be confident with spikes and chains (what sort of club is this anyway?) there were 15 starters for Jan Mohandas' ​Canons ​Head walk enjoying the fine and beautiful day. Things went somewhat awry for the lucky 13 on Bill Holland'​s Colo River stroll. One of those Sternhells was at it again. This time Peter badly sprained an ankle down in a +
-Colo side creek and did very well to hop out before dark, with a little help from his friends. +
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 Over the weekend of 19,20,21 August Jim Oxley'​s crew of 7 hired a car to get to his Kanangra Creek trip to enjoy the generally fine weather that weekend. Oliver Crawford'​s Wollongambe wilderness walk did not go, but Oliver did. He was one of the 6 starters on Barry Wallace'​s Bonnum Pic walk. Allan Mewitt had 20 people enjoying the thick coastal scrub and fine, mild weather on his Govett Ridge trip, the only day walk that weekend. Over the weekend of 19,20,21 August Jim Oxley'​s crew of 7 hired a car to get to his Kanangra Creek trip to enjoy the generally fine weather that weekend. Oliver Crawford'​s Wollongambe wilderness walk did not go, but Oliver did. He was one of the 6 starters on Barry Wallace'​s Bonnum Pic walk. Allan Mewitt had 20 people enjoying the thick coastal scrub and fine, mild weather on his Govett Ridge trip, the only day walk that weekend.
 +
 Carol Bruce led off for the following weekend with her Ettremah area walk. The party of 7 walked from Blayden'​s Pass via a number of anatomically named er.... features, across the tops to Danjera Creek. Ian Wolfe'​s ski touring trip, with its 4 would-be skiers, was rerouted to the slopes of Mt. Twynam due to the general lack of snow, and another Ian, Debert this time, had a party of 10 enduring cool, damp weather with some hail on his Newnes area walk. Errol Sheedy had 11 starters and fine weather on his Waterfall to Otford walk, and David Underwood'​s party of 15 stepped it out from Glenbrook to Springwood in fine style to catch the 1645 train home. Carol Bruce led off for the following weekend with her Ettremah area walk. The party of 7 walked from Blayden'​s Pass via a number of anatomically named er.... features, across the tops to Danjera Creek. Ian Wolfe'​s ski touring trip, with its 4 would-be skiers, was rerouted to the slopes of Mt. Twynam due to the general lack of snow, and another Ian, Debert this time, had a party of 10 enduring cool, damp weather with some hail on his Newnes area walk. Errol Sheedy had 11 starters and fine weather on his Waterfall to Otford walk, and David Underwood'​s party of 15 stepped it out from Glenbrook to Springwood in fine style to catch the 1645 train home.
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 The weekend of 2,3,4 September saw Wayne Steele leading some 11 souls over The Castle and Byangee Walls in fine and clear conditions. Chris Perry and his party of 12 had to trudge around 3 kilometres to the snow through a variety of mainly wild weather for his Kosciusko N.P. ski touring trip. They were rewarded with better conditions on the Sunday which was fine and calm. Of the day walks, Bill Holland reported 15 people on his walk along the Benowie Track, a number that rose to around 30 for the barbecue that followed at the leader'​s house. Paul Mawhinney had 13 starters and reported a pleasant walk for his Engadine to Waterfall trip. The weekend of 2,3,4 September saw Wayne Steele leading some 11 souls over The Castle and Byangee Walls in fine and clear conditions. Chris Perry and his party of 12 had to trudge around 3 kilometres to the snow through a variety of mainly wild weather for his Kosciusko N.P. ski touring trip. They were rewarded with better conditions on the Sunday which was fine and calm. Of the day walks, Bill Holland reported 15 people on his walk along the Benowie Track, a number that rose to around 30 for the barbecue that followed at the leader'​s house. Paul Mawhinney had 13 starters and reported a pleasant walk for his Engadine to Waterfall trip.
-Over the weekend 9,10,11 September Maurie Bloom had 16 people on his programmed walk in the Budawangs, but they were forced to vary the route somewhat due to gale force winds and thick scrub. Derek Wilson reported 14 starters and several lunches, at least I think that's + 
-what he reported, on his Cox River walk. Ian Debert'​s day-and-a-half walk from Wentworth Falls to Katoomba was cancelled and there was no report on Jim Callaway'​s Waterfall to Heathcote trip. +Over the weekend 9,10,11 September Maurie Bloom had 16 people on his programmed walk in the Budawangs, but they were forced to vary the route somewhat due to gale force winds and thick scrub. Derek Wilson reported 14 starters and several lunches, at least I think that's what he reported, on his Cox River walk. Ian Debert'​s day-and-a-half walk from Wentworth Falls to Katoomba was cancelled and there was no report on Jim Callaway'​s Waterfall to Heathcote trip. 
-The Federation Report is covered out there somewhere. + 
-General Business brought a motion that the meeting recommend that Committee reconsider its moves to review the test walks criteria to avoid making changes that would exclude walks that have appeared as test walks in recent years. There was a lot more to the motion, but I +The Federation Report is covered.... out there somewhere. 
-think that was the gist of it. There was extensive debate and explanation and the motion was + 
-lost. See Kath's article in last month'​s mag. for some background details.+General Business brought a motion that the meeting recommend that Committee reconsider its moves to review the test walks criteria to avoid making changes that would exclude walks that have appeared as test walks in recent years. There was a lot more to the motion, but I think that was the gist of it. There was extensive debate and explanation and the motion was lost. See Kath's article in last month'​s mag. for some background details. 
 A motion that we allocate up to $150 as expenses for the coming Coolana working bee was passed, as was a motion, required by our incorporation,​ that in the event of the winding-up of the body our assets be passed to the Environment Centre of NSW. A motion that we allocate up to $150 as expenses for the coming Coolana working bee was passed, as was a motion, required by our incorporation,​ that in the event of the winding-up of the body our assets be passed to the Environment Centre of NSW.
 +
 All of this was followed by the announcements and the Meeting closed at 2234. All of this was followed by the announcements and the Meeting closed at 2234.
-Note: Somewhere during ​thF Walks Report Gordon Lee reported 5 people at a rock-scrambling instructional and 8 or 9 at an abseiling instructional. They also reported that some light- fingered citizen had made off with one of the Club's abseiling ropes. Not the most pleasing end to the Walks Report. + 
-#​*****######​ +Note: Somewhere during ​the Walks Report Gordon Lee reported 5 people at a rock-scrambling instructional and 8 or 9 at an abseiling instructional. They also reported that some light-fingered citizen had made off with one of the Club's abseiling ropes. Not the most pleasing end to the Walks Report. 
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