Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What’s in a Name

Paluma, the village, was named after one of the earliest ships of the Queensland navy, the Gunboat HMAS Paluma. Paluma is an aboriginal word meaning “thunder”. HMAS Gayundah was her sister ship, gayundah being the aboriginal word for “lightning”.

Thunder and lightening!

The Paluma was finally broken up in Melbourne in 1950-51. After WWI, HMAS Gayundah was retired from the Navy and spent time as a sand and gravel barge on the Brisbane River before ending her days at Woody Point at Redcliffe, beached to serve as erosion protection. The Gayundah lies on the shore about 100 metres from my studio.

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