Bulletin # 1 This Week: "Buchsfelde" - What’s In A Name ?
A lot of history !
In Rodney Cockburn’s book . . ."What’s in a Name - Nomenclature of South Australia", the following passage describes Buchsfelde :
LOOS-in the Hundred of Mudla Wirra, is a war name which took the place of Buchsfelde, the derivation of which was thus explained by The Leisure Hour, so farback as 1858:
"A few years ago the late Leopold von Buch had some young German friends about to leave their fatherland and emigrate to Adelaide.The illustrious geologist paid them a farewell visit, and knowing that their means were limited, he left behind him at his departure a draft for 300 thalers on the table.A kind note soon arrived requesting their acceptance of the present, the donor pleasantly remarking that, in case he visited Australia, he should want the shelter of a roof and therefore wished to contribute towards providing one.The emigrants safely reached their destination, selected a location, built a house and appropriately named the demesne Buchsfelde, in honourof theirbenefactor."
Buchsfelde is sometimes spelt: Buchfelde.
The Nomenclature Committee thought that the substitution of Matturi (aboriginal for ‘liberality’), was the kindest way to smother up this romantic story if it had to be smothered, but a higher authority said it must be - Loos.
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