Because so many names in W.A. come from Aboriginal origins, there can be some unintended misinterpretations. I.e.

Q. Where do you live?

A. In a loo (Innaloo is a suburb of Perth. The first name proposed for the suburb was Njookenbooroo which not surprisingly was rejected by locals. Innaloo is an Aboriginal word meaning woman.)

Following are a selection of some of the odd names that have been given to places in W.A.

Youanmi - 1909 to 1940. A gold mining area that once had quite a large town. Mining stopped in 1942 ad re-commenced in 1986.

Woop Woop - Yes there really was a Woop Woop. Named after the sound made by local frogs.

Uduc - Railway siding. 1913 to 1922.

Sore Foot Rush - 1892-1897.

Runnymeade - 1900-1909.

Pettits - Rail siding 1922.

Onteru - Townsite 1913.

Nigger Hill - Not surprisingly in these PC times renamed to Sheba Hill.

Mount Meharry - Mount me who??

Jigalong - 1949 - 1969

Jarring. - 1918 - 1928

I.O.U. (Bulong) - Mining centre. 1893.

Golden Pig - Railway siding.

Ghooli - Railway siding 1897 - 1971.

Cowcowing - Railway siding 1917.

Cockburn Sound - Strangely pronounced coh-burn.

Cockman - Renamed to Banksia Grove. I wonder why?

Cheapside - 1897.

Benjabbering - Renamed to Benjaberring (What was the point of that??)


White feather - became known as Kanowna.


Mullalyup - Located between Kirup and Balingup on the South Western Highway, 231 kilometres south of Perth.


Whackitup - Just a district hall these days. Its  between Boyup Brook , Kojonup and Frankland, roundabout. Correction - this one should apparently be spelled Wahkinup which I guess isn't quite as funny....


(Thanks to Keith for the last two entries.)

Of all the names calculated to make school boys giggle and snigger it is probably Intercourse Island that provokes the biggest reaction. That is of course until someone looks it up in a dictionary and finds that without the preface 'sexual', intercourse means nothing more than interaction.



I'm lost please take me home...

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