What has happened to the surnames we used to know. For example Smith, Jones, Williams , Moore,, Most of the surnames I see these days I can’t even pronounce and they are so long in the spelling. Australia is changing in more ways than one, As I have said before when you go into the cities it a case of “Spot the Aussie” these days, we used to be known as blonde, tanned, tall and good looking , not any more .
Then I guess you wouldn’t appreciate these famous names from the beginnings of European settlement in Australia:
• Friedrich Wilhelm ‘Ludwig’ Leichhardt whose explorations opened up much of the country to pastoralism.
• Abel Janszoon Tasman the first European to discover Tasmania and confirm Australia as an island continent.
• Woollarawarre Bennelong the first Aboriginal man to visit Europe and return.
• Paul Edmund de Strzelecki the keen explorer who named mainland Australia’s tallest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko.
I don’t think we should dwell so much on the past, except as a source of pleasant memories.
What’s done is done!
We cannot change the past, or return to it.
We can only learn from it.
The present is far more important to us.
Right now is when we make the changes that lead to a better future.
I do remember ‘Mo’, and ‘Mr Lasho’ (Hal Lashwood)
I have an LP of ‘the best of’? somewhere.