STOP PRESS: What’s in a name? How Blackmans Swamp became Orange

WAY BACK WHEN: The town of Orange - formerly known as Blackmans Swamp - in its early years.
WAY BACK WHEN: The town of Orange - formerly known as Blackmans Swamp - in its early years.

Those politically correct dills are at it again with their campaign for Blacktown Council to scrap calling a new suburb Lynch as a tribute to Jim Lynch, who was mayor from 1981 to 1985.

Greens upper house MP David Shoebridge wants the Geographical Names Board to reject the name because he says it conjures up images of hateful race crime for Aboriginal people but Aboriginal leader Warren Mundine labelled the claim idiotic.

“We are talking about a person’s name. Quite frankly it’s crazy and it’s stupid to suggest the surname Lynch would ­offend Aboriginal people,” Mr Mundine said.

We shouldn’t forget Orange began its life as Blackman’s Swamp, named after Bathurst’s chief constable John Blackman who piloted an expedition through here to Wellington in 1823.

However, the name wasn’t changed to Orange because somebody thought it was the new black or for some mad politically correct reason.

A settlement was springing up with a couple of inns and a store and the slab and bark huts were growing into more substantial buildings, prompting the government to make a survey to mark out a reserve for a village ‘in the Parish of Orange ...’.

Thomas Mitchell as Surveyor-General had named the parish after Prince William of Orange with whom he’d served in the Peninsular War and the new village at Blackmans Swamp simply took the Orange name.

Blackmans Swamp Creek runs down behind the swimming pool, through Moulder and Mathews parks and under the CBD, out to the north east and into Summer Hill Creek.

It could be developed into a top attraction with water wheels, pools and picnic areas like had been planned years ago but was knocked on the head by an incoming council.

Orange also has a Blackmans Close street in Bletchington.

It’s all good history so let’s hope no politically correct dopes try to interfere like they’ve done at Blacktown or the creek could end up being called something like No Colour Creek.


NEW police chief Mick Fuller is cutting middle management to put more boots on the ground by reducing the number of local area commands from 36 to 26 with Dubbo and Mudgee the first to be amalgamated.

About 10 Mudgee administration jobs will be lost, which is not too flash, and there’s more cuts to come in other areas.

Orange and Lachlan will be amalgamated but Cowra and Canowindra now in Orange command go into Bathurst police district, a strange decision because it’s much easier for Orange cops to get to Canowindra if needed.

We can only hope the commissioner has had a good look at Orange where police numbers at times are scarce with officers from district stations like Canowindra, Eugowra, Cudal, Cumnock and Molong called in to give a hand.

The new Orange, or Central West police district, will extend as far as Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Bogan gate, Tullamore, Tottenham and Peak Hill.


ALL those concrete obstacles the council is putting on intersections all around town are a real nightmare and you couldn’t find one that isn’t covered in rubber scrapes from drivers who have hit them.

What some are supposed to do is a mystery because they just stick out on the road and become a nuisance barrier.

A waste of money.  


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