The story behind the name - Mt Disappointment
By Judy Evans
June 10, 2020 10:49pm CST
Yesterday, I wrote about William Callaghan, an autistic boy who was found on the Mt Disappointment, in Victoria, Australia, after being missing for two nights. I knew there was a reason for the naming of Mount Disappointment, so off I went googling and came up with the following on Wikipedia. The entry already mentions Will so someone was right on the ball adding information. Mount Disappointment (800 metre or 2,600 ft in height) is on the southern end of the Great Dividing Range north of Melbourne. British explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell climbed to the summit in 1824 but were unable to view Port Phillip Bay because of the number of trees. Hence the name Mount Disappointment. Added to their frustration was the fact that the party had to rest there for five days while Hume recovered from an injury, Gold-mining, timber cutting and sawmilling were conducted in the area. In 1940, prisoner of war camps were established to house alien internees and Italian prisoners of war. After the war, displaced Poles and Hungarians were housed there. Most of the buildings are now gone and the area is a popular picnic site for the area’s many hikers and campers. The photo is of a wombat. These, together with deer and wallabies, frequent Mt Disappointment.
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