The story behind the name - Mt Disappointment

@JudyEv (232855)
Bunbury, Australia
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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@LindaOHio (55156)
• United States
11 Jun
Thank you for the background information! Nice pic of the wombat.
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@JudyEv (232855)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jun
Wombats look cute and cuddly but are like miniature army tanks. They are as strong as.
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@LindaOHio (55156)
• United States
12 Jun
@JudyEv I love hearing about your animal life. And you have so many poisonous and dangerous things there too!
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@JudyEv (232855)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jun
@LindaOHio The 'poisonous and dangerous' gets all the media attention but we don't have bears or pumas for starters. The crocodiles are only in the far north. It's not nearly as dangerous as some people believe.
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@Alexandoy (66296)
• Cainta, Philippines
11 Jun
What a strange name. What is interesting to me is that the climbers stayed there for 5 days. I wonder how they survived.
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@JudyEv (232855)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
They were explorers so would have had some provisions. They would have shot animals and birds to eat as well.
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@Alexandoy (66296)
• Cainta, Philippines
11 Jun
@JudyEv that's what my question is all about - the food that they could get there, maybe animals and the vegetation.
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@JudyEv (232855)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
@Alexandoy They would have carried supplies - flour for making damper (bread), sugar, tea, probably jam.
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@DocAndersen (32217)
• United States
11 Jun
i wonder if anyone asked them are you more disappointed climbing the mountain to see nothing? or getting hurt on the way up?
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@JudyEv (232855)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
Probably disappointed all round I guess.
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@DocAndersen (32217)
• United States
11 Jun
@JudyEv so they stuck the poor mountain with their frustration!
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@JudyEv (232855)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
@DocAndersen How do you think Useless Loop feels?
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@DianneN (213273)
• United States
11 Jun
I can see that being a huge disappointment . The Mount is aptly named.
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@JudyEv (232855)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jun
We also have a Useless Loop somewhere over there.
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@DianneN (213273)
• United States
12 Jun
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@just4him (231993)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jun
Mt. Disappointment has quite a history. I can understand why they named it Mt. Disappointment when climbing to the top they didn't have the view they hoped for. Nice photo of the wombat.
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@JudyEv (232855)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jun
I've just read more about the expedition and the two men apparently fought all the way and split up at one time.
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@just4him (231993)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Jun
@JudyEv That's sad.
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• Preston, England
11 Jun
Great honest name for a mountain, wonder if they also found a Mount Well This Sucks, Damp Squib, Don't Waste Your Time Climbing This One, etc
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@JudyEv (232855)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jun
We have Useless Loop which I find quite funny. There is also a Mt Misery, Foul Bay, and Come By Chance.
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• Preston, England
12 Jun
@JudyEv must really draw in the tourists lol
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@rebelann (79731)
• El Paso, Texas
12 Jun
It sounds interesting to me. Were they disappointed because they couldn't see the bay?
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@JudyEv (232855)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jun
Yes. They thought that, from that point, they'd be able to see it.
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@Ronrybs (10944)
• London, England
11 Jun
I wouldn't have been that disappointed at seeing trees instead of the Bay. Some people!
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@JudyEv (232855)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jun
Haha, From many peaks they'd have had to climb trees to get any sort of a view.
@snowy22315 (105135)
• United States
11 Jun
You did your homework! That is an interesting name though.
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@JudyEv (232855)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jun
It's strange how some places come by their names. Lots of interesting stories.
• China
11 Jun
Thing wasn't as bad as the name of the mountain-Disappointment,the autistic boy was found safe and sound !
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@JudyEv (232855)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
It was such a relief to all when he was found.
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@garymarsh6 (22427)
• United Kingdom
11 Jun
I read about this young lad yesterday. I am glad he was found safe and well. How worrying for his parents!
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@JudyEv (232855)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jun
They must have been beside themselves. It was no good going out yelling his name.
@jayanth_77 (7323)
• India
11 Jun
Nice to know the history behind the naming of Mt.Disappointnent .
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@JudyEv (232855)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
We also have a place called Useless Loop which always seems funny to me.
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@Aansh13 (9768)
• New Delhi, India
11 Jun
That's surely a funny name.... Yeah!!! Thanks for sharing the info by the way
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@JudyEv (232855)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jun
You're welcome. I'm pleased you enjoyed it.
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@Janet357 (66037)
11 Jun
thanks for this info. Yesterday, I actually smirked for that very funny name
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@JudyEv (232855)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
We do have some very funny names for some of our localities.