Jimmy Crow and his nest

Margaret  Hyde

Ulverstone, Australia

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533 viewings on 23 April, 2015.

According to local legend, Crow’s Nest, Queensland, Australia, got its name from an indigenous local called Jimmy Crow who lived in the area in the 1860s. He was said to live in a hollow tree from which he greeted stockmen as they came into the newly established settlement. The land on which Jimmy Crow resided was used as a camping ground and became known as Jimmy Crow’s nest. Although there is a replica of the tree and a statue of “Jimmy” in the town centre, these days locals are mindful of the complicated history of white settlement, and also, of the probable exaggeration of the original facts. Perhaps in an effort to move away from its “historical” meaning, the town has adopted a crow as its motif.

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