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From: "John Stewart" <>
Subject: [GEELONG] Duneed
Date: Sun, 6 Sep 2009 20:36:07 +1000


The following will, hopefully, clarify matters for recent correspondents.

Duneed is a Parish in the State of Victoria, County Grant, Land District of
Geelong. Its boundaries are: to the North, Waurn Ponds Creek; to the East,
Surf Coast Highway; to the South, Thompsons Creek; to the West, Hendy Main
Road.

Over time, it has been associated with all or part of a number of
localities, such as Waurn Ponds, Grovedale, Mount Duneed, Freshwater Creek,
Pettavel, Moriac, Mount Moriac. These localities have rather loose
boundaries and most spill over into surrounding Parishes. The actual land
feature of Mount Moriac is in the Parish of Modewarre, just West of Hendy
Main Road.

There is a cemetery in the extreme NW corner of the Parish (on Reservoir
Rd., near Hendy Main Road) which was originally known as the Duneed
cemetery. However in 1864 another cemetery was established near the summit
of Mount Duneed and, to avoid confusion, the Duneed cemetery was re-named
the Mount Moriac cemetery. Old habits died hard and for some time
thereafter, someone nominated as being buried in the “Duneed” cemetery could
have been in either !

The Parish name has never changed. Duneed / Dunneet is thought to be an
Australian Aboriginal word, but I have been unable to find a meaning for it.
As far as I can determine, there is no such name in the UK.

John


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