brumbie (wild horse) antedated to 1875

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Tue Oct 16 13:26:51 UTC 2012

OED and Australian National Dictionary have brumby/brumbie from 1880.

>From Trove Australian Newspapers, among these before 1880:

Buzzes from Borderland. [CONTRIBUTED.]
    The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) Saturday 20 March 1875 p 7 Article
    ... the (warm place) do you call a ' brumbie' ?" This, of course, was only answering my question by asking another, and in tones intended to be fiercesome, too; but I told him that a "brumbie" merely meant a wild horse, and mildly suggested that his extraordinary talents as a marksman- as told by ... 1882 words|||anyWords=brumby+brumbie|||notWords|||l-textSearchScope=*ignore*|*ignore*|||fromdd=01|||frommm=01|||fromyyyy=1874|||todd=03|||tomm=12|||toyyyy=1877|||l-word=*ignore*|*ignore*|||sortby

Etymological guesses include horses from Baramba Station; various personal names; Aboriginal booramby or boorambie; Irish etc.

Stephen Goranson

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