Asked by: primod-ga
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09 Feb 2006 03:35 PST
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Question ID: 443534
I want to find out what the name "Majura" means. It is a mountain in Canberra. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majura
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From: myoarin-ga on 09 Feb 2006 08:33 PST
Greetings Primod-ga Since this is your first question to G-A, I will just mention that this is a free comment and not an "answer" to your question, which only a G-A Researcher with a blue name can post. I expect that you already know that Majura is almost certainly an Aboriginal word - or someone's transliteration of what he understood the word to be. I could not find a translation of it nor a suggestion of which Aboriginal language it comes from, but some one else may be able to identify the language(s) common to the the Canberra area. What I did find with the word Majura was this: "Majurakura Wangka ngaanya, Majura's stories, collected by Bruce Thomas, South Hedland, Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre, c1994. [B/MAJ].Text in Martu Wangka with English translation." http://www.liswa.wa.gov.au/pdf/katitjinsep03.pdf But this site makes clear that the Martu Wangka language is found in Western Australia, so there is absolutely no relation to Mount Majura: http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=mpj As you probably know, the meaning of Aboriginal words that have been used as place names is sometimes open to discussion. Canberra is generally thought to mean "meeting place", appropriate for the national capital, but there are those who claim that it means "a woman's breasts", with reference to Mt. Ainslee and Black Mountain. I hope that someone else can give you more information. Myoarin
From: myoarin-ga on 13 Feb 2006 04:12 PST
I can't argue with that. I hope someone can suggest why Campbell chose that name. I tried to find Majura in India, assuming that it would be down the road from the Majura ( or Manjura) Gate in Surat and possibly had a hill that Campbell recalled when he arrived in the Canberra area. No luck.
From: primod-ga on 21 Feb 2006 11:15 PST
It looks like this is not going to be answered any further. I think I would settle for Majura Gate being the Majura that the mountain is named after, and would pay for the meaning of Majura in Majura gate and/or some historical background/context of the Majura gate. I think that would be fair compensation for this question, especially if it was paf who answered it. Paf?
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