Nickname Hall Of Fame (383 KB)Australia’s streets are littered with abbreviated surnames and Coonamble has its share of Jackos, Robbos, and Thommos. But it is in the paddocks and stockyards, over outback bars and fishing eskies, where the tradition of bestowing nicknames long ago exceeded a form of convenience and become an artform.
Coonamble’s talent for nicknames is tied to our bi-cultural history. The early explorers, settlers, and stockmen discovered the keen sense of observation and dry humour of the inland’s Indigenous inhabitants. “All white men who were much with the blacks were given a native name referring to their habits or appearance.” Soon, they had nicknames that translated to ‘hungry crow’ or ‘lizard dung’.
Anything is fodder for the nicknaming wits of Coonamble – a personal mannerism, a once-mentioned mistake, one mis-pronounced word, an unusual physical characteristic, a fashion faux pas, a sporting slipup, or a midnight misjudgement. A nickname may last a day, a week on the job … or many generations.
Coonamble is the Nickname Hall of Fame. Take a stroll to see the billboards scattered around the streets and get to know some of our stories. Or stay for a while and get to know us. Join us in celebrating the lives of the local larrikins and regional rogues, who give and receive the most inventive and unique Nicknames in Australia.