One of our favorite readers, Sharon Lynne, asked "Okay...what's a Brumbie?" I am glad you asked, because I learned a lot just researching the definition of "Brumbie"!
According to the Wikipedia Encyclopedia a brumbie is a wild horse of Australia. Spelled brumbie, brumby and brumbee, "It is similar to the American mustang." The following is a quote from the Origin of the term section over at Wikipedia Encyclopedia:
A couple of our favorite movies include "The Man from Snowy River" and "The Man from Snowy River II". I didn't know that the movie was based on a poem by Banjo Paterson*, until I did the research on the term "Brumby"! The poem is of substantial length being 13 stanzas long with eight lines in each stanza. Tony likes to memorize poems, so I will try to get him to record this one so that I can add it to the left column of this blog!!
The name brumby comes from the horses left behind by Sergeant James Brumby from his property at Mulgrave Place in New South Wales, when he left for Tasmania in 1804. The name may also have come from an Aboriginal word "baroomby" meaning wild in the language of the Pitjara people on the Warrego and Nogoa Rivers in southern Queensland. Banjo Paterson said in the introduction for his poem Brumby's Run published in the Bulletin in 1894 that Brumby was the word for free-roaming horses. A letter in 1896 to the Sydney Morning Herald also says that baroombie is the word for horse among the Aboriginal people of the Balonne, Nebine, Warrego and Bulloo rivers.
Another explanation is that the name comes from Baramba, which was the name of a creek and station in the Queensland district of Burnett, which had been established in the 1840s, and later abandoned, leaving many of the horses to escape into the wild. It has also been suggested that the name comes from the Irish word bromach or bromaigh.
The first recorded use of the term was from the Australasian magazine from Melbourne in 1880, which said that brumbies were the bush name in Queensland for 'wild' horses. In 1885 the Once a Month magazine suggested that brumbies was a New South Wales term.
* Interesting Note: Banjo Paterson appears on the Australian $10 bill and composed the famous ballad "Waltzing Matilda"! This animated image is taken from TnT's collection of Australian money.
So, technically TnT did not ride "brumbies" when they rode the train out to Glenworth Valley to ride Australian horses, unless the stock had "Brumbie Blood" in their lineage...
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