Recently I walked with my dog on a track near Narbethong. As usual, I wondered about the origin of this place name.
Housenameheritage says the word means cheerful place, in one of the many indigenous languages of Australia, but unfortunately it doesn't say which Aboriginal language. I thought of looking at a map I have of indigenous groupings before European settlement, but there are so many language groups for Victoria that I didn't feel confident I could work it out.
A further search came up with the information that it said to be from Woiwurrung (or Daungwurrung) language, but there is some uncertainty whether that is correct.
How good it would be to live in a place named for its cheerfulness. (Of course, we will always remember the tragedy of the 2009 bushfires).
At any rate, Penny and I had a cheerful time, even if she did get covered in mud.