Each Monday I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. I encourage you to leave a comment, if you think you might know where this week’s mystery photo, was taken. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog. Guest contributions are always welcome.
I wish to thank this week’s guest contributor, Anna-Christine, whose beautiful blog is found here: Leya
Where in the World is the photograph taken? Can you guess?
Last week’s fabulous photo, shown below, from guest contributor A Momma’s View, was the sandstone monolith known as Uluru, formerly Ayer’s Rock. Uluru, the name, has no meaning in itself, but is a local family name of the indigenous people.
Located in the middle of the outback, Uluru has been mooted as the reason for climatic catastrophe which, some think, ended the age of the dinosaurs. Some years back visitors were still allowed to make the arduous climb to the top of the rock (and it was pretty windy up there)! Since the rock now forms part of the Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal people’s sacred grounds, it is protected by the indigenous custodians and no climbing is allowed. The area around the formation is home to a plethora of springs, waterholes, rock caves, and ancient paintings. Uluru is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was also the site where the took baby Azaria Chamberlain back in the 1980’s, for which the parents were blamed and later exonerated.
On 19 July 1873, the surveyor William Gosse sighted the landmark and named it Ayers Rock in honour of the then Chief Secretary of South Australia, Sir Henry Ayers. Since then, both names have been used.
In 1993, a dual naming policy was adopted that allowed official names that consist of both the traditional Aboriginal name and the English name. On 15 December 1993, it was renamed “Ayers Rock / Uluru” and became the first official dual-named feature in the Northern Territory. The order of the dual names was officially reversed to “Uluru / Ayers Rock” on 6 November 2002 following a request from the Regional Tourism Association in Alice Springs.
Gerard was on the money after an initial guess. Tara had her guess confirmed by Coffeegrounded who also guessed correctly it’s English name. Uluru must be known far and wide! Thanks so much to everyone for contributing to Monday Mystery.
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