Suggan Buggan River
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The Suggan Buggan River at Suggan Buggan, Victoria
The Suggan Buggan River is located in the Australian Alps. It rises in a wilderness area near the New South Wales / Victorian border before flowing through the locale of Suggan Buggan in the Shire of East Gippsland and flows on to meet the Snowy River in Victoria.
Suggan Buggan lies on the edge of the Snowy Mountains. This is wild lonely country which can be bitterly cold in winter.
It seems that the town's name came from the Aboriginal term bukkan bukkan, referring to bags made from grass.
The first run in the district was taken up by William Woodhouse in 1843 who passed it on to Benjamin Boyd in 1845. The property was transferred to Edward O'Rourke in 1858 who had travelled south from the Monaro plains with his young family. He stayed for 25 years before moving south to Wulgulmerang, which began its life as another O'Rourke station, and then west to the Omeo station at Benambra. O'Rourke used local Murray pines to build the first permanent home in the area. The O'Rourke's ownership ended in 1902 when the property was sold to John Churchill Rogers. Bush walks in the area lead to Mount Stradbroke (1310 metres) and Mount Cobberas (1836 metres).
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