Ben Buckler, New South Wales

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Ben Buckler is an urban locality in eastern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is part of the suburb of North Bondi and the local government area of Waverley Council in the Eastern Suburbs.[1]. It is sometimes referred to simply as "the northern headland of Bondi Bay."[2]

Ben Buckler is the location of the Ben Buckler Gun Battery, which was built in 1892 and subsequently buried; it was later excavated by the Water Board and then reburied.[3] It is also the location of the heritage listed Bondi Sewer Vent.

The first recorded use of the name was in 1831, when a land grant to Richard Hurd at North Bondi was described as being "...to a point called Ben Buckler."[2]

Common theories about its name were set out in a research note issued by Waverley Council Library:[2]

  • It is named after a convict, Benjamin Buckler or Ben Buckley, who lived locally with the Aborigines in 1810.
  • A bushranger named Ben Buckley lived in a cave in the rocks at the nortern end of Bondi Beach.
  • Obed West (1807-1891) claimed that it was a corruption of an aboriginal word.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pollon, Frences (1990). The Book of Sydney Suburbs. Australia: Angus & Robertson Publishers. ISBN 0-207-14495-8.
  2. ^ a b c "Who was Ben Buckler?" (PDF). Waverley Council. 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  3. ^ Ben Buckler Gun Battery 1893, 9.2" Disappearing Gun