Brumby, Brumbies or Brumby’s: What Does It Mean?

In all the time I lived in England I’m sure I never came across the words Brumby, Brumbies or Brumby’s. But we have the word here in Australia, so what does it mean?

I know, let’s turn this one into a quiz. So, what does it mean?

  • a) it’s the name of a bread shop.
  • b) it’s a wild Australian horse.
  • c) it’s the name of a rugby team.

Up until about an hour ago, I would have opted for a), because Brumby’s is the name of a franchised baker’s store here in Australia; we even have one down the road from my house.

It’ll be where we buy our hot crossed buns from this Easter.Hot Crossed Buns

But about 45 minutes ago, as I was researching tonight’s post, I found out that a Brumby is also a free-roaming feral horse in Australia. Here we go, this is a story we’ve heard before.

These horses were first brought into Australia in 1788 to do farm and utility work. Then some escaped, some were released into the wild because they weren’t needed, blah, blah, blah and now Australia has something like 400,000 feral horses roaming around the countryside.

So, where have we heard this before? Add Brumby’s to this list:

Red Ant aside, all of these animals were imported into Australia to do a job; mostly, they failed to do that job or were no longer required for it.

Result; they all went off to mooch around the countryside, doing not much of anything except extending their families.

So now, all of these creatures are being culled in one way or another. I’m all for it when it comes to the Red Ant and the cane toad, but it’s sad when it’s happening to rabbits, camels, water buffalo and Brumby’s.

There are plenty of sad videos about the plight of the Brumby’s, here’s one that celebrates their beauty….

Oh, nearly forgot, the brumbies are also a rugby team, they come from Canberra. So it doesn’t matter which one you when for, a) b) or c) – you were right!

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  • Kamma March 29, 2014, 2:08 am | Link

    Hi Bob, they’ve just started a new initiative to control the Brumby population and, well, see for yourself: http://www.australianbrumbychallenge.com.au

    They got the idea from something the US is doing with their mustangs. There is a good documentary about that, if you’re interested.

    • BobinOz March 31, 2014, 1:45 pm | Link

      What a good idea, certainly makes sense. Horses, I would have thought, are a valuable asset so rounding up the wild ones and training them up has to be a win-win.

      Cheers, Bob

  • beena manu April 2, 2012, 4:22 pm | Link

    Bob,
    I want that white crossed Brumby’s for my son …………
    Look so nice ………

    Advanced Easter wishes from our family to all of you especially the little cute Elizabeth

    Today is the best day
    warm regards
    beena

    • BobinOz April 2, 2012, 9:37 pm | Link

      Thanks beena, hope you have a good Easter too.

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