Mount Gambier


Mount Gambier
/maʊnt ˈgæmbiə/ (say mownt 'gambeeuh)

noun
1. a city in the far south-east of SA at the foot of the mountain bearing the same name.
2. Gambier.
{named after the British admiral, James Gambier}
The volcano responsible for the craters and lakes of the Mount Gambier district was last active about 5000 years ago. European settlement in the area, traditionally the territory of the Buandig people, dates from 1841 when Stephen Henty built a dwelling here. The first inn was opened in 1847 by John Byng, an African American. The poet Adam Lindsay Gordon served with mounted police here in 1853–55. The native forests of the area were largely cut out in the 1870s and from then were replaced with softwood plantations, which now form the basis of the area's timber industry. Other sources of revenue include dairying, agriculture (cereals, potatoes, onions and apples), and tourism to the city's Blue Lake and the Coonawarra wine region to the north.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.