Werribee River Biolink Project - Site Visits 5 and 6
The fifth site visited was at Tarneit near the confluence of Davis Creek and the Werribee River. An old pump shed was photographed.
The sixth and final visit of the project team's tour on 21 September 2011 was within Werribee township at the spot on the Werribee River known as Bungies Hole.
This has a long an interesting
history. It was once a popular location to
collect water, which was carted in barrels by horse and cart to
houses in the developing township. The water hole, just behind
Werribee Bowling Club, was also the early township's 'swimming
pool' with diving boards and swimming lanes.
Several myths have been circulated regarding Bungies Hole, which over the years many have accepted as fact.
The first myth is that it is bottomless, but it has been determined to be 30 metres deep and with a fresh water spring entering towards the downstream end.
The second myth is the origin of its name. Supposedly, it was named after a Mr Bungie who accidentally drove his horse and buggy off the clifftop into the water and drowned. However, investigations show that there was never a Mr Bungie living in Werribee, nor any coroners report to back up this story. What has been determined is that it was named Budgel Carnie's hole in 1845, before the township started to develop. It is thought that Budgel Carnie was probably an Aboriginal elder of the clan living in the area at the time.