There are several explanations of how this area came by its sonorous Aboriginal name, perhaps the least plausible being the local story that the area’s first settler, John Palmer, found a sheep in his bathroom and exclaimed, “There’s wool on my loo!” Other possible meanings include: burial place; place of plenty; young black kangaroo; young male kangaroo; and field of blood, due to the tribal fights said to have been held in the area. The name has also been rumoured to be a mispronunciation of windmill, from one that sat on Darlinghurst ridge until the 1850s.

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