It all began in 1841…


The township Bellingen lies on the Bellinger River. In 1841, Government surveyor, Clement Hodgkinson visited the area. When naming newly discovered places, he preferred to use existing native place names rather than foreign ones, so he used the Gumbaynggir name for river, “Billingen” as the name of the area.

The name has also been reported as meaning “clean water”, “winding river”, “quoll” and “cheeky fellow”. Originally, Bellingen was pronounced “Billingen”, where the “ng” was pronounced as in “sing”.

When it came buy accutane 40 mg uk time to write the word, the Aboriginal voice and the European ear combined to give a spelling of “Billingen”, “Billengen”, “Bellengen” or “Bellingen”. European usage has altered the original pronunciation to the current “Bellin-jen”.

To further confuse the issue, a draughtsman who was compiling the Colony map from original documents misread Hodgkinson’s final handwritten “n” as an “r”; meaning that the Bellingen River officially became the “Bellinger”, while the town retained the correct name of “Bellingen”

Garlic and prawns, a match made in heaven…. creamy and delicious – perfect for a quick and light meal.

(Serves 4)

• 25g butter
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 2 cloves garlic, crushed
• 1 tablespoon flour
• 1 cup (250ml) chicken stock
• 2 tablespoons white wine
• 1/2 cup (125ml) cream
• 2 teaspoons dry mustard powder
• 750g peeled uncooked prawns
• 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
• SAXA Pink Himalayan Salt Flakes, to season



1. Heat butter, oil and garlic in a medium frying pan over buy accutane in uk medium-high heat until butter has melted. Add flour. Cook, stirring for 1 minute or until mixture bubbles.

2. Slowly add stock, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring constantly to prevent lumps forming. Add wine and cream. Cook, stirring for 3 minutes or until sauce boils and thickens. Add mustard. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Add prawns. Simmer, stirring for 3 minutes or until prawns are cooked through. Stir in parsley. Serve creamy garlic prawns with steamed rice.


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