Description: In Australia when you say you are going beyond the black stump it Aussie slang for a long way from anywhere.
The saying came about after a group of surveyors arrived on Astro station near
Blackall, in 1887. The surveyors used a blackened tree stump as the base for
their measuring equipment. The equipment was so large the tree stump was the
most secure base around. The surveyors were at Astro station to take
longitudinal and latitudinal observations, which were to be used in the accurate mapping of inland Australia. From there they were able to fix the position of all the major towns of southern Queensland. http://www.abc.net.au/queensland/heritage/stories/s680695.htm
Before long people considered anything west of Blackall to be - beyond the black stump
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