Missed opportunity

Every town has its idiosyncratic street names. There’s a Bald Knob Road in Peachester, Queensland, a Tittybong Street in Quambatook, Victoria, and a Curly Dick Road near Oberon, NSW. But Lightning Ridge has the best street names of all.

I have to admit to a thrill of excitement when I learnt that my new address in town would be on the junction of Halleys Comet Street and Fantasia Street. Fantasia Street! How goddam cool is that?

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And just to add icing on the cake, Halleys Comet runs into Nobby Road.

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The link, of course, is opals. Lightning Ridge is the home of the black opal, Australia’s national gemstone, and so these street names – Red Admiral, Black Prince, Butterfly and so on – all refer to some of the great opal finds of the past.

At Lightning Ridge Central School the high school classes are named after local streets / opals and so there’s Rainbow, Cardinal and Pandora, amongst others.

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But, unbelievably, there is no Fireball class! What a missed opportunity! Who wouldn’t want to be in Fireball Class?

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And there is no Shincracker Class! Oh my Godfathers! If I was a kid I would love to be in Shincracker!

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Or imagine being able to say that you lived on the corner of Fireball and Shincracker! Oh, such missed opportunities …

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