Beyond the Black Stump

“Stump” the remainder of a tree,etc when the main part has been cut away.

Beyond the black stump is a phrase we use in Aus to describe a place that is a long way off, black refers to one burned out in a bushfire. When I envisage the ‘black stump’ I think of places like the Northern Territory, parts of Western Australia and South Australia, even the Central Western New South Wales.We also have a lizard called a ‘stumpytail’, that’s the common name for a blue tongue lizard.

Websters Dictionary also mentions a ‘stump’-orator, a travelling speaker (as using tree-stumps for platforms).

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