Why Bucketts?

The true name and importance of the Buccan Buccans overlooking Gloucester.

Text by Robert Syron courtesy of Hunter Living Histories.

The Buccan Buccans

The Bucketts – the hills west of Gloucester – is an English corruption of an aboriginal word ‘Buccan Buccan’, meaning lots of rock and was identified with the initiation ceremony of the local tribe.

An aboriginal boy, before the first stage of initiation, was given a stone and had to run to the first peak named Toocal Buccan (big rock north) as fast as he could and touch a large rock there. After the ceremony the boy was handed a second stone, the sacred one, and again he had to journey to the second peak named Weela Buccan (the smaller southern rock) as fast as he could and then to the final peak, the Mograni, with a stone and back again.

The stones were an important part of the ceremony to pass a youth into tribal manhood. Afterward the boy carried a sacred stone in a small bag to ward off evil and sickness. This bag was attached to his belt and tied with possum string. Only initiated men could see this stone. It was taboo for a woman to see the stone, under threat of death.

The Buccan Buccans is a sacred hill and taboo to aboriginal women. It is also the place where Malookut buried the king stone, his boomerangs, spears and shield…. knowing that the culture and the old ways were not permitted by whites.

Across the other side of the Gloucester valley is the Mograni range that was used for female initiation ceremonies.