Another mystery solved

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The picture above shows a signpost indicating a public footpath from Virgin Hill to Gwallon Lane not far to the north of Marazion. It is about three miles from where I live. The path crosses land belonging to a farm called Blakan Matti, another of the mystery names in my post of 2009.

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The map above is from 1945 and shows Pulau Blakang Mati (aka Pulau Belakang Mati amongst other names). The name is Malay and means ominously ‘the island of death from behind’. It lies just a little way south of the main island of Singapore.

I have no idea when or why the farm was named after an island so far away. The name of the island was changed to Sentosa (=’peace and tranquility’) in 1972 and is now a gigantic theme park. From what Wikipedia has to say about the place it sounds ghastly. But then maybe I’m just a grumpy old so-and-so.

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