A while ago I did a post base on the book ‘Old Oak’ in which I described an incident from the life of famous 19th century pugilist, Bendigo. This is an unusual name, and I wondered if there was a link with the gold mining town in Victoria Australia. The Oxford Dictionary made no mention of the boxer, but here’s a link to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, with the entry for William Thompson, (1811-80). It is rumoured that he was one of triplets, named after the 3 pious Jewish youths thrown into a fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar, so a strange choice of Shadrach, Mesach and Abednego, but his baptism record mentions only twins. The latter name somehow was transformed into Bendigo:
The article ends with this:
The goldfield and city in Australia took the name Bendigo from him, horse races were named after him, and he was the subject of numerous popular ballads.
It seems odd that the English dictionary has not noticed this, nor, apparently have the good folk of Victoria, Australia.