The origin of the name Gentle Annie is shrouded in local tales and the passage of time. Whatever the origin of the name it is a very special place.
An initial settler to the area, before the arrival of the Chinese Market Farmers or the Italian Tobacco Growers was a Scotsman. He possibly named the area after a Scottish Myth, the fairy of the south west wind known as Gentle Annie. Given that Myrrhee is the Aboriginal word for wind gives credence to this belief.
by Stephen Foster, 1856
Thou wilt come no more, gentle Annie,
Like a flower thy spirit did depart;
Thou art gone, alas! Like the many
That have bloomed in the summer of my heart.
Cho: Shall we never more behold thee;
Never hear thy winning voice again
When the Springtime comes gentle Annie,
When the wild flowers are scattered o'er the plain?
We have roamed and loved mid the bowers,
When thy downy cheeks were in their bloom;
Now I stand alone mid the flowers
While they mingle their perfumes o'er thy tomb.
Ah! The hours grow sad while I ponder
Near the silent spot where thou art laid,
And my heart bows down when I wander
By the streams and the meadows where we strayed.