Super Duper

After many, many years of inquiry
I was met with refusal,
and I still don’t know the nationality
of Bruce Duperouzel.



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  1. French ?


  2. DBalassone says

    It’s a mystery to me Glen.

    If indeed it is French, it has to be the strangest French name I’ve ever heard of!

  3. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says
  4. DBalassone says

    Thanks for the link Swish. Fascinating. I would never have picked Duperouzel as a French Norman name. Now we know that the Normans were of course French speaking Scandinavians – so perhaps Duperouzel has Nordic origins, although you wouldn’t suspect such. The ‘rouzel’ sound perhaps is a bit Germanic sounding, but then again the Germans have close links to Scandinavia as well.

    There seems to be quite a few Duperouzels throughout WA – convicts via the Channel Islands via Normandy. What a mystery the Duperouzel name is? It’s almost like a history lesson through Western Civilization. Where is a linguist when you need one?

  5. He was a handy cricketer also, Damo.
    Played Sheffield Shield for WA.

  6. DBalassone says

    It seems you are correct Smokie. Bruce Duperouzel played 5 games for WA in the early 70s with a top score of 43. His brother Gary also umpired an ODI in 79/80 at the Adelaide Oval. The day Andy Roberts took his career best ODI figures of 5 of 22.

  7. Kevin Densley says

    Nifty little poem, Damian! Nice touch here!

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