Eora sounds like a donkey. It has nothing to do with a beast of burden, but the word does have a plaintive, wistful sound to it. The Eora were the indigenous people of the Sydney basin in New
South Wales, Australia, and their potted history goes like this: January 1788 the first fleet of 1 300 convicts arrive. A century later and 70% of the 1500 Eora are dead. The Aborigines were decimated by the destruction of their natural food sources, smallpox and the bad-assed Poms.
I was slaughtered, too, a week ago when I went to Eora in Florida Road. Why you would name a restaurant after an annihilated tribe? I have no idea. Anyway, that’s beside the point.