Australia Night

Photo: Goddard Space Flight Center, Australia at Night Another year, another contested Australia Day on January 26. On January 25 we consider these weighty topics and create some fun activities and games. Activities Find global equivalents to bush tucker. Learn a word in an Australian Aboriginal language. Listen to a Radio National program / podcast. …

Australia Day and Invasion Day

Poster The date of January 26 is a contentious and contested in Australia where for some it celebrates nationhood and for others (the Indigenous and Aboriginal Australians) it is a day of mourning. January 26 is Australia Day and Invasion Day. As an outsider keen on learning about Australian culture, the month of January is …

Aboriginal and Indigenous Australia

Photo: Tribal Warrior Human occupation of Australia started about 65,000 years ago with successive waves of immigration from south and southeast Asia. Archaeologists continue to revise the date of early settlements. Today Aboriginal Australians conserve the oldest culture in the world. The word ‘Aboriginal’ has appeared in the English language since the 17th century and means ‘first or earliest …

Australia’s Aboriginal Flag

Photo: Tribal Warrior Aboriginal FlagNAIDOC: The Australian Aboriginal Flag was designed by artist Harold Thomas and first flown at Victoria Square in Adelaide, South Australia, on National Aborigines Day, 12 July 1971. It became the official flag for the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra after it was first flown there in 1972. Since then, it …

Nature Tracks

Photo One more way to visit the hinterlands of Australia – listening. For friends quaranstreaming, here is audio goodness from ABC Radio National presenting Nature Track, a series of delightfully slow soundscapes available on YouTube. This series is recorded by Ann Jones, host of ABC nature podcast Off Track, and YouTube animal series How Deadly. …

New South Wales Links

NSW Flag Links related to New South Wales in mostly random fashion: Mount Grenfell National ParkMount Grenfell Historic Site in Cubba protects Ngiyampaa rock art. It’s a short walk to this important Aboriginal site, and a more challenging one to a scenic lookout.https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/mount-grenfell-historic-site Bundian Way https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/john-blay/12556816 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bundian_Way HeadlinesNSW buys outback station in state’s largest single …

Geraldton, Western Australia

Photo: Russell Charters, HMAS Sydney Memorial Geraldton is located 424 kilometers (263 miles) north of Perth in Western Australia. Elsewhere on the Webhttp://[email protected]://brolos.com.auhttps://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/regional/gascoynehttp://www.nacc.com.au – @NACC_NRMhttps://www.facebook.com/northernagriculturalcatchmentscouncilCurrent NACC Biodiversity Projects: Hidden Treasures > Rivers and Wetlands > Corridors for Climate Change > Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo Recovery Project (in partnership with BirdLife Australia) > Abrolhos Islands Rehabilitation (in partnership with Durack Institute of …

Eucalyptus, aka Eucalypts

Images: Biodiversity Heritage Library Wikipedia: Eucalyptus is a genus of nearly nine hundred species of flowering trees, shrubs or mallees in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae commonly known as eucalypts. Plants in the genus Eucalyptus have bark that is smooth, fibrous or stringy, leaves with oil glands, and sepals and petals that are fused to form …

Sydney Links

Sydney flag Links related to Sydney, Australia presented in somewhat random fashion: Nearby national parkshttps://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/alerts Bookstores: Bookoccinobookoccino.com.autripadvisor.com The Year that Made Me: Ray Bonner, 1980 – After covering wars, coups and massacres, an award-winning journalist launches his next adventure – running a bookshop. FlickrPowerhousehttp://www.smh.com.au/comment/property-values-drive-powerhouse-out-of-cbd-20150228-13r51b.html Flickr GroupsSydney Design Soundcloudhttps://soundcloud.com/sydney-symphony [email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@greenvillagesyd YouTubeSOHfestivalSydney Morning Herald Headlineshttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-27/artist-finds-beauty-in-overlooked-sydney-landmarks/8986560http://www.indigilab.com.au/archaeology/museum-curator-matt-poll-explains-the-significant-of-the-indigenous-site-find-in-randwick – https://twitter.com/indigilabUrgent …