Kangaroo Island

Photo: Royston Rascals, Penneshaw Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third-largest island, after Tasmania and Melville Island. It lies in the state of South Australia 112 km (70 miles) southwest of Adelaide. 2020 Firehttps://youtu.be/jUs-3TqRTgYhttps://youtu.be/qKbJmtA1Q0Uhttps://youtu.be/1SqNhrPuFm0https://twitter.com/9NewsAdel/status/1213274140032958465https://twitter.com/9NewsQueensland/status/1213303534717812737https://twitter.com/freyahd/status/1215439695980531712https://twitter.com/SBSNews/status/1213031427765178368https://twitter.com/evanquartermain/status/1216352865771347970https://twitter.com/pengillymichael/status/1215452299880845317https://twitter.com/ConversationEDU/status/1230318654962753537https://www.planeta.com/australia-2020-bushfires BackgroundBritish navigator Matthew Flinders named the island in 1802. Separated from the mainland about 10,000 years ago, the island is devoid of dingoes …

Australia Sorry

Earth Apology Speech, February 2008 Elsewhere on the Webaustralia.gov.au ABCmpegmedia.abc.net.au/news/audio/pm/200802/20080212-pm-apo…www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/encounter/eer-09-02… The full apology:Today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history. We reflect on their past mistreatment. We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were Stolen Generations – this blemished chapter in our nation’s history. …

AFL Links

Links related to AFL presented in a somewhat random order HeadlinesAFL’s position on Indigenous history of Aussie Rules leaves game’s historians baffledhttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-09/nrl-indigenous-round-brings-players-stories-to-the-surface/8510166http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/the-only-thing-tasmania-has-over-the-gold-coast-is-unemployment–suns-chairman-tony-cochrane-bites-back-20170410-gvhsan.htmlhttp://www.afl.com.au/news/2016-04-29/a-game-for-all-sizes-and-shapesMeat Loaf apologises to AFL, Australian fans for ‘angry words’ over 2011 grand finalwelcome-to-footy-heaven-of-cheap-entry-hot-pies-and-hard-contests AFLWhttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-27/will-the-passion-for-the-aflw-inaugural-season-live-on/8389488 Adam Goodes‘The Final Quarter’ of Adam Goodes – The new documentary chronicles the saga that ended with Goodes quite …

Torres Strait

Photo: Feral Arts, Thursday Island Located between the tip of Australia’s Cape York Peninsula and Papua New Guinea, the Torres Strait islands are home to about 6,000 people. Part of Queensland since 1879, the 200+ islands have their own languages and culture stretching back thousands of years. The islands are administered by the Torres Strait …

Koalas

Photo: Koala in a tree / Arucaria Ecotours The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) is an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native to Australia found in coastal areas of the mainland’s eastern and southern regions, inhabiting Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia. Recommended ListeningFears for the future of Australia’s koalas – Environmentalists are calling for a review …

Australia

Photo:  Channon Market Australia is an island continent and country. Neighboring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. Australia’s capital is Canberra, and its largest urban area is Sydney. Much of the continent has lain flat for …

Australian Baseball League

Photo The Australian Baseball League (ABL) is a professional baseball league in Australia. The league is governed by the Australian Baseball Federation (ABF). Season: November–February Official spin: “A landmark partnership between Baseball Australia, Major League Baseball, and the Australian Sports Commission, the ABL features a 45-game season and serves to elevate baseball’s profile on the …

Australia Slang

Word cloud Even a drongo can use a dongle! Traveler Tip: If you are uncertain about a particular expression or word, just say, ‘Hang on a moment, I’m not quite sure what you’re on about.’ HeadlinesDecoding coronavirus slang – ABC Featured Words Top Faves: Waddaya reckon?Arvo = Afternoon As fit as a mallee bull = …

Cooktown, Queensland

Photo: Willie Gordon, Tea with Willie (2013) The site of Australia’s first European settlement, Cooktown, Queensland, is famous for being the place where Captain James Cook stopped for repairs in 1770, after running aground on the Great Barrier Reef. Cooktown is 327 kilometers (4 hours) north of Cairns. Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/m81JJVWhSsazpEKAA Discovery Festival / Re-Enactment of …