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Australia and Australians

This is pretty funny….. AUSTRALIA AND AUSTRALIANS The following has been written by the late Douglas Adams of “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” fame. “Australia is a very confusing place, taking up a large amount of the bottom half of the planet. It is recognisable from orbit because of many unusual features, including what at…

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January 25, 2022

Grazie mille Sydney

Post war in the 1950’s and 60’s there was a wave of mass migration from Italy to Australia, and specifically from the lesser-known hillside town of San Fele (located in the southern region of Basilicata), to the then Drummoyne Municipality of Sydney, Australia. Thousands of men and women arrived to this new land, and bandied…

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November 24, 2021

Inspiration for a national treasure

Nutcote, located in North Sydney, was the home and studio of May Gibbs, Australia’s first woman cartoonist who is well remembered for her children’s stories and illustrations. He books have enchanted Australian and international children for over 100 years and the inspiration for incredible characters came from the gardens of Nutcote, The Blue Mountains and…

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October 25, 2021

For those who came across the seas

Today’s Australia has been shaped by migration. We’ve come from all the lands on earth to build this great country. The National Maritime Museum collects the stories of migrants to Australia, and the National Monument is one of our most important and visible ways of recognising the people behind these stories. Over 30,000 names already…

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October 22, 2021

For the international sweet tooth

To the casual passer-by, this small general store on the corner of Redfern and George Streets looks fairly commonplace. In reality, it’s a lolly-lovers nirvana and an Instagram sensation with more than 24,000 followers. People venture from all over Sydney to visit this local corner store with a cult-like fan base. Owner Hazem Sedda was…

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October 7, 2021

Money Box Building

Money boxes were designed to encourage children to save, and to experience the growth of coins into sums of money. The Commonwealth Bank money box originated in 1921. The previous year the Bank had taken over the Queensland Government Savings Bank, and its existing stocks of money boxes were relabeled with images of the Commonwealth…

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September 20, 2021

Passage of time marked in gold

Located within the grand dame herself, the Queen Victoria Building, are two great clocks. These hang majestically from both ends of the celling. This one is the Great Australian Clock hanging at the northern end of the building. This clock weighs in at a staging 4 tons and measuring 10 metres tall. It also lays…

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September 16, 2021

The Principality of Wy

This lounging royal is in fact the Monarch of the Principality of Wy, a self-proclaimed micronation located right here in Sydney. A micronation is defined as “A small area or political entity that claims national sovereignty but is not recognized by other sovereign states.” The Principality of Wy was created after Prince Paul Delprat (pictured)…

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August 19, 2021