Category Archives: Australian Culture

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Facts About Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour is the site of some of Australia’s most interesting historical facts and home to its most renowned and significant structures.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is easily one of the most renowned components of the harbour, and it does not escape the cove’s intriguing history. The idea of a bridge connecting the Northern and Southern end of Sydney Harbour was first proposed in 1815. However, the design of the bridge was not prepared until after World War I. The NSW Government invited worldwide tenders for construction in 1922 and let the construction to English firm Dorman Long & Co of Middlesbrough. Construction for the bridge began in 1924. 1400 men, $4.2 million, 16 deaths, 53,000 tonnes of steel and eight years later the Sydney Harbour Bridge was finally unveiled on 19th March 1932. At a height of 143 metres from the harbour, the bridge is the largest steel bridge in the world.

p5_ju_angle_8The Sydney Opera House holds similar significance in that Danish designer Jorn Utzon won architecture’s highest international honour in 2003, the Pritzker Prize. Utzon initially won the international design competition put on by the NSW Government in 1956, on account of his ‘bold and visionary’ design. Despite controversy with funding, changes in government and Utzon’s subsequent resignation in 1966, the designs were completed and Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Opera House in 1973.

Sydney Harbour has also experienced torpedoes from Japanese midget submarines during the Battle of Sydney Harbour in 1942; it is surrounded by the pristine forests of Sydney Harbour National Park; it is a vital trade port, and a historical and cultural treasure of Australia.

Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks use an unfathomable 60 tonnes of lighting effects to draw in an audience of around 1 billion viewers from around the world. Parading the harbour on New Year’s Eve from aboard a luxurious ship will allow you to become a part of this important heritage on one of the most exciting events of the year.

MV EPICURE I offers unparalleled views of the Sydney Harbour, features a gourmet 5-course meal and truly encapsulates the meaning of luxury. To experience the incredible structures of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House come alive this New Year’s Eve and relish the cultural significance of the Sydney Harbour, contact MV EPICURE today about booking yourself in for a sumptuous harbour cruise on the 31st December.

25 Best Tony Abbott Meme Images (So Far) #auspol

Well it’s been less than a year but already the meme machine is working overtime. Australia is venturing into new territory with a whole bunch of new media technologies to document the public sentiment.

Whether you’re an ALP or LNP supporter, casting your minds back to the ‘ditch the witch’ era of retorts and slogans helps provide perspective on this new array of pop culture criticism.

We made our decision focusing on what was most creative, we hope you enjoy.

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I have had a real difficult time in finding the original author of these images, so please if you are an author please contact me so i can give proper credit and references. Additionally if you are the property owner and wish for it not to be included in this list please contact me asap.

Famous Indigenous Australians – Bennelong

One of the earliest, most famous and well-documented indigenous men is Woollarawarre Bennelong.

Having lived from 1764 to 1813 he was a man of the Eora, Koori People, which reside  in Port Jackson, NSW. Bennelong occupies a special place in Australian History due to his engagement with the British settlement in Australia in 1788.
Bennelong was a member of the Wangal clan, connected with the south side of Parramatta River, having close ties with the Wallumedegal clan, on the west side of the river, and the Burramattagal clan near today’s Parramatta.
Bennelong was brought to the settlement at Sydney Cove in November 1789 by order of the governor, Arthur Phillip, who was under instructions from King George III to establish relationships with the indigenous populations.
Bennelong was captured in November 1789 as part of Phillip’s plan to learn the language and customs of the local people. Bennelong stayed in the settlement for about six months. He then escaped. Bennelong travelled to England in 1792. Many historians have claimed that they were presented to King George III, but there is no direct evidence that this occurred. Although soon after their arrival in England they were hurriedly made clothes that would have been suitable for their presentation to the King.
Bennelong’s health was perhaps damaged by the consumption of alcohol, one of the most popular pastimes in the colony. He died at Kissing Point (now known as Putney, in Sydney’s North West) on 3 January 1813.

5 New Aussie Businesses

Welcome to all of our new Aussie Businesses, we have a diverse selection from high tech IT services, to small Clothing Outlets & Organic Australian Food Retailers. If your need some of these services why not try the following…

1) Gnostic Organics, NSW

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2) Organic Larder, VIC

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3) Super Plumbers, QLD

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4) Kiddie Wear Collections, NSW

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5)  Sushi Digital, WA

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We hope to keep bringing your more Aussie Businesses into the future, if your business is not listed submit it now.

A Little Piece of History: Yirrkala Bark Petition

It’s the 21st Century, there is little excuse for not knowing. Its only ever a click away and it can transport you to a whole new world.

This is my favourite page of the week. Check out this interesting piece of Indigenous history…

So begins the Yirrkala Bark petitions of  August 1963 sent to the Parliament by members of the clan groups living in the area of Yirrkala. Written in both Yolngu Matha and English and presented on painted bark boards depicting country, the petitions protest the excision of land from the Reserve where they live, where they hunt and where their sites of significance are situated. Bauxite mining leases were granted and land excised without any consultation with the people of Yirrkala.

This website, providing the online digital exhibition of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions provides a new way for a wider population to engage with the story of the Petitions and gain insights into the emotions that our indigenous people were feeling as the mining encroached on their land and their children’s futures.

I think we may even be able to see the parallels today.

 

The Magic Pudding

Its another classic Australian children story: The Magic Pudding: Being The Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and his friends Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff.

The story was first published in 1918 by Norman Lindsay. Noted for its comic fantasy style. Normans Anthropomorphic animals make a wonderful children’s story.

The story revolves around a ‘magic pudding’ which rebuilds itself once eaten, a delightful idea. The illustrations from the original print are of a uniquely Australian character.

One great idea to share this story with your children is to read the story with them and then ask your ‘little ones’ to draw an illustration themselves.

I find its a great way to engage with Australian literary history and let my kids explore their imaginations in a unique way.

The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay is Available for Free at Project Gutenberg