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A u s t r a l i a February 5, 2016

Posted by anagasto in history, photography.
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From Latin Times Blog   http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/2010/05/your-morning-adorable-cleveland-metroparks-zoo-your-onestop-baby-koala-shop.html

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Diliff Sindey harbor fragment

The port bridge photographed by DAVID ILIFF as seen from the Kirribilli.
The photo by DAVID ILIFF is under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sydney_Harbour_Bridge_night.jpg

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The Climate

This file is licensed under the CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license for Martyman at the English language Wikipedia
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The simplified Map

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Australia’s Size :-)

Since Australia is not often in the news, there are some people who think it would be about like Cuba or like the Isle of White in size:

Here it is compared to Europe:

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The Animals

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/animals/label/australia/index.shtml

These are some of the animals, but what are their names? They are really well drawn, too, so that you can immediately imagine what they would look like, except maybe Number 8 that looks like it sits on a swing.  The names are funny, but you have to try and guess before you click on the list below.

That website offers complete and very clear descriptions:

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The baby of a kangaroo is called a joey :-)
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800px-Macropus_rufogriseus_rufogriseus_Juvenile_2

Photo by JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Macropus_rufogriseus_rufogriseus_Juvenile_2.jpg under CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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and the little koala is also called a joey!

tn_Koala_and_joey

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7e/Koala_and_joey.jpg

This is where I saw it, but now I cannot find its copyright terms anymore! Have to try another day :-(

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I found it!

It is published at ttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Koala_and_joey.jpg by  Benjamint444
under CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported >

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It took altogether some 25 minutes! I must be the first human who ever tried sucha thing as going from a large picture back to its smaller version where you first saw it. The large version does not offer any info, and going back got me to my own files.

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It took 10 minutes more.

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The little koala already knows how to climb

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The Gang-Gang

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The Gang-gang cockatoo represents the capital territory of Australia as an icon or avatar.
Under CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license, photo of a female Gang-gang  by Martyman with larger versions at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gang-gang_female_MJC01.jpg

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The Wombat
Though included in the drawing above,  it is difficult to imagine whether it would be friendly, maybe not quite like a kitten, nor like a rabbit or a big hamster:

young wombats

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The Regions of Australia and their Deserts

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The deserts add up to 524,750 km2 = 202,610 sq mi.
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The map by roke is based on a satellite image and is licensed under the CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Australia_deserts.PNG 
In some of the deserts there may be oil enough for Australia to rival Saudi Arabia as an exporter.
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Australia is nicknamed the “Land Down Under”.

It is a country, and it is also both an island and a continent.

Queen Elizabeth II christmas broadcast 1953
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/monarchy Queen Elizabeth II making her Christmas broadcast from New Zealand in 1953. Photograph: Press Association Images/PA Archive
It is the world’s smallest continent and the sixth-largest country. There are about 20 million people living there. The Queen of England is considered their Chief of State, but her duties are ceremonial.

The photo of the Queen was not made in Australia, but it is too good to be passed up. Notice, too, those microphones and that lamp

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Australia in WW2
The men had to leave to go and help the Europeans overcome Hitler’s armies, and the women stayed behind, but remember, without e-mail, without telephone, without contact and with very little news for weeks and months, and many were killed, many crippled.

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.Australia WW2 troops unloading

I keep wondering why on the photos those WW2 soldiers look so much more decent than those of the Bushobama campaigns and about twice the IQ. It isn’t just because of those unimposing uniforms either..

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Formal portrait of members of 460 Squadron RAAF, commanded by Wing Commander C. E. Martin  The photos are in public domain according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_history_of_Australia_during_World_War_II

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H i s t o r y

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For at least 40 000 years Australia had been inhabited by native Australians before it was discovered in 1606. —  In 1770 Britain claimed part of it and began sending its convicts as settlers.
By 1909 there were six colonies and they joined to form the Commonwealth of Australia.Australia is a parliamentary democracy with a monarchic constitution.

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As a country Australia is highly developed and receives  top rank in all international comparisons.
Its name comes from Latin australis meaning southern. Since the beginning of last century it has also been called Oz.

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Sydney(from_air)_V2

The Sidney harbour, called Port Jackson, as photographed from the air by Kingyj and released into public domain at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sydney%28from_air%29_V2.jpg..
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