The ISHPSSB bi-annual meeting has just wound down in Brisbane – for various reasons, I wasn’t up for attending this year. By coincidence, the current Four Stone Hearth (#71) has an Australian flavor and contains some interesting Australian factoids (and the above map) such as:
- Darwin on New South Wales: ‘On the whole I do not like New South Wales. It is no doubt an admirable place to accumulate pounds and shillings; but heaven forbid that I should live where every man is sure be somewhere between a petty rogue and a bloodthirsty villain.’ (Darwin to Henslow)
- Although Australia has a reputation for being settled by convicts, from 1788 to 1856, 157,000 convicts were sent to Australia. This is only one-third of the total sent to the United States.
- Vegemite is “a by-product of beer manufacturing, so, technically, yes, Australian school children are routinely fed beer by-products from an early age.”
Wander on over to read more about Oz and to see more of what’s best in anthroblogging.