Australia

Ned Kelly was a famous Irish convict in Australia and, if you’re an Aussie you’ve often heard the expression, “As game as Ned Kelly”. In this context the word “game” means willing to face danger. Kelly was considered to be a “Robin Hood” type folk hero by some for his defiance against the British authorities […]

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Sandy on August 3rd, 2011

I saw this post on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and wanted to pass it along his reference to intimate details that people share on Facebook all the while they protest sharing census information: “They may not mind sharing their most intimate details up on Facebook, but the majority of Australians want their census records destroyed for […]

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Sandy on June 22nd, 2011

The publisher of WhitePages in Australia, Sensis, has noted the increasing popularity of non-Anglo surnames in the most populous state of Australia, New South Wales. And, the change is big. Apparently the Nguyens (pronounced Win or Wynne) are making good ground on the Joneses. Typical Aussie names like Smith, Jones and Brown are still leaders […]

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Workers doing excavation at Stirling Terrace in Albany, Western Australia, have found 300 gold sovereigns buried under concrete. Albany was established in December 1826 and was the first settlement in Western Australia and before the Swan River colony that led to the city of Perth’s (Western Australia’s capital) early development. The coins were valued unseen […]

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Sandy on April 29th, 2011

Dutch explorers found Australia in the early 1600s, but decided against settling because the land was too dry and inhospitable. After losing the American colonies the British were anxious to find another place to ship convicts and established the state of New South Wales as a penal colony. In 1788, nine ships of convicts along […]

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