How Australia’s Emus brought tears in Indian eyes in 2012

How Australia’s Emus brought tears in Indian eyes in 2012

Emus are soft-feathered, brown, flightless birds with long necks and legs, and can reach up to 1.9 metres and are native to Australia. Indians, on the other hand are natives of India who never ever tasted Emu meat or egg. But that did not prevent the executive of a French company to present a paper […]

Holey dollar – Australia’s first coin

Holey dollar – Australia’s first coin

When the penal colony of New South Wales was founded no preparations were made for a currency. The first fleet came with some money to procure supplies during the journey. The convicts were not paid anything and the soldiers were supplied with goods free from the Government store. During the early days of the settlement […]

The Entry of Islam and the history of Muslims in Australia

The Entry of Islam and the history of Muslims in Australia

Islam made its entry into Australia much before Christianity. Macassar trepangers from the southwest corner of Sulawesi in Indonesia visited the coast of Northern Australia since 1700’s. The contact between both the cultures is speculated to have begun at least a century before the Europeans. Makassan fishing boats frequented Australian shores to collect and process […]

How Alpaca came to Australia?

How Alpaca came to Australia?

When Australia was colonized, it was the intention of the early administrators to make this colony a self-sufficient agricultural haven. The first fleet (1788) came with required farm equipment’s and animals and it included sheep. In 1789 Merino sheep arrived in Australia and the story of Australia’s wool production began. By 1807, Australia started exporting […]

History of Cars in Australia

History of Cars in Australia

Horse Vs Motor Cars When the first fleet arrived in Australia in 1788, there were seven horses aboard. By 1901, when Australia became a federation, there were around 1662000 horses in Australia, roughly one horse for every two people. In effect Australia was a horse dominated society. Our city streets were filled with pervading smell […]

The history of Camels in Australia

The history of Camels in Australia

Australia has two species of feral camels – dromedaries and Bactrian. A majority of them are dromedaries. Mostly camels were imported to Australia from Persia, India and Afghanistan in the early days of the European settlement. The first suggestion of bringing camels to Australia was made in 1822 by Conrad Malte-Brun. Malte Brun was a […]

Australian Place names of Indian Origin

Australian Place names of Indian Origin

The place names in Australia are mostly derived from Aboriginal language or named by nostalgic early settlers with that of European towns. But there are a few towns or suburbs in Australia that bears the name of Indian regions. Most of these towns are named by British Indians and in some cases based on the […]

How Canberra Became Australia’s Capital?

How Canberra Became Australia’s Capital?

The Sydney – Melbourne rivalry reached historic proportions when the colony leaders were seriously pondering about creating an Australian federation. In the 1890’s New South Wales was a free tariff state, but Victoria had many taxes to protect local industries. The rivalry between both the colonies created bitter disagreements. Five times premier of NSW, Sir […]

Gibbet

Gibbet

Gibbett   This article is about Gibbeting in Van Diemen’s Land which is Tasmania today. This is from the book A -Z of Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land by Simon Barnard. It is a must read for all those interested in the early history of Tasmania. In the early days of settlement in Australia, convicts […]

Billy Can and Billy Tea

Billy Can and Billy Tea

Kangaroo, Gum Tree, wattle and Billy were once the symbols of Australian bush life. Billy, is a common name used for a tin can, used by Australians living in the bush for many purposes like carrying water, making tea and cooking. There are many legends about its origin, but the most probable one is as […]

Vegemite, An Australian national Icon

Vegemite, An Australian national  Icon

Vegemite For true blue Aussies home is where Vegemite is, but it is altogether a different story for new migrants to Australia. Savouring a little may get wild screams comparing it to rotten dirt. Definitely, it will take some time to get used to the taste of this great Australian icon but for the past […]

Australia and Gum Tree

Australia and Gum Tree

Member of the Eucalyptus tree genus dominate the tree flora of Australia. Gum tree is the common name used for tree genera of Eucalyptus. Gum tree is one of the most adaptable trees and found common in Australia. Being uniquely Australian, it is recognised as an Australian symbol worldwide. . In the late 1800’s Victorians […]

Planting roses

Planting roses

Ideal place for planting roses Roses are sun lovers and adapt more easily to a hot spot than a shady location. Choose a well-drained location with plenty of sunlight for planting rose. Repeat flowering roses need at six hours of full sun to produce abundant flowers. Preparing Soil for Rose plants Soil is the living […]

Aquarium

Aquarium

Aquarium An aquarium is a sensible addition to a modern Australian home. It enhances the beauty of the room it occupies and brings enjoyment and viewing pleasure to kids and adults alike. As Australia readies itself to celebrate the Asian century, the ever increasing Asian population added another dimension to this age old hobby. Fengsui […]

How to grow tomatoes

How to grow tomatoes

How to grow tomatoes Tomato is believed to be originated in the mountains of Peru and spread from there to all around South America. When the Spaniards descended in Mexico they found the Aztecs growing and eating a plant they called ‘tomatl’. Soon tomatl found its way to Spain and the Spaniards called it ‘tomate’. Both […]

How to plant a lemon tree ?

How to plant  a lemon tree ?

The Lemon Tree Lemon, Lime, grape fruit, Orange, tangerine and cumquats: the list of citrus family fruit may extend much longer. Citrus does not breed true from seed. Seedlings are slow to bear fruit. But seedlings are often more vigorous and longer lived than worked plants which may offset their slow development .The only sure way […]