Kalaripayattu and places to learn in Australia

Kalaripayattu and places to learn in Australia

History Bodhidharma, the Buddhist Monk from South India, is credited as founder of  martial arts at the Shaolin Temple in Henan Province, China. The martial art he taught at the world famous Shaolin temple 1500 years ago was based on Kalaripayattu, which originated in the southern state of India, Kerala. Kalaripayattu is considered as one […]

How Sydney Got its Name?

How Sydney Got its Name?

History James Cook and the crew of HMS Endeavour first sighted east coast of Australia on 19th April 1770. Nearly ten days later they landed in the bay, which the ships naturalist Sir Joseph Banks named as Botany Bay. A favourable report from the duo back to London about the possibility of establishing a colony […]

How Melbourne got its name?

How Melbourne got its name?

A bit of history Before the British occupation of Melbourne, The Wurundjeri people of the Indigenous in the Kulin nation occupied the Birrarung (Yarra River) Valley. John Batman, the Australian born son of a NSW convict, who gained fame in Tasmania by capturing Bush ranger Matthew Brady, set his eyes on a Port Phillip exploration. […]

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 […]

This man’s bluff resulted in the birth of Australia

This man’s bluff resulted in the birth of Australia

The most commonly reported reason for the colonisation of Australia is the overcrowding of British Prison system and the need to find a place to resettle the convicts. After the American war of independence, it became impossible for Britain to send convicts to America. There was one more pressing reason and without that the British […]

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 […]

Western Australia’s amazing Pink Lake – Lake Hillier

Western Australia’s amazing Pink Lake – Lake Hillier

( To download image 960×960 click here) Address: Middle Island, Recherche Archipelago Nature Reserve, via, Cape Arid, Western Australia, 6452 Australia is home to one of the most beautiful Pink Lakes in the world. The Hillier Lake is located at Middle island in the Goldfields- Esperance region in Western Australia. It lies around 65km south […]

Gibbet

Gibbet

    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 […]

Australian Time zones

Australian Time zones

Australia has three time zones. They are Australian Western Standard time (AWST) , Australian Central Standard time (ACST ) and Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) . In this article, time in each zone is given taking UTC as the base . UTC stands for Coordinated Universal Time , which for all practical purposes , same […]

Why Australia Celebrates Labour day ?

Why Australia Celebrates Labour day ?

Labour Day in Australia Labour Day in Australia,  celebrates the achievement of 8 hour working day . The Slogan Eight hours labour, Eight hours recreation and Eight Hours rest” became the motto of the labour movement in Australia in the 18th Century. The first to achieve the 8 hour working day were the operative stonemasons of […]

The Australian Legal System

The Australian Legal System

The three principles integral to Australian legal system are procedural fairness, judicial precedent and separation of powers. Procedural fairness concerns the fairness and the transparency of the processes by which the court reaches a decision. Hearing all parties before a decision is made is one step which would be considered appropriate to be taken in […]

Indians in Australia

Indians in Australia

Earlier Indian Settlers to Australia The Earlier settlers arrived in Australia from 1787 to 1823 in British fleets included a few Indians as crews. Majority of Indians arrived during this period were labourers or convicts. Some of the Indian-returned British farm owners in Australia called for recruitment of Indian labourers for farm work. In their […]

Australian Wine

Australian Wine

Australia’s commitment to become a major wine producing nation was evident as the first fleet brought vine cutting from Cape of Good Hope in 1788. The attempt to grow vine in Australia failed miserably because of the unfamiliar Sydney weather. ‘The never say die’ attitude of early settlers prevailed and by 1820 Australian made wine […]

Wine tasting terms

Wine tasting terms

Wine tasting is an art of sensory examination and evaluation of wine that tastefully lacks precision. The individual perceptions may differ, but a systematic approach of analysing the taste is rather consensual, as far as experts are concerned. Tasting terms or descriptors allows the wine tasters to put into words the quality of the wine […]

Beer

Beer

Drunkenness was an enormous problem, Australia faced in its early days as a convict’s colony. Rum was the favourite drink of the colony and even children as young as ten were to be seen in the streets intoxicated on those days.  Beer was promoted as a safer and healthier alternative to rum, as a means […]

Alcohol

Alcohol

“They are not a nation of snobs like the English or of extravagant boasters like the Americans or of reckless profligates like the French; they are simply a nation of drunkards.” Marcus Clark about Australians.   Alcohol Australians love to drink wine and beer and have a conversation while they drink. Though the alcohol conception […]

Different types of Coffee

Different types of Coffee

Types of Coffee Indians favour tea over coffee. Tea shops run by Malayalis are found all over India. These shops also act as a meeting place for the locals, where everyday events and politics are debated vigorously over a cup of tea. These experienced tea makers, make the tea with the right amount of sugar, […]

Australian Social Customs

Australian Social Customs

When pick pockets, petty thieves and murderers built a nation, contrary to any logical assumptions the values upheld were fairness, respect and responsibility. Over the blood and bones of the local aboriginal population, the young Australia carried its distinct frills and fringes. The land of opportunities evolved to be better known as the lucky country. […]

Cycling in Melbourne

Cycling in Melbourne

Cycling is fun and there is much more to cycling than the fun part. There are many health benefits associated with cycling. It is good for your heart, muscles, waistline, and immune system and even enhances your mental health. What more? You may even live longer than your lazy buddy next door, if you take up […]

Facts about Australia

Facts about Australia

Below are the thirty facts that set Australia apart from the rest of the world 1.Australia is the 6th largest country by total area. 2.The name Australia is derived from the Latin australis, meaning “southern” 3.Australia is believed to be inhibited by humans for at least 40000 years. 4.The first Europeans to discover Australia were […]

Indian Radio stations in Australia

Indian Radio stations in Australia

 Indian Radio stations in Australia HINDI LANGUAGE RADIO STATIONS IN AUSTRALIA   www.radiogarammasala.com It is 24/7 online Bollywood radio station so listeners can listen  from website www.radiogarammasala.com or they can download apps for smartphones from play store and iTunes.  They can also listen to is on Tunein Radio App. Station :Melbourne  Frequency : 93.1FM – State : Victoria […]

Indian English

Indian English

   Bindaas – Cool , care free also used to say excellent     Bollygarch – Rich Indian business man    Bhajan – devotional song    Crore – Ten million.     Dabbawala –someone who is employed in a unique service industry whose primary business is collecting freshly cooked food in lunch boxes from the residences of the office workers […]

Australian English

Australian English

English is Australia’s de facto official language, despite given no official status in the constitution. Australian English is recognised to be different from British English. The reason being the early settlers included people from all over the British Isles such as Ireland and South East England, each speaking different dialects. Among the early settlers were 25% […]