Australia : her natural and industrial resources / MacDonald Gill (1946)

Australia : her natural and industrial resources / MacDonald Gill (1946)

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‘Strange lack of iron in the West … The Pilbara Pastoral strike (Aboriginals across the region went on strike due to no wages) happened around this time, so the Aboriginal workers and their families mined locally and sold locally to make ends meet. That is, until it came to the attention of prominent white men that Aboriginals in WA couldn’t own land thus their claims and related paperwork were up the creek. Enter Lang Hancock and the subsequent mining boom.

How The West Was Lost by Don McLeod is a great starter book for anyone interested in this shitty bit of history of WA’

Reconstructed map of the 1945 Clapp Report proposals for standardisation of Australia's railways

Reconstructed map of the 1945 Clapp Report proposals for standardisation of Australia’s railways

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“I done some digging and found that South Australia uses standard gauge for the most part. 2500ish km standard vs 250isk broad. Victoria is about 60/40 broad 2350, standard 1950 … Huh interesting. I’d imagine the huge chunk of that would be the trans-australian and darwin lines. A lot of SA’s early lines were built broad (like the line to Melbourne). Then for some random reason SAR decided to build a lot of lines in the north of the state as narrow. All the early standard gauge lines in SA were built by Commonwealth Railways (like the trans-australian). The Melbourne line and a few branching off of it were later converted to standard in the early 90s”

Potential frost days annually in Australia

Potential frost days annually in Australia (where the minimum temperature is less than 2°C)

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‘Is the high number of frost days in the Alice an artificial consequence of the « high » human presence here (and thus more meteorological data), or is there a specific local reason to the number of frost days in central AU ? I spent some time over there, it was pretty cold at night but not 0°C I mean … It defs gets below 0C. You might not know but Alice Springs is 550m above sea level. That altitude, that far away from the ocean and outside the tropics, you’re bound to get frost’