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’

Detailed 1981 Soviet military plan/map showing the Canberra City Centre, the Parliamentary Triangle and surrounding area

Detailed 1981 Soviet military plan/map showing the Canberra City Centre, the Parliamentary Triangle and surrounding area

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‘There is an article on this plan in the latest issue of The Globe - journal of the Australian and New Zealand Map Society Inc. (ANZMapS) ; including translations of the text at the bottom of the maps. This journal is available in public libraries’–AJgloe

1753 map of Rottnest Island (with a mountain range on the south side)

1753 map of Rottnest Island (with a mountain range on the south side). Willem de Vlamingh [Dutch Explorer] called the island ’t Eylandt ’t Rottenest (“Rats’ Nest Island”) in 1696. The ‘rats’ of course, were the native Quokka population

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‘Noongar people know the Island as Wadjemup. They have an oral story dating from the time when the island was separated from the mainland, telling of the sea level rising. That happened about 7000 years ago. It was also used as a prison for Indigenous people from all over Western Australia. About 3700 Indigenous prisoners were sent there overall. Many of them died horribly of disease while imprisoned … An estimated 370 Indigenous men died on the island and were buried on top of each other so much so that it created hills. Then Tentland was built on top of their graves and their prison was used for accomodation. It makes me sick that I was going to Rottnest for so long and there wasn’t even any mention of this dark history. There’s so many heartbreaking factors to their imprisonment. The local Whadjuk people saw the island as a sacred place of the spirits and not as a place for them’

New Holland (1799) drawn by Aaron Arrowsmith

New Holland (1799) drawn by Aaron Arrowsmith. Part of a world map, and one of the first maps to show the Bass Strait

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‘Anyone familiar enough with Australian history to tell me why there are two Van Dieman’s Lands? Tasmania and the central North coast of Australia are both labelled as such … Places get similar names at different times. The NT area was named in 1618. Tasmania not until 1642’

Map of the Swan River Settlement, 1844

Map of the Swan River Settlement, 1844

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‘Whatever happened to the intended town of Clarence ?? … It was started by Peel but fell over. Total failure. Archaeologist Shane Burke excavated and wrote about it a few years ago. I’ll find the ref if you’re interested … If its not too much trouble ? That sounds facinating … Here ya go: www.scribd.com/document/… … Thankyou ! What an interesting read. Those poor people - to come all this way and end up in a shanty town in the sand dunes, locked in by a contract, so they couldn’t even leave… Excellent archaeological sleuthing there as well ! I worked as a Librarian around the traps for a long time - the fascinating information held in dusty boxes in back rooms in this town is amazing. No-one really seems to value it; and I spent some time gathering up old account books written in copperplate, and crumbling photos, and shipping them off to the State Records Office as fast as I could. At least that way future historians can find it when they need it - and this paper is an excellent example of why it’s important’

Movements of Aboriginal populations using combined genetic and archaeological data

Movements of Aboriginal populations using combined genetic and archaeological data

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‘This is a great podcast about how the Aboriginal people passed on the memory of the sea levels rising at the end of the last ice age.

www.abc.net.au/radio/pro…

Edit for my future reference: Given the importance of living by the ocean for access to food etc. I wonder how much of Aboriginal culture has been lost a few kms off the coast’–Sys32768