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July 8, 2009 4:36 AM   Subscribe

Heh. Battleaxes. That's funny (and appalling) every time.
posted by robcorr at 5:18 AM on July 8, 2009

Kicking myself that I didn't take a photo of the Cactoblastis hall when I went through Boonarga earlier this year. I believe it's the only building in the world dedicated to an insect.

There's also a cactoblastis memorial in Dalby. It really did a hell of a job at controlling prickly pear (short .pdf link), and even today, ~80 years later, it's still one of the great success stories of biological control.
posted by Pinback at 5:20 AM on July 8, 2009

Y'know, Austral does have a nice ring to it.
posted by Mil at 5:43 AM on July 8, 2009

Some of the names for Canberra are...a bit Sim City-ish.

New Era
The National City
posted by mdonley at 6:44 AM on July 8, 2009

Wow, went to access an image and got this warning:

Warning. Indigenous Australians are advised that this document includes images or names of people now deceased.

posted by mdonley at 6:50 AM on July 8, 2009

Yeah, you get that a fair bit in Australian museums. Apparently there are all sorts of cultural issues involved in mentioning or depicting deceased relatives. That being said, the most important thing about Australian indigenous culture is that Australia is a big place and there was never "an" indigenous culture.
posted by Joe in Australia at 8:00 AM on July 8, 2009

There's some fascinating stuff it there. This letter is a letter to John Curtin from a woman who wants to help with the war effort (WWII) if someone would just look after her baby. It's full of passion and desparation to help, and is really sad.

A lot of it's pretty cringeworthy too. I forget sometimes what a different reality my mother and grandmother lived in.
posted by kjs4 at 9:27 PM on July 9, 2009

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