Category: Australia

Smallpox breaks out in Sydney, 1789.

Smallpox breaks out in Sydney, 1789.

Annette Kellerman demonstrating her diving skills at Glenelg…

Annette Kellerman demonstrating her diving skills at Glenelg baths, 1905.

How Many “First Australians” Were There?

A recent study, which compared various computer simulations, determined that the founder population must have had at least

  1. 300 people
  2. 1300 people
  3. 2800 people
  4. 4500 people

A laughing man in Australia, ca. 1900

A laughing man in Australia, ca. 1900

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Aborigines whose language in the Yolŋu Matha linguistic family, in Australia, often practiced exogamy, marrying outside their group. This meant mothers and fathers would speak different languages of Yolŋu Matha – deliberately – so the child would grow up speaking at least two languages.

This was actually a good thing, because there are about six languages in the Yolŋu Matha family, some mutually intelligible, divided into about thirty clan varieties and perhaps twelve different dialects, each with its own Yolŋu name. Having groups where members could speak multiple languages presumably helped groups communicate, and survive.

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Aborigines whose language in the Yolŋu Matha linguistic family, in Australia, often practiced exogamy, marrying outside their group. This meant mothers and fathers would speak different languages of Yolŋu Matha – deliberately – so the child would grow up speaking at least two languages.

This was actually a good thing, because there are about six languages in the Yolŋu Matha family, some mutually intelligible, divided into about thirty clan varieties and perhaps twelve different dialects, each with its own Yolŋu name. Having groups where members could speak multiple languages presumably helped groups communicate, and survive.

Refrigerators being manufactured in Australia,…

Refrigerators being manufactured in Australia, 1957

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Toowoomba motorcycles club, Queensland, Australia, circa 1933.

Toowoomba motorcycles club, Queensland, Australia, circa 1933.

Coontajandra and Sanginguble, members of the W…

Coontajandra and Sanginguble, members of the Workii clan from the Mount Isa region of Australia, 1893

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A cosmetics saleswoman in a shop on Toorak Roa…

A cosmetics saleswoman in a shop on Toorak Road, Melbourne, Australia, 1970

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