We all tend to think of Australia as a country with a very short history. In fact it has one of the oldest identifiable histories on this planet dating back to when the first Aboriginal people travelled south between the ice ages.
Did you know that there are around one million camels living in the wild in Australia? They are not of course indigenous but rather were shipped in by British colonialists to help explore and develop the outback. The proud Brits didn’t really want their Arab handlers so they returned to their homelands abandoning the camels.
Did you know that Australia, with its reliance on coal-burning power stations, is considered to be the world’s number one polluter?
These are just a few of the gems in this short history of Australia. It is just under 30,000 words which represents about eighty pages in a standard print book. There are inevitably some dates to maintain the time-line but the emphasis is on telling the story of Australia.
- robert black, March 2012
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