Around the World – Australia

Put another shrimp on the barbie, mates – we’re going to Australia for our final Around the World reading trip. It’s not every country that can brag about being it’s own continent.  With its  unusual inhabitants (animal and human), it is a unique journey all its own.  It should be summer down under this time of year, so dress appropriately…

A few interesting tidbits:

  • Australia is one of the most urbanized countries – at least 70% of its population lives in the 10 largest cities.
  • The country elected their first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, in June of 2010.
  • On October 25, 2009, turf was laid down on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and over 6000 people enjoyed picnics and live music.

    BOOKS:

    Australia: A New History of the Great Southern Land by Frank Welsh

    Australia: The Complete Encyclopedia

    Carpentaria by Alexis Wright

    A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia by Thomas Keneally

    Dancing with Strangers: Europeans and Australians at First Contact by Inga Clendinnen

    The Dead Path by Stephen M. Irwin

    The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville

    Moonlight Downs by Adrian Hyland

    Swimming with Crocodiles: A True Story of Adventure and Survival by  Will Chaffey

    Tall Man: The Death of Doomadgee by Chloe Hooper

    True Spirit: The True Story of a 16-Year-Old Australian Who Sailed Solo, Nonstop, and Unassisted Around the World by Jessica Watson

    Wanting by Richard Flanagan

    ~~~

    WEBSITES:

    Australia Government Home

    BBC Country Profile: Australia

    U.S. Department of State: Australia

    Wikipedia: Australia

     

    Leave a Reply

    Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

    WordPress.com Logo

    You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

    Twitter picture

    You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

    Facebook photo

    You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

    Google+ photo

    You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

    Connecting to %s

    %d bloggers like this: