Monday, 1 April 2013

Blogging A-Z - April Challenge - A is for .....Australia

This is the third year that I have participated in the A-Z Challenge. Last year my posts had an Australian theme, based upon previous visits there and in anticipation of a visit last September and October. I enjoyed that theme, so this year I thought I would again focus on Australia using my last visit as a central catalyst.

So to kick off here are a few maps.

The first map is actually a postcard, published in 1916 and shows the clear links to the "British Empire" with the map of the UK added to the top left. I really love the busy aspect of this postcard, which reflects the growth of the Country. I also love the fact that Tasmania looks like it was added as an after thought!

This second map was published around 1923 and I love the detail of the Country. The busy feel and the vastness of such a Continent. I am curious of the tiny representation of Tasmania, and on this map it barely gets more than a mention.

There had been quite a gap between my last visit and previous one and during that time Australia seems to have matured more. The economy was certainly better than that of the UK. The feel of the Country was just the same to me. Comfortable and had that remarkable feeling of home and as always Australia welcomed me once more.

Stay tuned over the coming month, as I share the numerous highlights of our trip and our Aussie genealogical connections.

Taking part in the A-Z April Challenge


  1. I look forward to hearing of your Aussie adventures Julie!

  2. Hi Julie. I'm here from the A to Z challenge.

    Your post really stuck out for me because I am an ex-pat. I emigrated to Australia from the UK six years ago now. I love it here.

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  4. I love the A-Z Challenge! Back this year to provide another set of daily genealogical posts. I have relatives in Australia, too, so I will be doubly interested in your blog!
    Mine is GenWestUK:

  5. love australia! want to visit so badly!
    will have to come back and see what i'm missing!

  6. I wish I could have made the maps bigger. With my bad eyes it was hard to see. Look forward to reading more of your Australia posts.

  7. I want to visit Australia so badly! I love it so much, I made two of my major characters in my debut novel Australian.

  8. I'd really like to visit Australia! Don't tempt me more...

  9. That's a really fun theme for your challenge this month. Someday I'd like to visit Australia... someday.

    ~ Rhonda Parrish

  10. Australia is on my bucket list....... someday! I look forward to learning more!
    I'm visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge
    Peanut Butter and Whine

  11. I've been fascinated by Australia since "The Thorn Birds". Yes, I'm that old...great choice of theme.
    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge


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