Tag Archives: Australia


The first ships to have the dubious privilege of carrying convicts to Botany Bay in Australia left Portsmouth on May 13th, 1787, arriving at their destination on January 18th, 1788. The original landing place of Captain Cook was deemed unsuitable for a settlement, however, so the ‘cargo’ was transported a little farther up the coast, […]


Question: When was Christmas first celebrated in Australia? Answer: English colonists celebrated their first Christmas in Australia in 1788. Presumably a lot hotter one than they were used to, as the average temperature there at this time of year is 100º F (38º C).  And I doubt the convicts among them felt much like celebrating. […]


Earth hour is an annual event that takes place on the last Saturday in March. The World Wide Fund (WWF) held the first Earth Hour in Sydney, Australia in 2007, by having over two million homes and businesses switch off non-essential lights and appliances for an hour. The event lowered energy consumption in Sydney by […]


Although I haven’t been to it, this place seems interesting. And it’s summer there, so the weather should be nice. http://wakeup-world.com/2014/02/25/australias-stonehenge-and-the-great-stone-complex/


Kids with little interest in history can sometimes be drawn to it through something they are interested in. For girls who like jewellery, and boys who like rocks, a starting point might be birthstones. October’s is the opal, with a history that ranges from the opal mines of ancient Europe to the 1915 ‘Opal Rush’ […]


It’s October, and there are several October celebrations that have histories kids might like to investigate.  These include: Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Unity Day): Germany (October 3rd). The re-unification of Germany wasn’t all that long ago (1990), but it’s far enough back to be history to the children of the new millennium. The Rederie […]

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