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Welcome to Kaurna Land
Favorite thing: The Kaurna (which is pronounced GAR-na) people are the traditional owners and custodians of the Adelaide plalins. As is the case throughout Australia, the aboriginal past is not far beneath the surface of everyday life. The original peoples of the continent have a presence and influence on the culture and history of this great land.
Adelaide is a perfect place to learn more about the Kaurna people and the Australian aboriginal people(s). Among the better places to examine the culture of these peoples is the South Australia Museum, over on North Terrace.
State Flag of South Australia
Favorite thing: The South Australian state flag was created as a colonial flag - a British Blue Ensign with the badge of the colony added to the blue field. Upon Federation a simpler design than before was adopted. The 1904 design shows in heraldic form a local bird - what was called a Piping Shrike, a form of magpie. There has been some speculation that the stylisation of the bird was inspired by the Imperial German (and Austrian) heraldic eagle.
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A split personality, the Migration Museum
Favorite thing: This museum is free, so I liked it at first sight. This is kind of typical for Adelaide, they aren't interested in milking the tourist for every cent he's worth. The motif of the museum is essentially one of showing how and by whom Australia was settled. Many of the exhibits are from colonial times, and are very interesting, supplemented by models, recreations, heirlooms and interesting historical facts. The other side of the museum seems to be a sort of Who's Who of loony left causes, everything from gay Muslims to Wicca witchcraft is represented. This attitude doesn't make it into the museum as a whole, or even a majority of the exhibits, but the museum really does seem to take pains to point out every single past sin of the Australian immigration officials. Racism was their favorite target, and there were a number of exhibits directly illustrating it, without balance, and without bothering to explain the very multi-colored society existing just outside the museum door. If properly tempered, this motif could have been interesting and informative, but as it stands now, its really more of an indictment than an exhibit. If I were to go to Adelaide again, I would still go here, but I would put my tongue in my cheek before I did. I recomend you visit the Migration Museum, but think you should be aware, before you do, that it isn't unbiased.
Fondest memory: Its free!
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The friendly Aussies...
Fondest memory: Australians are so friendly! You will always feel welcome where ever you go- on the streets, in the stores.. everywhere. There's always a smile on their faces when you step into the stores and they're very helfpul.
One funny thing is that I'm not very used to the accent so it was so silly when i just smiled and looked at the lady at the counter when she told me she wanted to check my bag. Hahah
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This is just to give you a...
Favorite thing: This is just to give you a perspective of what Adelaide was back in 1925, it interests me....
Fondest memory: Thanks for photo (south Australia historic gallery)
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