Deserted farmhouse in the mid North of South Australia near Burra
2006: The further North you travel within South Australia, the more arid and inhospitable the land becomes. Surveyed in the 1860s by then Surveyor-General of South Australia, George Goyder, the line separates land suitable for crops (averaging more than 10 inches of rain annually) from general grazing land. The Mid-North of South Australia has many deserted farmhouses like this, highlighting just how unyielding and precarious life on the land was, and still is living north of The Goyder Line.
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Australia - Bondi Icebergs, Sydney, New South Wales
2010: Every Sunday from May to September, the ocean pool at the southern end of Bondi Beach is packed with members of the Bondi Icebergs Swimming Club. The club’s constitution drawn up in 1929 dictates that to become a new member, swimmers must attend a number of sessions, whatever the weather or temperature during the winter season. This initiation includes swimming in the outdoor pool three Sundays every winter month, and more than 75 times over a five-year period. Then, and only then, will swimmers be granted the club’s coveted full membership.
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Sunset at Seacliff Beach, Adelaide, South Australia
2009: Approximately 85% of the Australian population live within 50km of the coast and the beach has long occupied a special place in the national identity. Metropolitan Adelaide has approximately 60km of uncrowded, golden sandy beaches. During the summer months people flock to the beach to cool down, meet friends and just generally relax.
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Disused railway line running from Adelaide into the mid North, Clare Valley, South Australia
2014: Copper was first discovered in Burra in 1845. South Australia was officially only 9 years old and this discovery helped kickstart the colony’s spluttering economy. By 1851 Burra’s reported population of 5,000 made it the largest inland settlement and 7th largest town in Australia. Until 1860, the mine was the largest metal mine in Australia but by 1877 this lode had been exhausted. The railway line reached Burra 7 years before the copper rush had ended. With the copper gone, it was only a matter of time before the railway and majority of townspeople disappeared too.
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A lone woman walking her 2 dogs at Apollo Bay, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
2016: Built by approx 3,000 returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the Great Ocean Road is the world’s largest war memorial. It meanders for 243 kilometres through varying landscapes of ancient eucalyptus forests, salt bush scrubland, golden beaches surrounded by sandstone and limestone cliffs, rivers, waterfalls and lush farmland. Apollo Bay is easily reachable on a day trip from Melbourne and a perfect spot to stop overnight if heading further west along the road.
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A yacht sailing in Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia.
2009: Named in 1770 by Captain James Cook, Port Jackson is one the world’s most magnificent, natural harbours and consists of Sydney Cove, Middle Harbour, North Harbour and the Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers. Predating Cook, as elsewhere in Australia, these places had indigenous names. Sydney Cove was “Warrane”, Middle Harbour was “Warringá” and North Harbour was “Kayyemy”. Other names have remained like Bondi, Woolloomooloo & Parramatta. There is momentum gathering to restore Australian place names back to traditional names and, rightly so, will most likely continue moving in that direction in years to come.
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