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PHeymont

Australia - two good reads to prepare you for a trip

by PHeymont »

I'll have to try the Bryson...he's always enjoyable if occasionally infuriating.

There's a thought for someone for a book: Purpose-built capital cities. Canberra, Washington, Brasilia, Quezon City, Islamabad...where else?

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kringenwally

RE: Australia - two good reads to prepare you for a trip

by kringenwally »

 

The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding. By Robert Hughes

This eye-opener will make you realize how much you would have missed if you had visited Australia without the deep knowledge you’ll gain from this book. Not a breezy read, but captivating.

In a Sunburned Country. By Bill Bryson.

A fun read, sometimes exaggerating (like the “dangers” from wildlife - hilarious and way over the top), more often nailing things in a perceptive and humorous way. 

Between the serious historical (Hughes) and the humorous sort-of-up-to-date (Bryson) you’ll get a good “education” in what’s awaiting you in Australia.

If the history appeals to you, here are just a few places where you might look in: 

The Rocks in Sydney where it all began:

www.therocks.com/sydney-Education_and_Tours-Heritage_and_History.htm

Port Arthur, the penal colony outside of Hobart, Tasmania (an island-state you should consider incorporating in your trip anyway!):

www.portarthur.org.au/

The Australian War Memorial, a fascinating museum in Canberra, a city that was purpose-built from scratch to become the Capital of Australia - unique in its design and layout, and an easy daytrip from Sydney:

www.awm.gov.au

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Joanna

RE: Australia - two good reads to prepare you for a trip

by Joanna »

New Delhi?  Naypyidaw, Myanmar?

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PHeymont

RE: Australia - two good reads to prepare you for a trip

by PHeymont »

I'm constantly being sent back to the (digital) bookpile here!

I'm amazed to discover that New Delhi fits this category of purpose-built capital--I'd thought it much older. Wikipedia honors (or creates) a word here: "On 12 December 2011, New Delhi celebrated 100 years of capitalship." I know the Navy has capital ships, but...

Washington-on-the-Brazos, however, is disqualified. Not created for the purpose, and while it is the site of Texas' Declaration of Independence, it lost its bid to be designated as the capital. You might say it met its Waterloo...but Waterloo, TX promptly renamed itself Austin.

 

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