Australasian Antarctic Expedition

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This awesome card comes from Sharon. 🙂

The Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) was an Australasian scientific team that explored part of Antarctica between 1911 and 1914. It was led by the Australian geologist Douglas Mawson, who was knighted for his achievements in leading the expedition. In 1910 he began to plan an expedition to chart the 2000-mile long coastline of Antarctica to the south of Australia. The Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science approved of his plans and contributed substantial funds for the expedition. The remaining funds were raised by public subscription and additional donations.

Accomplishments were made in geology, glaciology and terrestrial biology, unlike both of Ernest Shackleton’s following expeditions which produced very little science. In a celebration of the achievements of Mawson and his men, a centenary scientific voyage, retracing the route of the original expedition, departed from Australasia in late 2013 and became stuck on 24 December 2013.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, 1932

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This card comes from Vanessa’s Travelling envelope. 🙂 The caption on the back of the card says: “First cars and trains across Sydney Harbour Bridge, 1932”. I love this card! 🙂

You could also take a look at my other postcard picturing Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Black swan

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Okay, I have to admit I had no idea such a thing even exists. This beauty came from Jelena and while in general I’m not a fan of the postcards with animals, I have to say that I absolutely love this one. Thank you, Jelena! 🙂

The Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) is a large waterbird, a species of swan, which breeds mainly in the southeast and southwest regions of Australia. The species was hunted to extinction in New Zealand, but later reintroduced. Within Australia they are nomadic, with erratic migration patterns dependent upon climatic conditions.

The Black Swan’s role in Australian heraldry and culture extends to the first founding of the colonies in the eighteenth century. The Black Swan is featured on the flag, and is both the state and bird emblem, of Western Australia; it also appears in the Coat of Arms and other iconography of the state’s institutions.

Map of Koala-land

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Gorgeous map card from my sweet Tiffany. 😀

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the world’s sixth-largest country by total area. A highly developed country and one of the wealthiest, Australia is the world’s 12th-largest economy and has the world’s fifth-highest per capita income.

Thank you, dear! 😀

Uluru / Ayers Rock

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This surprise card, one of the most beautiful in my collection, came from Christine from Australia.

Uluru also known as Ayers Rock is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia, and is one of Australia’s most recognisable natural landmarks. Kata Tjuta and Uluru are the two major features of the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Uluru is sacred to the Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the area. The area around the formation is home to a plethora of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. Uluru is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Uluru is notable for appearing to change colour at different times of the day and year, most notably glowing red at dawn and sunset.

From Koala-land with love, vol. 2

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And Tiffany strikes again! ❤ Another gorgeous card (with gorgeous stamps) from my aussie postcard pen pal.

This card pictures the Russel Falls in Mount Field National Park in Tasmania, Australia. The landscape in the park ranges from eucalyptus temperate rainforest to alpine moorland, rising to 1,434 metres at the summit of Mount Field West. Mount Field National Park was founded in 1916, making it, along with Freycinet National Park, Tasmania’s oldest national park. The area around Russell Falls has been protected for its natural beauty since 1885, when it was set aside as Tasmania’s first nature reserve.

Thank you, sweetie! 😀

From Koala-land with love

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Awesome Australian postcard from the awesome Tiffany. This card is definitely on my top 3 list of “Postcards that made me smile like an idiot”. Tiffany has used the most adorable aussie stamps and below my address she has written “Thank you Postman”, which in my opinion is just so incredibly sweet! 😀

The postcard pictures the 2 symbols of Sydney – the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s most well known and photographed landmarks. It is the world’s largest (but not the longest) steel arch bridge with the top of the bridge standing 134 metres above the harbour. Fondly known by the locals as the ‘Coathanger’, the Sydney Harbour Bridge celebrated its 80th birthday in 2012, with its official opening in March 1932.

Sydney Opera House was inscribed in the World Heritage List in June 2007. The expert evaluation report to the World Heritage Committee stated: “…it stands by itself as one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the 20th century but in the history of humankind.” Contrary to its name, it houses multiple performance venues. It is among the busiest performing arts centres in the world, hosting over 1,500 performances each year attended by some 1.2 million people.