Tuesday, July 3, 2012

July 3 Oz History with Chemical Warfare and Bohemians

Some surprising and scary bits from history today, which shows just how much we've really not learned from our past.

2008 saw 400 Aboriginal men take part in a men's health summit where they issued the Inteyerrkwe Statement, an apology to the women for domestic abuse.

In 1915 on this day a medical report from the 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station at ANZAC Cove stated -
"Dysentery is becoming very acute, and cases of extreme collapse are occurring."

July 3, 1981 The Sydney Star Observer ran the first article in Australia about a new disease effecting gay men in the US.
Gay Related Immune Deficiency (GRID) was one of the early terms used to relay the group of varied illnesses and infections being reported.

1931 and the delighfully titled Chemical Warfare Board (established in 1924) was recycled, rebranded and relaunched today as the Chemical Defence Board.
Read more of the storahe of these charming weapons in and around Australia HERE.

On a happier note, a fab new publication titled Dancing With Empty Pockets: Australia's Bohemians has been released which you can read about HERE.
Because, of course, Australia couldn't possibly have had any kind of odd, eccentric, creative artists before Gough Whitlam changed the face of Oz...hmmmm?
And more decent news in the shape of Aboriginal Languages in the South-West of Victoria being brought back from the brink of extinction and, fancy that, actually being taught in a secondary school instead of next-to-useless French, Latin or Biddelonian Pygmy (apologies to HHIS).


  1. Biddelonian Pygmy???
    Please explain.

    It's good to hear that Aboriginal languages are being taught, hopefully other states will follow this example. I'm wondering though, is there a "national" version of the language which would enable people from the different areas to communicate effecively? For instance in China, there are many different dialects according to region, yet the main Chinese language is Mandarin, I think, and everyone who knows that can be understood all over China. Same thing in Germany. There is "proper" German, and the differing dialects spoken in differing regions. The German I tried to learn at night classes when I was 17 differed a LOT from the German i heard from my mum. So I gave up trying to learn either one, because I was so confused.

  2. Biddelonian Pygmy's were a creation of Hey Hey It's Saturday, River :)

    No, there are similar and shared words but overall the majority of Aboriginal languages are individual dialects that might share similar words with their immediate neighbours but this changes the further apart the language groups and clans are located.

  3. mmm, it has always fascinated me that each and every human tongue uses the same muscles.

    "music" - or the deep understanding - is apparently Global.