Good reading: Uncommon Lives from Australian Archives

It’s so hot here in Florida. The heat index reaches the 90s (F) before 9 a.m.


In Australia, however, this is winter.
So I’m going to think about a day with a high of 48F and look at some Australian lore.

The site called Uncommon Lives is a series of articles about interesting Australians as told in records held by the National Archives of Australia. Muslim Journeys, for example, traces the adventures of Afghan camel drivers who helped open the continent’s vast interior  and Turkish families who answered a call for willing workers in the 1970s.  Their surprising stories of adventure and adversity can be explored through the rich collections of the National Archives. You’ll find:

  • Arrivals – an overview of the main waves of Muslim migration and settlement
  • Stories – the difficulties and achievements of Muslim immigrants who sought to make a life in Australia
  • Fragments – the lives of ordinary Muslims documented through a range of government records.
     

Other sections in Uncommon Lives cover some famous Australians, such as Human Rights activist Jessie Street, scientist Wolf Klaphake, and Dhakiyarr Wirrpandda, the first Aboriginal Australian whose case was heard in the High Court.

Reading these articles  will probably make you want to read more about Australia, fiction and non fiction. Try these:

About Libbi

Writer for 30 years. Genealogy a hobby for about 40 years. Yes, I'm in my 50's, I learned about genealogy at my mother's knee!
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