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Fun with Maps - Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land)

This episode of Fun with Maps is about one of 6 Australian states, the island state of Tasmania. Host Dan Hanson looks at how Tasmania was joined to the mainland 10,000 years ago. Tasmania was first called Van Diemen's Land and the British Empire sent convicts there as a punishment and for free labor. Dan looks at the city of Hobart, Australia's second-oldest capital city after Sydney (New South Wales).

Being so far south Tasmania - Hobart in particular - serves as Australia's chief sea link to Antarctica, with the Australian Antarctic Division located in Kingston. If you are lucky you can see the aurora australis (southern lights as opposed to the northern lights aurora borealis). Geographically and biological isolated, Tasmania is known for the now extinct Tasmanian Tiger and the Tasmanian Devil. The Tasmanian devil, also called a Tassie Devil, is a carnivorous marsupial (like Kangaroos, Wallabies, Koalas, and Wombats.) It was made famous in the Warner Brothers cartoons. Dan points out the similarities and differences between the real animal and the cartoon.

Fun with Maps - Tasmania Part 2 (with Ash Nallawalla)

This is a special additional Fun with Maps episode about Tasmania. Host Dan Hanson spoke with his longtime friend Ash Nallawalla. Ash was born in India but emigrated to New Zealand and now lives in Melbourne Australia. Ash has visited Tasmania, one of the 6 Australian states, and shares that perspective with us.

Ash said the people are affectionately called Tassies and the island, which resembles an apple, is called the Apple Isle. He says that not only was Tasmania once connected to the mainland but also New Zealand was probably connected to the east coast of Australia. With Hobart so far south Ash told of wanting to film the Aurora Australis, the southern aurora. He told of some sites to visit in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, such as remnants of the Van Diemen's Land prisons, the Museum of Old and New Art and more.

Ash has travelled extensively and says his favorite destination is New Zealand for the amazing scenery. He has travelled from the top northern point with all the volcanic scenery to the southern tip. Of course he visited Hobbiton where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed.

Young athletes from Australia compete in the 2011 Continental Cup
June 30, 2011

Cheryl and Craig Watkinson from Australia

Cheryl and Craig Watkinson from Australia

Young athletes from Australia compete in Cleveland

Young athletes from Australia compete in Cleveland at the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health International Youth Sports Festival.

Australain athletes at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health International Youth Sports Festival.

See more photos and videos from the 2010 Cleveland Clinic Sports Health International Youth Sports Festival.

Organizations and Resources for Australians in Cleveland

Koala bear statue at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Koala bear statue at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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Business, Education and Employment Information

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Cleveland Australian Feedback and Memories

Performance of Aboriginal song and dance in the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney

Performance of Aboriginal song and dance in the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney

Australian History and Culture

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Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the southern hemisphere comprising the mainland of the world's smallest continent, the major island of Tasmania, and numerous other islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Aboriginal settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia about 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James Cook took possession in the name of Great Britain.

Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the British effort in World Wars I and II.

In recent decades, Australia has transformed itself into an internationally competitive, advanced market economy. It boasted one of the OECD's fastest growing economies during the 1990s, a performance due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s.

Long-term concerns include climate-change issues such as the depletion of the ozone layer and more frequent droughts, and management and conservation of coastal areas, especially the Great Barrier Reef.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)

Map of Australia

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Sent from an Australian (Melbourne) friend.

Australia elements

Get it? If not, think of the Periodic Table of Elements. Au = aurum = gold, Ag = Latin argentum = silver and Cu = cuprum = copper

Thanks Ash Nallawalla.

Profiles of Australians in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

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Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, Australia

Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, Australia

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