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Australian Geographic May/June 2019

Australian Geographic, Australia’s premier geographic journal, brings you the best of the country from those who know it best. Discover Australia’s rich cultural heritage, its beautiful landscapes, its unique and diverse plants and wildlife, and explore outback towns and the true-blue characters who call them home.

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Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Australian Geographic Holdings Pty Ltd
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
150th collector’s edition

OUR LIVES have changed in so many ways since that day in late December 1985 when the first AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC journal appeared in mailboxes and news-agencies around Australia. Dick Smith described the first issue as a labour of love and expressed his hopes and aspirations that a magazine that presents a positive viewpoint and is unashamedly and proudly Australian could survive, and maybe even thrive, in a tough and competitive media landscape. It was a big ask, but Australians jumped on board in their hundreds of thousands, and, within a short time, the journal cemented itself in the Australian psyche. AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC became synonymous with beautiful photography, landmark cartography and excellent writing, not to mention the promotion of a spirit of adventure and a sense of responsibility for nature. In this…

3 min.
notes from the field

“You’re never far from a skeleton in London,” a Museum of London archaeologist told Roff Smith (Finding Flinders, page 78) when he was working on a story about the discovery of a 15th-century drowning victim, the skeleton still wearing boots, in a construction site along the bank of the Thames. “I regularly cover archaeological stories and never fail to be amazed by the weird and wonderful finds that are made whenever construction workers dig into the damp, preserving earth of this 2000-year-old city,” Roff says. “Even so, I was startled to hear that more than 40,000 skeletons were to be exhumed from beneath an old city park as part of the HS2 railway project and that Matthew Flinders’ remains might well be among them. Given the odds, I never dreamt…

1 min.
congratulations to all at ag for reaching 150 issues

I remember listening to Dick Smith being interviewed about his brand new magazine – it must have been late 1985 and I was doing the housework at the time. The radio was on as a distraction from the drudgery of cleaning, and set to no particular station. Dick was so passionate about his new project and so excited about the possibilities that it would have been near impossible to escape being caught up in his enthusiasm. I managed to find a notepad and pen in time to jot down the details, and just a few days later I was a newly minted Charter Supporter! I have enjoyed every issue since, and thank my lucky stars that the radio was tuned to that station at that time. All the very best for…

4 min.
special 150th edition

I was an original subscriber and my in-laws renewed my subscription on each birthday or for Christmas until they passed away. I live in the USA and most of my old magazines were cut up for school projects (we have six children). I was also Vice President of the Aussie–Kiwi Club of South Florida when I lived there and we used the inserts for education in many of our primary school presentations and at Anzac memorials. I now live in Ohio and sadly no longer receive the magazine but follow you on Facebook and love your photos and articles. RICHARD GOODSTEIN I am an original subscriber! My grandmother gave me a subscription for my fourth birthday and I’ve maintained it ever since and kept all issues including the posters. Australian Geographic has…

1 min.
postscript

In the interests of accuracy please note that Kel Richards’ article, A Very Australian Dictionary (AG 149), contains an error about the Murrumbidgee River wave at Wagga Wagga. It is definitely the five o’clock wave, not seven o’clock. DAVID BRENNAN, KOORINGAL, NSW “Navigating at night” on page 120 of AG 149 could leave people in Australia heading in the wrong direction. At midnight the moon is in the north (not the south) for Australia. Otherwise the article was well written. PETER MOLINA, BRIGHTON EAST, VIC ED: Thanks for pointing out this error, Peter. Yes indeed the moon appears in the north in Australia. In AG 149, the heading for the article on the Macquarie Dictionary, starts with “It was 27 years ago…” The article, though, points out that it was released in 1981, which was,…

3 min.
banjo, revisited

TRADITIONAL NATURAL HISTORY illustration – that fusion of close observation, anatomical understanding and artistic flair combined with a leap of the imagination – exquisitely captures the beauty and truth of our unique flora and fauna. Australian Geographic has employed this form of creative expression to help communicate the wonders of nature ever since we placed ‘Banjo’ the platypus on the cover of our launch issue in January 1987. The late Rod Scott who created the original Banjo went on to illustrate many subsequent covers along with other talented artists such as Kevin Stead, Tony Oliver and Ego Guiotto. Their beautiful illustrated wildlife covers of native Australian species became the hallmark of Australian Geographic’s first 20 or so years. For our 150th edition, we decided to revisit Banjo through the sharp eye of…