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Australians Born In July
This month's Australian birthdays include
a lady swimmer arrested for indecency for wearing a one-piece cozzie (no, it wasn't
Dawn Fraser). On the list is the first
Aussie musician to be knighted, ARIA and Logie winners, singers, and politicians. For those no longer with us, it's a way to remember them too.
- 17 July 1975 – Terence Chi-Shen Tao
Australian mathematician, child prodigy
- 18 July 1890-1983 – Francis Forde
15th Prime Minister of Australia, served
only 8 days
- 24 July 1935 – Pat Oliphant
Australian cartoonist, Pulitzer Prize winner
- 24 July 1998 – Bindi Sue Irwin
Australian entertainer, actress, daughter of Steve Irwin
- 26 July 1939 – John W. Howard
25th Prime Minister of Australia
- 30 July 1969 – Simon Baker
Australian actor (The Mentalist),
Logie Award 1993
- 31 July 1951 – Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Australian tennis champion won Wimbledon in 1971
- See 50 more July Birthdays
We Get Mail
Wrong Side Driving
In an email from Ray M, he said "No matter how many yanks you give the drum,
when they build cars, they keep putting the wheel on the wrong bloody side." I hear this kind of thing a
First, let me say in defence of the yanks that right-hand driving did not
start in America.
In the 1700's Russia traffic kept to the right. In the French Revolution in 1792 all
traffic was ordered to stay to the right. Countries or allies occupied by Napoleon (Netherlands, Italy, Poland,
Switzerland, Germany, Spain) adopted right-hand traffic as a result. Over time other
countries have adopted the right-hand driving.
the best holiday memento
An opal is an authentic Australian souvenir that can be worn with style. By selecting this rare gemstone, you’re choosing a part of Australia’s true natural beauty.
More than 95 percent of the world’s opals come from Australia. Each stone contains an incredible psychedelic pattern shaped and coloured within local sandstone.
Some of the most famous opals are only found in Australia. These include the classic black opal, Olympic Australis; the Flame Queen Opal and the Andamooka Opal, worn by Queen Elizabeth II.
United States Changes
During the American colonial days, the French colonies kept to the right and all the other
colonies kept to the left. It wasn't until after 1813 that the USA formalized driving on the right.
Today all US states and territories except the US Virgin Islands drive on the right.
Australia Drives on the Left
The decision on which side of the road to use was made in the early 19th
century by Governor Lachlan Macquarie following the British practice. New Zealand drives on the
left too, also owing to its British colonial heritage.
More to the Story
If you do any research on this subject you'll find that it is believed
as early as ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome, the right-left issue was related to the fact that most
soldiers / travellers wielded their swords in their right hand. So they would stay to the left side of
the road prepared, if necessary, to fight oncoming enemies on their right.
So Ray, it looks like the French, not the Americans may be responsible for
the move to driving on the right.
Wiki has an excellent article with everything you wanted to know about it.
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List of countries in
Which Side of the Road Do You Drive On?
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Accessories for any fashion
As souvenirs for yourself or a friend, you might be surprised by the stunning ranges of opal jewellery
available today designed to meet any fashion preference, from jeans to gowns.
Read more about Opel Myths and Gifts
Highest Mountain or Not?
Tony B. wrote me that "Australia's highest mountain is on Heard Island. The crest is on Mawson Peak
on the active volcano Big Ben.
Well Tony, that's not quite right. The highest mountain in the Australian mainland is Mt. Kosciuszko
at 2,228 metres (7,310 ft).
Heard Island is an external territory and not the mainland. Yes, I hear you saying mainland or not,
Mawson Peak is still Australia's biggest at 2,745 metres (9,006 ft).
Sorry, but if you include external territories like Heard Island, then to be fair you should include
Mt. McClintock in the Britannia Range in the Australian Antarctic Territory which is 3,490 metres
(11,450 ft) as the highest Australian mountain.
Before we get too carried away, we should remember that Everest in Nepal/Tibet is 8,850 metres
(29.035 ft). Now that's really big.
I have updated our page Highest and Biggest in Australia
with this information.