I've read a few Australian posts on Tumblr and are throughly convinced that internationals believe they know Australia but don't. I made this quiz for them!
1. What is the capital of Australia?
2. The ANZACs are
a. A biscuit company
b. Lifesavers on Australian beaches
c. Australians who fought in WWI, especially those who died in war
3. Harold Holt was known for
a. Discovering Tasmania
b. Went swimming and never came back
c. Was the first Aussie Olympian to win a gold medal in Speed Skating.
4. What is Australia's biggest import?
b. Iron Ore
5. Van Diemen's Land was the original name for which state?
b. South Australia
c. Tasmania(click to show/hide)1. Not deadly animals you idiot
2. Not deadly animals you idiot
3. Not deadly animals you idiot
4. Not deadly animals you idiot
5. Not deadly animals you idiot(click to show/hide)(click to show/hide)(click to show/hide)(click to show/hide)1. Canberra. There's actually a really long story to this(click to show/hide)When England found they had way too many prisoners, they had problems finding places tomput them. Then they had the brilliant idea to throw them to Botany Bay. A long journey happens, settlers go to Botany Bay, "eeeewww Botany Bay sucks", they sail to Sydney Cove, and they think it's cool, and the day they found it was Australia Day. In 1901 when Oz became a country, not just a colony England put up because they had too many prisoners, Melbourne and Sydney battled over who deserves capitality. For seven damn years because Sydney and Melbourne couldn't be adults. In 1908, Australia decided to give the capital position to, drum roll please; NOBODY! They went right into the bush and built a city all from scratch. Because of how it's just the parliament house in a bunch of bush, kangaroos are always invading the suburbs. In summer there's a high chance it could all burn down and the planning is so convoluted that the roads would lose every driver the only people who live there live there because they need to, and that means the only people who need to live there are the ones who work there, and because only politicians live there, it's just a bunch of governers. Truly a mess, just cause Melbourne and Sydney were so argumentative.
2. They fought in WWI, and it means "Australian and New Zealand Army Corps".(click to show/hide)The story of Gallipoli is a very well known one, when ANZACs arrived at Gallipoli, now Gelibolu, Turkey, to fight the Ottomans and stayed there for eight months. It resulted in the Ottoman Empire's victory and 8,709 Australian deaths and also 2,721 Kiwis to die. April 25, the day the ANZACs arrived in Gallipoli, is now a national holiday in Oz and NZ, even more important than Remembrance/Armistice Day. Now it's for any Kiwi or Aussie who served and died in war, but was originally made exclusively for the ones who fought in the Gallipoli Campaign. Poppies and Rosemarys are symbolistic of ANZACs, it's a public holiday and a popular way to commemorate is a dawn service, where people before dawn watch the sun rise and the Last Post (a song played during the Gallipoli Campaign to announce the end of the day and also when the last sentry post was inspected) is played on a bugle, the instrument used to play the Last Post.
I intended that to be short but it was too long. Anyways, wikipedia link to the Gallipoli Campaign and Anzac Day here. 2017 marks 102 years since it began.
3. He was the 17th prime minister but in 1967 he went swimming… and never came back. Presumed drowned. Tasmania was discovered by Abel Tasman, and the Aussie who won the first Speed Skating gold medal was Steven Bradbury AOM, whose victory just has to be seen (errr, read) to be believed.
4. Iron Ore. The only answer that wasn't a paragraph.
5. If you read Abel Tasman's page, he found Tassie. But he named it Van Diemen's Land after Anthony Van Diemen, and was changed to Tasmania in 1956. Van Diemen's Land was a penal colony during the first half of the 19th century. I'm telling you, I loved learning about when it was a penal colony so much I died a little inside when my school library marked a book about convicts and convict life in Van Diemen's Land a reference book that you couldn't borrow.
TL;DR: I HATE AUSTRALIAN STEREOTYPES GODDAMMIT
This was really interesting ^_^ I knew the answers to the first two questions, but learned some new things from the other three :D