Friday, 18 May 2012

Friday Five: Canberra Insights

Since arriving in Canberra, I've spent a lot of time reading leaflets and being a tourist. Among my ramblings I have visited the Botanic Gardens, the National Library of Australia, the Embassy District and the National Portrait Gallery. No doubt over the coming weeks I'll post more information about the above, but in the meantime here are some highlights:

5 Things I've Learned Since Coming to Canberra:
  1. Canberra comes from the Aboriginal word 'Kamberra' meaning meeting place
  2. Canberra has the lowest unemployment rate and highest average wage in Australia
  3. Patrick White is the only Australian to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (in 1973)
  4. After the mutiny on the Bounty when Captain Bligh was cast adrift near Tonga with 18 crew members, they travelled 6,000km to Timor - only one man died on the voyage, killed by islanders on Tofoa when they landed looking for water
  5. King George III posthumously granted Captain James Cook a coat of arms featuring a globe (the only one to do so) and the motto 'nil intentatum reliquit'; he left nothing unattempted.


Anonymous said...

Hi Kate,

Have you got a way of being able to contact you yet other than via your blog?

Love you lots

Scarey x

Kate Blackhurst said...

Hi Scarey,

Not yet. We're getting a landline and I'm getting a mobile and an email address, but we are not connected yet. I'll let you know as soon as we are. In the meantime I can only do this at the library!

Love you too
Kate xx

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update.
Love you lots
Scarey xxx