It was snowing back home, or trying to, when I finally landed in Australia. Today was new firsts for me. It was the first time I had crossed the equator. It was the first time I crossed both the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. It was the first time I was in Australia. I had neglected this blog during this trip, so I am retro posting because I did want to document along the way my journey and actually reflect on this journey that taught me about our cousins. There is a saying about how everything tries to kill you in this country, I supposed that could have been said about the new world when they colonized it centuries ago. With regard to Europe, it seems they have always had a concern about population size, and so many were forced to leave Europe and find their fortunes in either the New World, or if they were in Debtors prisons, forced to make the journey to Australia. I had lived in the United Kingdom for two years during the end of the Thatcher administration. One thing I observed was their class system, it's so pronounced there. That need to be titled, positioned or well healed and their subservience to the royals. I observed the tax battles first hand when the ill fated poll tax proved to be the fatal blow to end the career of Margaret Thatcher.
When I first arrived, the driver was telling me about the horrible droughts they were having in Allora, which is an incredibly small town where the author, P. L. Travers grew up. Those of you who have read the "Mary Poppins" series will know who P. L. Travers is. I hadn't know that she had spent her childhood here before I arrived, but it's kind of a funny thing, because I would say about myself, "I'm like Mary Poppins, I go where I am needed." It's also the location of a small museum that houses a replica of the Talgai skull that was found here, estimations range from 9 to 11 thousand years old. For religions based on the story of Adam and Eve, that throws a horrible wrench into that theory. The original skull is housed elsewhere, in the Shellshear Museum, Department of anatomy at the Sydney University, but nonetheless, the replica is housed their small museum. I thought it was interesting that Allora township in Darling Downs actually sold the skull instead of donating it.