A Journey - Canberra 100

 

Canberra in 1912

 

1912

 

Canberra in 1913

 

 

1913

 

 

Canberra in 2013

 

2013

 

 

Timeline: India-Australia Interface

BACKGROUND

 

Until quite recently,” write Thorn and Raymond “the true dimension of these [of Homo sapiens – the modern man of Asia] achievements were barely appreciated.  The domination of Western culture and technology in human affairs over the past 500 years had one insidious side effect – it lulled the Western mind into an indifference to the Eastern Hemisphere, and to the civilisation of half the world’s people.  Even the rise of anthropology and archaeology, which began in Europe, tended to maintain a Eurocentric view of the world, based on the theories of human development that were defined there more than a century ago.  As to East’s own awareness, that has been stifled by centuries of Western influence – cultural, political, and economic.  Only now, as that huge reservoir of Human energy and ideas begins to bubble again, is the evidence emerging of a truly remarkable cavalcade of human evolution.”[1]  

 

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History of Indian Ships

By Shibu Dutta

 

In India, I think, there is not much attention given to water transport before Indus Valley era.  And even after that not much is known about any sea-venture in early periods.  One Japanese professor, while giving a talk on present politics of India said that India was, and still is, the monarch of the oceans. (Perhaps because Indian Ocean is named after it)

 

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Prologue to first hundred year of Canberra

First 100 years of Canberra is now being celebrated but that is no excuse to ignore what happened before that or try to establish foundation for establishing Canberra in this fire-prone, hostile and fragile environment.  It was in 1606 when the Dutch ship Duyfken* sailed into the unknown land which was to be known later as Australia.  Europeans were still looking for Terra Australis Incognito and unknown to Willem Janszoon, Duyfken under his command, sailed close to Weipa on the west coast of York Peninsula. Torres was yet to sail through what is now known as Torres State between PNG and Australia.  That was the first time the world actually appreciated that there was the Great Southern Land.

 

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