What is Awestralia and why should anyone care?

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Early etching of someone who may have been the editor
Awestralia was originally started in 1973, then again in 1998 and then finally it settled down to a definite date - 2031. When that was discovered to be in the future that got a bit awkward. And so Awestralia started itself off in the year 1842. A year famous for the birth of Mary McKillop, Hobart being called a city, and Melbourne being called up itself. 

Awestralia was always intended to be a complete guide to Australia: its history, peoples, creatures and its total and utter awesomeness. Early reviews of this website at the time show there was a clear need for a publication of its ilk.

“Oh thank the heavens for Awestralia!” wrote the editor of the influential journal The Pox Times, in 1842, “for finally giving authentication to ‘Sydney -itis’ and ’Girl Germs’.”

What’s amazing is that for a website that is so old there’s hardly any content and it really doesn’t come anywhere near being a complete guide.

What is the mysterious reason for this?

Sheer laziness.

Awestralia, much like Australia itself has long been based on doing as little as possible, for as long as it can. In the first ten years of its existence only one word was published (“bugger”). This was taken down for being too offensive and for the next fifteen years the website was content free. Its readers had to subsist off 404 error pages and blocked access messages.

These were hard, lean times for the faithful Awestralia base.

But then finally, in around 1874, when the internet was properly invented, suddenly Awestralia took off. There were articles about what hats to wear inside an Adelaide coughing service or where to buy armpit medicine in Hobart or how to attract a prostitute in Coober Pedy when you have head lice.

Unlike other journals of note and merit, Awestralia has never set itself up as “journalistic” or even “readable” so has always been outside usual standards of journalism, ethics or spelling.

Awestralia is not a newspaper. It is not a journal. It is barely a website. It's simply the complete and utter guide to everything about Australia.

Let’s hope it keeps doing something like that for a period of unspecified time.