Wednesday, August 12, 2020

#TIL a bit about Alice Springs

Today, I learned a bit about Alice Springs, a gorgeous sounding town in Australia's Northern Territory. That whole part of Australia is a huge mystery to me. All I knew about the NT is that my primary school best friend lived there for a number of years, and whatever I've seen in season 1 of Mystery Road.

Now, thanks to Kathleen Ryder's blog post, "Welcome to the Alice", I know a little bit more. Go check it out if you've got 5 minutes to spare. It's a quick and interesting read, and she shares a gorgeous photo of the town.

If you've got a bit more time up your sleeve, here's a brief history by the Alice Springs Town Council. Some highlights:
  • The original name for Alice Springs is Mparntwe (Aboriginal Arrernte language).
  • The discovery of alluvial gold (gold deposited by water) in 1887 led to a rapid rise in the town's population.
  • Afghan camels were used to transport water and other essential supplies in the region from the late 1800 to the early 1900.
  • Today's Australian feral (wild) camels are descended from these imported dromedaries.

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