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  • Squarepants
    Squarepants

    Growing up in Australia

    Following a talk with dad, I'm posting a snapshot of my childhood in Australia. It's not a comparison with anywhere else - I moved here when I was 5 and dont recall much before then. It's just a look back at things I've done while growing up. Hopefully, for any children who read this that may be moving to Australia, it will give them a little insight into what it's like here.

    For the record, I've just turned 17, am currently in year 11 at school and also doing a school based apprenticeship (day release & weekends). I've lived in Melbourne, Cairns, Townsville and the Lockyer Valley.

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    Air cadets

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    ALEXANDER THE GREAT: 2000 YEARS OF TREASURES at the Australian Museum in Sydney

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    Aquariums

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    Ammunition Storage at Charters Towers

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    Amathyst - fossicking off the Duncan Rd

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    AFL

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    A-League

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    Arcades

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    Aboriginal Rock art

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    Aviation Museums

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    Astronomy - Brian Cox Live

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    Audience Participation

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    Barista Traing Course

     

    Beaches

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    Birds

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    Body Boarding

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    Bob - @Bobj

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    Bouncing

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    Bungee Jumping

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    Banana Boat

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    BBQ'ing

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    Bowling

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    Cable Skiing

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    Cable cars

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    Camping

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    Campfires

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    Canoeing

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    Chainsaw - undertook a Chainsaw Training Course with dad, before being unleashed on our land

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    Cinema

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    Citizenship

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    Climbing

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    Climbing (into) trees

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    Circus

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    Camels

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    Cooking with Miguel Maestre

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    Collecting - Rocks, Gems, Minerals, Fossils

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    Digging the paydirt

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    Dresssing up

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    Dining out DIY

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    Drone Flying

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    Emergency Response 

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    Exploring

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    Endevour River - following in Captain Cook's footsteps

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    Fishing

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    Feeding the Fish

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    Flying over the Whitsundays

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    Feeding the Crocs

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    Ferry across Sydney Harbour

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    Funfair

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    Footy

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    Friends

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    Fossil Prepping 

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    Fossil Hunting

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    Fairy Penguins at Phillip Island

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    Fencing - living on acerage with a variety of animals, I've become quite adept at fencing

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    Gaol (Old Melbourne)

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    Gardening

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    Garnets - Fossicking for Garnets off the Plenty Highway in the NT

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    Ghost Towns

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    Gorges - Katherine & Cobbold

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    Grumpy old man - Dad not too happy after I'd tipped the boat (twice)

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    Hanging Rock (Picnic at)

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    Herding the Flock

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    Herberton Historic Village

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    HMAS Cairns - Open day at the Naval base

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    Holidays - Bali, Singapore, Hong Kong, USA to name a few

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    Horse Riding

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    Indoors - I do all the things any other teenager would do, but i won't bore you with photos of me playing consoles, on my phone, reading, watching netflix, studying etc,

     

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    Jamie Oliver - A cooking course I did at Ipswich

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    Jobs - Part time job at the Fish Inn in Townsville & now work part time as an apprentice Chef in the Lockyer Valley  

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    Kangaroo

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    Karate

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    Kayaking

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    Lapidary 

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    Learning to Drive

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    Museums - lots of them (dad's quite a fan) 

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    Military Museums

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    Musicals - King Kong, Evil Dead, Miss Saigon, Mama Mia

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    Music Festivals - Adele, Coldplay, Chainsmokers, Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons, Bernard Fanning, Vance Joy to name a few

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    Mine Tours

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    Netflix - like any teenager, no photo required

     

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    Observatories - Siding Spring Observatory, Parkes Radio Telescopes, Chillagoe & Charleville

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    On Parade

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    Paddle Steamers at Exchuca

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    Pets

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    Pools

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    Pool

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    Quad Biking

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    Ravenwood Mining remains

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    Relaxing

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    Red Centre - Alice Springs

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    Rugby League

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    Riding my bike

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    Road Trips

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    Scouts

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    Segways

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    Ships

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    Snakes

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    Snorkelling

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    Steering boats

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    Sunsets - Mindil Beach

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    Swings

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    School

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    Swimming in Mataranka Therman Springs

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    Theme Parks

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    Titanic The Exhibition

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    Tiger Cubs

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    Trains 

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    Tree Top walks

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    Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs - Melbourne Museum

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    Uranium mine at Mary Kathleen

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    Underground Hosiptal at Mt Isa

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    Volcanic Laver Tubes at Undara

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    Waterfalls

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    WaterParks

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    Weightlifing (rock)

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    Wrecks - outback truck

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    World War II guns - Darwin

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    X is always a struggle, so an anecdote will have to suffice. On one of our roadtrips, we were stoppping in a Caravan Park in Darwin. There was a zipline in the park. I was struggling to reach it/get it to move, so my older brother Mat said 'step aside, Ill show you how it's done' 
    Which he did - until about half way across when he fell off. One X-Ray later, the diagnosis of broken arm was confirmed. 

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    Yabby fossils - digging for

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    Zoos - Melbourne, Sydney, Australia Zoo, Currumbin, Wildlife Wonderland, Singapore to name a few

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    What a wonderful record of childhood.  And how well organised is that!  Very impressed.  :biggrin:

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    OMG ... love seeing the photo's of you younger ... I know what a wonderful young man you've become - thanks for sharing

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    Brilliant, young man, that is what I like to see, kids going out and having good, clean fun...And you are a truly valuable friend.

    Cheers, Bobj.

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    A lovely record of all the wonderful things you have experienced so far. Many more to come.

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    Guest Vickig80

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    So thoughtful of you to share your experiences, so other kids can get a feel for Australian life before they move.  Looks like you have enjoyed an action packed childhood :) 

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    Wow! You've certainly fit a lot into your young life. Great idea posting photos of your experiences for others to see. I love the idea of using the alphabet as well. Lots of beautiful memories to cherish and hopefully many more to come. ☺️

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    Thanks for sharing all your photos, we are thinking of coming to Australia with 2 boys so I am sure they will be interested to see what you can get up to !  Good luck 🙂

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    Guest wow

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    what a lovely collection, Cadets, Karate, Biking plus all those activities. i am surprised you had time to play games and Netflix.

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