Talk:2009-02-21 -34 138

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I like your handwriting, owl. --joannac 21:02, 21 February 2009 (UTC)

Did you guys have a Saturday meetup? Ohhh - please tell us more! --CJ 23:07, 21 February 2009 (UTC)

Alas, we didn't meet up, but it was the best hash point I think I have ever been to! Kate 15:00, 22 February 2009 (UTC)

Hey Kate. I seem to have turned your report into a political diatribe (it wasn't supposed to be, but whoops), so if you'd like me to revert it I certainly will. My report will be along shortly. Regards, UnwiseOwl 02:52, 23 February 2009 (UTC).

It's fine :-) I was interested to read it- even if no one else manages to get to the end of our epic! I am very interested to hear about your adventures! --Kate 08:20, 23 February 2009 (UTC)

That's an excellent adventure, and I'm sure an incentive to stay longer at the geohash in future. I'm curious though, when you say "arrived from Scotland" do you mean "forcibly deported in chains from Scotland"? I had the idea that 19th century British emigrées didn't have a lot of choice in the matter when the destination was Australia. But seeing as your relatives are all buried in proper graveyards and have plaques, perhaps your family was more closely associated with the transporters than the transportees? What percentage of white people in Australia in the 1800s were deportees, anyway? -Robyn 04:32, 26 February 2009 (UTC)

I think you need to give the historical annotation another read, Robyn. South Australia was a non-convict state made up entirely of free colonists, and since people didn't move around between colonies in the early years, I can assume that Kate's relatives were free british stock, as mine were. We have never had convicts here in SA (this is unique amongst the states) and we're ridiculouly, snobbishly proud of it. Percentagewise...I'll check and get back to you, but it's 100% where it matters. -- UnwiseOwl 05:26, 26 February 2009 (UTC)

By 1868, 165,000 convicts had been transported to Australia, however, the immigrant population has approximately 1,150,000. So...a bit over 10%, providing that done of them died, which is a rather inaccurate claim. Regards, UnwiseOwl 05:55, 26 February 2009 (UTC)
Ah I thought it was way more than that. I guess I've only met Australians from other states, who seem to be snobbishly proud of their criminal origins. You're saying then that if I come and geohash in Australia I don't need to watch my valuables as hawkishly in SA, eh? -Robyn 06:09, 26 February 2009 (UTC)
Correct. However, we have one of the highest murder rates by population anywhere in the world. You should definitely come visit. -- UnwiseOwl 06:17, 26 February 2009 (UTC)
What will the weather be like in July? -Robyn 06:24, 26 February 2009 (UTC)
Depends, here in SA and the rest of the South it will be cold (our cold is...oh, 20C maximums, and possibly rainy), but up in the tropics it will be hot and balmy and perfect. Those northern jerks.
Yes, very proud of our non convict roots. James came to Australia with 10 pounds to his name. When he arrived in Adelaide he found a farmer who wanted a labourer, which is how he ended up there. Come in May. I'll be in Scotland in July. My mother (who has never been overseas) has decided that she likes the look of my recent adventures and wants me to taker her overseas for 3 weeks! --Kate 06:56, 26 February 2009 (UTC)
Hey, I'm also in Scotland for about a day at the end of July. I'll just spend a couple of hours in Edinburgh and cycle back to London though. If all goes well.--Arvid 06:12, 27 February 2009 (UTC)

Ok, report posted, although it has a lot of typos. If you feel like taking me off to the UK too, Kate, feel free. -- UnwiseOwl 04:01, 27 February 2009 (UTC)