Oddities&Endities

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

By Numbers...


Aborigines back to original total number
By Nick Squires in Sydney
(Filed: 03/10/2006)

After enduring two centuries of disease, displacement and violent death, Australia's Aboriginal population is back to the level it was when Britain first settled the continent.
A high birth rate and reduced infant mortality have boosted the indigenous population to an estimated 500,000. "This brings us symbolically full circle in terms of original numbers," Dr John Taylor, from the Australian National University's Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, wrote in a paper.
Aboriginal people inhabited the continent for 50,000 to 60,000 years before the arrival of the First Fleet of British convicts in 1788.
Daily Telegraph

4 Comments:

Blogger gazza27 said...

Now it's a holliday destination,you dont need a criminal record!

6:40 PM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Um ... I shouldn't ask, but are you speaking from experience? :)

12:07 PM  
Blogger gazza27 said...

I am a bit of an ex criminal,when i was 17 i got arrested for drunk and disorderly LOL.

6:47 PM  
Blogger ByronB said...

17? You were a late starter, then? :)

9:55 AM  

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