I just read your previous post, ilbonito. That is so interesting. It would make sense that they were Sikhs also. I do think that something is missing here though. From what I understood, there were many convicts that were shipped over and on a regular basis from India to Australia. The Indians wanted nothing to do with the convicts and I image the authorities responsible for them were probably paid to give them away. It is quite a well know fact within the Indian communities. I'll have to look more into this.
Deyana, its so interesting this idea of Australia looming ominously in the Indian imagination, as some kind of place of exile across the "black waters", a Siberia of the South. But it doesn't seem to be borne out by the info here. I wonder, do you think the idea of transportation to Australia might be some sort of urban myth, all the more potent because it was based on a seed of truth - after all convicts were sent to Australia in chains from all over the empire, and some of them were Indian, but as far as I can see not in large numbers. Maybe "Australia" was some kind of boogieman with which to keep people in line, especially children, which is why "bad people" were sent there, and maybe why you were told about it by your mother! I think children of my parents generation here were told they would be kidnapped and sent to China if they misbehaved - the same kind of deal perhaps? its all very interesting to think about anyway ...
Maybe "Australia" was some kind of boogieman with which to keep people in line, especially children, which is why "bad people" were sent there, and maybe why you were told about it by your mother! I think children of my parents generation here were told they would be kidnapped and sent to China if they misbehaved -
That's a good theory, ilbonito. I always was quite misbehaved, so maybe my exasperated mother was just trying to find a way to keep me line!
In Bangkok they have the embalmed corpse of an infamous child-killer, cannibal and rapist, Si Ouey Sae Urng, in a museum. Parents tell their kids that if they are bad he will come back and finish them off!
Well, that was an enjoyable and illuminating jaunt ~ thanks for directing me over there. Even after poring over this thread, I was still surprised by the range of what Melbourne has to offer. And you know I'm a big fan of your writing and pictures, so it was a pleasure to look and learn.
Ilbonita, what wonderful pictures and an interesting telling of the tale, so to speak.
We never ate our food for the starving children in China, maybe that was an older generation? It was the starving children in Ethiopia. We have a funny story because when my sister was small, she proudly told a crowd of my parents friends in for a bbq she had cleaned her plate for those starving kids in tapioca.