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Droughts in Australia As per the Federation Drought article on the Australia National Museum website: Australia is the driest inhabited continent, a place where periods of low rainfall lasting up to a decade or more are commonplace. The Bureau of Meteorology defines ‘drought’ as ‘a prolonged, abnormally dry period when the amount of available water is insufficient to meet our normal use’.

The most severe droughts as listed in an article of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) available as a local copy of "ABS 1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 1988" here include:
  • 1864 - 66 (and 1868)
  • 1880 - 86
  • 1888
  • 1895 - 1903 known as the Federation drought
  • 1911 - 16
  • 1918 - 20
  • 1939 - 45
  • 1958 - 68 most widespread and probably second to the Federation drought in severity
  • 1982 - 83
The BoM definition of drought leads to the question of ever re-defining of our normal use when the Australian population and its needs keep on increasing as well as wastage of food and water.

The ABS article concludes: Droughts will continue to be a prominent feature of the Australian scene. Improved meteorological drought watch services and hopefully an improved ability to forecast droughts through local research and participation in the WCP will help to mitigate their adverse impacts. The nature of drought, however, and the way in which the community should deal with it are complex issues incorporating significant variables in fields such as hydrology, agriculture, economics and sociology, as well as in the political realities of the day.

Extract from the poem of Banjo Patterson It's grand (1902)
ie written during the Federation drought:
It’s grand to be a squatter And sit upon a post,
And watch your little ewes and lambs A-giving up the ghost.
[...]
It’s grand to be a democrat And toady to the mob,
For fear that if you told the truth They’d hunt you from your job.

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[SALT] Book: Salt, Margaret Briggs
Pub: Lorenz Books, Anness Publishing, 2013, ISBN: 0 7548 2496 9
This British book includes the definition of salt, salt throughout history, its industrial uses, the adequate quantities, salt in customs, religions, and rituals, Cooking with salt including many recipes for curing meat ...
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Washing Fabric softener: Mix 30cl water with 70cl white vinegar and use as your softener. This will dissolve the limestone and your clothes and towels will become as soft as new.
[WFIT] Book: What Food Is That & How Healthy Is It? , Jo Rogers, Chief Nutritionist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney.
Pub: Lansdowne, 1990, ISBN: 1 86302 462 X
A great starting point to work out nutrients in your food. This Australian book is organised around types of food. It is written in plain English and very nicely presented. For most items the author includes: Major nutrients, Nutritional information, Description, Origin and history, Buying and Storage, Preparation and use, Processing.
Table of Contents : Vegetables, Fruits, Fungi, Meats, Sausages & Preserved Meats, Poultry & Eggs, Fish & Shellfish, Breads, Grains & Cereals, Pasts & Noodles, Salt & Baking Agents, Cakes & Pastries, Desserts & Puddings, Milk Products, Cheeses, Pulses, Seeds & Nuts, Fats & Oils, Herbs & Spices, Dressings & Vinegars, Drinks.
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