Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Packing for Perth

Perth is the fourth largest city in Australia and the largest in Western Australia.  It has one or two odd facts associated with it, the sort that always appeal to me.

  • The city turned on its lights when John Glenn flew overhead in Friendship 7 in 1962, and again in 1998 when he was in the space Shuttle.
  • It is one of the most isolated cities in the world, the nearest city, Adelaide, being 1307 miles (2104 km) away.  It's closer to Singapore and Indonesia than to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.
  • South Africa-born immigrants are the fourth largest sector of the population.  During the 1980s and 90s, many people left South Africa and Zimbabwe by "Packing for Perth", a phrase that ultimately became associated with any form of emigration.
The card was sent to me from Two Rocks, Western Australia, dated 15 January 2010.
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