Greetings from Augusta

How long since Augusta in Western Australia’s Southwest would have been associated with aboriginal culture from a tourist point of view? How long since an aboriginal figure would have been used as an advertisment for the town? I can’t see it happening these days. I holidayed there as a child for many years and don’t remember a single mention of the original people. This makes this mug quite old and quite sad.

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11 Responses to Greetings from Augusta

  1. Cookster says:

    The age of the souvenir has passed methinks… in some ways good, some ways sad.

    I treasured my ‘coffin ashtray’ that bore the motto, ‘Poor old Fred, he smoked in bed – Greetings from Rottnest’. And the coconut monkey with wire glasses was a corker…

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  2. David Cohen says:

    Put that ashtray on eBay and I will pay any price, Cookster.

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  3. According to this tourism.heritage.wa.gov.au/ht_pdf/AugustaBusselton.pdf
    it was the Koombarnup people of Bunbury who used the area for hunting ‘tho the actual situation in that area was probably more complicated,( Need an expert).

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  4. forces says:

    I like to think that it was made by someone’s aboriginiphiliac Aunt Augusta. Not likely of course but I like the idea of a little auntie who makes dozens of these things each year to send to reluctant relatives. In fact, the truncated writing probably reads “BIRTHDAY Greetings from Augusta”

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  5. Anonymous Perthon says:

    forces, I can’t believe you know that! Thats actually my Aunt Augusta, and if you like her cups then you should see her jugs.

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  6. CK says:

    Boom! Tish!

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  7. Rolly says:

    Her cups floweth over A P ??

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  8. Anonymous Perthon says:

    Yes, thank-you I’ll be here all week and don’t forget to tip the waitress

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  9. Cookster says:

    DC – alas, it got turfed some years back, along with a collection of Mad Magazines from the US dating back to 1964, my Great Grandad’s war medals, some nice Wembley Ware, a rare ‘woggle’ and an assortment of autographs from the West Perth team of 1973. Bitter? Fucking outraged!!!

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  10. Rolly says:

    Cookster @ 9

    Divorced?

    Or just a cranky ladyfriend?

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  11. Cookster says:

    Rolly, neither of the above, well… cranky I guess. Twas my mum conducting a clean out of goods in storage at the old family home while I was living in Melbourne.

    The MAD mags, however, I think were sold off by a sibling… along with a rather nifty telescope.

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