Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering

What do we call a gathering of politicians?

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I worked for the North West Telegraph (a Pilbara community newspaper in the early 1990’s) and all these pollies happened to be in  town at the same time. There must have been an election in the air!

If anyone is interested, from left to right, is Graham Campbell (former Federal MP for Kalgoorlie), Mark Neville (former State MP), Peter Walsh (former Finance Minister in the Federal Government), Tom Helm (former State MP, Pilbara), Kevin Leahy, (former State MP, Northern Rivers) and Tom Stephens (former State member for the Pilbara who went on to hold various Ministerial posts).

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Where do Australians come from?

I am Australian however my ancestors are relatively new to this country compared to Indigenous Australians.

My father’s father was a first generation Australian and his father was born in Ennis, Ireland.

My paternal grandmother and her father were both born in Australia but the previous generation of their family called Denmark home.

My mother’s father was born in Australia as was his father, however the previous generation called Barrhead, Scotland home.

My mother’s mother was also born here but her father came from Alderbury, Wiltshire in England. He also spent some time in California during the gold rush.

It was interesting to get the results of a recent DNA ethnicity test and find that my profile was as follows:

Irish 34%

Great Britain 30%

Scandinavia 18%

The balance is made up of 9% Western Europe and 6% Italy/Greece and a mixture for the remaining 3%.

Having done the DNA test I find it interesting to reflect how multicultural Australia really is and has been since the First Fleet arrived in 1788.