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The Down Under Tour
7th November 1999
Last weekend while I was working, Anne and Bronwyn went to see the Down
Under Tour. The Bank of America are sponsors of the U.S. Olympic Team,
and they set up the Down Under Tour to go round the USA, show where
Australia is, and show the sorts of things that can be done there. They
used to have a competition where you could have won a free trip to
Australia. Sadly, that competition is over, but you can still check out
their games web site
and see what else they have to offer.
The exhibition had a number of "buildings", each shaped out of
blow-up relicas of the Opera House. Each "building" had a different
theme. Anne enjoyed the big one at the back, the Sydney Opera House.
They had classical music playing, scenes of our cities and the
The Aboriginal Art Exhibit was a bit boring, according to Anne. Same
old dot paintings and nothing new and exciting. The dot paintings
could be ordered through a gallery in New York. They did have
boomerangs and miniature didgeridoos for sale.
Anne said the Outback Airlines Experience was gut-wrenching. You sat
in the little plane simulator and it bounced and jerked all over the
place. On the screen inside the plane, you got to watch scenes of the
This shows what the exhibition really looked like. Not too bad. They
had Australians on the tour. They were from the tourism industry in
Australia, and came over to spend 6 months on the tour. Then they go
back and another shift takes over for the second 6 months of the
tour. Anne enjoyed listening to the accents.
Schools went to the exhibition during the week, and then it was open
to the public on the weekend.
A close up of the Opera House Exhibition.
This is the brochure they gave away at the Exhibition. It's a
pleasant introduction to Australia. All the people in it are young
and brown and dressed for the beach, but apart from that it's a
pretty good bit of advertising for Australia.
Here's the map of Australia they gave away. They even included
Tasmania. The map shows the locations of the displays in the