Episode 79: Dollop: New Australia

Shirts off and we’ll figure it out.


Idea: swinging, free love, utopian society in the jungle, much like the Oneida Community, and based on Edward Bellamy’s book Looking Backward


I dunno

Pretty much. A big, wasteful, confusing, racist, dystopian clusterfuck. (Yes, I know, I just used this little confused imp, but she is so appropriate, and she gets me.)

Yet, descendants still live in that area today, so, good out of bad, right? I hope.

79: ParaguayCave of Adullam: stronghold in the Old Testament (1 Samuel)–generally refers to a small group removing themselves from the status quo, planning to eventually return to overthrow the status quo

Paradise Mislaid: In Search of the Australian Tribe of Paraguay * Anne Whitehead

The Paraguayan Experiment * Michael Wilding

A Peculiar People * Gavin Souter

Musical influence of New Australia/Colonia Nueva Australia:

  • the Currency, an Australian Folk Punk band (I didn’t know that was a thing, now I am intrigued) have a song “Paraguay” about the settlement
  • Graeme Connors‘ song “Boomerang in Paradise”
  • Weddings Parties Anything‘s song “Drifted Away”
  • Redgum‘s song “Virgin Ground”

Band names from this episode:

  • Porpoise Racing
  • Whips of Fun (hat tip: Tommy Dassalo–hi, Tommy!)
  • Sweated Labor
  • Shitfoot (and hat tip: Ceila Pacquola!)
  • Heaps of Books (they like to hunt down and cover songs that make literary references, but then don’t explain the references, very hipster)
  • Old Maid
  • Dick Delivery

About Carla

This Bluestocking bookworm is your friendly Dollop web-wrangler and digital library curator. In other words, pay no attention to that woman behind the curtain. I'm just here to John Nash all this stuff together. It's all about connections. IT'S ALL CONNECTED. I live atop a mountain, geographically isolated for the protection of others. Yes, an American mountain.