Westprint Outback Maps General Knowledge Quiz.

How’s your Australian general knowledge? Something different in the blog this week – an Australian fun quiz. I’ve done a bit of research about what people want to see in the blog. The top answers were , trips and hints, tracks, history and trivia quizzes. Try your hand at the following.

1. Trim was the name of an animal. What sort of animal and what was its claim to fame?

Trim was a ship’s cat who accompanied Matthew Flinders on his voyages to circumnavigate and map the coastline of Australia in 1801–03. He helped the voyage by keeping the food stores clear of rats and mice.

Statue of Matthew Flinders and Trim. Port Lincoln, South Australia.
Statue of Matthew Flinders and Trim. Port Lincoln, South Australia. Photo from Wikimedia.commons.
Plaque to Trim. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.
Plaque to Trim. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

2. Rage: Australia’s longest running music show.

Rage is Australia’s longest running music program. How much did the ABC spend on making the opening and closing credits? A) $80 B) $880 C) $8,800 D) $88,000.

Answer is B)$880. Rage is an all-night Australian music video program on the ABC first airing in 1987. Originally it was to be called Rage till you Puke.

3. November 11 – a significant date.

  •  Which three events occurred on November 11?

Ned Kelly was hanged at the Old Melbourne Gaol on November 11, 1880 at the age of 25. Depending on which version of the story you read, his last words may have been; ‘Ah well, I suppose it has come to this’, ‘Such is life’ or ‘I’ll see you where I’m going’.

In 1918 the WWI Armistice was signed where all countries agreed to stop fighting while a permanent peace agreement was discussed. After more than six months of negotiations, the Treaty of Versailles formally ended the War in 1919.

Adelaide, South Australia. 1918-11. A huge crowd at Parliament House for the Declaration of the Signing of the Armistice. (Donor W.S. Smith)
Adelaide, South Australia. 1918-11. A huge crowd at Parliament House for the Declaration of the Signing of the Armistice. AWM Collection

In 1975 Australia’s Governor-General Sir John Kerr dismissed the Prime Minister Goff Whitlam (Australian Labor Party (ALP). Recently released papers from the UK have shed new light on the reasons and political maneuvering surrounding the sacking and the instillation of Malcolm Fraser as the acting Prime Minister.

4. Australia’s National Parks

The Brisbane Ranges National Park is 80 kilometres west of Melbourne in Victoria. Named after Major General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, governor of New South Wales from 1821 to 1825.

Australia’a Gem fields

  • What gem will you most commonly find near Gemtree?

Zircon. You can fossick for zircon at the nearby Mud Tank Zircon Field. Westprint’s Plenty and Sandover Highways map will get you there.