Now, why is this? Because, of course, the first mapmakers came from the northern hemisphere and they put North at the top.
Well, you know, this doesn't have to be so. If you have ever been to the Map room at the Vatican Museum, you may have seen the maps which place Rome as the centre of the map and everything else is seen in relation to Rome. In 2006, we brought this map of Sicily home for my DFIL from the Vatican map room and if you know Sicily, you will see that it is "upside" down. That is because it is the view from Rome, which is North of Sicily.
But why should Australia be Downunder? Why can't we be on top? No reason at all, really!
I used to go to university with a guy who didn't believe that Australia was Downunder, so much so that he created this map and self-published it in 1979 - it is still being sold today.
See, Australia is in its rightful place!
This is the spiel about it on the website:
Unique downunder viewpoint with cheeky Aussie humor. This map was created by Stuart McArthur of Melbourne, Australia. He drew his first South-Up map when he was 12 years old (1970). His geography teacher told him to re-do his assignment with the "correct" way up if he wanted to pass. Three years later he was an exchange student in Japan. He was taunted by his exchange student-friends from the USA for coming from "the bottom of the world." It was then, at age 15, he resolved to one day publish a map with Australia at the top. Six years later, while at Melbourne University, he produced the world's first "modern" south up map and launched it on Australia day in 1979. It has sold over 350,000 copies to date.
... and just to finish off, you may have heard of this famous Australian song by the iconic Australian band, Men at Work.
So, hopefully I have now educated you about the meaning of the word Downunder!
Just to finish with some stitching, here is the very sweet "D is for Darning" stitched for me by my dear friend, Kim. Pretty, isn't she?
P.S. Sorry that this post is late but I have been so sick for nearly a week now - tonsilitis and the flu - double whammy! So, no blogging, very little stitching, just a lot of sleeping, reading cosy crime on my kindle and watching bad TV!
Take care of yourselves,
hugs, Kaye xoxox
P.S. If you would like to join in the fun of "The Alphabet Club", pop over to Chiara's blog (The Grey Tail) to see what all the fun is about and link up your post for the Letter "D".