John Batman was the founder of the town that became Melbourne, Australia. And originally he called it “Batmania”. There’s even a street named after him: Batman Ave.
An English convict named William Buckley was transported to a penal colony in Australia, After escaping he was discovered by an Aboriginal tribe who believed he was the returning spirit of a deceased tribesmen so they took him in, He continued living with them for 32 years. By virtue of his age and peaceful ways, Buckley … became a Ngurungaeta, a person of considerable respect among his people and his voice was influential in deciding matters of war and peace.
During the American Civil War a Confederate ship harbored in Australia for repairs – 18 Confederates deserted to Australia and 42 Australians joined as stowaways, effectively becoming Confederates until the end of Civil War.
In 2006 an Australian man named Ricky Megee became stranded in the outback and survived 71 days on a diet of leeches, frogs, insects, snakes, ants, lizards and edible plants.
Russell Crowe, a New Zealand actor and film producer, is the only non-Australian to be featured on an Australian stamp other than Queen Elizabeth II of England, and was featured twice. He has also been rejected in his bid to become an Australian citizen twice.
In 2015, police in Australia were called to a flat after neighbours were woken by the sounds of screaming, yelling, and destruction of furniture. It turned out to be a man trying to kill a spider.
Napoleon had a healthy obsession with Australia his whole life. Had he won at Waterloo he intended to name part of Australia “Terre Napoléon” (Napoleon Land) and brought back 200+ species of Australian flora and fauna to France, making Josephiné the first person in history to breed black swans.
Australia’s first cops were all criminals. The first police force was made up of 12 of the best behaved convicts.
Speakers of the indigenous Australian language Dyirbal switch to a completely different dialect in the presence of their mother-in-law.
In 2006 three men tried to steal a koala from a Queensland, Australia zoo. They gave up after the koala “scratched the sh*t out of them”, so they stole a crocodile instead.