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☭ Nueva Australia in Paraguay was Australia’s experimentation with Communism

Should you ever find yourself in eastern Paraguay, you might encounter a small township called Nueva Australia (New Australia). Therein lies a fascinating tale, known by informed Australians, but I’ve never met a New Zealander familiar with it. Its roots go back to an 1890 bitter Queensland shearers’ strike which quickly spread to other unions and into New South Wales. Such was the hatred between the striking workers and the bosses, it literally reached the stage of potential civil war, illustrated…
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