Floods in Queensland Wipe State Into Existence

It is quite unusual when a disaster brings a state into being.

On January 2nd, Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper published a map showing a few other towns hit by the raging flood: Emerald, Theodore and Bundaberg. The map also included the unaffected cities of Brisbane and Sydney as points of reference, and an inset of a general map of Australia, offering further clues as to the flooded area’s location: halfway between the states of New South Wales and Capricornia. Just a second: Capricornia? Where’s that?

Nowhere – yet. There is no state of Capricornia, but it does figure in the long and varied history of proposals for new Australian states.

495 – Capricornia, a Non-existent State of Australia | Strange Maps | Big Think

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