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Sir Arvi Parbo, an Estonian-Australian mining entrepreneur and a knight – obituary

Sir Arvi Parbo, one of Australia’s most well-known and recognised mining entrepreneurs, and probably the only knighted Estonian, died on 1 May at the age of 93 in Melbourne, Australia. The Australian newspaper, Financial Review, calls Parbo “one of corporate Australia’s most significant figures”. “Sir Arvi Parbo will be fondly …

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Australia is joining the Tallinn-based NATO cyber defence centre

Australia has announced it is joining the Tallinn, Estonia-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. The centre said on Twitter that Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, announced the news at the opening of her country’s pop-up embassy in Tallinn. She joined the event from Australia via Skype. Australia becomes …

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Estonian ridesharing platform Taxify launches in Australia

The Estonian ridesharing platform, Taxify, has launched in Sydney, Australia, with over four thousand drivers registered. “Sydney is a huge and vibrant city,” Markus Villig, the founder and CEO of Taxify, said in a statement. “We are confident that locals are looking for an alternative ride sharing option, and Taxify …

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Estonians taking on the world in Brisbane: where we are at and where we have come from

Estonians are certainly making an impact on and their presence felt in Australia. The way in which Estonians integrate into an existing culture without forgetting their roots has made them welcome citizens in the “land down under”. Waves of Estonians have hit Australian shores with every recession and crisis in …

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Estonian communities around the world: keeping the flag flying in Sydney

Australia hosts the fifth largest Estonian community in the world. Among the Estonians currently living in Australia, the Sydney community is the liveliest one. The first Estonians settled in Australia in 1853, and the first Estonian society was established in Melbourne in 1914. During the course of the Second World …

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“Global Estonians” – senior speech pathologist Anna-Liisa Sutt (Brisbane, Australia)

Under our “Global Estonians” feature we talk to diverse people in different cities, countries, continents. Anna-Liisa Sutt is a senior speech pathologist at the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, Australia. Anna-Liisa, what made you leave Estonia and how did you end up in Australia? New Year’s Eve 1998 my dad received …

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Estonian folk costume stripes on Australian Aboriginal art

What do the world’s oldest continually living cultures, i.e. those of the Australian indigenous people and Estonians, have in common? At first glance not much, but at a closer look at their respective cultural history, we can surprisingly find many similarities. Although the recorded Aboriginal history traces back at least 50,000 years and the Estonian one …

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Leen and Siimon Rampe – Estonian film ambassadors in Australia

Leen Rampe (née Võrno) and Siimon Rampe are a wife-husband team passionate about Estonian film. They have run monthly film sessions called KiNO! nights at the Sydney Estonian Cultural House for over a year now and finished 2012 off with an Estonian Film Festival in Australia. Leen has a Master’s …

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