Our Aussie Blog
Important Update - Australian Deliveries
Due to Australia Post and Social Distancing Requirements at sorting centres and post offices etc, there are delays with all forms of shipping methods, regular AND express post. There is no longer any guarantee of next-day delivery with express post and regular post can take 2-3x longer than normal to arrive. It is obviously due to the pandemic and is out of our control. As a business, we are still doing our best to process and ship as quickly as possible so it gets into the Auspost system without initial delays.
Important Update - International Deliveries
Due to a lack of planes in the air, all export shipments have delays. Some postage methods have been closed off entirely from use, like regular airmail to many locations, as a result, we are only sending via international courier for now. This is quite a costly method, but it is all we can offer to be sure Australia Post will still process the package.
An update regarding the current situation with the Corona Virus in regards to our business operation. We are an Australian family based business with a small warehouse in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, run entirely by family members. Our warehouse is not a retail store, so we generally don't have/allow walk-in customers and certainly will not be having them during this pandemic. As such, we can continue to ship out orders worldwide as long as postal services are running.
In the warehouse we are:
- Regularly hand washing.
- Disinfecting all surfaces daily.
- Not allowing outside visitors.
In general, family members are staying home as much as possible to avoid exposure to the virus.
Regarding the supply chain:
- So far, no suppliers are reporting lengthy delays in product supplies and our main suppliers are operating much as we are.
- We don't import direct from China or other countries where freight is blocked/delayed.
- Our special order range - The Mountain Tie Dye T-Shirts - comes from the USA. During this time we are only receiving shipments once a week from them, so the order processing time is 7 days on that product range.
Change to Operating Hours: We are normally at the warehouse Monday-Friday and ship many orders out the same or next-day, however if need-be during this pandemic, we will reduce the days we ship out orders to Monday, Wednesday and Friday to further limit our exposure to the virus.
Thank you for your continued support during this time, this business is our livelihood, it keeps a roof over our heads and we are doing our very best to continue to serve you during this unique period in our shared living history.
The Australian Aboriginal flag represents Indigenous Australians. It was originally designed in 1971 by Harold Thomas who is descended from the Luritja people of Central Australia and holds intellectual property rights to the flag's design. According to Mr Thomas, the black in the flag represents the Aboriginal people, the red the earth and their spiritual relationship to the land, and the golden yellow represents the sun, the giver of life. The Aboriginal flag was originally designed for the land rights movement and has since became a symbol of the Aboriginal people of Australia.
It's important to note that authentic Aboriginal flag merchandise must be licensed by Harold Thomas (with royalties paid to Mr Thomas) and we are proud to say all Aboriginal flag t-shirts, other clothing and gifts in our store are 100% authentic licensed products. Many online stores located outside of Australia are offering bootleg Aboriginal Flag products and these should be avoided by consumers.
We here at Australian Native T-Shirts have been instrumental in bringing new Aboriginal flag t-shirt designs to market, please view our entire range here.
The family here at Australian Native T-Shirts hold the Australian War Memorial close to our hearts. With a Grandfather who served in World War I on one side of the family and a Grandfather who served in World War II on the other, the AWM is a moving place to visit when in Canberra and we always make time to visit every trip.
We have recently started to offer a range of Lest We Forget t-shirts and other products in our online store and from those will donate $1 from every Lest We Forget item sold to the Australian War Memorial. Below is the receipt from our first donation in March 2018, our second in April 2018 and our third in August 2018, with donations following in October 2018, February 2019, April 2019 and September 2019.
We encourage everyone to visit the Australian War Memorial when in Canberra, it is located at:
Australia has a proud history in supporting our team at all international and local events and we have produced a couple of designs to help support the Australian team - whether it be at the Commonwealth Games, the Olympics, in Rugby, Cricket or any sport where Australia is playing - our simple designs allow you to support our team!
We also have Australian flag designs and other green and gold t-shirts - check out all Aussie tees here.
In early April 2018 we have the Commonwealth Games taking place on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. An exciting time for us Aussies who love our sport, we're hoping being the home team will see us win even more Gold than usual!
The main venue is Carrara Stadium and the official motto of the games is "Share The Dream". The opening ceremony takes place on 4th of April 2018 and the games end on 15th of April 2018. The Commonwealth Games mascot (pictured above) is Borobi the koala, who was officially named as the mascot of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in 2016. Borobi is a blue koala, with indigenous markings on its body. The term "borobi" is an Aboriginal term for koala.
We're excited to see the Commonwealth Games return to Australia and wish all athletes success!
We have a number of t-shirts in store you can wear to the games to show your support for Team Australia - check them out in our Aussie t-shirts section here.
Red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battle fields of Northern France and Belgium, the sight of poppies on the battlefield at Ypres in 1915 moved Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae to write the poem "In Flanders fields" - recited below.
In Flanders fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
John McCrae (1872–1918)
The Red Poppy has become a symbol of Remembrance, worn on Armistice Day and also ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand. Red Poppies also adorn the Roll of Honour at The War Memorial in Canberra. For detailed information from The Australian War Memorial, visit their page here.
We are proud to offer Red Poppy products in our online store for the centenary of Armistice Day in 2018 and also for ANZAC Day events.