The Island Continent
Welcome to The Island Continent! The online archive for Australian popular culture, art, design, photography, fashion and nostalgia.
The Island Continent launched on the 15th of October 2012 and has grown to be the number one place on the web for Australian culture. The Island Continent features the best of old and new Australian art, design, film, TV, architecture, popular culture and nostalgia. The main aim is to archive and record our history that otherwise would be fading away gathering dust. We celebrate the good times, the colour, fashions, the people, the places, the vibe and the humour. We dig deep down into the moth balled archive boxes to uncover those lost gems we have collected over the last 30 years, with features on creatives today and from the past. Some you know and some we want you to know. The lack of online resources documenting ‘us’ is why The Island Continent was born.
We love Australian culture, we love our image, we don’t cringe and since the launch we know you love it too. The isolation of Australia has given us a unique and colourful identity, a unique visual language. We look at our culture as if through the eyes of the rest of the world, through technicolour glasses. Just like our flora and fauna we are exotic creatures.
Since it’s launch The Island Continent has been featured on The Design Files, The Age and Triple RRR. Founder Eamon Donnelly was a guest on ABC 774 and Bruce and Phil’s Nightline on 3AW Melbourne chatting with listeners about Milk Bars memories and spoke about The Island Continent at Melbourne illustration conference Field Trip at ACMI. (although he was there to talk about his illustration)
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Do you have something golden and olden that would make great content on The Island Continent? Do you have an event, product launch, exhibition that you would would like to be featured on The Island Continent? We’re always looking for content and would love to hear from you. Submit your idea over at our Contact page.
If you have images to accompany your submission, specs are as follows.
1049 x 1049 pixels at 72dpi. We’ll do the rest!
The aim of the archives is to research, curate, collate and document a digital archive of the Australian image. The publication of archival material, imagery and design on The Island Continent where possible, is referenced and the original copyright holder is credited. This content is published for historical and cultural purposes and acknowledgement to the original author will always be given. Where the original copyright owner of content is unknown we do our best to find a credit to put to any content. If you are the original copyright owner and you object to any of the content published on The Island Continent please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will kindly remove the content of objection. However, we want to document the forgotten gems of Australian identity so we really would love to hear from you for a feature on your work!
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Current stats for The Island Continent
Our first year
October 2012 – October 2013
22,000 Unique Visitors
79,000 Page Views
73% New Visitors
700 Twitter Followers
700 newsletter subscribers
And a couple of ‘Likes’ on Facebook
There’s no special million K’s next to these numbers (yet) but we reckon they’re pretty good for our first year!
Of course The Island Continent receives 90% of it’s traffic from Australia, our site does have a global reach with viewers in United States, UK, Canada, France, India, Germany, Brazil, New Zealand, Spain, Netherlands and Japan. There are a lot of expat Aussies out there!
The Island Continent Shop
We have a small shop over at islandcontinent.bigcartel.com selling exclusively Australian prints, books and products. At this stage prints for sale are by Eamon Donnelly but we are keen to offer more uniquely Australian works and products. If you would like to sell your works in the shop send us an email via the contact page with a link to your work.
Yes we do offer wholesale prices on stock in the shop. If you are a gallery, shop, online store or commercial enterprise interested in discussing a wholesale order please contact us via the contact page and we will send you a wholesale price list. Alternatively our wholesale prices can be found here.
Who is The Island Continent?
Eamon Donnelly is the Founder and Director of The Island Continent. Eamon has spent the last 32 years collecting an expansive archive of Australian art, design, photography, literature, popular culture, Television and Commercials, much of which has been the basis for his inspiration as an artist and illustrator. So in essence The Island Continent has been 30 years in the making. His love of Australian culture is unsurpassable and the knowledge of everything Oz at his ripe age can only come from a genuine love and passion for Oz culture past and present.
As an illustrator, Eamon has worked for clients such as Rolling Stone, Billboard, VH1, Nike, Playboy, Newsweek, Businessweek, GQ, Red Bull and Golden Plains. He has been photographing and archive of the fading Australian Milk Bar for the last decade which will be published as a coffee table book in 2014. eamondonnelly.com