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Betoota boys cite Silver City

Thursday, 28th December, 2017

Joshua Sutton with his father Dean at the South Hotel peruse the latest offering from the satirists at The Betoota Advocate. PICTURE: Miles Burt Joshua Sutton with his father Dean at the South Hotel peruse the latest offering from the satirists at The Betoota Advocate. PICTURE: Miles Burt

By Myles Burt

Broken Hill has rated a mention in satirical news website The Betoota Advocate’s  new publication ‘Betoota’s Australia’.

The Advocate jokingly claims to be Australia’s oldest newspaper, originating in the ghost town of Betoota in Queensland’s Diamantina region, east of Birdsville.

Their new book looks at the whole of Australia, ranging from regional and coastal towns, cities, people, politicians, sports, cuisine and dialects across the country.

Broken Hill was mentioned along with Wilcannia as one of the Bush NSW Notable Towns on their list of 20.

The Silverton Hotel also received a mention as one of Bush NSW Landmarks alongside the Mount Panorama Circuit, The Dish, Bradman’s birthplace in Cootamundra, Tamworth’s Golden Guitar and all the correctional centres NSW has to offer.

Throughout the book, Betoota’s Australia offers the reader their take on Australian stereotypes - from the Townie, the First Australians, and Smashed Avos, to Boomers and People who say “Yeeew”.

One stereotype found in Broken Hill, according to the Betoota Advocate, was the Post War Wog known for their delicious food, big weddings and love of concrete.

The Betoota Advocate was founded by Sydney journalists Archer Hamilton and Charles Single with publisher Piers Grove in 2014.

The publication has risen above the ranks of established satire news sites such as Australia’s The Shovel and the famed American satirical website The Onion.

The Betoota Advocate became widely known after several of their joke articles were accepted as genuine and repeated by mainstream media, including one about a Sydney City parking inspector who accidentally booked himself.

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