Aussies in America
I'm a Kiwi helping all the Australians in America? Here's the place to come to find your food and mates who speak the lingo.
Are you a lonely Aussie searching aimlessly around this country and the web looking for blokes and sheilas to reminisce about kangaroo steaks, shrimps on the barby, Fosters and how many times you've beaten us Kiwis in sports lately? I'm here to help youse jokers! There'll be a sprinkling of Clubs and Societies, good places to shop for your favorite foods and stuff - and pies which don't necessarily fall into either category.
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Social clubs and/or places where your vowels are perfectly understood
There's quite a lot of social groups of expats here, often a combined affair, particularly of Aussies and Kiwis but also Brits and South Africans turn up too.
I'm listing ones who have good links themselves or would be able to put you in contact with a whole variety of interests rather than trying to include all groups and ones I just plain like for their friendly appeal!
There are also lot of informal 'clubs' at Pubs which promote or are owned by Aussies and Kiwis. Strange that. If you want a list of pubs on this lens let me know by contacting me or putting a comment in the guestbook.
See New England below
OzDenver. About 250 Aussies and Kiwis and Ring-ins get together regularly to 'shoot the breeze'
Another Aussie group in Colorado with about 300 members. A few kiwis are members too. Lots of good stuff on their website. Most social events seem to be in Fort Collins. Aussies in Colorado
This group that looks alive and well is the South Florida Aussie Kiwi Club They also have a facebook page.
A group based in Indianoplis but for all the state. A sporting and social club -includes Kiwis and anyone who has lived in either country. Theyhave a facebook page Indy Aussies
The Australian New Zealand Association of Minnesota has a great site filled with goodies and fun events. Based in the Twin Cities since 1972. Good links.
The American Australian Association has a very good website with lots of news from Oz and other pertinent stuff. The Association has two active branches - New England (Boston based) and California (LA). The Association has a strong business networking focus but has plenty of cultural and social events. It's a subsription membership. Also has an intern program for OZ and NZ graduates.
There is a branch of 'Internations.org' which is an expat group where you have to apply to be member. There's a free and paid level. Looks good for business and social networking. Has a blog for the whole expat group too across the world.
A new club for Aussies and Kiwis has just been formed in Dallas/Fort Worth area, Texas. No website yet as far as I know. ,
Click here to contact The Kiwi Koala Club.
Also there is the long established 'Australian New Zealand Society of Texas Tanzot.org
In Austin, Texas - a well established Aussie Rules club. Also has a yahoo group of the same name Austin Footy
Also in Austin, there is a branch of MeetUp growing in popularity. Aussie Aussie Austin
There is a long established club for Aussies and Kiwis (you have to pay) with a good website Southern Cross Club
Another branch of 'Internations.org' which is an expat group where you have to apply to be member is here. There's a free and paid level. Looks good for business and social networking. Has a blog for the whole expat group too across the world.
This site caters for ex-pat Australians all over the world. There's a lot about living in USA though.
Another cheerful site for all of USA with a chat room, forum and excellent maps with the whereabouts of all Aussies registered with them. You can even bring up a state map and see where everyone is located.
Yahoo groups which have an active messaging forum, i.e current posts and over 100 members
This one for Aussies in Northwest America
Did you play Netball at home? This site has a lot of information and there are links to various regional clubs with their own websites. Lots of Brits, South African, Kiwis and Americans and Blokes!!
For a more comprehensive look for Aussie Rules check out the national association sites. The one with the best directory of local clubs is the United States Australian Football League (USAFL)
Someone asked me for a list of pubs but it would take up too much space but if you are looking for Aussie owned pubs and cafes or want to know where any Aussie musicians hang out check out Australian Festival's website and look through their Aussie Directory. The pubs section is only as good as those who bother to register their business, so it may not include all in your area. If you know of an Aussie owned pub etc and they're not on, let them know to put it there!
Business/Commercial Interest groups
Wanna make some $$$?
This is a select list of organisations or services that pertain to business interests which invariably also have good social events too.
The American Australian Association has stellar events, membership both business and social. Lots of Aussie wine flows at the events and famous people turn up. Mainly in California and New England
Be sure to check out if there is a ANZACC (Australian New Zealand American Chamber of Commerce) near you. They often are a great source of social events too. Known Chambers are in Scottsdale AZ, Georgia AT, San Francisco CA, Santa Monics CA, Honolulu HA, Chicago IL, St. Paul MN, Yardley PA, Houston TX, Seattle WA, Washington DC. To get details of specific Chambers go to this link at the Aussie Embassy website ANZACC Regional Chambers of Commerce
There is also the similarly named Australian-American Chamber of Commerce. The one listed here is in San Francisco and is often more commonly known as sfaussies (derived from their website link) Has some comprehensive links including links to similar societies and clubs.
Advance: Global Australian is a worldwide network hosting events and developing Australian commercial interests. Click on the link, look around the site, then look in Local Chapters and you'll find several active chapters in the USA. Some interesting social gatherings are also listed.
A useful link for helping set up your business structures such as licensing, shipping etc is
Non-Pie Aussie Food and Drink
that you can get here
These guys have Emu Oil products and other fabulous skin - lanolin - and hair care products, Cynergy TK, stuff for blokes. Also NZ Honey - reasonable prices up to top of the range. Excellent gifts from Oz and NZ
Based in Washington, this is a comprehensive store which sells all over the states.
Is it animal, vegetable, mineral or........PIE?
A tribute to the Aussie Pie in America
I haven't included larger online stores who have a wide range of goods here or the ones which will be in the first couple lines of a google search - just giving a plug to the smaller operations located in different states across the country. Some can ship out of their home area.
Craving for a real meat pie or sausage rolls in New York? If you live in NYC or are only a day away in terms of delivery these guys (the Down Under Bakery) might be just the ticket for a party.
Seattle, WA is the home of these guys. You can buy direct or get them shipped.
Not only meat pies but Sausage rolls. Located in Austin Texas but delivering nationwide About Australia They have a lot of other other food and Aussie items too including Vegemite!
In Colorado, a new website (2012) under construction but with phone no and contact details is selling Four 'n' Twenty Pies and looks to be gearing up to sell other Aussie Products.
Gourmet Veggie and Meat Pies. Also located in Austin, Texas.
In San Francisco, Piemakers 'The Pie press' are available by pick up and local delivery at Stonestown Market and are working on expanding. Fantastic mouthwatering range of pies from a Kiwi cook but perfectly edible for the Aussie pie maniac.
There is a blog about mobile food carts extolling their virtues I left my Cart in San Francisco
Aussie Rules? - Nah. Rugby league is better and Rugby is better still!
Only thing Aussie Rules has got over the other is those nice short shorts!