Australian Steampunk

I like Silver Goggles. It's been part of my required reading RSS repository1 for ages. This week, Jaymee interviewed Stephanie Lai, an Australian-Malaysian-Chinese lass, about Steampunk and Australia. Huzzah!

And then I read the following "There are a lot of readers and writers, and as a community we are definitely growing, if the number of panels being run at cons (and the number of people attending) is anything to go by. There's nothing separate happening, mostly it's just a handful of panels at Swancon and Continuum, but I think we're moving towards maybe a specialised gathering or two"..."Steampunk itself in Australia is still basically nascent!"

Well dang. Steampunk has been proceeding in leaps and bounds all over Australia and New Zealand (I'm including our Antipodean Bretheren) in more places than just con panels, and I'm thinking that we just haven't been noisy enough about everything we've been up to. So consider this, in the vernacular, a signal boost.

Groups:

  • STEAM, ROSEA, FAUST: Brisbane's major steampunk groups, founded a number of years ago, they've participated in charity fund raising, picnics and other events. Full disclosure: I'm one of the founders of ROSEA
  • Antipodean League of Temporal Voyagers: altv has a blog that promotes events and discusses steampunk around Australia.
  • Adelaide Steampunk: a very active collection of talented South Australians
  • League of Victorian Imagineers: Spectacular New Zealand Steampukenrs who have claimed Oamaru as their base, and they've been welcomed! A Steampunk town in New Zealand, that's nifty.
  • Steampunk HQ

Makers:

  • The Mad Uncle, who is currently working on and off on creating a Steampunk Motorcycle, has opened a shop in Melbourne selling antiques and steampunk builds.
  • Baron von Borg: a good friend of mine of many arms, he also had made raffle prizes for Prometheus Bound to help new steampunkers
  • Tesla Down Under: I'll admit this is more mad science than steampunk, but come on! Guy makes various tesla coils do all sorts of wonderful things, and was at Euchronia last year making things go Fzzzzzzz!
  • Me

Events:

  • Euchronia: a steampunk new years eve event that happens every two years.
  • Prometheus Bound: a steampunk nightcub that on Feb 4 celebrated it's 4th anniversary. It did this by having not only a massive nightclub, but also featured Voltaire from New York. Exceptionally exciting
  • Supanova. While this is the pop culture expo, so not strictly steampunk, the Brisbane event has an unofficial Steampunk Sunday, where all the local (and some not so local) Steampunkers turn up in their garb to hang out, chat, and get the now traditional staircase photo. Local steampunk era have won a number of the Cosplay awards over the years, so that's something to say about steampunk's impact on the non steampunkers.
  • STEAM: Brisbane organizes picnics, movie outings and the like through the year.
  • Steamfest: This isn't a steampunk event, rather it's a celebration of the Steam age in Australia. A number of steampunks I know make yearly pilgrimages to this place to learn from blacksmiths, leather workers and other traditionally skilled craftspeople. Plus, steam trains!

Arts:

  • Ged Maybury: the first novel in his series Across the Stonewind Sky was published in 2011. Very cool
  • Fragrances: still trying to find the link, but the last Prometheus Bound event had a fragrance booth in attendance, that had specially created steampunk fragrances for sale.
  • Courier Mail: Brisbane steampunk has been featured, and we have just been asked to be interviewed again!
  • Steampunk HQ: Again in Oamaru, worth a look.
  • Weta: Home of Dr Grordbort's Rayguns!

We are indeed everywhere, and are influencing more than just comic conventions. If anyone has any other groups or events or people or anything I should be promoting as Australian Steampunk let me know and I'll update this list. What Stephanie has highlighted to me is that we are being unsuccessful in communicating to everyone just how many opportunities to join in steampunk there are. Maybe in a small way this blog can assist.

Also, I'm finding and buying the heck out of Stephanie's books (or the collections that contain her books). Yes I'm aware one of the collections is Steampunk Lesbian Stories, even if I'm not the target audience good stories are good stories. Support the steampunk!

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Imported comments

  1. [sherry johnson, 2012-11-19 15:02:47] Hi,

    My name is sherry johnson i run a small business in the hunter valley nsw , in reply to your events iam currently looking at arranging a steampunk parade of some sort in cooperation with the maitland steamfest and am needing as much support as we can get if you have any ideas, parades ect plz contact me.

    S.johnson

  2. [Professor von Explaino, 2012-11-24 14:18:49] Hello Sherry,

    There are a few people I can recommend to talk to about such things. The organisers of the Steampunk Strides events did a fantastic job of their fashion show; and the crew of Solitude Magazine also put on alternative culture events to grand success. Additionally, Lamplight Spectacular apparently was a spectacular event; I'd recommend talking to then as well.

    Regards,

    PvE

  3. [raymond knight, 2014-10-03 09:33:20] I'm a designer of gadgets in the steampunk genre and seeking festivals, fairs etc to exhibit my wares. I can't find anything updated past 2012 and I'm sure that's not the case! lol Please, send me a web address of more recent information and perhaps this page more updated?
  4. [Professor von Explaino, 2014-10-03 19:52:38] I had thought about trying to do a calendar of Brisbane Steampunk events, but there are a number of other places you can go to find out more.\r\n\r\nTry to join the following Facebook groups as many events get advertised here (you'll have to ask to join closed groups):

    Some events get promoted via the Steampunk Empire pages too. You've just missed Epic Diem up on the Sunshine Coast, unfortunately, Supanova has booth opportunities, I know of some Steampunkers who have stalls here, and Steampunk Brisbane has just gone on sale for the November showing. You also might like to try the Old Petrie Town markets. They have a fully functioning steamworks there and stalls are run by all sorts of people that you could see if you could secure a booth at.

    I hope this is helpful?

  5. [The Red Gentleman, 2016-08-21 18:00:01] If anyone is interested there is an Australian Steampunk band in Queensland

    https://www.facebook.com/littmussteampunkband/

    https://littmus.bandcamp.com

  6. [Professor von Explaino, 2016-08-21 22:47:02] Well I certainly approve of it and am only too happy to have your link on my site

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