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Help identifying Australian fundie group - the women have pudding bowl haircuts
July 30, 2015
5:16 pm
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A sadly underrated erogenous zone
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April 13, 2015

This is driving me to distraction – no one seems to know who I'm talking about. The girls and women from this group all have the same pudding-bowl style haircut, and wear pleated skirts at least to their knees. I see them around in the inner southern suburbs of Adelaide all of the time. I've even seen an entire netball team of them, all playing in knee-length skirts (for those unfamiliar with this sport, netball skirts usually end just below the butt).

It's not the Plymouth Brethren, as those women all have long hair with some sort of scarf in it, and are usually more fashionably attired than the pudding-bowl set.

Help me someone!! Are they just a figure of my warped imagination, and no one else can actually see them???confused

ETA – sorry, I know this has nothing to do with fundies' actual blogs. But if one of the pudding bowls has a blog, that would be a bonusdance

Formerly known as GrammarPolice
July 31, 2015
12:49 pm
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PsycheinaBoat
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June 9, 2015

I spent a few minutes looking and was sucked into the book God Under Howard by Marion Maddox.  Australian politics remind me so much of what we experience in the US.  Anyway, I will look a little more when I get the chance tonight.

 

I shall return!

 

July 31, 2015
1:51 pm
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A fruit pie salesman with a whoopie cushion living in Wichita Falls
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April 6, 2015

I don't have any useful information and don't even live on the same side of the world as you, but I just wanted to say seeing the name of this topic brought me joy. I hope they aren't a figment of your imagination, and I hope we find them soon. And I REALLY hope they do in fact have a blog, preferably including the phrase "pudding bowl haircuts" somewhere in the name or description.

FKA Gail Force Winds / Flouncing Psychopath Bleeder
July 31, 2015
3:35 pm
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jmart
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May 29, 2014

No idea. But I too thought this was hilarious. lol

July 31, 2015
4:55 pm
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PsycheinaBoat
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June 9, 2015

Zone, could you be referring to The Family?  They look like this:

 

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Family_(Australian_New_Age_group)

 

Article: http://religiouschildabuse.blogspot.com/2010/11/notorious-australian-cult-family-still.html

July 31, 2015
5:45 pm
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A sadly underrated erogenous zone
Hamcat
Meows: 174
Snarking Since:
April 13, 2015

PsycheinaBoat meowed
Zone, could you be referring to The Family?  They look like this:

 

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Family_(Australian_New_Age_group)

 

Article: http://religiouschildabuse.blogspot.com/2010/11/notorious-australian-cult-family-still.html

Nah, the pudding bowls seem to live in mainstream family groups in mid-to-upper-middle-class areas. The girls and women are all dressed like the way my mother used to get me to dress for church in the 1980s (aforementioned pleated skirt, nanna-knitted cardigan, peter pan collared blouse, dowdy shoes).

Formerly known as GrammarPolice
July 31, 2015
9:48 pm
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PsycheinaBoat
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June 9, 2015

Anne Hamilton-Byrnes is gone, but reportedly The Family is still active in Dandenongs.  I will keep looking.  I am beginning to doubt this group is active on the internets.  Adelaide seems like an interesting place for weird crimes, Scientology recruiting, and doomsdayers like Agape.

August 1, 2015
2:27 pm
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Gutter Troll Crew
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1179
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January 12, 2013

Is The Family that wierd cult/commune that Julian Assange was raised in? Where they all dye their hair white-blond?

August 10, 2015
12:19 pm
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sonotamused
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Meows: 927
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November 19, 2012

if you believe wikipedia, the children were mostly adopted (there appears to be a question as to how legal this was), so their hair was dyed to make them look more similar and part of the "family," and/or to help continue to hide their identities.

PsycheinaBoat meowed
Zone, could you be referring to The Family?  They look like this:

 

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Family_(Australian_New_Age_group)

 

Article: http://religiouschildabuse.blogspot.com/2010/11/notorious-australian-cult-family-still.html

August 11, 2015
3:46 pm
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Ickis

I am officially sucked in. I need more info! I'm not finding anything.

August 12, 2015
4:49 pm
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A sadly underrated erogenous zone
Hamcat
Meows: 174
Snarking Since:
April 13, 2015

Ickis meowed
I am officially sucked in. I need more info! I'm not finding anything.

I can't find anything either. What I really need to do is just ASK one of the pudding-bowl women the next time I see one. How to do this politely??… "Excuse me, but I keep seeing women and girls like you in frumpy clothes with the same bad haircut. Do you belong to a cult?" ……tee hee

Formerly known as GrammarPolice
August 16, 2015
5:06 am
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Hellina Handbasket
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July 5, 2015

I think we have these guys, but without the hair where I live? I live on the northern tablelands of NSW. We have a pretty large community of Exclusive Brethren, but they tend to have the long hair, always with a head band and girls above 16 wear modest high heels. They seem to have more of a fashionable thing going on.

 

But the other ones! The skirts and dowdy jumpers as you mentioned, flat shoes. Skirts are pretty much always check-patterned, sometimes in warmer weather they wear a same length, same patterned pinafore. And they tend to have matching kerchief things in their hair. 

 

There were a few when I came here for uni, but I don't see them as often any more. That could be because I left uni some time ago and don't hang around there in the day time now. I seem to remember some kind of link to the town of Inverell, like there might be a group of them living there. Sometimes they play music at the Reclaim the Night rally we have in town. They will play and then go. No hanging around for the other stuff. They speak with slightly-off American accents. 

 

Gah, now I have to figure out what they are. I may be able to find something looking at the Reclaim the Night stuff. 

August 16, 2015
5:12 am
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Hellina Handbasket
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Meows: 336
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July 5, 2015

I found the ones I was thinking of- the Bruderhof. There seems to be a few of them around these parts. 

 

http://www.bruderhof.com/en/where-we-are/australia/inverell



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