George Francis Cruickshank
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George Francis Cruickshank (born 7 December, 1966, in Sydney, Australia) is a micronation leader, collector, historical researcher and commentator.
He is the leader of the Empire of Atlantium, which he co-founded with Geoffrey Duggan and Claire Coulter on 27 November, 1981. In this capacity he has featured in numerous international press, radio and television reports about micronations, to the extent that - in combination with his related activities as a researcher and amateur historian of the micronation phenomenon - he has come to be considered an authority on the subject.
In May 2001 he created the Imperial Collection website as an online reference source for collectors of stamps, coins, banknotes, medals and ephemera from aspirant states and ephemeral polities - much of which had not at that time been catalogued. Several articles authored by him on this subject have been published in the numismatic periodical, The Australasian Coin & Banknote Magazine.
In 2003 Cruickshank co-founded the Unrecognised States Numismatic Society with Oded Paz, Erik McCrea, and Chaim Shibboleth. He has held the position of USNS Librarian since that time.
On 15 March 2009, Cruickshank launched the List of Micronations web portal, which includes the eponymous, authoritative List of Micronations, the List of Micronations Forum and the List of Micronations Wiki.
In November 2009 Cruickshank, along with Paula Jensen, was invited by Macquarie University sociologist Dr Judy Lattas to co-convene PoliNation the world's first academic conference about micronations, which took place in Sydney on 17 April 2010.
Outside micronationalism, Cruickshank has been a broadcaster on free-to-air FM radio for over two decades. His weekly Ultima Thule Ambient Music show has been on air in Sydney since February 1989. The programme is also nationally networked across Australia via satellite, and reaches a global audience via streaming audio and podcast. The show has been described as one of the leading alternative music programmes on Australian radio. Between 2006 and 2007 he also served as a director of the Music Broadcasting Society of New South Wales, the not-for-profit co-operative which owns and operates 2MBS-FM, Australia's oldest free-to-air FM radio station.
Cruickshank is also known as a photographer. His pictures of mid-20th century Australian architecture have been included in exhibitions at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and at the Melbourne City Museum. They have also been published in the in-flight magazine of Australia's national airline, Qantas, and in the 2009 book Melbourne Art Deco, by Robin Grow (ISBN: 978-0-9775828-4-6).
- George Cruickshank personal projects portal.