Long ago, cast iron was very popular in Australia. That is until the pieces began disapearing!
The smell of cooked wild grasses and shrubs permeated the air. People were thinking there HAD to be a connection! But nothing surfaced. But then, it was reported that Wallaroo, also known as Macropus robustus, were busting down doors and and breaking windows of spice shops. http://www.oaklandzoo.org/atoz/azwalaro.html
After awhile the locals decided to venture out and capture a glimpse of these animals to try to figure out the mystery. When they did, they saw the Wallaroo, 5 to 8 of them in a group cooking in their cast iron pots! Well the town folks decided to take back their cast iron! But the Wallaroo, unbenownsted to the people, had also stolen riffles!
It was one of the bloodiest wars in Australia! 5 million men and women died along with 850 Wallaroo (they were great marksmen... and they jump... really high....). After that, the people of Australia vowed never to import or make cast iron pots and pans again! :roll:
But as of 2 months ago quiche pans have been disappearing at an alarming rate!!!
So.... thats why its VERY hard to find cast iron in Australia.