Culture In Australia

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There are different views in concern to the subject of Australia’s culture and the relations to the government and history. Many claim that Australia’s blend of global influences-the cross-fertilisation of cultures by the dominant political powers of Great Britain, the United States, and emerging neighbours in Asia.

Others argue that separate and distinct Australian cultures have existed for a long time, as an example, Aborigines. Aboriginal cultures dating back thousands of years took many forms, with over 100 separate languages, and with widespread social networks making it necessary for Aboriginal people to be multilingual to communicate. A separate British-influenced Australian culture is also said to have existed since the mid-1800s.Commonly recognised examples of Australian culture include;

• Poets: Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson, C.J. Dennis

• Authors: Miles Franklin, Mary Grant Bruce, Rolf Boldrewood

• Painters and artists: Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin, Sidney Nolan

• Architecture: Federation style, Queenslander style

• Music: Waltzing Matilda, Slim Dusty, The Seekers

• Heroes and heroines: Ned Kelly, Don Bradman, the ANZACs

• Australian way of life: Bush barbeques, Australian Rules Football, Surf Lifesaving Clubs

• Cultural icons: Vegemite, Akubra hats, gold prospectors, shearers, swagmen

• Entertainers and Characters: Ginger Meggs, Paul Hogan, Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson (Barry Humphries), Mick Molloy

It could be argued that both of the above views are valid-that there are unique Aboriginal and Australian cultures and that Australia has ongoing cultural links with other countries that have a significant impact on Australia and the rest of the world. It could fu...

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• Also many sports have been taken from other countries at various times in Australia’s history eg. cricket from England

Types of Sport and Countries Australia is Linked with Through This Sport

• Cricket (originally English sport brought over with colonisation)- Indian Premier League(India as well as world class players from all over the world), Ashes (England), 20-20 Cricket (India, West Indies, Sri Lanka, South Africa)

• Tennis- Wimbledon( England), US Open, Roland Garros (French open), Australian Open, ATP Masters Series (all over the world)

• Swimming- World Championships, Pan Pacifics (Asia Pacific Regions), Many meets in countries such as Mexico, France, Italy, Serbia, Canada, China, South Africa, Sweden, Germany

• Rugby League- Tri Nations series (South Africa, New Zealand, Australia), Bledisloe Cup (New Zealand), World Cup (all around the world).
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