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Australia - Overview of Australia + Australians - A glimpse, a taste, a little music with the wine and the first memory

Updated on July 21, 2017

"I AM Australian" - sung by The Seekers + great visuals synchronising with the lyrics

I came from the Dreamtime

From the dusty

Red soil plains

I am the ancient heart

The keeper of the flame

I stood upon the rocky shore

I watched the tall ships come

For 40,000 years I've been

The first Australian

We are one

But we are many

And from all

The lands on earth we come

We share our dream

And sing with one voice

I am

You are

We are Australian

Footnote:

Albert Namatjira (1902-1959), who is mentioned in the song, painted in the early 20th century. He was the first indigenous artist to follow Western traditions. In 1938, Namatjira's first solo exhibition of 41 works was held in Melbourne. In 1957, he was given citizenship, a status generally denied Aboriginals at the time.

An Albert Namatjira website has been created by the Australian government.

Frill necked lizard _ "I really don't care if frills are not in fashion!"

An ancient reptile, such as this one, (connected with the dragon family) could be the very key, like the amphibians, to the survival of humanity! It can survive up to 20 years in captivity!
An ancient reptile, such as this one, (connected with the dragon family) could be the very key, like the amphibians, to the survival of humanity! It can survive up to 20 years in captivity!

Koala who is not a bear!

You rang?
You rang?
Am I cute? Or am I cute?
Am I cute? Or am I cute?

Details about koalas Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has been operating since 1927. This is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary. It is just under an hour's drive west from the Gold Coast in Queensland.

Remembering old worlds

Once upon a long long time ago

There was

"terra australis incognita"

An unknown land

Somewhere far south

Beyond the horizon

Travellers of the oceans

Often wandered by

Seeking precious spices

In mystical lands

Or dabbled in

The tropical island beauty

Of noble savages

Gauguin painted

The bright colours

And scents

Of Pacific islands

But

Somehow

Somehow

The isand of Australia was

A Clayton's world

A place

But not really

A Place!

Sails on the shore

There came a time

When sails

Huge and billowing on the horizon

But folded

Waiting

In the shoreline surf

Brought strange whiteness

Into

Never-Never-Land

Wandering

Exploring

Settling

Ploughing

Building

And the dark ones

Watched

Lost

In questions

Kangaroo - "Watching me, watching you"

Sprawled on a "deckchair" - done with my famous hopping today!
Sprawled on a "deckchair" - done with my famous hopping today!

Details about kangaroos There are more than 60 species of kangaroo. Some kangaroos actually live in trees and some of the smallest varieties build nests.While most are native to Australia only, some are native to New Guinea, an island north of Australia.

Echidna - "I'm really not as prickly as I look! Trust me!"

These little guys are fun to watch! When they walk, they "rock and roll"!
These little guys are fun to watch! When they walk, they "rock and roll"!

Details about echidnas Echidnas can be found from the rainforests of Queensland in the north, right down the east coast of Australia to the cooler climates of Tasmania. They are related to the platypus. Both have spurs, but the echidna's spurs lack venom.

Platypus and fairy penguins

We are "the lttle people" of the water worlds
We are "the lttle people" of the water worlds

Flags

There came a time

After long time

When two flags

One

Stars

On a blue sea

With just a hint

Of some

Far motherland

In a quiet corner

The other

A golden

Ball of light

Glowing

On a red

And black

Earth

Finally

Tried to share

The Australian spirit

Like huge

Billowing sails

On new

Horizons

Of Oneness

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"I Still Call Australia Home" - Peter Allen

I've been to cities that never close down,

from New York to Rio and old London town,

but no matter how far or how wide I roam,

I still call Australia home.

I'm always travelIing, I love being free,

and so I keep leaving the sun and the sea,

but my heart lies waiting over the foam,

I still call Australia home.

All the sons and daughters spinning 'round the world,

away from their family and friends,

but as the world gets older and colder,

it's good to know where your journey ends.

Someday we'll all be together once more,

when all of the ships come back to the shore,

And I realise something I've always known,

I still call Australia home.

but no matter how far or wide I roam,

I still call Australia I still call Australia, I still call Australia home.

The emu - a bird of the earth - and the kookaburra

Songs about Australia

"Great Southern Land" - Icehouse - 1989 - haunting echoes

"Tropical Love Land" - ABBA - March 1976 in Australia - reggae

Railway Folklore and Songs - explanation + songs - kinda funny

Tommy Emmanuel - guitarist performs the traditionals - "Road to Gundagai" and "Waltzing Matilda" - Fantastic guitarist!

Peter Allen's "I Still Call Australia Home" - performed by the Outback Singers - includes famous Australian faces


PLUS

Damien Leith - Australia Day citizenship ceremony in Tenterfield, on the Tablelands in northern NSW - 26.01.07 + he sings "Tenterfield Saddler". Tenterfield was the birthplace of Peter Allen. And "Tenterfield Saddler" is another of Peter Allen's songs.

Recitation of "I Love a Sunburnt Country"

Hear the recitation of "I Love a Sunburnt Country".

The poem is by a famous Australian, Dorothea Mackellar. It was written in 1906 and published 1908.

The most famous verse is:

"I love a sunburnt country,

A land of sweeping plains,

Of ragged mountain ranges,

Of drought and flooding rains,

I love her far horizons,

I love her jewel sea,

Her beauty and her terror -

The wide brown land for me."

Some lingo from Oz

Brissy - or Bris Vegas - colloquial for Brisbane, capital of Queensland

Bush - anywhere outside the city

Bush Telegraph - word of mouth or "grapevine"

Croweater - anyone from South Australia

Digger - Australian soldier especially from WWI - "old digger"

the Gabba - Queensland cricket ground at Woolloongabb

lingo - language

Jeff's Shed - "Jeff" is a reference to Jeff Kennett, former premier of Victoria. And the shed is the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre

Lucky Country - nickname for Australia

Mexicans - nickname for people from Melbourne (refers to being south of the border of NSW)

Ocker - nickname for an Australian, but mainly refers to particular language uses.

Oz - nickname for Australia

Sandgroper - anyone from Western Australia

Stubbies - men's shorts OR compact bottles of beer

True blue - generally "the real" or"dinky die" Australian

Vegemite - our beloved yeast spread, often used on bread or toast for breakfast

N.B. Kangaroo, koala, kookaburra, galah, quokka, wombat and boomerang are all words with Aboriginal origins.

For more details of English words with Aboriginal origins see this extensive list.

Here is a sample of some lingo in action + translation

G'day Mate (or buddy),

Well, what a beaut site you have here it's a real bonza! Pop over and throw a few snags & chops on the barbie, knock a few coldies down, bring the softies (or fizzy stuff) for the ankle biters, plonk your butt and have a natter (or yarn), it will be a ripper of a day....

You li'le beauty...

See ya mate

Translation:

Hello friend,

Well you have a really great site ( or home) and it's terrific. Come on over and toss a few sausages and lamb chops on the BBQ, have a few cold beers, (or wines or any alcohol), bring the pop (or fizzy drink or soft drink) for the children, sit down and have a great chat....it will be a great day (or the best of days),

You are a terrific friend,

Will talk again with you,friend

Source: adapted from History of Australia Day

Some final reflections on the first wave

Perhaps, in over 200 years of settlement, you may be feeling there must be a whole lot more than a first wave. Ah! But I am thinking of a HUGE wave; the kind you would find on the wild west coast of Tasmania; the kind that has been gathering momentum for thousands of time and space dimensions, and now impacts with mighty force against a towering, craggy cliff! Now THAT is wave, loaded with mini memories and lifetimes that finally collide with other worlds. That wave is Australia.

Australia is no longer just "terra australis incognita". She is a voice behind the microphone, on stage. And she is beginning to sing sweetly.

Michael Leunig is a beloved Australian cartoonist

Let it go. Let it out. Let it all unravel. Let it free and it can be a path on which to travel.
Let it go. Let it out. Let it all unravel. Let it free and it can be a path on which to travel.

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      AuraGem 10 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Nightflower - missed you there! Sorries! (I blame the screen! Only Kenny's comment was at the top of my screen! Didn't scroll back further!) Loved your comment! Really appreciate your support!

      Yippity - missed seeing yours too! Apologies! Thank you heaps for all your lovely comments!

      Violet - Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it! Glad you like my nic too! lol

      Smiles and Light!

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      VioletSun 10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, AuraGem: (pretty screen name by the way). I love, so love culture,  and far away lands, and enjoyed the painting with words that you created for your country.  

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      AuraGem 10 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Thanks Kenny! I tried to include bits and pieces that might cover everyone's interests. Rather than write a history of Australia as well, (one that can easily be googled), I thought I would give an impressionistic, painterly, "feeling" one - hence the poem I wrote.

      Loved your extra comment about your son too.

      Smiles and Light

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      But Koalas and Kangaroos are also important, Gemma! Australia has the most delightful animals. Exclusive!

      What is most interesting is your Oz lingo list. Thank you.

      My son would love to come there. All his favourite TV shows are Australian.

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      Yippity 10 years ago from USA

      Thank You Aura for sharing about your Australia.

      Such a "Breath of Fresh Air" to travel on the HubPages here and become aware of so much Beauty and Information.

      I thank You for your Gift!

      Have a Dynamic Day!

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      NightFlower 10 years ago

      OMGoodness!!! thank you for enlightening me about Australia through

      your eyes (and hub pages). I never knew the view is lush and glorious.

      I'm coming back to read it again AuraGem.

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      AuraGem 10 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      MrM - I'm glad you said that first sentence! I thought my article could be timely! It is alos meant for all those who only see kangaroos and koalas when Australia is mentioned. But I had to include them of course. I do love them!

      Thanks for your comment!

      Smiles and Light

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      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      You have given me a tremendous feeling of Loving Australia

      As bas bad as some of our childish sportsman are. Mind you I do think Sports people from other countries are just as bad or worse in their Childishness

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