Olivia Silia And Australian Identity

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Australia, a country of great diversity, multiculturalism and individuality. Our soil holds many unique physical features including a heterogeneous range of flora and fauna. Our ethnic history holds likeness to those of no other geographical destination, which may explains why Australia is such a captivating country to the rest of the world. The evolution of Australia occurred in a very short period of time, beginning with the earliest convict settlements around the 19th century, to the now internationally recognised metropolitan cities, which are responsible for the attraction of millions of tourists and immigrants each year. The history of Australia is one, which evokes an image of conflict, human rights infringements, economic expansion …show more content…
Good Morning/Afternoon ladies and gentlemen, my name is Olivia Siva and I am here representing publisher Allen and Unwin. I have come to talk to you about the whole idea of Australian Identity, most specifically in relation to the highly renowned Australian novel ‘The Harp in the South’ by author Ruth Park and ‘True Blue” an anthology of written pieces which reflect on Australian Identity. The Harp in the South tells the story of a working class Irish-Catholic family living in the postwar slums of Sydney. It explores their everyday lives, their troubles and their triumphs. Many argue it is not the plot but the characters that make this book such a success. The focus of today will be analyzing the cultural assumptions made in the ‘The Harp in the South’ and looking at the novels general idea of the Australian identity and furthermore comparing it to the traditional idea of Australian Identity and the reality of Australian …show more content…
History displays how Australians are there for each other and are willing to aid even in situations, which may place them in danger. This selfless characteristics can be seen in our troops during wars, in the many people who volunteer during emergencies such as bushfires and cyclone and in the many stories of heroism and sacrifice by regular people who put others in front of themselves. In events such as the Black Saturday bushfires and the Brisbane Floods ordinary Australians stepped up and offered a helping hand. This mate ship has been kept alive in writing and through the legacy of the ANZAC’s but is also easily identified in everyday life, in the media during unpleasant situation or simply in our local community. Mate-ship is also related with having a sense of humor and the ability to have a laugh and be a ‘mate’ to someone in a time of

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