The Celebration Of Mateship By Charles Bean Essay

1007 Words Jun 10th, 2015 5 Pages
Interestingly, the convict origins of mateship perhaps explain some of the political maneuvers it later developed. The celebration of mateship is no more promoted than the various unionists and movements around Australia, in the past and indeed the present. Mateship can be seen to be used in the Union movements against government and business’ trying to weaken their authority, an idea of which draws many parallels to the convicts that suffered but banded together under the strain of authorities.

Yet, the concept of mateship was strengthened further in what many regard as the true beginning of Australian national identity, WW1. Fighting for mates became a justification for fighting a war that perhaps didn’t have any impact on their lives back at home. The idea of mateship is no better summarised by Charles Bean’s assessment as to how the Australians managed to hang on in Gallipoli in what otherwise would have been, extremely trying circumstances. The answer. “Lay in the mettle of the men themselves…. to have made it necessary for another unit to continue his own units work… life was not worth living unless they could be true to one’s idea of Australian manhood”. (1)

The diggers belief in mateship was exemplified by the countless Australian war traditions that grew out of WW1. Whilst most nations use memorials to affirm their power of the nation, Australians remember the character of those who died in the war. Most notably celebrating the Anzac’s, who to many, represent…

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