Just a little bit of history - repeating? 10 Feb 20121,613 VIEWS Words by Benjamin Freeman Today Manly is one of Australia’s busiest beaches but little more than a lifetime ago you’d be arrested for setting foot in the water. With the Australian Open of Surfing underway this week, we tracked down Manly Life Saving Club’s resident historian Ray Moran to find out what’s gone down on the stretch of sand in front of the clubhouse over the last century and how surfing came to Sydney… Who was Australia’s first surfer? “From all the evidence I can gather, he holds [the title],” says Ray who, as curator of Life Saving Clubs archives has looked into the topic in some depth. According to Ray, the jury’s still out on that one, but it’s certain that by the 1920, surfing had well and truly arrived in Sydney. It wasn’t all good news, though. Cecil’s mate, Duke Kahanamoku arrived in Australia in 1915 after forming a close friendship at the 1912 Olympics. “The Americans came out in 1956 and that changed the whole scene of surfing. Manly Timeline
Snowy Tom O'Regan For years there have been debates over the 'kangaroo western' as a film production strategy. In a 1976 PDGA seminar P. P. McGuinness and Hal McElroy spoke against it. 'Quality' 'intelligent' movies like Picnic and Caddie were, they said, the way to crack the overseas market. To many, the kangaroo western is The Man From Snowy River. The crucial creative figures are Geoff Burrowes and George Miller. That they have counted for so little is an historic accident due in large part to the intransigence towards feature films of Douglas McClelland as Minister for the Media, 1973-75. All these factors contributed to a separation of the feature film from existing Australian television. That is, until recently. The Man has no precedent in recent Australian feature production. The Man's phenomenal success owes itself to a more modern reality. For this critical apparatus, The Man was a failure. There is perhaps some political sense in making these criticisms. Filmnews, September 1982
Australian novels Miles Franklin. Courtesy of . Australian novels are an impressive collection of written works, and represent a dynamic body of excellent writers, some with significant international awards to their credit. Like other , especially and , early and many later Australian novels were often concerned with qualities that have become part of Australian : convicts, the bush, bushrangers, tales of pioneering, family sagas, floods, droughts, bushfires, battlers, Aboriginal people, Irishmen and lost children. The Australian poet 'The Bunyip of Australian literature is the mythical Great Australian Novel' - for which we are still waiting to appear - because we focus on the Australian quality of the novels rather than their lucidity. Tales and trends - strange but true The development of the novel in Australia was a slow and gradual process. the most beautiful lies ... the incongruities, and contradictions, and incredibilities; but they are all true, they all happened. Early days - convict tales Alec T.
Australian slang - a story of Australian English Slang can be seen as a demonstration of how experience shapes language and also how language shapes identity. An unidentified Australian soldier, probably of the 10th Light Horse, on sentry duty with bayonet attached to his rifle, listening to music playing on the highly prized possession of a gramophone. Gallipoli Peninsula, 1915. Australia's every day language is rich with slang that reflects experiences from the country's history. Kangaroo was borrowed even prior to colonisation. Australian slang utilised humour, wit, rhymes, flash language, the bizarre experiences of and the , the familiar and the personal to realise terms that could describe experiences that were often new or transforming. The Australian idiom or vernacular Section of a glossary of Australian terms, 1936, Allan & Co. Sydney Baker, author of a number of works about slang, believed that the Australian's 'greatest talent is for idiomatic invention. Substitutions, comparisons and abbreviations Aboriginal languages S. W.
Modern Australian poetry Modern Australian poetry seeks to tell Australian stories and truths with a poetic significance, so that, 'they sear into the soul and can never be untold' (). The aim for clarity is central. Following early intense debate about the meaning of modern poetry for Australia – its essence, innovation and international context – today, it is seen as cosmopolitan as well as laconic but still lucid. John Tranter with his Manchester Terrier 'Tiger', Sydney 2007. The richness, strength and vitality of Australian poetry is marked by its prodigious diversity. During the 1930s and 1940s there was much debate about modernist poetry and what it meant. The Jindyworobaks encouraged Australian writers to express themselves in language indicating their essence as Australians. Max Harris, poet and owner in Mary Martin's bookshop, image by Samela Harris. The influence of the two movements on modern Australian poets and poetry was profound. a landscape lost in its thoughts, as I in mine. The Jindyworobaks
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Australian dance Dance is a very dynamic part of Australian performing arts culture. It can provide a rich performance experience, merging the imagination and skill of choreographers, dancers, designers, composers and musicians. Rachelle Roberts, Red Hot & New (Natalie Decorte and Matthew Lawrence), 2004. Image courtesy of . Classical and contemporary dance performances are enjoyed across Australia. ... give audiences anything from unadorned movement process to high-end technology and real-time linkups across the globe, from glossy, fluid dance to hip hop, from fusions of Aboriginal and new forms to dance on film.Baxter, V and Gallasch, K, In repertoire: A guide to Australian contemporary dance, Australia Council, p 31 provide the chance for international and Australian dance companies to entertain, challenge and delight new audiences. A brief history of dance in Australia A strong Indigenous tradition Dance is an important part of Indigenous Australians' cultural traditions. European influences Useful links
Celebrating the icons of Australian motoring history A 1978 Holden HZ Kingswood. The Kingswood even inspired a TV series, Kingswood Country. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied AUSTRALIAN-made cars are in the headlines again for all the wrong reasons. Small cars and off-roaders have eroded the Aussie big six's market share and the Great Australian Family Sedan is fighting for survival within a global car-making world that is becoming every more cut-throat. The strong Australian dollar has gutted the export market for Australian car makers and made imports cheaper to buy, just one of the factors being blamed for the demise of the traditional six-cylinder locally-built family car. So as Australians line up the sausages on the barbecue for Australia Day, we're looking back at the hey-day of Australian cars - when the Kingswood spawned a TV series and Hey Charger produced a two-finger salute that wasn't going to start a fight. The Leyland P76 as it appears on the front cover of a book subtitle "Anything but average", by Gavin Farmer.