It Takes All to Be Australian

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“It takes all sorts to be Australian”
“There is no ‘real’ Australia waiting to be uncovered. A national identity is an invention.” Australian identity is one of the world’s youngest national identities yet one of the oldest terrestrial that exited. Australian identity has not passed down for thousands of years or decades like other nationalities around the world. There are some evidence to suggest historical events that has occurred before and after the arrival of white Anglo-Saxon men has shaped the character of Australia. Nevertheless, it can be also the case that the values Australia distribute to its people has caught the attention of visitors who creates their own ideal picture of the country itself. But what also more unique about Australia is its demography. Owning an exclusive diversity. Icons such as thongs, beaches, sun, flies, kangaroos or koalas and an ice cold beer with BBQ (Barbie) are all elements that creates the ultimate soul of Australia as a nation. Living in the country for a period of time, adopting to its great diversity, valuing its unique culture, believes, traditions, landmarks are all needed to be Australian.
Historical aspects, and experiences that a kingdom has gone through often takes responsibility for its national identity. Australia is a country that sheltered one of the world’s oldest cultures that was carried by a strong ‘native’ ethnic group which was known to have an existence of 40000 years. Yet an unknown culture between the outsiders. Roaring history developed after the first fleet. Right after the arrival of convicts or the white Anglo –Saxons, who stole the land of the native people of Australia! This led to the ‘stolen generation’ in order for them to create an identity with a ‘pure white community’. This became the first well known chapter of Australian history. Later on in 1850’s with the gold rush, Australia was…...

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