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  Culture of Australia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The demographics of Australia show it to be one of the most urbanised and ethnically diverse populations in the world; the majority of Australians live on the coast with the Outback being sparsely populated.
Australia's cities are melting pots of different cultures and the influence of the longer-established southern European communities in particular has been pervasive.
The early Indigenous Australian culture before European settlement of Australia, is evidenced in the oral traditions and lore of their descendents and the range of material artefacts, however precise detail in the western academic sense is not accessible.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Culture_of_Australia   (3460 words)

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The original culture of Australia can only be surmised: cultural patterns among the remote descendants of the first Australians cannot be assumed to be unchanged after 53,000 years of human habitation of the continent.
This was especially true in Australia's relationship with Britain, but as Australians have travelled more widely, and their country has been exposed to cultural influences from other countries, this has waned.
Australia's myths come from the outback, from the drovers and the squatters and the people of the barren, dusty plains, yet very few Australians little of the outback, or even of the milder countryside that is never more than an hour or two's drive from the cities that they live in.
www.wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/c/cu/culture_of_australia.html   (1312 words)

 Online Encyclopedia and Dictionary - Culture of Australia
Much of Australia's culture is derived from European and more recently American roots, but distinctive Australian features have evolved from the environment, aboriginal culture, and the influence of Australia's neighbors.
Although Australia was initially largely of British origin, and by the early 21st century was an overwhelmingly city-based society, receiving a large proportion of its cultural communication from either Hollywood and American TV networks, or home-grown productions that some claim are merely imitators.
In Australia, popular culture generally rules supreme: in particular the film and television industries (now both seriously threatened by proposed changes to trade laws), and the music industry, which make some claims to developing an indigenous style.
www.fact-archive.com /encyclopedia/Culture_of_Australia   (2404 words)

In the 1980’s, Australia became painfully aware of the corruption and dereliction of duty that was prevalent in every sphere of public life.
Australia ranked near the top of nations with a low tolerance for business corruption, and the country ranked ahead of the United States.
Australia is a diverse community, with many inhabitants of foreign birth or heritage.
www.pitt.edu /~ethics/Australia/culture.html   (1506 words)

 This Is Travel | Australia history and culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Australia is one of the oldest landmasses on earth and once formed part of the supercontinent known as Gondwana.
Before Australia was 'discovered', European geographers and scholars argued there must be a southern land mass to balance that in the north and some considered it might be inhabited by "antipodes", a race whose feet faced backwards.
By the end of the century the various colonies decided that federation was the way ahead, and the Commonwealth of Australia came into existence on January 1 1901, but with the agreement that the country would retain strong ties to Britain.
www.thisistravel.co.uk /travel/guides/Australia-history-and-culture-article.html?in_article_id=21642   (628 words)

 Culture in Australia
Australia was discovered relatively late compared to the rest of the western world due to its remote location.
Australia is one of the most urbanized countries in the world yet has a strong connection with the bush.
Australia often draws its identity from the land.
www.inaustralia.com.au /Info/Culture.htm   (515 words)

 Aboriginal Culture - Australia - Goway Travel
Australia's indigenous people, the Aborigines, can trace back their culture 50,000 years.
For the traveller who wishes to gain an insight into their culture there are a number of tours hosted by or arranged in conjunction with Aboriginal communities.
The oldest skeleton found in Australia was discovered at Lake Mungo in south-west New South Wales, is believed to be 38,000 years old, and bears traces of ceremonial ochre.
www.goway.com /downunder/australia/au_abo.html   (1051 words)

 Culture and the arts - Australia in brief - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Australia is well known for its original rock and pop music with solid popular foundations set by bands such as silverchair and Kylie Minogue.
Australia’s unique, diverse and vibrant cultural heritage is found in the many different faces of the nation today.
Australia’s reputation as a vibrant, individualist nation is perfectly illustrated through its fashion—a rich and colourful mix of exuberant style.
www.dfat.gov.au /aib/arts_culture.html   (2887 words)

 Australia History & Australia Culture | iExplore.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
They were settled around the coast – several of modern Australia’s biggest cities grew from the penal settlements and those set up by freed convicts and other European immigrants – and eventually enabled the British crown to claim the entire continent.
The other major export industry is mining; Australia has vast reserves of coal (of which it is now the world’s leading exporter), oil, natural gas, nickel, zircon, iron ore, bauxite and diamonds, as well as uranium (Australian ore fuels many of the Western nations’ nuclear power plants).
Australia’s single largest trading partner is Japan, which takes approximately one-third of total exports, followed by the USA, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, China and then the EU nations (principally the UK and Germany).
www.iexplore.com /dmap/Australia/History   (1316 words)

 Welsh Culture in Australia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
In Australia as in Wales, the leaders and patrons of the Welsh communities were also drawn largely from the ranks of chapel ministers or deacons.
Of the cultural institutions brought by the Welsh to Australia, it is the Eisteddfod, and the choral singing tradition with which it is associated, that has proved to be the most enduring.
At the root of this cultural erosion was the desertion of the younger generation indifferent to older values and drawn by peer-group pressures to mainstream culture.
www.lamp.ac.uk /oz/hughes/welshcul.html   (962 words)

 Australian Holidays, Holiday in Australia, Culture of Australia, Australian Traditions
The culture of Australia is rich in both Indigenous and European tradition.
While the impact of European settlers on the indigenous population of Australia was, for the most part, catastrophic, there are remaining arts and festivals celebrating Aboriginal life and culture.
Since most of these events in Australia are free of charge, be sure to include at least one in your holiday in Australia.
www.destination360.com /australia-south-pacific/australia/events-and-holidays.php   (506 words)

 Australia - Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
For a long time, Australia was thought to be a country of sheep farmers and gold miners.
For many years, Australia was a part of the British Empire, and the Anglo-Celtic heritage has greatly influenced the country's lifestyle.
Australia is a country of sheep farmers and gold miners, and there is no big urban area in Australia.
www.edhelper.com /ReadingComprehension_Geography_14_1.html   (369 words)

 Australia Culture
Australia substantially reflected the heritage of the British settlers.
A culture evolved that, although based on the British tradition, is unique to Australia.
Australia also has many other media companies, newspapers, and magazines that contribute to local culture, although some are now owned by foreigners.
www.traveldocs.com /au/culture.htm   (420 words)

 Quick guide to Australian culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
If culture is defined as the commonality that people share, then Australia is too individualistic to have culture.
Accordingly, Australia's cultural cringe is reflected with many individuals getting tattoo styles of foreign cultures that they have no ancestral connection to, or actual experience with.
Australia is classless to a large degree - no matter what you are paid you can still afford a bag of prawns, a bottle of wine and a beach on which to enjoy them.
www.convictcreations.com /culture/australianculture.htm   (4709 words)

 Australia Tourist Guides - Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Australian culture owes it's origin to the European culture, especially to that of United Kingdom.
For years, Australians suffered from 'cultural cringe', believing that anything from the overseas was superior to anything Australian.
Australia has also been home to notable classical composers as well as artists working in popular music genres, such as Rock, Jazz and Electronica.
www.sino.net /australia-tourist-guides/culture.html   (689 words)

 Music, Dance, and Film - Culture - Population - Australia - Oceania: ballet beginning, music sopranos, aboriginal ...
Australia has made notable contributions to the world of music through sopranos Nellie Melba and Joan Sutherland, composer-pianist Percy Grainger, and composers Arthur Benjamin, John Henry Antill, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, and Peter Sculthorpe.
Classical ballet was brought to Australia by famed native-born dancer and choreographer Sir Robert Helpmann, who was one of the founders of the Australian Ballet.
Beginning in the 1970s there was a resurgence of the motion-picture industry, and films produced in Australia, dealing with Australian themes, such as Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) by Australian director Peter Weir, attracted audiences throughout the world.
www.countriesquest.com /oceania/australia/population/culture/music_dance_and_film.htm   (300 words)

 Film in Australia - Stories from Australia's Culture and Recreation Portal
Jedda's theme of conflict caused when an Aboriginal girl is separated from her culture is still prescient today and its representation of Aboriginal people is much debated.
Australia produced nearly 400 films between 1970 and 1985 - more than had been made in the history of the Australian film industry.
Murmurs about Australia becoming a Hollywood backlot from poor box office results for the 1999 crop of films saw some claim the demise of the industry, although others were more upbeat about the future of the industry.
www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au /articles/film   (1100 words)

 Amazon.com: Culture Shock: Australia (Culture Shock! Country Guides: A Survival Guide to Customs & Etiquette): Books: ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
I have travelled extensively in Australia on three trips between March, 2001 and November, 2002, and purchased this book to fill in information about Australian culture, lifestyle and current happenings where guidebooks are usually pretty thin.
Australia: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette" by Ilsa Sharp is a guidebook to living in Australia.
The author, Ilsa Sharp, migrated to Western Australia, and that personal experience clearly was a big asset to her in putting this book together.
www.amazon.com /Culture-Shock-Australia-Survival-Etiquette/dp/1558680942   (1880 words)

 Australia - General Info : Culture
Australian culture is a unique blend of many distinctive cultures.
Australia's multicultural policy rests on three main principles, namely the right to cultural identity, the value of social justice, and the interest in economic efficiency.
Australia is also well known for its artistic heritage and a resounding contemporary art environment.
www.marimari.com /content/australia/general_info/main.html   (291 words)

 Culture in Australia - Cambridge University Press
Culture in Australia offers an incisive and up-to-date examination of the forces that are reshaping Australian cultural priorities, policies and practices at the start of the twenty-first century.
Drawing on the work of some of Australia's leading cultural analysts, its concerns range broadly across the cultural sector encompassing art and heritage institutions, publishing, broadcasting, tourism, museums, the music industry, film and youth cultures.
Engagingly and accessibly written, Culture in Australia offers a challenging introduction to current debates and dialogues focused on the need to imagine new culture futures for an increasingly diverse and mobile people.
www.cup.cam.ac.uk /catalogue/print.asp?isbn=0521004039&print=y   (262 words)

 Culture - Australia Blog
Australia’s film industry is suffering after promising blips such as Muriel’s Wedding, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Shine graced the big screen in the past fifteen years.
Australia is stepping out of its stereotypical typecasting molds in the international television scene.
Australian Natalie Mendoza comes from an Asian background and has played a number of cultural roles, but was pleased to be cast as an Aussie in BBC’s new show, Hotel Babylon.
www.australiablog.com /culture   (492 words)

 Wired News: Aboriginal Culture Awakens Australia
The resonant sounds of didgeridoos and Aboriginal languages are vibrating through Sydney in the Festival of the Dreaming, one of Australia's largest celebrations of indigenous culture since the country was settled.
While interesting younger generations of television-oriented children in native culture has become more difficult, advances in communications technology have made it easier for artists to collaborate over great distances, he said.
While Australia looks forward to the approaching 2000 Olympics, the festival comes amid a backdrop of national unease regarding the treatment of Aborigines during the violent colonial period of the 1800s, when much of Australia was settled by immigrant Europeans - many of them convicts.
www.wired.com /news/culture/0,1284,7394,00.html   (796 words)

 Amazon.de: Culture Shock: Australia: English Books: Ilsa Sharp   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Those cultural facts that are particular to Australians are well detailed.
Topics that are hot button issues inspiring strong difference of opinion in Australia seem to be detailed in a fair manner.
Recommend for anyone going to Australia, or who has a close Australian friend and wishes to better understand him or her.
www.amazon.de /Culture-Shock-Australia-Ilsa-Sharp/dp/1558680942   (923 words)

 Exploring Australia's Indigenous Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The official “White Australia Policy” heavily restricted immigration, and the Aborigines, who had roamed the land unhindered for 50,000 years before the arrival of Europeans, were not even included in the national census.
One of the important changes in Australia in recent years has been the increased access to Aboriginal culture in and near the Australian cities.
Brambuk Living Cultural Center in Halls Gap has displays of art, clothing, tools, and weapons relating to the history and culture of the Aborigines of the region.
www.transitionsabroad.com /publications/magazine/0211/exploringindigineousaustralia.shtml   (490 words)

 Target Culture » Australia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
We at Target Culture have been in touch with public relations (PR) representatives from Targets Australia and USA, and have noticed a little dissimilarity.
If you live in Western Australia and your cousin lives in Queensland, wouldn’t it be a load off to buy your cousin a gift at your local Target store and have them deliver it for you?
In 2001 Inman joined Target Australia as their General Manager of Apparel and Accessories; thanks to her leadership, the company went from $32 million in loss in 2001 to $68 million in profit in mid 2002!
targetculture.com /category/australia   (1547 words)

 CSU Guide to Australia - Culture
Australia's oldest dance festival is an important fixture in the national arts calendar offering an exhilirating program of 50 daily workshops, performances, events and forums.
Australian organisation devoted to preserving the cultural integrity of the didgeridoo.
New Acropolis Cultural Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to revive Philosophy in the Classical Tradition.
www.csu.edu.au /australia/culture.html   (2936 words)

 Kid's Culture Corner-Australia
Captain James Cook claimed Australia as part of the British Empire while he was looking for a southern continent.
In 1935, the chef of the Hotel Esplanade in Perth, Western Australia, Herbert Sachse, created the pavlova to celebrate the visit of the great Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova.
As Australia is an English speaking country, the children there sing many of the same songs that we sing in the United States, but sometimes they sing a different version.
www.aupairinamerica.com /kcc/kcc_australiacountry.htm   (390 words)

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