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Australian Life Essay, Research Paper

Australian Life

Life in the Bush

The Australian life style was portrayed as one of the bushman although it

was not . The life of a typical Australian was really the city life . The

bushman was one with no classes and he treated every person as equal . A middle

class person was the same as a working class man . The bushman was a very trust

worthy and helpful character he would help a stranger as if it was his friend

and if that friend needed anything he would be glade to ofer him every thing he

has .

The bushman lead gypsy like lifestyle with the constant moving and roaming

round the country side . They would often walk or ride horse back from place to

place with their tent and billy and camp out over night when they had no where

to stay . The bushman where very much like aborigines they tracked and did not

need a compass or a map they knew plants and trees . They called this bushcraft .

A bushman would cook , clean , wash his cloths and patch his pants this made

them very independent . If a bushman was ordered or commanded he would say ” Are

you talking to me or the dog ? ” they treated everyone equal and wanted to be

treated equal .

They dressed in tweeds , flannel tops , with blue jumpers in the cold and

yellow oilskin jackets in the rain . They wore hard wearing blucher boots and

broad felt hats . The bushman would often have a drinkdown the pub . They often

told stories to each other as their past time . The bushmans homes were made

from slabs of bark , green hide . The houses were simple and didn’t always show

advantage . Nor dose it have to , the bushman’s home (bellow) is there to

shelter him .

In the 1880’s writers and painters portrayed the bush life as better then

the city life . This bought on the image that all Australians lived in the bush


City Life

The city life of Australia was not recognized as much as the bush life

although most of the population of Australia were present in the cities . The

cities in the mid 1880’s were walking cities only the few wealthy were able to

afford the private horse-drawn transport . The wealthy with their transport were

therefore able to live out side of the city center . The working class worked

and played short distances away from home . In the 1870’s the population began

to spread as factories and offices moved into the suburbs . The bringing of

people out into the suburbs was also because of the advent of cheaper , faster

transport by way of horse drawn trams . In the 1880’s steam and cable trams (

Above ) joined the cities to the suburbs .

Skilled workers could earn upto 8? and laborers at least earned ?2/10/.

Cost of living was reasonable with bread 4?d. for a pound of loaf : milk was 4d.

a quart and meet about 5d. a pound . Middle class and wealthy people were able

to afford a Newfangled phone . In 1860’s land could be bought for 200? the land

price jumped in the 1870 to 2000? the land continued to double every decade .

The average rent was 50?in 1880 and in 1890 70? .

With the sorting of work hours a boom began in leisure began . Roller

skating and cyclorama were popular past times . Horse racing , cricket and

football were popular sporting activities this boom made football ( Australian

Rules ) a very popular and recognized sport .

The chart ( below ) shows the rapid growth of Melbourne . Melbourne enjoyed

it’s successes from the gold rush era and also the boom . Melbourne was more

recognized and well know then Sydney and had a European feel about it which

attracted people to it .

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