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Freudenberg and Advance Australia Fair – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

June 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off on Freudenberg and Advance Australia Fair – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Australian Labor Party, Australiana, Culture, History, Music

Graham Freudenberg’s skill as a subeditor played a part in the Fraser Government settling on Advance Australia Fair as the national anthem. Long before Paul Keating initiated the move to a republic, the Whitlam Government decided to ditch God Save the Queen as the anthem, arousing outrage among monarchists and joy among republicans. At the […]

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Did Hansard record the Member for Hunter’s interjection – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

May 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on Did Hansard record the Member for Hunter’s interjection – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Australiana, Democracy, History, Politics

Thompson also had the misfortune to share a two-seat bench in the house with former coalminer and colourful character Rowley James, who held the seat of Hunter (in the Newcastle area) for 30 years from his election in 1928. Rowley was a large, rotund figure, and one could observe from the press gallery Rowley’s habit […]

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The Parliamentary Barber – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

May 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Parliamentary Barber – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Australiana, History, Politics

Cec (The Old Parliament House Barber) cut the hair of all comers from Ben Chifley down. Cec would take our bets over the phone at his home on Saturday race day and come Monday morning was the settlement—mostly in Cec’s favour. An unmarked envelope would appear in your mailbox setting out how much was owed, […]

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The Wedding Cake – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

May 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off on The Wedding Cake – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Architecture, Australiana, History, Politics

The ‘provisional’ Parliament House in Canberra was nothing like the NSW Parliament House I was familiar with in Macquarie Street, Sydney, which dated back to the mid-1800s. Canberra’s Parliament House stood alone, south of the Molonglo, fronting on to lawns to its north; not far beyond, sheep grazed. A market garden alongside the river was […]

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The Composition of an Australian Swag – “Children of the Bush” – Henry Lawson

January 8th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Composition of an Australian Swag – “Children of the Bush” – Henry Lawson · Australian

The swag is usually composed of a tent “fly” or strip of calico (a cover for the swag and a shelter in bad weather—in New Zealand it is oilcloth or waterproof twill), a couple of blankets, blue by custom and preference, as that colour shows the dirt less than any other (hence the name “bluey” […]

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Australia! – “Children of the Bush” – Henry Lawson

January 7th, 2011 · Comments Off on Australia! – “Children of the Bush” – Henry Lawson · Australian

Australia! My country! Her very name is music to me. God bless Australia! for the sake of the great hearts of the heart of her! God keep her clear of the old-world shams and social lies and mockery, and callous commercialism, and sordid shame! And heaven send that, if ever in my time her sons […]

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One-Eyed Bogan and the Enthusiastic Reformers of Democracy – “Children of the Bush” – Henry Lawson

January 5th, 2011 · Comments Off on One-Eyed Bogan and the Enthusiastic Reformers of Democracy – “Children of the Bush” – Henry Lawson · Australian, China, Democracy, Extremism, Multi-culturalism, Non-Violence, Politics

After one stormy election, at the end of a long and bitter shearing strike, One-eyed Bogan, his trusty enemy, Barcoo-Rot, and one or two other enthusiastic reformers were charged with rioting, and got from one to three months’ hard. And they had only smashed three windows of the Imperial Hotel and chased the Chinese cook […]

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The Scrub Aristocracy – “Children of the Bush” – Henry Lawson

January 5th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Scrub Aristocracy – “Children of the Bush” – Henry Lawson · Democracy, Elitism

The Imperial Hotel was patronized by the pastoralists, the civil servants, the bank manager and clerks—all the scrub aristocracy;

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Watty’s Beer Made Men Argue Fluently – “Children of the Bush” – Henry Lawson

January 4th, 2011 · Comments Off on Watty’s Beer Made Men Argue Fluently – “Children of the Bush” – Henry Lawson · Politics, Quotes

There was something in Watty’s beer which made men argue fluently, and the best fights came off in his backyard.

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A Man’s Silence and the Bush – “Children of the Bush” – Henry Lawson

January 4th, 2011 · Comments Off on A Man’s Silence and the Bush – “Children of the Bush” – Henry Lawson · Humanism, Sociology

There’s no place in the world where a man’s silence is respected so much (within reasonable bounds) as in the Australian bush, where every man has a past more or less sad, and every man a ghost—perhaps from other lands that we know nothing of, and speaking in a foreign tongue. They say in the […]

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