Portrait of an Australian

Australia, 1962

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Episode of Series “Australia today”.
The development of the myth of the “Typical Australian” of the old days. Myth, legend and romance embody our wishes, attitudes and beliefs. By using old illustrations, songs and ballads, this film traces the character which most Australians foster. The legend emerges from the convict past, the bitter struggles and hardships, the tradition of pioneer and explorer, the stormy gold rush days, the growth of towns and the gradually accepted fact that here were a new distinctive people who later joined together as one nation. Suitable for upper primary and lower secondary levels.


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Australian Commonwealth Film Unit


John Martin-Jones



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Australia today


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Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Australia - Description and travel

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Australia - Social life and customs

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Cities and towns - Australia

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → National characteristics, Australian

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Outback Australia

Crafts & Visual Arts → Arts - Canada

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Country life - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Cultural relativism

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → National characteristics, Australian

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Nationalism

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

History → Australia - History

History → History

Places → Cities and towns - Australia

Places → Outback Australia

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia




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