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Australians are proud of bushrangers - outlaws who robbed anyone rich and poor alike. Cattle stations, jackeroos, shearers and honorable horsemen are also revered. Bush poetry is a strong tradition ~ 🐎Australian historiography.
THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER
By Banjo Paterson
There was movement at the station. for the word had passed around
That the colt from old Regret had got away.
And had joined the wild bush horses, he was worth a thousand pound,
So all the cracks had gathered to the fray.
All the tried and noted riders from the stations near and far
Had mustered at the homestead overnight.
For the bushmen love hard riding where the wild bush horses are.
And the stock- horse snuffs the battle with delight.
Robert Burke with John King, William Wright and William Wills set out to trek across Australia. A support group with supplies got to the base camp. Finding no one there they buried the food and water, then carved "DIG" into a tree. King was found by Aboriginals and survived. The other three did not find the supplies and died ~ 🔲 Australian historiography.
This "uprising" ulitmately had a good outcome. Initially, licence fees for gold miners were increased and collected twice a week, but Police arrested an immigrant who had a licence. Then a publican suspected of murder was acquitted. This enraged the miners. A riot ensued and a Eureka Southern Cross flag was made. The police tried to quell the revolt, killing 22. To quell the dispute miners won with an export duty being placed on gold instead of licence fees ~ ❎ Australian historiography.
RESPECT FOR HORSEMEN
An Australian poet wrote "I love a Sunburnt Country". People of the outback think this way, as do many who live in Australian cities along the coast. This belief is the heritage of the nation. The day Captain Cook "discovered" Australia is of note. This was after the Portuguese and Dutch had a look and sailed away. For 40.000 years Aboriginals have been here and Asians have gone ashore to get fresh drinking water ~ ⛵ Australian historiography.