Making tracks from Down Under

What have we and the Australians in common?

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January 18, 2018 16:38
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What have we and the Australians in common? On the face of it, not a lot. But when you dig just a little deeper, you find that some of the fundaments of the two countries, and some of the formative events of the respective societies, are very similar.

For starters there is the British connection, with much of the substratum of contemporary Australia established in the late 18th to mid-19th centuries, when Britain shifted over 150,000 men, women and children – many of them convicts – Down Under, ostensibly as a means of relieving overcrowding of British detention facilities. And, of course, the British ruled the roost in our part of the world for almost three decades, prior to the founding of the State of Israel.

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