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 4½d. 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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