Summary of Australian popular Culture

Summary of Australian popular Culture






Summary of Australian popular Culture

It is not clear whether culture molded sport in Australia but this was a good beginning. The 1788 invasion came later than the other invasions of North America and South America. The colonies in Australia saw a speedy spread of British and Irish civilization. Later, the industrial revolution followed, assisted by the steamships, railway connection and the cables. Most of the Austrians living in the towns had a different way of behavior and mode of speech, Even though it was not as detailed as in the way of dressing, beliefs, and dances (Murray, 1998). While the culture from time in memorial molded the national folklore, it was molded by the settlement of the English people and the spread of the largest English Empire in the world by 1900.

Evolution of sports in Australia

500,000 years ago during the Aboriginal era, sports and games went hand in hand with religion and dances via ceremonies; the region, group and the skin color determined the nature of the dance. The only surviving heritage is the one being found to the north of Darwin in Tiwi islands (Alomes &Jones, 1994). The native lifestyles of the Aboriginals shaped the lives of people like Andrew McLeod. He attributed his success to his hunting experience he had as a child that made him develop fast feet. In the year 1788 to 1850s, there was a rise in sports, which were rough and cruel. Most of the games included boxing, horseracing, dog racing, and. The games were mainly related to alcohol and gambling. Participants and the spectators were mainly men. (John 1960).

There were other types of games, which were less rough and cruel. Such as English hunting, this involved hunting of rabbits, using dogs, rowing and later cycling. From the year 1850 to 1890 saw the rise of more organized sports, during the same decade building workers at Melbourne University voted and won the eight hours rest and the Saturdays half holiday. This depicted Australia as a nation that cherished leisure and work (Murray, 1998). That has changed as Austrians now work for much longer hours than the rest of other developed countries. (John 1960).

The first organized football match was played in the year 1858 after the rules were put in place in august of the same year. The match was played at the Yarra Park. (John 1960). The game was a product of a variety of various influences (Wilmoth, 2000). Like most football sports it was first formed by gentlemen. It was initially designed to keep the cricket players busy during the winter. The first match played was between Scotch College and Melbourne football club. (John 1960)


Australia experienced growth in football from the year 1960 to 1980. With the availability of swimming pools, fitness centers, high schools and universities with more space for introduction of other games. In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, Australia has risen and excelled in various games including, winning the world rugby title, cricket, hockey, coming in at position four at the Olympic Games in Sydney and various sportsmen and women winning individual titles. The huge number of fans cheering their teams manifests Austrians love of sports and their country. This was witnessed during the 2004 FIFA world cup in Germany. The fans cheered the national soccer team to the second round where they were eliminated by Italy. A game the Austrians felt they were robbed off via a penalty given to Italy.


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