Australian Voices

Australian Stereotypes and Voices:

A stereotype is a perceived idea held by a group of people, and made to be true by a repetition by a group of people. Stereotypes can be true or just seem true because of the frequency of their repetition. The Australian stereotypes of loving shrimp on the barbie and fosters beer are relatively untrue. Australians do not necessarily love prawns, as they are known here, and mostly red and white meat are cooked on a barbecue. Fosters is hard to get in Australia, and contrary to the stereotype, is not well loved down under

Stereotypes can be damaging based on their ease of spread-ability and the tendency of people to believe them. Even without having the full proof or any first-hand knowledge of the issue, people can be lead to believe that things are true, by the media especially. These lies can damage reputations and hurt the integrity of a people.

3 accents:

Broad Australian Accent: Bogan accents, usually perceived as being used by people from rural areas

Common accent: used by the majority of the population, this accent is clearly distinguishable as its own. It is not quite the broad Australian accent but differs from the cultivated accent in many ways. I would say that I have this accent, because while I use some of the slang and drawl usually associated with the broad accent; I have clearly a more sophisticated pallet than that seen as a broad accent user. I believe this says that I had a reasonable education and have lived in cultured company, as many accents can be shaped by the world around the user.

Cultivated accent: this accent is seen as the 'posh' and eloquent way of speaking. Many people who use this accent are less identifiable on voice to being Australian. This accent almost sounds British, but has less of the stiff upper lip effect to it.

Australian Experience

I have chosen the Blue Collar Perspective as my Australian experience, because this seems to be the one least covered or thought of whenever people imagine Australia. It isn't just a beach paradise.

The Blue Collar Perspective suggests that everything Australia has become has been built by regular, blue collar Aussies, working for poor wages in the service of their bosses, family and country. The rugged, bush-banging Australian hard-man working hard for his dosh. The stereotype sounds just a little bit less far fetched than riding home on a kangaroo. The rapid technological rise of the past century means that there's no longer an appreciation for the worker; especially in the cities that they helped build. I can really relate to this predicament. I wouldn't classify my job as strictly "blue collar", but it's fairly rugged compared to an office job in a Piermont Penthouse. The Dry Cleaners has really tested my resolve and character, as there have been times where quitting would've been a relief. That being said, if the workers in the Wittenoom Asbestos mines can stay on the job for less a day than what I make in an hour, then I think i can manage. To be honest, I think this clear example is the proof of Australian determination through the blood, sweat and tears of the hardworking individual. Even when asbestos rains from the dark rocks in a decrepit mine miles under the ground, these men and women somehow find a way to survive. Surviving; in many ways, surviving is the heart of the Australian experience. John Franklin (granted, he was a British explorer), who became lieutenant governor of Tasmania, stayed in the Canadian arctic after his ship crashed. While his crew resorted to cannibalism, the Australian spirit of perseverance showed through. Another example would be the entire city of Newcastle, built on the back of working class miners and steelworkers. The biggest coal port in the world, with over 120000 Blue Collar blokes working for huge companies like BHP in 1945. Can you imagine how one of the most revitalized "youthful" cities in the country came from that?

In conclusion, the Blue Collar experience in Australia can give a huge display of what the real Oz is about, and how the amazingly lucky country we live in was formed. None of anything would be here if not for the hardworking bloke and sheila, and the fact that their story can be shared in poetry and song is a benefit to us all.

Newcastle, city of Industry
John Franklin

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a year ago

Very good Campbell :)))