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alcohol

Overview page. Subjects: Medicine and Health — Science and Mathematics.

n. any of a class of organic compounds formed when a hydroxyl group (–OH) is substituted for a hydrogen atom in a hydrocarbon. The alcohol in alcoholic drinks is ethyl alcohol (null...

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‘Banjo’ Paterson

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1864–1941),

Australian writer, born on a bush station in New South Wales; he trained as a solicitor. The author of ‘Waltzing Matilda’, he grew up in the bush and had ...

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folk song

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

A song, origin usually unknown, that is handed down orally from generation to generation and often exists in different forms in different parts of the country. In England the first person...

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Mateship

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

Mateship has been seen as the living expression of Australian egalitarianism. Alexander Harris' Settlers and Convicts (1847) refers to the ‘universal feeling that a man ought to be able to...

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New Left

Overview page. Subjects: Regional and National History.

A movement of radical intellectuals in the 1960s, spanning the leading Western societies. The New Left was socialist in inspiration but it was critical of orthodox communism as practised in...

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pioneer

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History — Cookery, Food, and Drink.

A person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area. Recorded from the early 16th century (as a military term denoting a member of the infantry), the word comes...

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Queensland

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Australasian and Pacific History.

Was created as a separate colony in 1859 from a straggling former convict settlement on the Brisbane River and the ever-expanding pastoral occupation of the Darling Downs, Warrego, Burnett,...

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Ray Lawler

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1921– ),

Australian playwright, born in Melbourne; he left school at the age of 13, and later began working as an actor with the National Theatre Company of Melbourne. He received...

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Russel Ward

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History — Literature.

(1914–1995),

born Adelaide, was professor of history 1967–79 and later became emeritus professor and deputy chancellor of the University of New England. After graduating from...

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William Guthrie Spence

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

(1846–1926),

had become the best-known union leader in Australia by the 1890s. His Scots parents came to Victoria in the gold rush and settled near Creswick. Spence, who had no ...

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