Australians often refer to their native country as ‘God’s Own’ or, to use the slanguage, ‘Gawd’szone’. It is indeed a beautiful and surprising country and one we should celebrate. It is important we always remind ourselves about our early days, both indigenous and European settled, and the tracks we have followed. Whilst there is a tendency to wave our hands in the air singing ‘We are, you are, we are Orstralian’ we have a long history of seeing ourselves as gawky bushies and even today in the 21st century we retain a bit of that confused identity.
This section will look at various written works exploring our national identity.
BEST LITTLE SPOT ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH
I’ve travelled East, I’ve travelled West,
And of all the lot I love the best,
My dear old home, so far away,
Where loved ones wait for me day by day.
In North and South, I’ve tried my hand
On desert plain and fertile land,
My heart is sad through roaming round,
How happy would I be homeward bound. THE
There’s a dear little spot across the sea,
It mightn’t please you, but ‘twill just suit me;
If once you saw it you’d ne’er want to roam,
And I’m thankful I can call it ‘Home Sweet Home’.
The dear old folks are waiting there.
With a light burning brightly by the old arm chair;
I’m going back to joy and mirth,
To the best little spot on the face of the earth.
Written, composed and sung by Skipper Francis