Symbols of Australia: Uncovering the stories behind Australia's best-loved symbols

Symbols of Australia: Uncovering the stories behind Australia's best-loved symbols. Edited by Melissa Harper and Richard White UNSW, Sydney: UNSW Press and National Museum of Australia, 2010.

Title Symbols of Australia: Uncovering the stories behind Australia's best-loved symbols
Place of Publication UNSW, Sydney
Publisher UNSW Press and National Museum of Australia
Publication year 2010
Sub-type Edited book
ISBN 9781921410505
Language eng
Editor Melissa Harper
Richard White
Total number of pages 240
Collection year 2011
Abstract/Summary How did the kangaroo transform from a bizarre curiosity to an internationally recognised symbol of Australia? How did Vegemite, a waste product of beer, come to be the most popular spread in the country? How did the Opera House survive early controversy to become a national symbol equal to the Pyramids or the Taj Mahal? And does the pavlova belong to Australia or New Zealand? Australia is a land of symbols. From the curious, the folkloric, the official, the ancient, the inspiring, the commercial, the lovable, the feared, even the edible, these symbols make the abstract concept of the nation tangible and give us an identity by representing Australia to itself and the world. But how are national symbols created? What makes them popular? Do they unite or divide the nation? And what do they really mean? Symbols of Australia uncovers the stories behind Australia's best-loved symbols. Entertaining, provocative and often surprising, it proves that while some may seem quirky or frivolous and others get taken for granted, they all have significance that goes beyond the surface.
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