Cultural differences across Australia

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Cultural differences across Australia

Postby raja » Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:24 am

Ok, since we now have a decent number of Aussies on the forum, I thought I'd start a thread discussing cultural differences across Australia.
This is also triggered by a comment I saw on another thread which talked of "north of the border".

Reminded me of a term "north of the Vindhyas" that we use in India sometimes.

The Vindhyas are a mountain range in Central India. There's a sense that culturally Indians north of the Vindhyas are very different from those south of the Vindhyas. North being generally seen as more aggressive people, probably had to face more invaders/aggressors from Central Asia for centuries.

It's usually just casual talk, not really backed by evidence. India is too diverse a country anyway, so there's not much homogeneity across regions. The West is very different from the East, which is very different from the South, which is very different from the North. :-) If at all there's unity, it's probably in cricket and Bollywood. :-)

It's also often felt that politics of North and South are very different. For a party to be successful both north and south of the Vindhyas is seen as an achievement.

So what are the big cultural differences in Australia?

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Re: Cultural differences across Australia

Postby Katto » Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:18 am

LOL, you want to generate more arguments :lol:

you've been over here raja, so you have some unbiased standing, what were your observations?

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Re: Cultural differences across Australia

Postby Going South » Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:36 am

Ask any Korean. He tell you difference between north & south

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Re: Cultural differences across Australia

Postby raja » Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:43 am

Katto wrote:LOL, you want to generate more arguments :lol:

you've been over here raja, so you have some unbiased standing, what were your observations?


:grin:

Well, the Aussie Domestic Cricket thread is fascinating for more reasons than one.

Not only is it great to read about the cricket itself, but also about how Aussies perceive different parts of their country. What Queenslanders think about NSW-ers and so on.

Was good to see NSW referred to as Newcastle - Sydney - Wollongong. I can't comment on the veracity of this, but this is the sort of thing I'd never get to see if this were an all-Indian forum, :grin:

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Re: Cultural differences across Australia

Postby raja » Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:55 am

I've been to only Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide - that too for a few days - so I can't really talk with any authority about Aussie culture, or regional differences.

I'll just say I loved every single place in Australia I visited. Whether it was a visit to Dandelong Peak or the Great Ocean Ride. Or just a visit to Melbourne downtown (Flinders Park, MCG (didn't get in), Melbourne Park, a walk along the Yarra) - Melbourne was very pleasant. Nice and relaxed. Also this penguin place, I don't remember the name now.

Sydney - well, I was there for just 3 days, so I don't think I quite did justice to it. Even so, Sydney Harbour was beautiful, had a nice day at Manly Beach. I didn't find Bondi Beach all that interesting - but that's probably because I didn't really do anything there. It's probably more for surfers and active folks. :-)

Adelaide! Really laid back. You feel like it's in a world of its own. I could feel the spirit of Sir Don (though I know he was originally from NSW). Went to Kangaroo Island and wine country (I forget the name of the place now).

I had only good experiences in Australia. Found people to be friendly. Only drawback was, that at the breakfast table in Adelaide, I was chatting with an Aussie couple about cricket and they said they were huge fans of Tendulkar. They knew I was Indian so they were probably trying to be polite but I could've done without that jarring note. :-)

Other than that, very good memories. :-)

But I'd like to know from people who LIVE in Australia what they think about their country, their people, especially from across the country.

I haven't been to the Gold Coast, or further north (Darwin area) or to Western Australia.

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Re: Cultural differences across Australia

Postby Katto » Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:32 pm

raja wrote:I've been to only Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide - that too for a few days - so I can't really talk with any authority about Aussie culture, or regional differences.

I'll just say I loved every single place in Australia I visited. Whether it was a visit to Dandelong Peak or the Great Ocean Ride. Or just a visit to Melbourne downtown (Flinders Park, MCG (didn't get in), Melbourne Park, a walk along the Yarra) - Melbourne was very pleasant. Nice and relaxed. Also this penguin place, I don't remember the name now.

Sydney - well, I was there for just 3 days, so I don't think I quite did justice to it. Even so, Sydney Harbour was beautiful, had a nice day at Manly Beach. I didn't find Bondi Beach all that interesting - but that's probably because I didn't really do anything there. It's probably more for surfers and active folks. :-)

Adelaide! Really laid back. You feel like it's in a world of its own. I could feel the spirit of Sir Don (though I know he was originally from NSW). Went to Kangaroo Island and wine country (I forget the name of the place now).

I had only good experiences in Australia. Found people to be friendly. Only drawback was, that at the breakfast table in Adelaide, I was chatting with an Aussie couple about cricket and they said they were huge fans of Tendulkar. They knew I was Indian so they were probably trying to be polite but I could've done without that jarring note. :-)

Other than that, very good memories. :-)

But I'd like to know from people who LIVE in Australia what they think about their country, their people, especially from across the country.

I haven't been to the Gold Coast, or further north (Darwin area) or to Western Australia.


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Re: Cultural differences across Australia

Postby Katto » Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:37 pm

re cultural differences, quite a few of them are manufactured, particularly in the sporting realm as its a way of selling tickets / TV ratings and giving the media something to talk about. I try not to buy into it. Queensland and NSW do have a preferred version of what they call football that contrasts with the other states.

There are some genuine customs and minor language (and accent) differences that evolved in Australian regions naturally due to the vast distances between population centres - particularly prior to the internet and globalisation. eg what we call difference measurements of beer and what a general corner store was called (largely no longer in existence and since replaced by service (gas) station 24-7 mini-marts.)

Lately things are becoming more and more homogenised.

Naturally there are class differences and ethnic cultural differences within all parts of Australia - in the realms of cricket fans however its still a largely anglo-saxon sport with more subcontintentals becoming involved lately. The sport has largely been ignored by continental european Australians as its perceived as an English sport they have no affinity with. At a club level too, cultural differences probably played their part in the lack of inclusion of Greeks, Italians etc.

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Re: Cultural differences across Australia

Postby Boycs » Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:14 pm

I wonder which part of Australia is closest to Yorkshire

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Re: Cultural differences across Australia

Postby raja » Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:54 pm

I don't know about Yorkshire - but when I was in Adelaide I learnt that South Australia was chosen for settlement of free immigrants from England unlike other states where those who came from England were usually convicts. So in that sense South Australia could consider itself superior to other Aussie states. :-)

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Re: Cultural differences across Australia

Postby Katto » Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:03 pm

raja wrote:I don't know about Yorkshire - but when I was in Adelaide I learnt that South Australia was chosen for settlement of free immigrants from England unlike other states where those who came from England were usually convicts. So in that sense South Australia could consider itself superior to other Aussie states. :-)


Its true and its why its derided by the other states purely out of jealously

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Re: Cultural differences across Australia

Postby Boycs » Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:00 pm

So we know where katto is from.

Is Tasmania treated as being like a weird cousin because it's a separate landmass?

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Cultural differences across Australia

Postby Going South » Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:30 pm

Vandy is from there. He sure is very passionate about that place. Hates everything else though ;)

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Re: Cultural differences across Australia

Postby Katto » Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:45 am

BoyCaught30 wrote:So we know where katto is from.

Is Tasmania treated as being like a weird cousin because it's a separate landmass?


a little bit, however culturally Tasmania is an extension of Victoria. Very close ties between those states.

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Re: Cultural differences across Australia

Postby raja » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:22 am

Going South wrote:Vandy is from there. He sure is very passionate about that place. Hates everything else though ;)

Vandy is from Perth, right?

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Re: Cultural differences across Australia

Postby raja » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:24 am

Ok, let's see where our forum Aussies are from.

Top of head,
Katto - South Australia
BGM - NSW
Vandy - WA
Mick - ?
Mike - ?
Verity - ?
Loose Halo - ?

If I've missed any names, pls add.

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Re: Cultural differences across Australia

Postby Boycs » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:57 am

Katto wrote:
BoyCaught30 wrote:So we know where katto is from.

Is Tasmania treated as being like a weird cousin because it's a separate landmass?


a little bit, however culturally Tasmania is an extension of Victoria. Very close ties between those states.


Is there anything there or is it somewhat rural?

Launceston is named after a town not far from me

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Re: Cultural differences across Australia

Postby Katto » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:32 am

raja wrote:Ok, let's see where our forum Aussies are from.

Top of head,
Katto - South Australia
BGM - NSW
Vandy - WA
Mick - ?
Mike - ?
Verity - ?
Loose Halo - ?

If I've missed any names, pls add.


Verity I'm pretty sure is from Victoria

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Re: Cultural differences across Australia

Postby Katto » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:33 am

BoyCaught30 wrote:
Katto wrote:
a little bit, however culturally Tasmania is an extension of Victoria. Very close ties between those states.


Is there anything there or is it somewhat rural?

Launceston is named after a town not far from me


two small cities, roughly the same size, Hobart and Launceston and a bunch of smaller towns

population of about half a million on the island

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Re: Cultural differences across Australia

Postby Boycs » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:46 pm

Would love to go one day. Would go to the mcg and scg and orgasm over the pitches thus affecting future ashes test results in English favour.

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Re: Cultural differences across Australia

Postby Boycs » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:47 pm

Pay my respects to the statue of crocodile Dundee in Perth and then go and visit Ramsey street