Australia's Big Myth
Ronald Lawson, in Journal of Social His- tory (Summer 1980), ~arnk~ie- ello on
University, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213.
In 1893, historian Frederick Jackson Turner told Americans to look to the newly closed frontier for the origins of their national character. More recently, many Australian scholars have viewed the rugged "bushworkers" who manned the vast farms and sheep ranches of the arid Outback during the 19th century as the source of their country's own indigenous ethos-egalitarian, collectivist,...