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The history of Australia

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The history of Australia

Реферат на тему: “The history of Australia” Работу выполнила студентка Института Молодежи группы МО- 102 Москва 1999 г. ContentsGeneral information about Australia……………………………………3 National anthem, flag and the coat-of-arms…………………………3Terra Incognita (Unknown land)………………………………………..4First European settlement……………………………………………….4Creation of the Commonwealth of Australia……………………………5New crown colonies…………………………………………………….5Australia’s ties with Great Britain and the USA..………………………6Literature………………………………………………………………..8 General Information about Australia Australia is situated in the south-west of the Pacific Ocean. The area of this country is 7,7 million square kilometres. The population of the country is about 20 million people. The capital is Canberra. The population of Canberra is about 300 thousand people. Official language is English. Australia is the largest island in the world and it is the smallest continent. The Commonwealth of Australia is a self-governing federal state. It has got 6 states: New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and 2 internal territories. National Anthem, Flag and the Coat-of-Arms Australian national flag consists of 5 white stars of the SouthernCross and the white Commonwealth star (the large seven pointed star) on ablue background with a Union Jack in canton. The Southern Cross is thesouthern Crux, whose four chief stars are in the form of cross. The flag of Australia is the only one to fly over a whole continent.The small Union Jack represents the historical link with Britain, and thelarge seven-pointed star represents the six states and the Territories, andthe small stars form the Southern Cross – a prominent feature of thesouthern hemisphere night sky. аdistinctive Australia flora and fauna is reflected in the country’scoat-of-arms by the symbols of Australia’s endemic animals; kangaroo andemu and twig of wattle (a kind of acacia). Australia officially adopted green and gold as its national colours in1984. The Australia national anthem was adopted in the 1970ties. It is usedon the all official and ceremonial occasions. Terra Incognita (Unknown Land) It is supposed that Australia’s native inhabitants, the Aborigines,arrived in Australia at least 40,000 years ago. The first Europeansvisited the shores of Australia in 1606. The Spanish ship of Luis Vaes deTorres sailed through the strait which now bears his name and separatesAustralia and Papua New Guinea. In the same year the Dutch ship Duyfken(Little Dove) sailed into the Gulf of Carpentaria. Among later voyagers isDirk Hartog (1616), who left an inscribed pewter plate (Australia’s mostfamous early European relic, now in Amsterdam) in Western Australia. Abel Tasman, Dutch navigator, visited Tasmania, which he named VanDiemen’s Land, in 1642. The first Englishman to visit the continent was a buccaneer, WilliamDampier, who landed near King Sound on the northwest coast in 1699.
аsecond wave of immigration began in 1770, when Captain James Cook,of the British Navy, sighted the east coast of the continent. Cook had been sent to Tahiti to make astronomical observations andwhen his mission was completed, he sailed south in Endeavour,circumnavigated New Zealand and headed due west. On April 20, 1770, Cooksighted land near Cape Everard, in the southeast corner of Australia. Heturned north, charting the coastline as he went and, 9 days later, landedat Botany Bay, which he named for the variety of botanic specimen foundthere. He raised the British flag and claimed New South Wales as a BritishColony. First European Settlement It is probably due to its geographical position that Australia wasthe last continent to be inhabited by the white man. It was just a littleover 390 years that the Australian continent was discovered. The first landing by Europeans took place in 1606. More than a centuryand a half later an expedition headed by the British explorer James Cookadded the land to the possessions of the British crown. Until the name “Australia” (meaning “South Land”) became generallyaccepted for the continent, it had been referred to as New Holland, NewSouth Wales, or Botany Bay. During the War of Independence (1776) theformer British colonies in America declared themselves independent.Britain tried to make up for this loss by the seizure of new territories.Besides, the convicts could no longer be transported to the Americancolonies (which had served this purpose for over hundred years) andBritish jails were more than badly overcrowded. The first contingent of the convicts and their guards landed whereSydney stands today, on January 26, 1788. It was the so-called “FirstFleet” and these people were called “first fleeters” Now, Australia Day,January 26, commemorates the landing. Gradually more and more peoplearrived (they were convicts as well as free settlers) and a number ofsettlements were founded along the southern and eastern coasts. For thefirst few years, the colonists were almost entirely dependent on foodsupplies from overseas but gradually the land around the settlements wasbrought under cultivation. Soils were generally poor and crop yields low,but better agricultural land was soon found near Parramatta, to the west.Exploratory voyages were also made along the east coast. The boldest wasthat of Captain Matthew Flinders who, in 1802-1803 circumnavigated thecontinent. Australia Day is a very important holiday for the Australians, anotherequally important holiday is called Anzac Day. Creation of The Commonwealth of Australia In 1901 the separate colonies in Australia merged together and becamethe States of the Commonwealth of Australia, which acquired the status ofdominion of Great Britain. The Commonwealth of Australia – a federation ofthe 6 former colonies as states – was declared to come into being onJanuary 1, 1901. The first Governor – General, the Earl of Hopetoun,convened the first Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia on April29, 1901. It was opened in Melbourne on May 9 by Duke of Cornwall and York,son of King Edward VII. Sir Edmund Barton was the first Prime Minister. The constitution provided for Federal Parliament to sit in Melbourneuntil a federal capital territory was selected and established. The presentAustralian Capital Territory was ceded from New South Wales to becomefederal territory in 1911, and the future capital was named Canberra in1913. The first Federal Parliament to meet in Canberra was opened by theDuke of York, later King George VI, on May 9, 1927. Though Australia now is an independent state, according to theConstitution the head of the state is the Monarch of Great Britain,represented by the Governor-General. His duties include assenting to bills,opening, proroguing and dissolving Parliament and commissioning the PrimeMinister to form a government. Governor-General’s residence Jarralumla isin Canberra. The Commonwealth of Australia is composed of 6 states and 2territories: the State of New South Wales with its capital in Sydney, theState of Victoria with its capital in Melbourne, the State of Queenlandwith its capital in Brisbane, the Sate of Western Australia with itscapital in Perth, the State of Tasmania with its capital in Hobart,Australian Capital Territory with its Federal Capital in Canberra, andNorthern Territory with its capital in Darwin. New Crown Colonies Great Britain was on the verge of loosing 13 rebellious AmericanColonies in 1770. At that time Captain James Cook who led a scientificvoyager planted the British ensign on a continent that would soon provide avast new colony: Australia. The will to establish new crown colonies was insistent even before theold ones mere lost. The Parliament debated the site as early as 1779. Only18 years after Captain James Cook had landed in Botany Bay, Captain ArthurPhilip arrived in Sydney Cove to begin the first settlement. In many ways, America and Australia have had corresponding historiesof exploration, colonization, immigration, and growth. Both began withsettlements on the fringes of huge continents, gradually pushing inward tocultivate a wilderness interior. And both developed a frontier ethos ofindependence. As the convicts earned their freedom, they went into the outback andstaked claims on land. These men, known as Squatters, raised sheep orcattle, depending on the type of land they found for themselves. Other convicts however reverted to their criminal ways and becameoutlaws, raiding the towns and stealing from the squatters. The early partof Australian history is filled with the tales of the settlers. Thesebushrangers often became folk-heroes in the tradition of Robin Hood andDick Turpin in England, and Jesse James in the United States. Many poemsand songs were written about them and at one time it was a criminaloffence to sing or recite these ballads which glorified crime.Nonetheless, every Australian today knows the stories of the famousbushrangers. These ballads and songs started the tradition of Australian“yarn” and its heroes, Dad’s Dave among them. The hard rough life in the outback was no place for women. TheSquatters searched the towns for wives to take to their stations. It wasn’tvery pleasant prospect for a new bride, but some girls were lucky enough toundertake the adventure. The image of a typical Australian was a tall,thin and blond man who was called a “Cornstalk”, sometimes wearing acabbage tree hat. Australians celebrated their bicentennial beginning Jan. 26, 1988 andcontinuing all next year. On that date in 1788, 11 ships arrived fromBritain, and 1.030 settlers, including 776 convicts, began their new lifein waterfront section of Sydney called “the Rocks”. Australia’s Ties With Great Britain And The USа Initially, Britain and the Commonwealth countries were the centralelements of Australia’s foreign policy and activity. Later, closerrelations were also developed with the USA, partly because of the vitalrole it played in the Pacific during and after World War II. Australia can seem quite British at times and somewhat American atothers. Political, legal, and educational institutions derive from Britain.Each state capital is named after a colonial politician (Perth, Brisbane,Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne) or British royal figure (Adelaide). Dry andwitheringly hot towns bear names from England’s green and pleasant land.The representative of the England queen is the formal head of thegovernmental structure. Only since 1984 has required that a civil servantin Australia be an Australian – previously it was sufficient to be British. American influence comes in culture, technology, defensearrangements, and business. Books from USаhave made a major advance inAustralian intellectual circles since the 1960s. American ideas ofmanagement and problem-solving are becoming more and more popular. Significantly, Australian dollar was introduced in 1966. In the past some Australians often felt that Australian culture,products, accents, lifestyles compared unfavorably with Britain and theUSA. This attitude has changed. а strong sense of distinct Australianidentity has grown with the growing recognition in the world of Australianfilms, literature and arts. Literature:1. Australia and New Zealand in brief, Москва, издательство «Лист», 1998 г., с.2232. Т.Ю. Журина. 55 устных тем по английскому языку., Москва, издательский дом «Дрофа», 1997 г., с. 1603. Филипп Стил. Атлас мира. Москва, «Олма-Пресс», 1998 г., с. 95


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