Culture – Australia is the sixth largest
country in the world and is a continent by itself.
Australia is in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It
measures 4,000 km. from the east to west coast and
3,200 km from north to south. The coastline is 36,735
km all the way around. Western Australia is the largest
state of Australia. Perth is located at the southwest
corner of Australia.
The population of Western Australia is almost 2 million while Perth has over 1.3 million inhabitants.
In terms of ethnic origin over 80% are classed as AAustralian, 12% British, over 2% New Zealander plus others. The main language is English.
The literacy rate is 100%
Westerners only came to Western Australia
in the early 1800’s but it is reckoned that
Aborigines lived in the Perth area over 40,000 years
ago. Their culture has suffered much but in the last
30 years or so measures have been introduced to protect
it and promote this rich heritage. One element of
their culture is that they focus on their origins
and see the forces and powers that created the world
as their creative ancestors.
The Art Gallery of Western Australia
Telephone (08) 9492 6600
This Gallery has hundreds of paintings, sculpture, craft etc of Aboriginal Art (there are also other Australian and international pieces). The Gallery is situated in the Cultural Centre near the bus and railways stations on Roe Street in the centre of Perth.
Another place where the ethnic heritage of Western
Australia can be experienced is in Hyde Park,
one of the lovely Perth parks. Here can be seen examples
of the historic background and visitors themselves
can participate in interactive activities such as
pottery, weaving and painting.
The tribes of Aboriginals have their
own heritage of music using such instruments as boomerangs,
hollow logs drums and of course the didgeridoo (didjeridu).