PLACE AND BELONGING The Bush is the heart of Australia, the real Australian Australia. Francis Adams, 1893 Land, Place & Identity
The Bush is the heart of Australia, the real Australian Australia.
Francis Adams, 1893
The rise of eco-nationalism
Reworking of national identity to incorporate
a commitment to the natural environment and
an indigenous understanding of spiritual
connectedness to the land.
Shift from the rural landscape to the ‘wilderness’
and the ‘deep’ outback.
How do settler Australians express a sense
of belonging in the aftermath of Mabo?
‘How can we non-indigenous Australians justify our
continued presence and our love for this country
while the Indigenous people remain to express an
attachment to places that were wrested from the
Indigenous people who loved them, lost them and
grieve for them still?’
(Peter Read, Belonging: Australians, Place and Aboriginal Ownership)