Monday, August 29, 2011

From the bush to the colorful currency of Australia

Here is a view of Belingen Camp with the gum trees behind where the Bell Birds chirped all day with an occasional whip bird and the laughing Kookaburra! Yes, here is the bush of New South Wales.

Here is the colorful currency that I have been using over the past weeks during my stay in Australia. The notes, except for the 5, have both a woman on one side and a man on the other. They also have a polymer window in each denomination. Coins have on the back One Dollar, Kangaroo, Two Dollar, Aboriginal with southern cross stars, 10 cent lyrebird, 20 cent platypus, and 50 cent national crest as well as a variety of comemeratives.


  1. Realize that I am a little unclear about the meaning of "the bush." A wild or wilder area I am guessing. How exciting to hear kookaburras in the old gum trees! Just like the song from childhood.

  2. Wiki says this:
    "The term is iconic in Australia.[1] In reference to the landscape, "bush" describes a wooded area, intermediate between a shrubland and a forest, generally of dry and nitrogen-poor soil, mostly grassless, thin to thick woody shrubs and bushes, under a sparse canopy of eucalypts. The bush was something that was uniquely Australian and very different to the green European landscapes familiar to many new immigrants. The bush was revered as a source of national ideals by the likes of Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson. Romanticising the bush in this way was a big step forward for Australians in their steps towards self-identity. The legacy is a folklore rich in the spirit of the bush."

    Remember Pricilla Herdman singing songs from Henry Lawson's poetry on MPR?