We live in Logan, the sixth largest city in Australia. Logan is located between Brisbane to the north (the capital city of the state of Queensland) and the famous Gold Coast, to the south. South East Queensland has a warm, subtropical climate and some of the best beaches in the world. People here love the outdoors, and have a very ‘laid-back’ lifestyle.
Many folk here have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ, even though Australia is historically a Christian nation with a strong Christian Heritage. Over the last 20 years, Logan’s community has expanded to become home to more than 300,000 people from more than 215 different cultures – and there are many from other nations who have come here to hear the Gospel for the first time. More than a quarter of locals were born overseas.
The harvest is white and ripe for reaping!
Aussie is pronounced “Ozzie” – /ˈɒzi,ˈɒsi/
- The first inhabitants were Aboriginal people
- The first to colonize were mostly convicts from England, who settled in 1788
- It’s the world’s largest island of 4.2 million square miles, as well as the world’s smallest continent
- Has a population of 23 million
- It’s the sixth largest nation in the world
- It’s the only continent governed as a single country, a commonwealth of six states and two territories
- 80% of the population live within 60 miles of the coastline
- Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state (represented by a native Governor General), and there is a Prime Minister, not a President
- Has a rich multiracial population from a wide variety of cultural, religious and language backgrounds
Australia is one of the driest continents on earth with an average annual rainfall of less than 23 inches.
Like all countries in the southern hemisphere, Australia’s seasons are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. Aussies have a hot and often wet Christmas and winter is in June/July.
Australia’s Aboriginal people are the first inhabitants of the continent. At the time of European discovery and settlement, up to one million Aboriginal people lived across the continent as hunters and gatherers. They were scattered in 300 clans and spoke 250 languages and 700 dialects. Each clan had a spiritual connection with a specific piece of land.
Today many Aboriginal people live in the cities and urban areas. But there are still many and large groups of Aboriginal people who live in traditional ways in remote areas.
Australian culture is founded on stories of battlers, outlaw bush rangers and brave soldiers; of sporting heroes, working heroes and plucky migrants. It’s all about a fair go, good mates, the great outdoors and a healthy helping of irony. Australians also identify strongly with their Aboriginal heritage and vibrant mix of cultures.
Can you speak “strine”?
Australians have a unique colloquial language, coined ‘strine’ (imagine saying Australian with your teeth gritted to keep out the flies).
Instead of saying, “Bring your swimming costume to the barbecue this afternoon,” Aussies would say “bring ya cossie to the barbie s’arvo”.
If Aussies like you they will shorten your name and add an “o” on the end. Robert becomes “Robbo” or David becomes “Davo”. Or they may add a “zza” on the end so Gary becomes “Gazza”, and Sharon become “Shazza”. Aussies also like reverse, almost sarcastic/ironic nicknames, calling people with red hair ‘bluey’, saying ‘snowy’ to someone with dark hair, and tagging ‘lofty’ to someone who is small in stature.
Did you know?
- In 1879, Australians developed a way for ice to be manufactured artificially, allowing the export of meat to Great Britain on refrigerated ships.
- In 1906, the surf lifesaving reel was designed so lifesavers could reach distressed swimmers with a rope attached to their vests.
- In 1929, Alfred Traeger built a pedal-powered radio as the communications for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Australians were also responsible for more everyday inventions such as
- notepads (1902)
- aspirin (1915)
- the pacemaker (1926)
- penicillin (1940)
- the Hills Hoist clothesline (1946)
- the plastic disposable syringe (1949)
- the wine cask (1965)
- the bionic ear (1978)
- dual-flush toilet flush (1980)
- anti-counterfeiting technology for banknotes (1992) and
- long-wearing contact lenses (1999), as well as many more innovations