Is the Stereotype of the Typical Australian of the 1940’s/50’s Correct? By Matthew Coppola


In the late 1940’s to the late 1950’s, the typical Aussie ‘bloke’ could be seen as rugged, fair minded, egalitarian, supportive of his mates in times of need, hard working, hard drinking,  honest, a competent bushman who could survive in the harsh Australian bushland, was critical of Authority and critical of those who put on “airs and graces”.

Is this statement stereotyping the true Australian in the 40’s and 50’s? Or is it true? The validity of this statement will be discussed.

After World War Two, Europe was pretty much devastated,  many people in Europe came and seeked refuge in Australia as illegal immigrants. So after a few years, or by the end of the 1950’s, Australia was very diverse in its culture. Australians enjoyed new foods, languages and religious beliefs. But did this change the stereotyped Australian or that statement really stereotyping Australians in the 1940’s and 1950’s?

To validate the statement, it is best to look at each quote and assess it as to whether it  was true or false. In the 1940’s and 50’s an american newspaper had fostered this belief that that the typical Australian lived out in the bush and was very rugged. The idea of Australians being “rugged in appearance” was because Australia was a very dry country and narrow minded Americans only saw Australia as just one big country outback with kangaroos hopping around, not realising that in Australia during that time, there were flourishing cities and towns, Australians were actually civilized.

The belief that Australians are “critical of Authority” has its roots dating back to the war whereby Australian soldiers were fighting alongside the British to invade Turkey. The Australian soldiers were known for not accepting the British commanding officers authority.

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Author: Matthew Coppola - Career Coach, Employment Specialist and Professional CV Writer

Holding a graduate degree in Commerce, majoring in Economics at Curtin University, as well as a post graduate certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University, Matthew brings with him many years of experience working in the fields of business development, marketing, soft-skills training and employment services industry. He has gained significant exposure in working with employers in sourcing staff as well as assisting jobseekers in promoting and marketing themselves to employers and securing sustainable employment outcomes. He is currently working in Disability Employment Services where he assists clients with mental health disabilities in finding and keeping satisfying and gainful employment and helping them overcome and work around barriers to employment. He has helped many job seekers secure employment by training and coaching them in the art of being interviewed and giving the interviewer a positive and lasting impression. He knows how to sell and market a job seeker to an employer and he imparts this knowledge to his clients in helping them sell and market themselves in an interview. Matthew regularly writes new articles on a variety of employment related topics and posts these to his personal website blog matthewcoppola.com