During the early years of the 20th Century, with the advent of rail travel and steam ships that crossed the Atlantic and Pacific, an unprecedented era of travel was born and was clearly seen in the travel posters of that time. Art, architecture, scenic historic places were featured on these posters to lure and entice you to visit "those faraway place with strange sounding names."
Australia has both an ancient and recent past history that is as diverse as the country and would require many, many paragraphs to even touch the highlights. One fact stood out in my research: In 1914 the male population of Australia was less than 3 million, yet 400,000 men volunteered to fight in World War I. They also fought in the ill-fated battle of Gallipoli. Australia lost 60,000 men in World War I, with many,many wounded.
Waltzing Matilda is known as the unofficial national anthem of Australia and is a song about a tramp who camps by a creek and steals a sheep. To avoid capture, he drowns himself. In my distant past, I remember singing this song in Girl Scout Camp, but never beyond the first verse, so researching this song was a revelation.
I think this poster captures the spirit of an early Australia. You feel as if you are under a tree in shadow, watching a sheepherder with only one dog manage a huge sheep herd. It feels hot, but perfect for an adventurous spirit.
More information about Australia can be found on many web-sites. Here is one: www.pandora.nla.gov.au
|Dover Publications "60 Great Travel Posters" "Australia in the Sun" by Percy Trompf, c. 1935|