Monday, 30 September 2013

Nothin’ doin’

Source: Saturday Referee and the Arrow, Sat 5 September 1914, p.1s

To me this verse neatly sums up the famous (some would say infamous) Aussie Spirit. It evokes the laconic, seemingly lazy Australian soldier who rises to the occasion and can be relied upon in a crisis. Many in authority, especially in Britain, did not share this view and constantly lamented the Australian soldiers’ attitude to discipline and their seeming lack of respect for those in command.

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