The starting point for discussions of Australianness has long been Russell Ward’s The Australian Legend (1958) with its account of the myth of the Lone Hand, from which women are almost entirely absent. Even in the subsequent Pioneer myth, women have only a subsidiary role. This absence of women has often been decried, but any reading of the large body of literature by and about Australian women, particularly in the first half of the 20th Century, clearly demonstrates that a case can be made for a parallel myth, the Independent Woman, who makes her way without, and often despite, men.
The above is an extract from my M.Litt dissertation.
The author, Bill Holloway, is an old white guy with degrees in Accountancy, Logistics and Literature, living the Lone Hand myth as a road train driver in the deserts of Western Australia.
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