Tresayre on 02/19/2009
|I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, |
Of ragged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror - the wide brown land for me!
This poem written by Dorothea McKellar is well known to all Australians. Taught in primary school, it is through this poem that Australians are made aware, not only of the beauty of our country, but also the harsh conditions that Australia can experience, particularly in times of drought.
Australia has throughout history experienced a range of 'natural disasters' which include bushfires, floods, storms, earthquakes and landslides, and in 2009 it is no different than at other times in our history. Currently, there are extensive floods in the north of Queensland, while in Victoria there are some of the cruelest bushfires in our history, with huge loss of life, loss of homes and loss of livelihood. Some people may never recover from this, and for others it will take years. These terrible events will cause hardship for all those affected, their families and their friends. It is for these people I write this quiz, to take heed of the history of bushfires in Australia, and the effect they have upon generations of Australians.
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