A Western Heart: 11/01/2013 - 12/01/2013


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16 October 1908, The Hillston Spectator and Lachlan River Advertiser (NSW : 1898 - 1953), page 3

…timber on it and an inexhaustible supply — an Illawarra really in a tropical country. I forgot to tell you the Barrier Reef is 30 miles from here and runs along the coast for over 1000 miles, consequently there are  no breakers of any size along the shores. The water is nearly always smooth. Picnic parties go out and camp on it for a week or a fortnight. Plenty of fishing, and thousands of turtles. The Japanese fish all along it for beche-de-mer — something that resembles a sausage in appearance, and is dried and eaten — by Chinamen principally SOURCE I have posted the old newspaper article above to show what the world was like before political correctness.  You will see that minorities were identified by mildly derogatory nicknames but the attitude towards them was amused rather than hostile.  What would now be identified as "hate speech" was in fact innocuous.  The Anglos and the Chinese just lived their own lives and did so in peace.  The area described is the Cairns/Innisfail area of Far North Queensland, Australia, where I was born. As I was born only 35 years after the above was written, I can recognize the accuracy of…