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Shamrock Aborigines: the Irish, the Aboriginal Australians, and their children

McGrath, Ann

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Shamrock. Aborigine" is the sentimental nickname to denote Aboriginal Australians of Irish descent. The shamrock's green, roundleafed trinity has become a national and religious symbol of Irishness, associated with both Saint Patrick and good luck. This humble wild plant suggests closeness to the earth and a grounded sense of place. As a signifier for a rural people, it also evokes many intangible socalled national characteristics, such as a quirky sense of humo~r, a cherished memory of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Type: Book chapter
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/13321

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