The Institute of Australian Culture: An introduction

Welcome to our website!

The Institute of Australian Culture aims to provide a wealth of Australian cultural assets, so as to enable Australians to gain access to a wide range of resources about their nation’s history and heritage, and thereby gain a wider appreciation of Australian culture.

The IAC aims to provide an Australian outlook on our nation’s culture, traditions, and way of life.

All Australians are encouraged to browse through the materials provided here, although it is hoped that students in particular will find this collection of benefit, as the site has been developed as an academic resource.

This venture is internet-based so as to enable the widest possible audience for this collection of Australian resources.

Notes and fine print regarding entries on the site

Sources for entries are cited, so that the accuracy of articles can be confirmed by anyone wishing to do so. The vast majority of entries are drawn directly from original or historic sources, usually newspapers or books; although there may be some instances where entries are drawn from re-published sources, in which case these secondary sources are noted, and will be replaced by original sources when possible.

Editorial comments shall sometimes be provided at the start and/or end of entries, giving introductory or explanatory notes.

On occasion corrections will be made (e.g. regarding incorrectly spelt words), but any such corrections will be noted in the editorial notes at the end of the entry; however, on those occasions where the historic print has left a gap in a word (presumably through a misprint in the publishing process) or punctuation missing (such as a full stop missing from the end of a sentence) then those errors will generally be corrected without notation.

Minimisation of errors on the site

As this is a large body of work, which has often been sourced from scanned originals, it is possible that transcription errors may occur (hopefully, very rarely); in such a case, please add a comment on the relevant post, describing the mistake, even if the error is decidedly minor or pedantic.

There are some exceptions to this:
1) In those instances where a long “s” (which looks like the letter “f”) has been used, they have been transcribed as a normal letter “s” (e.g. “fmall” is changed to “small”).
2) The spacing for punctuation may be used differently; often older texts include a space before colons, semi-colons, exclamation marks, question marks, etc., but such spacing may not be used here.

Aside from those aforementioned pedantic exceptions, please leave a comment regarding any anomalies, as we aim to be as accurate as possible.

Website address

In 2015 the internet site was changed from InstituteOfAustralianCulture[.com] to AustralianCulture[.org]; this step was taken so as to provide a shorter URL, which should therefore be easier for people to remember.

The Institute of Australian Culture

Heritage, history, and heroes
Literature, legends, and larrikins
Music, military, and miners
Poems, prose, and poets
Stories, songs, and sages


  1. Peter McKeddie says:

    To whom it may concern
    Your reference to The Groop is sparse and inaccurate.
    The Groop was established by Peter McKeddie,Max Ross and Richard Wright and was signed by CBS records.This band was already well established with three charting singles and were the support act for Tom Jones and Hermans Hermits tour in 1966.

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