Culture & family life
While Aboriginal Australians arrived on the continent over 60,000 years ago, modern Australia has its origins in penal colonies, housing prisoners from England. In 1788, British colonization brought the iconic 'convict culture' still referred to today. It also instilled Christianity and sports such as rugby and cricket, still loved today. More recently, decades of immigration have combined British culture and ethnicities from all over the world to create a unique multicultural society. War has also affected the culture of this land, with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) legend creating a deep sense of national pride. Australian culture is founded on family, equality, humour, and enjoyment of life. These values are embraced by the newcomers to Australia who continue to mold this great country.