It’s a bit late I know, but I’ve just reblogged a post of from Johnsstorybook.com, now I know most of you follow Johns posts, both of them; he runs two, glutton for punishment that he is!
But why have you waited so long, I trust you’re thinking.
Well when I read it, it kind of worried me a bit. Being what is sometimes called an AussiePom, my way of looking at the alliance between Australia and the United States of America has always been from a different angle.
From the time of my arrival in Melbourne, in April of 1951, I have been aware of a small, nagging grudge, against the English, not the British, but the English, by the older Australians, and those of my generation. It’s still there in a watered down version.
Mind you, in 1951 the ties to Great Britain, and England in particular, were still very strong. People stood for ‘God Save The King’, George VI was still alive then, and the greatest event on the sporting calenders were, ‘The Ashes’ & ‘The Cup’; there was still some tension when the Australians spoke of being let down by London, after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, ( Yankee spelling not mine) and they entered the war; in Australia’s back yard.
I could, in a sense, understand them, but they really couldn’t understand me, when I told what it was like, in London, during the war years. It really has to be experienced first hand, I was a lousy Cockney kid communicator (fine bit of alliteration, 🙂 ) at the time.
Off on a tangent, as usual, so back to Johnsstory. I do, on reading it over a few times, get the same sneaking suspicion, that the 1950’s belief is still there. That it wasn’t until 1942, when hostilities between Japan and the US, commenced that the close relationship between the two countries was cemented.
It was sealed long, long before! It goes back to the first settlement in Australia, in the late 18th century.
Great Britain was, (still is but for air travel) a daunting world away, from Sydney Cove. The ‘First Fleet’ departed Portsmouth, England 230 years ago today, 13th May 1787; arriving in Botany Bay some 252 days later on the 26th January 1788.
The fledgling United States was a much better option. It became the life line to the settlers in New South Wales.
Merchant ships, leaving New England ports for the orient, brought essentials to Sydney via ‘The Horn’, across to Sydney Cove, before heading up to China. In Sydney they were able to re-victual once the settlement became established.
The American sailors, would take orders for goods & crockery to be made specially for the Sydneysiders by the Chinese, which the Americans would pick up and deliver back to Sydney, a couple of years or more later. Bit hard to believe these days!
There is one item in the Australian national Maritime Museum, that came to Sydney by this circuitous route. It is a bowl, a very large bowl, and the decorations are of Sydney Cove, on the inside, and Aborigines decorating the outer. It is of the finest China, almost translucent, and is displayed in a sealed break proof glass box. It is one of only two in existence; and its value?
Well over $2 million! And it’s not for sale! 😀
America became the source of supply for much needed timber, for the booming Sydney Town. Had it not been for the American seaman and the American trade, the survival of the Sydney Cove settlement would have been in a very precarious position.
It was not one way however, with the timber trade, The Australian eucalypti, being a particularly hardy tree, became very popular in California, and subsequently, many thousands of acres, of Californian soil, and desert, became home to the Australian gum tree
The Americans brought more than many realize. Baseball was brought to this country and being played long before the Anglo/Australian Tests began. The Americans had high hopes of Australia, along with Canada, participating in the World Series, however, the powers that be in London frowned mightily on such an idea.
“Not cricket old boy, what!”
So it is evident to me at least, that the US/Australian alliance, has deeper roots than than far supposed long predating the Second World War.
So do I agree with John, is it time to close the book?
With the present incumbent in the Oval Office, and Mealy Mouthed Mal, the Bastard Banker cosing up to said incumbent I’m inclined to say yes; cut the ties. Then common sense tells me that these two parasites will not be there much longer, it will only seem much longer, and I say no.
Our ties are to great to allow this disastrous interlude to come between our two countries.
Being a Pom it’s backs to the wall, grit the teeth and carry on!
Just hope my Aussie mate feel the same!