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 fair dinkum...

An old fashioned expression, yet fair dinkum remains as Australian as Aussie Rules footy, Vegemite, pavlova and Ned Kelly.
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The expression most likely originated with coal miners from Nottinghamshire (where billy cans and damper were imported to the colonies by ex-pat locals; billy for boiling water, and damper - a poor man's bread made of flour and water).  A dinkum was the negotiated wage for a coal miner, so most likely the fair dinkum was a just wage for gold miners in Australia in the 1850s. 

A fair dinkum Aussie… It was OK that Heath Ledger played the part of national icon bushranger Ned Kelly because Heath was a fair dinkum Aussie. It was not OK that Mick Jagger played Ned because he is not a fair dinkum Aussie.

At the other end of the national stereotype spectrum is the ocker, a fair dinkum Aussie male whose life consists of sport, beer and barbies.
 
 
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Location: Oceania
Status: UN Country
Capital City: Canberra
Main Cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin
Population: 18,090,000
Area: 7,713,360 km2
Currency: 1 Australian dollar = 100 cents
Languages: English, Aboriginal languages
Religions: Anglican, Roman Catholic, others
 
 

 
 
 

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