During this period, the word 'mate' became interchangeable with the word 'digger', which had its roots in the gold digging fields of the 1850s. They've often pointed to the sacrifice of Australian soldiers in wartime, in particular the Anzacs at Gallipoli and on the Western Front during World War I. Nixon called him a Peacenik. And if you give a man a little bit of authority he behaves just the same way, he snaps at it too. Or some words for that special occasion? Henry Lawson wrote in Shearers: They tramp in mateship side by side - The Protestant and Roman They call no biped lord or sir And touch their hat to no man! As women in the war, Midge, Anne and Ethel were keen to start a canteen for passing soldiers.
Mateship Mateship is an Australian cultural idiom that embodies equality, loyalty and friendship. If a shot comes, we can duck, that is all; we neither know nor can determine where it will fall. Prime Minister Harold Holt visiting President Johnson in Washington, June 1966 Here in Australia was the same openness, the same generosity of spirit, that I had treasured in my own country. A red-cross sister offers me something to drink. But in his new book Mateship: A Very Australian History, Dr Dyrenfurth traces the term back to the very first white Australians - the convicts. You can find great mateship poems there too.
Mateship, of course, has often been linked with a level of misogyny in Australian male culture, something that seems confirmed by Lawson's 'Say Goodbye When Your Chum is Married' which is based on the assumption that male friendships are not able to continue after the friends have married. Whether I have subdued it, I know not. He had fallen forward and lay on the earth as though sleeping. To judge by the tone that might be Kat talking…These voices, these quiet words, these footsteps in the trench behind me recall me at a bound from the terrible loneliness and fear of death by which I had been almost destroyed. Every January 26, people across Australia share food around the barbecue, where this term of endearment is often casually thrown around. We could never regain the old intimacy with those scenes.
But according to Dr Dyrenfurth, the term lost its spark between the 1940s and 1990s. Things like jitterbugging and swing music, and they brought with them different ideas about romance and dating. Only thus were we prepared for what awaited us. And to whom does it matter whether he has them or not—I nod. For like Anzac Day, Labour Day is — above and beyond its historical significance — a day in which all Australians can celebrate our egalitarian society, our innate sense of fairness and equity, and our willingness to campaign side by side for a better world.
Former prime minister John Howard even wanted to introduce the term into his preamble to the Constitution in the 1990s. As Aussies we recognise that individual achievement rarely occurs without a helping hand from others. A particularly unusual friendship poem is Lawson's 'The Ghost' in which the poet is confronted by an evil spirit who tells him that friendship has no place in a world based on the doctrine of 'Self and Pelf'. But I can't even imagine anything. I am no longer a shuddering speck of existence, alone in the darkness;—I belong to them and they to me; we all share the same fear and the same life, we are nearer than lovers, in a simpler, a harder way; I could bury my face in them, in these voices, these words that have saved me and will stand by me. In 'To An Old Mate' he celebrates a friendship of the past but in later poems such as 'The Cross-Roads' he apologies to those friends whom he feels he has let down through his life.
Only the facts are real and important to us. Mateship derives from mate, meaning friend, commonly used in Australia as an amicable form of address. I don't see anything at all, Albert. They are more to me than life, these voices, they are more than motherliness and more than fear; they are the strongest, most comforting thing there is anywhere: they are the voices of my comrades. They knew the war to be a misfortune, whereas those who were better off, and should have been able to see more clearly what the consequences would be, were beside themselves with joy. These examples illustrate what a famous mateship poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style where appropriate. If you train a dog to eat potatoes and then afterwards put a piece of meat in front of him, he'll snap at it, it's his nature.
This dying man has time with him, he has an invisible dagger with which he stabs me: Time and my thoughts. We are none of us more than twenty years old. Katczinsky said that was a result of their upbringing. There were thousands of Kantoreks, all of whom were convinced that they were acting for the best—in a way that cost them nothing. I see how peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another. Three-quarters of his vocabulary is derived from these regions, and they give an intimate flavour to expressions of his greatest joy as well as of his deepest indignation. Contemporary friendship poems are more likely to be written about a particular friend rather than the more abstract value of friendship.
It is not now the time but I will not lose these thoughts, I will keep them, shut them away until the war is ended. Only the Militiaman Stanislaus Katczinsky has died. We will hang on to our Aussie mateship and our Aussie fair go, in the worst of times and in the best, because we're Australian. In Australia, a 'mate' is more than just a friend. Now he is numb and feels nothing.
I am so alone, and so without hope that I can confront them without fear. The harsh environment in which convicts and new settlers found themselves meant that men and women closely relied on each other for all sorts of help. And, according to Dr Dryenfurth, it is used to champion different ideals on either side of the political spectrum. It is not surprising to find Henry Lawson, whose work has been especially associated with that particularly Australian type of friendship known as mateship, writing many poems about friendship. I am frightened: I dare think this way no more. Labour Day, like Anzac Day, is a day when we remember the sacrifices our forebears made: the mateship, the loyalty and the determination to build and protect the freedom and rights we now enjoy. Though I am in still water far away from its centre, I feel the whirl of the vortex sucking me slowly, irresistibly, inescapably into itself.