|GIRT BY SEA by Chris Charstone||To images →|
For migrants who decide to immigrate to Australia (such as my parents did from England) Australia seems a mythical land of Promise. The Promise is of the “good life”, epitomized by a lifestyle of beaches and sun and sand.
Most Australians live in one the 6 state cities situated not far from the edge of the sea; on the fragile coastal edge of Australia that can support the expectations of a modern lifestyle.
Melbourne is one such city.
Despite the myth of Australia that lures the migrants, an estimated 89% of
Melbournians spend the majority of their life working an ordinary working week,
in an urban environment.
Melbournians, at the end of each
working week, use that well known
Australian phrase “have a good weekend”, which encompasses their
idealized image of themselves - as beach going Australians.