[PW] ?Australian quote

d-lien University of Minnesota d-lien at umn.edu
Wed Mar 21 14:41:09 PDT 2018

I posted a query on another of my groups, which has a number of
Australians contributing.  Only got one response, from an Australian
woman now living in the U.S. who says she's familiar with the quote
and uses it herself, but has no idea of its origins or its canonical
exact wording.

For what it's worth. . .

Dennis Lien / d-lien at umn.edu

On Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 12:49 PM, John Henderson <jrhenderson9 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Quite a few years ago I heard an Australian being quoted as saying “I’d rather live in a nation founded by convicts than Puritans.”
> Three related questions.
> Who said it?
> What was the exacting wording?
> Is this actually a common saying in Australia instead of one that should be attributed to a specific individual. The closest I’ve found are related sentiments of Stella Maria Miles Franklin.
> John Henderson
> Ithaca College Library
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