[PW] ?Australian quote

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Wed Mar 21 22:29:31 PDT 2018

Here is a version of the sentiment in a London periodical in 2008.
This is a rather late date, but one citation is perhaps better than

Website: The Spectator UK
Date: 15 October 2008
Article: Diplomatic Notebook
Author: Sir Les Patterson writes from Australia


[Begin excerpt]
Back here in Australia, the powers that be are driving me nuts getting
me to be a mentor and mediator to some of our political loose cannons.
Mind you, we were lucky our great nation was founded by convicts,
scallywags and red-blooded randy bastards, and not Puritans like
America. We have a long and colourful history of eminent politicians
who have been caught with their pants down — and proud of it!
[End excerpt]


On Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 5:41 PM, d-lien University of Minnesota
<d-lien at umn.edu> wrote:
> 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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