Our Aussie Icons are part of who we are today. In a country as young as Australia, holding onto our customs, traditions and Aussie Icons is more important than ever. In this era of globalisation, we guard our Aussie Icons with pride. In the spirit of Eureka we fight to defend our heritage. Though sometimes attacked or derided, even on home soil, we stand by you - Our Aussie Icons.
The first ute was built in 1934 by Ford Australia. The Aussie design went world wide, though it's still more popular here than anywhere in the world.
The swimsuit Aussie men gave the world. Speedo was formed in 1927 in Sydney, and went on to become an international juggernaut.
Footballer, Cooper Cronk dons the iconic Aussie cossie.
Surf Life Saving Clubs
Established in 1907, Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club was the first SLSC in the world. The concept quickly spread around Australia and the world. The clubs are iconic institutions around Australian beaches
The Ugg Boot storms Hollywood, but we had 'em first, first appearing in rural Australia in the 1920's. They now have a strong worldwide association with surf culture. Often seen as daggy in Australia, the ugg persists and remains an Aussie Icon.
The oldest continuously running airline in the world. Qantas was formed in 1920 in Winton, Queensland. The Flying Kangaroo is one of our most recognisable Aussie Icons.
Since 1923 Aussies have always
had a jar in the cupboard. It's a yeast extract spread, that for some reason, we just can't go without.
A classic Aussie icon.
Founded in South Australia, Holden has a long history in Australia. The Aussie car manufacturer was Australia's own. The Sandman is one of several fondly remembered vehicles.
HOLDEN - An Aussie Icon
The rotary clothes line is an Aussie invention that's gone round the world. So widespread is the clothesline, that it's often used as a symbol of Australian suburban life. Most Australians have childhood memories of swinging from a Hills Hoist - An Aussie Icon
More Aussie Icons!
One of our oldest Australian icons, the Akubra hat has been around since 1874. Akubra is Aboriginal for 'head covering,' and is made from rabbit fur felt. It can take up to 14 bunnies to make one hat! This is an Aussie icon still under Australian ownership.
The Blue Heeler
, or Australian cattle dog, is tough, hard-working and fiercely loyal. Like most Aussies! Read more on the blue heeler
at Austmade, along with other Aussie icons.
Sidney Nolan's paintings of Ned Kelly are striking images of the iconic Aussie bush ranger. Ned Kelly is a controversial Australian rebel who's memory remains today. Kelly described himself as a 'defender of the oppressed'. The enduring memory of Kelly and his armoury, makes him an Aussie Icon.
SUCH IS LIFE
On a more serious note, Graeme Clark is a true Aussie hero, being responsible for what is probably the greatest Aussie invention of all time: the bionic ear or cochlear implant. Popular opinion amongst scientists said that it couldn't be done. Yet Graeme Clark pursued his research in spite of fierce criticism, and proved them wrong. Professor Clark has brought hearing to the profoundly deaf. He has now received much deserved recognition for his work, including being named Australian of the year in 2006. Graeme Clark: a living Aussie Icon.
Rosella Tomato Sauce,
manufactured locally; the iconic Aussie brand is in trouble. Next time you're at the supermarket take home a bottle! It's not as cheap as the no frill brands, but if you look at the labels, you'll find there's actually a lot more tomato in their sauce. You get what you pay for, and support a fellow Aussie at work!