In a Sunburned Country Setting & Symbolism

Bill Bryson
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Bluey, bluebottle

Also known as a Portuguese man-of-war, it is one of Australia's many potentially lethal creatures.

footy

The affectionate Melbourne slang for Australian Rules football.

Redback

A member of the widow family, the Redback is a virulent web spinner native to Australia. Its bite is highly toxic to humans but there have been no reported deaths from Redback bites since the discover of its anti-venom in 1956.

Giant Worms of Gippsland

Megascolides australis, the giant earth worm, a museum dedicated to which Bryson visits with Alan Howe and Carmel Egan.

Sydney

Sydney is the largest of Australia's cities and is today its most famous. Its Opera House and Bay Bridge are architectural sites of world renown.

Canberra

Canberra is a planned urban community that serves as Australia's capital. Bill Bryson describes it as a city inside of a park, with large expanses of open greenery spread between its...

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