On the Beach Historical Context

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Australia

On the Beach is set on the island continent of Australia. As mentioned above, the setting of the story is important as its location spares it from the destruction that takes place in the rest of the world.

Australia is the only continent occupied by a single nation. As two-thirds of the continent is desert or semi-desert, over 86% of the population lives in cities. It is the most urbanized country in the world.

When Dwight Towers visits the Davidson family's farm, he comments on the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Mrs. Davidson's reply reveals Australia's historical origins:

"Yes, it's nice up here," said Mrs. Davidson. "But it can't compare with England. England's beautiful."

The American asked, "Were you born in England?"

"Me? No. I was born in Australia. My grandfather came out to Sydney in the early days, but he wasn't a convict. Then he took up...

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