Australiana includes the items, people, places, flora, fauna and events of Australian origins. Anything pertaining to Australian culture, society, geography and ecology can fall under the term Australiana, especially if it is endemic to Australia. Australiana often borrows from Australian Aboriginal culture, or the stereotypical Australian culture of the early 1900s.
Objects can be Australiana in their own right, such as boomerangs, Akubra hats, and didgeridoos, or can be common objects with Australian cultural images displayed on them. Such items might include two-man saws, snow globes or tea towels with Australian scenery or icons imprinted on them in the national colours of Australia.
Australiana can also refer to art with an Australian style or subject. Paintings, ceramics, crafts and coins that depict Australian imagery would fall under this category. Australiana has also been called a style of kitsch art.
Being on the beach in summer is also generally made out to be part of Australian, as well as Surf Life Savers, as Australia is a coastal culture, because of the nature of inland Australia (dry, harsh desert).
Some commercial brands have become part of Australiana due to their perceived "Australianness". Advertisements and posters depicting these brands often become part of Australiana as well. The following themes are examples of Australiana:
These images are often well-known Australian animals and birds, such as
- rainbow lorikeet
- tasmanian devil
- Anzac biscuits
- Arnott's Biscuits
- Chiko Roll
- fairy bread
- Four'N Twenty Pies
- meat pie
- Milo (beverage)
- Pavlova (dessert)
- Peters Ice Cream
- Rosella soup
- Tim Tam
- Victoria Bitter
- XXXX beer
- Culture of Australia
- David Scott Mitchell - a collector of early Australiana
- William Dixson — a collector of early Australiana
- Canadiana — a similar concept in Canada
- Americana — a similar concept in the United States
- Kiwiana — a similar concept in New Zealand
- Africana — a similar concept in South Africa
- Rhodesiana — a similar concept in Rhodesia
- The Australiana Society publishes a quarterly magazine, Australiana, which features research on Australian art, decorative art, artifacts and history.