Little Australia is a name for any of the various communities where Australians congregate upon emigrating to other countries, in particular the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The concept of "Little Australia" holds many different aspects of the Australian culture. There are shops selling Australian goods as well as Australian restaurants lining the streets. A "Little Australia" strives essentially to have a version of the country of Australia placed in the middle of a big non-Australian city.
When Barry Humphries went (by sea) to London in 1959, he and Ros lived in Ladbroke Grove in Kensington. He made an impromptu visit to an Earls Court pub, smack in the middle of Kangaroo Valley, as it was sometimes called. He fell physically ill and frightened by what he saw. The packs of loutish Australian youths swilling beer and swearing revived painful memories of the bullies at Melbourne Grammar.
In 1962 Clive James went (also by sea; only one friend could afford to fly) to London with a weeks accommodation booked in Earls Court, which in those days was still nicknamed "Kangaroo Valley". He said that there was no mistaking the Earls Court Australians ... with jug ears, short haircuts .... and open, freckled, eyeless faces despite their navy-blue English duffle-coats; though they had not yet taken to carrying twelve-packs of Foster's Lager, and the broad-brimmed Akubra hat with corks dangling from the brim was never to be more than a myth. After he moved, he vowed never to enter Earls Court again.
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