National Geographic : 1963 Sep
now they are 30 percent European (though Australians as a whole are still more than 90 percent British). I found New Australians everywhere.* The make-up girl at the Australian Broad casting Commission's TV station (where I said a few words to my townsfolk) was a pret ty German two years out from Hamburg and loving it. Our waitress at the Hotel Windsor was Dutch. We met a cab driver who was an Arab from Beirut. "Australia is fine," he said. "Plenty of work, nice people." Greeks and Italians run fruit stores and restaurants. Our little home in the Melbourne suburb where I grew up was now surrounded by former Poles, Hungarians, Maltese, Cyp riotes. Italian seemed the official language of the market where my family used to shop. From the airplane taking us to Tasmania, the enormous sprawl of Melbourne and its environs filled the landscape. Spacious sub 356 KODACHROMESBY ROBERTB. GOODMAN© NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICSOCIETY urbs spilled over the plains, all around the bay, up to Mount Dandenong-countless homes, each in its own gardened lot. Austral ians try to avoid apartment houses; they prefer one-family homes with gardens and room in the sun for the children to play. Mountainous, sea-girt, beautiful, remote, the island of Tasmania stands in the wild west-winds zone of the Southern Hemisphere, 200 miles south of Melbourne. Its west coast is harsh, wet, and storm-lashed, its east coast soft and balmy. Tasmania is the smallest and least popu lated of the six Australian states, and at first sight has little in common with any of the others. One of its leading industries is tour ism, providing summer holidays for Aus tralians. They stream over by airplane (Continued on page 361) *See "The Making of a New Australia," by Howell Walker, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, February, 1956.