chapter  7
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Monuments

Inthisbookwehavebeentryingtoredressabalance,bydrawing attentiontopopularcurrentswithinAustralianculturewhichare oftenignoredordismissed.Butit'salsonecessarytorecogniseofficialculture'scontributiontoAustralianculture,whichoffersits ownpowerfulandpersuasivedefinitionofAustralia.Pivotalhereis asetofpublicmonuments,whicharetypicallymassiveanddifficult toignore.Theword'monument'comesfromaLatinwordmeaningtowarnoradvise.Monumentsexisttogivelessonsfromthe pasttothepresent.Normallytheseareoppressive,threatening messages,deathspeakingtolife.Theytendtobeheavy,impressive ratherthanbeautiful.Theword'monster'comesfromthesame Latinroot,andmanymonumentsaremonsters,deformedbythe weightofsignificancetheycarry.Ifit'sdifficulttoignorethem,it's equallyinappropriatetolikethem.