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After the second war, 6.5 million migrants from 200 nations brought immense new diversity, and Australians grew increasingly aware of their proximity to Asia.Over time, the diverse food, lifestyle and cultural practices of immigrants have been absorbed into mainstream Australian culture.Tocal is a working farm so visitors are able to view the seasonal activities of the farm operations.The culture of Australia is a Western culture, derived primarily from Britain but also influenced by the unique geography of Australia, the diverse input of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other Australian people.From the 1850s, the colonies set about writing constitutions which produced democratically advanced parliaments as Constitutional Monarchies with Queen Victoria as the head of state.Women became eligible to vote in South Australia in 1895.Conflict and reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians has been a source of much art and literature in Australia, and ancient Aboriginal artistic styles and iconic inventions such as the boomerang, the didgeridoo and Indigenous Australian music have become symbols of modern Australia.The arrival of the first British settlers at what is now Sydney in 1788 introduced Western civilisation to the Australian continent.
Contact between the indigenous Australians and the new settlers ranged from cordiality to violent conflict, but the diseases brought by Europeans were devastating to Aboriginal populations and culture.The Homestead is set among magnificent fig trees and overlooks the Tocal lagoon, with the Paterson River beyond.Built in 1840 as a country retreat for Felix Wilson, the house is only one of the fascinating buildings on this site which illustrate the changes in the land use at Tocal since 1822.Several states and territories had their origins as penal colonies, with the first British convicts arriving at Sydney Cove in 1788.
Stories of outlaws like the bushranger Ned Kelly have endured in Australian music, cinema and literature.
Australian culture has diverged significantly since British settlement.