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It's Still Winter At Home - Sir William Deane

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Madeline Parker

on 10 December 2012

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Transcript of It's Still Winter At Home - Sir William Deane

It's Still Winter At Home Sir William Deane Techniques Main Themes Tragedy Celebration Thesis Ideas Other Techniques Include Emotive Language Symbolism Literary Allusions The Accident Remembrance The Service On the 27th of July 1999 21 canyoning tourists and tour guide were killed when a sudden flash flood swept through the Saxetenbach Gorge in Switzerland.
Out of the 21, 14 were Australian.
Five nations were involved in the accident: Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Sir William Deane, the Governor General, and his wife flew to Switzerland to represent Australia in the ecumenical service.
Ecumenical services involve all religions, which suited the circumstances due to the variety of nations involved.
On the 5th of August, Deane delivered his speech to mourning audiences to pay homage to the 21 tragically lost. Before the emotional service, Deane and his wife visited the Saxetenbach Gorge.
The two had picked 14 sprigs of wattle from Australia's Parliament House to place into the Gorge in remembrance of the youths lost.
This was seen as a symbol of unity, bringing part of Australia to Switzerland, while also guiding the spirits home. Uses literary illusions to connect listeners to victims though linking their humanity.
Quotes John Donne, and english poet
"...these 21 young men and women were a part - a shining part - of our humanity. As John Donne wrote "No man is an island". Anyone's "death diminishes" us all because we are all "involved in humanity"".
Uses literary illusions to establish the link all the nations share due to the tragedy.
Makes veiled references to Rupert Brooke's Poem 'The Soldier'.
"A little part of Swiutzerland has become and will always be, to some extend, part of Australia". Emotive Language is used to highlight the sense of loss, and also to contrast the positive language used to praise the dead and the rescuers involved in the tragedy.
"Gathered here in great sadness to mourn the deaths of the 21 young people...."
"There loss is a profound tragedy...."
"The greatest single peacetime loss of young Australians...."
"...experienced the shock and sorrow of overseas tragedy..."
"...our abiding gratitude for all the help and assistance they have provided...."
"...particularly mention the competence, the compassion, and the kindness..."
"..the spirit of adventure, the joy of living, the exubereance and the delight of youth." Wattle is used ar a patriotic symbol of Australia. it reminds us that the 14 tragically killed were in fact Australians. "Our national floral emblem".
By Sir William Deane and his wife, throwing 14 sprigs of wattle in the Saxetenberg Gorge, it shows a symbolic gesture 'guiding' them home to Australia. "...helping to bring them home to our country"
The wattle is also a natural symbol of beauty and youth, '...coming into bloom', just as the young people who died where in the "...flower of their youth".
Wattle was also used as a symbol of home. the wattle was picked by Sir Willam Deane and his wife from Canberra. "...We had brought with us from Government House Canberra". Inclusive Language
Biblical References
Short/Sharp Structure
Formal Language
Rehtoric Devices Emphasis on Loss


Paying Homage
International Connections


Australian Values Australia readily celebrates national and international identity
Countries come together through tragedy , politics and national identity
Australia has developed the values of mateship and loyalty that cause us as a nation to mourn loss, but out of the pain of death, celebrate life
Paul Keating's 'The Unknown Australian Soldier' links with the themes explored in Sir William Deane's 'It's Still Winter At Home'
Sir William Deane explores Remembrance through his use of symbolism in his speech 'It's Still Winter At Home' Context
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