From the song "I Am Australian" by the Australian pop group The Seekers.

I'm a daughter of a digger
Who sought the mother lode
The girl became a woman
On the long and dusty road
I'm a child of the depression
I saw the good times come
I'm a bushy, I'm a battler
I am Australian

All the dictionaries I looked in, bushy is only listed as an adjective.

  • You can find it under bushie.
    – TimR
    Aug 30, 2016 at 23:18

2 Answers 2


I'm not Australian, but if I had to guess, I would say it might be a shortened version of "Australian Bushman," which can refer to anyone who lives in rural Australia.


I think the idea is that they are describing the identities of various types of people who live in Australia, and singing from a point of view that encompasses all the different identities. This idea is also supported by the next verse:

We are one
But we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We'll share a dream
And sing with one voice
I am, you are, we are Australian


Yes, when I visited Australia I was exposed to the unique Australian language. "Bushy" is a slang term used for those people who live in "the bush" which is the woodland area of Australia, and different than "the outback."

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