Empire to Independence: Australia and New Zealand

TR4.06 Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa were four of the most important colonies in the British Empire. Today, they are among the 53 countries – all former British colonies – that belong to an organisation called the Commonwealth of Nations.

Commonwealth countries are found in all corners of the world. They have a wide variety of cultures, social structures and forms of government. The British monarch is head of the Commonwealth and has a ceremonial role as head of state in sixteen of the countries. Membership in the Commonwealth is voluntary.

Read more about Australia and New Zealand on page 205.


English - the new disease?

British hip hop artist and poet Dizraeli performs a piece he has made about 21 century English.