In Australia ,as in other countries there exists a trait to “label” people living in the different regions with a generally humorous name:
So people in Western Australia are known as Sandgropers,
people in Queensland are known as Banana benders
those in Victoria may be referred to as “cabbage patchers” , which originated in colonial days and is a referral to how small an area the state is! Don’t blame me, that is what I discovered when I researched the question……….when I grew up in W.A., Victorians were tagged as Magpies, and South Australians were Crow eaters!
As for people from News South Wales! Thanks to the annual competition between the state of Queensland and NSW for the State of Origin Rugby League, the southerners as known as Cockroaches!
The Cockroaches of course respond by calling the Queensland team Canetoads
As John O Grady wrote in 1957 in his comic novel They’re a weird mob!
What is all this leading to, but the reason why Queenslanders are traditionally called Banana Benders ; The border between Queensland and the southern states is labelled the “banana curtain and we refer to those living south of the border as either southerners or Mexicans.So, I made some tags!
The explanation of a Banana bender is “A Queenslander. Deriving from the joking notion of people living in the southern states of Australia, that Queenslanders spend their time putting bends into bananas!
Queensland is referred to as Banana Land because 90% of the Australian commercial banana crop is grown in Queensland.
I used Xpandaprint to form the pulp of the banana, then over painted it a creamy white. The banana is partly peeled and painted with Inktense water colour pencils and outlined with a fine Pitts pen