Origins of the Oi

It’s a no brainer that Australians love their sport. Donald Bradman (Australia’s greatest cricketer) is still not out in the Citizenship Test and no Aussie Christmas is complete without beach cricket. But what about ‐ Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi! – a sport – obsessed nation should know the origins of its greatest chant.

When Cornish migrants settled in mining towns across South Australia they brought tradition with them. In Cornwall, a pasty was called an Oggie. Once baked, the women would bellow down the mineshaft, “Oggie! Oggie! Oggie” to which the miners replied, “Oi! Oi! Oi!”and the pasties were dropped.

Quickly adopted by their Aussie workmates – it now echoes around the world from little lungs to wearied bodies at the mere sight of green and gold. From the pit to the pitch – this catchy cry can unite a nation.