Australia during 1901-1912 was known for the ashes

Australia during 1901-1912 was known for the ashes (cricket) and also the Melbourne Cup, these two events where iconic during that time period for many reasons including the Melbourne Cup “the race that stops a nation” because of the enormous attention it engenders. When the Melbourne Cup is being held, workplaces all around the country stop operations as staff bundle around radios, large crowds gather in clubs and hotels and the streets are bizarrely quiet as people listen for the magic four minutes of the race. Even though in 1901 Australia had economic problems “the Cup” so instead of an actual prize the winners of the cup got presented with tea and coffee.