David Crystal on the alleged origin of the Australian accent: “Complete and utter rubbish!”
Just to give a little insight of the goings-on in the world of linguistics:
Lately there has been a discussion on where the Australian accent originated, some claim it would have come from the way the first convicts spoke when they were drunk. The well know linguist David Crystal debunks and explains in the following blog: http://david-crystal.blogspot.co.uk.
The Guardian article Crystal refers to can be found here.