"I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat"
The Canary in Australia was developed by somewhat dubious methods, not the least was to cross Fife canaries from Scotland with Lizard and Gloster Canaries along with small Borders. It could easily be described as a bitser (bits of this and bits of that).
Breeding practices today in the most part are more acceptable and very seldom is a Gloster or Border used.
The free exchange of quality birds between all states has meant that the overall quality has improved and access to birds has become easier. Senior breeders are now passing on their skills and birds to a new generation of enthusiast.
Canaries were formerly used by miners to warn of dangerous gases.
Up untill approx the late seventies, BHP Australia bred birds onsite and used them to check for gas leakages in gas tanks, during maintenance periods. The bird is also widely used in scientific research. Canaries are often depicted in the media with Tweety Bird being a well-known example.
The first short to team Tweety and the cat, later named Sylvester, was 1947's Tweetie Pie, which won Warner Bros. its first Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons).