Australia Day

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Australia Day (previously known as Anniversary Day and Foundation Day), is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, the day commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788, the hoisting of the British flag there, and the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia.

Australia Day is an official public holiday in every state and territory of Australia, and is marked by the Order of Australia and Australian of the Year awards, along with an address from the Prime Minister.  Yours truly will actually receive an Australia Day Award this year (2010) at an official ceremony today.

Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later, records of celebrations on 26 January date back to 1808, with Governor Lachlan Macquarie having held the first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales in 1818.

  Millions of people will attend Australia Day celebrations and functions across the country.

Australia Day has become the day when all Aussies across the country head to the nearest beach, park or sport field and have a barbie with the mates and celebrate everything that we love about this sunburnt country.  It's a day to be proud to be a larrikin, a battler, and a digger, a day to speak in our national language known as 'Strine', and listen to John Williamson and Midnight Oil songs.

So... Good on ya mate! Crack a tinny and put another snag on the barbie.  She'll be right!  Have a corker of an Aussie Day!

travelman727 says:
Great blog! Are you sure you're not Irish? You seem to have a bit of the blarney in you :-D
Posted on: Jan 27, 2010
theonionlady says:
Hello Possums! A flag with Dame Edna is a bonza idea!! Love it. :-)
Posted on: Jan 26, 2010
Dr_Seuss says:
Big feature on the news here today about folk wanting to change the flag of Australia, removing the Union Flag. Ungrateful ex-cons :d Hope they put Rolf Harris in charge of designing it:D or better still just have one with a picture of Dame Edna on it
Posted on: Jan 26, 2010
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