26 January 2019 - HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY


G'day folks,

Happy Australia Day to you all. Last night, the two Aussie divers who helped to rescue the young soccer boys and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand were recognised as Australians of The Year. Well done!

Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip.

Date: 26 January 2019

Significance: Date of landing of First Fleet in Port Jackson in 1788

Observed by: Australian citizens, residents and expatriates

Also called: Foundation Day, Invasion Day, Australian Natives' Association Day, Survival Day, Anniversary Day

On Australia Day we celebrate all the things we love about Australia: land, sense of fair go, lifestyle, democracy, the freedoms we enjoy but particularly our people.

Australia Day is about acknowledging and celebrating the contribution that every Australian makes to our contemporary and dynamic nation. From our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people  - who have been here for more than 65,000 years - to those who have lived here for generations, to those who have come from all corners of the globe to call our country home. 

The marking of 26 January is an important date in Australia's history and has changed over time: starting as a celebration for emancipated convicts and evolving into what is now a celebration of Australia that reflects the nation's diverse people.

Australia Day continues to be hugely popular, with 3 in 4 Australians believing it has a bigger meaning beyond being just a day off.

More than half of all Australians participate in Australia Day attending events organised by State Governments, local councils, community groups or getting together with family and friends.  In addition, over 16,000 new Australians become citizens on Australia Day.

Clancy's comment: This day has become quite controversial, and I can fully understand why. Sadly, not enough has been done to recognize the original owners of this big piece of land. Amen.

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