I know that anyone reading this that doesn’t live in Australia probably thinks that this idea is crazy [which I’ll admit is a bit over the top] however, we do get a day off, so whose laughing now =) Anyway, enough gloating.
Australia day is a new idea, in fact Australians didn’t collectively celebrate Australia day until 1994. I, for one, am surprised that it took Australians that long to take advantage of a day off, but it took a while for everyone to decide on a date, which brings me to the point of this blog post.
January the 26, is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788. In other words, it’s the day we stole land from its rightful owners, the Aborigines, who had been living here for around 60,000 years or more.
So you can understand why I’m completely surprised that today of all days happens to be the day that the nation decided that we should celebrate Australia day.