Australia Day

G’day for Aussie Day

There is a lot of debate that goes on every year with regards to Australia Day and the celebrations that take place on January 26th.

I am not Australian born but I am an Australian citizen. I am proud to celebrate Australia Day. I am one of the many Australians who believe the date should not be changed.

It seems to be a contentious issue. One that raises its ugly head each and every year without fail. Some people go on about the horrendous way this land was invaded. They are outraged at the massacres of the aboriginal people. And so they should be. But surely we should be focused in the now. Bringing Australians together. Uniting this country rather than trying to divide the nation. People! Australia was not the only country to have been conquered in this way. Just about every country has its sordid past. That is what happens when one country invades another. Many of these countries become better in many ways especially economically. Not all but most. They tend to become more prosperous.

Australia Day is Australia Day – January 26. It should remain now and always. I do strongly believe there should be Indigenous Day (or some other appropriately named day) on a separate date. A day the entire country can also unite to celebrate cultural appreciation of the aboriginal people. An opportunity to learn and grow. An opportunity to acknowledge the uniqueness, accept the differences and showcase our similarities.

Some local council’s attitudes wanting to wipe off Australia Day is an absolute disgrace. Another insane attempt to turn their backs on this country’s history. It is not a perfect history, but it is this country’s history never-the-less. No country, no person has a perfect history. We should not be ashamed. We as a country should learn and grow from it.   

Captain James Cook landed in Botany Bay in April 1770. It was eighteen years later on 18 January 1788 that Governor Arthur Phillip sailed in. Two days after Phillip set foot on these shores, the remainder of the First Fleet arrived to set up the penal colony. Unhappy with the conditions at Botany Bay, he moved the first colony to Port Jackson. There had also been a French exploratory expedition on the outskirts of Botany Bay on 24 January 1788. Perhaps the British thought it prudent to formally establish their ‘find’. January 26, 1788, was the day was officially declared British soil.