Sunday, January 25, 2009


Australia Day is Australia's official national day, 26 January. It commemorates the landing of the First Fleet in Sydney Cove on that day in 1788.Sir Macfarlane Burnet was the first Australian of the Year in 1960.
Occupying an entire continent of some 7.6 million square kilometres, Australia is the sixth largest country in the world.

The Honourable Alfred Deakin was Australia's Prime Minister three times from 1903 to 1910. He attended Melbourne Grammar School and the University of Melbourne. He practiced law and was a journalist for the Age newspaper.

\About 85 per cent of flowering plants, 84 per cent of mammals, more than 45 per cent of birds, and 89 per cent of inshore, freshwater fish are unique to Australia.A worldwide competition to design the Australian flag attracted 32,823 entries in 1901.

There were 5 winners who shared the 200 pound prize money.Australia Day celebrates the anniversary of Captain Arthur Phillip unfurling the British flag at Sydney Cove and proclaiming British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia on 26 January 1788.

The quest for the celebration of a united Australian national day commenced within a few years of the First Fleet landing and the subsequent white settlement of this island continent.

The following timeline gives a chronological history of how Australians have acknowledged, celebrated and mourned January 26 since 1788.

It traces the path that leads to all States and Territories celebrating Australia Day as one on January 26 annually.January 26, through more than 200 years of debate and controversy, has remained the Australian celebratory national day since that date in January 1788 when 'formal possession was taken of the Colony of New South Wales

On that day, Captain Arthur Phillip became Governor of the Colony, having jurisdiction over the area bounded by latitude 10 37' to latitude 43 49' south and inland to longitude 135 east'.

The fledgling colony soon began to mark the anniversary of 26 January 1788 with formal dinners and informal celebrations. Manning Clark noted that on January 26, 1808, the 'anniversary of the foundation of the colony' was observed in the traditional manner with 'drinking and merriment'.

John Macarthur Senior had ensured his soldiers were amply supplied with liquor, bonfires were blazing and private houses illuminated.By 1820, Australia was beginning to look undeniably prosperous and sentiments of Australian patriotism were being expressed at gatherings of ex-convicts.

The sense of belonging to a new nation was encouraged in 1817 when Governor Macquarie recommended the adoption of the name Australia, instead of New Holland, for the entire continent

Advance Australia Fair’ is the national anthem of Australia.
A revised version of a late nineteenth century patriotic song, it was officially declared the national anthem on 19 April 1984.

Advance Australia Fair-National Anthem

Before you click on the Anthem to play. please click on the stop button on my header to stop playing .. GDay Gday

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free,
We've golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea,
Our land abounds in nature's gifts Of beauty rich and rare,
In history's page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.

In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We'll toil with hearts and hands
,To make this Commonwealth
of ours Renowned of all the lands,
For those who've come across the seas
We've boundless plains to share,
With courage let us all combine to
Advance Australia Fair.

In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.



Blogger Merle said...

G'day Dear Jan ~~ Congratulations on your Australia Day post which in my humble opinion is the best I have seen. Mine is irreverant, Robyn and Peter have them on but I like yours best. Have you seen the weather forecast for the week?
Mon 36, Tues 38, Wed abd Thurs 40
and Fri and Sat 41. Wheww!!
Take care, Love, Merle.

January 25, 2009 10:42 pm  
Blogger Peter said...

Happy Chinese New Year Jan.

January 26, 2009 12:26 am  
Blogger Smilingsal said...

Good to "meet" you, Jan. Happy Australia Day!

January 26, 2009 1:11 am  
Blogger Susie said...

Hi Jen,
Happy Australia Day! This was a great post filled with lots of good info.

January 26, 2009 5:49 am  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

That's a good post, Jen. At least you focused on history. I didn't. I wrote about going to the

Happy Australia Day and Happy Chinese New Year, too.

January 26, 2009 7:06 am  
Blogger Winifred said...

Happy Australia Day Jeanette. Very informative posting there.

I've got hooked on a telly programme here called Wanted Down Under where families go to Australia and New Zealand for a week to test the water. You see lots of different parts of the countries. It was Hobart on Friday. Very compulsive viewing!

When the family gets their video messages from friends and family I think I cry more than they do. What a wimp!

January 26, 2009 8:00 am  
Blogger Charlotte said...

Happy Australia Day!
I think I would love your country. I love the Australian accent. Your national anthem is beautiful.

January 26, 2009 8:47 am  
Blogger Cathy said...

Hello jen
Lovely tribute to our great land - oneo the best I've seen in blogland
Goingot be a hot time in the State this week - enjoy it and keep cool :))
Take care

January 26, 2009 9:13 am  
Blogger Pamela said...

the anthem is beautiful.
I remember hearing it during the Olympics... but without the words.

January 26, 2009 5:30 pm  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi again Dear Jan ~~ Glad you thought my fun post was OK.
Warren sent me one in e mail also, but he should have posted it.
I hope we survive this heat wave week. Take care, Love, Merle.

January 26, 2009 5:31 pm  
Blogger Gattina said...

This was a very interesting post for me, although I knew already quite a lot about Australia. When the USA have their national day, you just CAN'T ignore it with all the fuss they do. The European countries have their national days too, but don't ask me when. I only know 21 July for Belgium and the once in Germany and France. But that's it.
Being a special case with my multi national family I am not patriotic at all, I don't know to which country, lol !

January 26, 2009 5:44 pm  
Blogger Heart of Rachel said...

Hi Jen. Happy Australia Day! May you have a wonderful celebration.

Happy Chinese New Year too.

January 26, 2009 11:51 pm  
Blogger Reader Wil said...

Congratulations with this day. Last year Kevin Rudd made the news by expressing the "Big Sorry"for the Aborigenes, who for more than two centuries have suffered under the white supremacy. Until that time I couldn't congratulate Australians on Australian Day, but now things are changing hopefully.
My daughter has Aboriginal relatives by her first marriage, and because of them I know of their horrible history. But I wish you really good celebrations.

January 27, 2009 12:00 am  
Blogger Lady Di Tn said...

Thanks for the quick history lessons and I hope you have a wonderful Aussie day.

January 27, 2009 2:10 am  
Blogger Jim said...


I came over to wish you guys a HAPPY AUTRALIAN DAY! but I see you are posting really fine about it and so beat me to the punch (for sure).
Thank you of the history of it, it sounds pretty much like the start of our Thanksgiving day. I didn't know much of that history at all and I thank you again.


January 27, 2009 2:35 am  
Blogger Dreadnought said...

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY Jeanette, hope you all have a great day. Bob.

January 27, 2009 7:30 am  
Blogger Ruthie said...

Wanted to wish you a HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY! Have a wonderful day. Some of my teachers in the missionary school in China were Australian - and they were wonderful teachers.

January 27, 2009 7:59 am  
Blogger Diane@Diane's Place said...

Happy Aussie Day, Jen! Hope you had a great one. We're in the midst of an ice storm and my power is flickering, so I'd better sign off.

Love and hugs,


January 27, 2009 5:06 pm  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Hi Jen,
that was a super post about our Oz! Best country in the world for sure. We have an Australia Day Party every year, with up to 20 people some years. This year there were just 10 of us, but we still had just as much fun. I make them all get up and sing our anthem, even providing the words on a piece of paper!!!!
Thank you for your kind words about Ken's Mum. I'll get Ken to do you a copy of the Tattoo DVD.

January 28, 2009 12:56 am  
Blogger Dick said...

Happy Belated Australia Day! With the time difference this may miss by two calendar days when you receive it but here it is 7:54AM on the 27th.

You wrote a good explanation of how the day came to be. Where does the name "Australia" come from (I don't mean the guy who named it but the source of the name) and where does the nickname, Oz come from?

January 28, 2009 2:55 am  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi again Dear Jan ~~Just a note to let you know that I have left you a
Friendship Award. You can pick it up from my blog. Hope you enjoy it my friend. Take care, Love, Merle.xo

January 28, 2009 7:47 pm  
Blogger Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Hi Jen... has it been that long???? Life over here has been crazy with work etc. they are up to the month before our date (April 5th) but it could take up to 7 months to reach our date to go to China... slowly but very surely we are making our way to China... will it ever happen??? Yeah... just not quick enough... I have started fixing rooms though...
Take care...

February 04, 2009 11:49 pm  
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