Happy Australia Day

Today, is the day we celebrate Australia Day.

This is for those of us who love the place we were born.
You can’t get more Australian than this – John Williamson standing on the back of Steve Irwin’s ute at Australia Zoo (Steve’s memorial service) singing “Home among the Gum Trees”.

Enjoy.

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42 thoughts on “Happy Australia Day

  1. How fabulous to have a national holiday for your birthday lol. My daughter had a group of friends around so my husband and I got to eat all their great food too πŸ™‚ Was nice to eat, mingle then go back inside to do my own thing πŸ™‚ Happy Australia Day to you πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes, unfortunate that the date they chose is the day that Captain Cook first came ashore and claimed the country for England.
      There is a lot of debate in the country about that unfortunately and many of the indigenous people are extremely upset over it. However that is one debate I will not enter into. I was born in this country and it is mine. πŸ˜€
      We also do lots of silly Australian things on this day like have cockroach and cane toad races πŸ˜‰

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    1. Hmmm interesting question.
      We celebrate Australia Day on January 26th because that is the day that Captain Cook came ashore and claimed the country for England. It is a controversial date because the indigenous people equate that with a hostile takeover of their land. At this time of the year many acts of vandalism take place on historical structures due to this.
      To be honest, I think another date might work better and cause less hostility and allow all Australians to come together to celebrate this great land we live in.

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        1. They didn’t! We are still pretty much under the rule of the monarchy and are part of the Commonwealth as overseen through the Governor General. No election can be held without the consent of the GG (Governor General this time – not Garden Gnome lol).
          Whilst there are many pushing for an end to this, I think the Queen pretty much lets Australia do their own thing (within reason lol).

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          1. Oh, so much for my understanding of Australian government and history. Thanks for your patience with my ignorance.
            I can understand those pushing for actual independence. While the Queen and her government may be uninvolved normally, the possibility of them stepping in from a distance would frighten me if I thought about it much.
            Then again, I am just an upstart yankee/rebel colonist myself, so that wouldn’t be too far from my way of thinking.

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