Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day to all my fellow Australians, wherever you are.

Australian Coat of Arms (adopted 1912)

To many Australians, today is tinged with mixed feelings. Unfortunately, the date commemorates Captain Arthur Phillip‘s claim on the land in the name of the British King, George the Third.

English: The Founding of Australia, 26 January...

English: The Founding of Australia, 26 January 1788, by Captain Arthur Phillip R.N. Sydney Cove. Original oil sketch [1937] by Algernon Talmage R.A. ML 1222. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For the Australian aborigine, this was an event that eventually led to the destruction of their way of life, and many, many deaths among their people. In protest, there are many aborigines who call the day Invasion Day, and mark it as a day of mourning.

These pictures are from an article about the I...

These pictures are from an article about the Invasion Day rally and march at Let’s Take Over (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I believe most Australians are proud to be Australian. It would be wonderful if we had a day that we could all celebrate that pride, but change doesn’t happen easily. A few alternative dates have been suggested, but none have received unanimous approval.  A poll was conducted in 2004, asking if the date of Australia Day should be moved to one that is not associated with European settlement. The results show my thinking is in the minority – 79 per cent of respondents favoured no change, 15 per cent favoured change and 6 per cent were uncommitted.

So, with no other option, I choose to celebrate this day despite it’s origins. Instead, I see it as a day to take pride in my country, rather than a day of commemoration for an event that I had no control over. As the day falls in the Australian summer, it is an ideal time for big outdoor, public events with the obligatory fireworks, but many Australians celebrate with friends, having a BBQ, a drink, a yarn and a laugh.

australia day 2010

australia day 2010 (Photo credit: Jon Ovington)

The following link is to a song that has pulled my heartstrings for the last ten years. To me, it is what being Australian is all about:

On my recent visit home, I was disappointed to discover Qantas no longer play this just before touch down in Australia. It used to be the favourite part of the flight home.

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6 thoughts on “Happy Australia Day!

  1. That’s just lovely. Outrageous, that Qantas no longer plays it – it would make me very excited (even as a non-Aussie) to glide in to that! A very happy Australia day, if a bit late, and sorry for our poor behaviour.

  2. Happy Australia Day, Juli!

    I’m dialling you in to this, Mavis. I hope it catches you before you set off for NY.

    Latest update – I got an email on Wednesday from Louise, Chris Young’s assistant, inviting me to meet him on Skye next week!

    So after a few exchanges of emails, I’ve just booked a hotel on the Island of Skye for Monday night, 28th, and will meet Chris at 10.00 on Tuesday morning! Yikes!!!!!

    Tomorrow and Sunday will be spent revising the script like mad and planning the re-shape of Lachlan.

    Wish me luck..and some decent weather for the drive north!

    Have a lovely time, Mavis.

    Talk soon!

    Hilda x

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    From: Juli Townsend’s Transition to Home [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] Sent: 25 January 2013 13:25 To: hildadefelice@btinternet.com Subject: [New post] Happy Australia Day!

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    • Hilda!!!! That’s amazing, and so soon. Wow!!!
      Mountains of luck to you. I will be anxiously waiting here to hear EVERYTHING. Come by – name the day and time – I’m here.
      The weather is meant to get better tomorrow. You should be fine by Monday.

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