Australia Day, January 26th 2018

January 26th is Australia Day. A day to commemorate the “founding” of Australia.

The marking of 26 January is an important date in Australia’s history and has changed over time: starting as a celebration for emancipated convicts and evolving into what is now a celebration of Australia that reflects the nation’s diverse people.

Australia Day continues to be hugely popular, with 3 in 4 Australians believing it has a bigger meaning beyond being just a day off.

More than half of all Australians participate in Australia Day attending events organised by State Governments, local councils, community groups or getting together with family and friends.  In addition, over 16,000 new Australians become citizens on Australia Day.

On Australia Day we celebrate all the things we love about Australia: land, sense of fair go, lifestyle, democracy, the freedoms we enjoy but particularly our people.

 

In my part of Australia January 26th is hugely popular. What better way to enjoy this public holiday than to spend it down at the beach. With thousands of others…australia day 2018 011_4960x3421Across in the distance, on the Burleigh hill, more crowds have gathered, groups taking advantage of the shade under every tree.australia day 2018 013_5184x3888Even looking north, towards Surfers Paradise, there are far more people than usual.australia day 2018 031_5184x3888It is hot, the sun is shining and the ocean is as warm as bath-water.

Everywhere the Aussie flag is flapping proudly in the slight breeze. I think this group have gone for a swim. But for one of their mates it is all too much and he has dozed off. Can you see him?

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But this lot are enjoying the company of their friends, having a beer and waiting for the BBQ to cook.australia day 2018 005_5184x3888

As I walked by the different groups, music of all sorts drifted out from their Ipad, tablets and phones. I don’t think many were using the old-fashioned radio. Many were keeping up with the one day cricket commentary. Some were playing games of cricket.australia day 2018 006_5184x3888

It is a time for families of all nationalities to get together in the shade of the Pandanus and Norfolk Pine trees.

australia day 2018 032_5184x3888Jack bikes down to the beach every day for a swim. The best way is to bike as the parking is limited and very hard to find a spare space. I came with him today to soak in the atmosphere of this day. As he swam I walked along enjoying people watching

The Aussie is renowned for being inventive and I had to smile as I spotted this unique mode of transport.australia day 2018 018_5184x3888The girls were flocking to it for free rides along the beach front. What a “chick magnet”australia day 2018 022_5184x3888Hold tight everyone. This looks to be fun.

It is a day to be loud and proud of being Australian.

 

But there is a darker side to this day. The Aboriginals do not celebrate, as they call it “invasion day”. And there is a growing movement to have the date changed. I can understand their anger as the Aboriginal people had been here for thousands of years  and Australia Day does not recognise the indigenous people in any way of form. But this is such a joyful day of celebration for what this nation is. Surely another day could be formed to recognise the Aboriginal culture.

This is the other side of Australia Day

26 comments

  1. Historywise it is not a happy day bringing convicts from England to take possession of Australia disregarding the indigionus people.
    We can not change the past but we could change the date to the federation date or perhaps the date when the indigionus people got the right to vote.
    Aboriginal sounds like not original but the black people were the original owners of Australia.

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  2. Interesting history and the beach looks fun. I love that “chick magnet.” As for the protests, they sound similar to what is going on here, where the suppressed people, in this case the Aboriginals, are rising up and insisting on equal rights and recognition. Peaceful demonstration is how change occurs. I can certainly understand their grievances.

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  3. That is sad about the Aboriginal people. There is similar sentiment here for the Spanish Missionaries who enslaved indigenous people as they came north up the coast. Some of our important historical sites get vandalizes; but typically not by descendants of indigenous people, but by descendants of European people.

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  4. There is nothing wrong in having a good time – but I agree with the other commenters: Some people should think more and do more about the situation. European invaders were all over the world, and I guess some of them did not know better. Now they should.

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  5. My brother hails from that part of the world. i saw his Australia Day photos. They were nice. Everyone was smiling. He is a nice man. i wondered what he would think of my blog suggesting a change of date? i think perhaps that he would be perfectly happy to celebrate on another date too. i’ll have to ask him.

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    • I think for the majority of Australians the date doesn’t really matter as it is another opportunity for a day off in the sun, especially if it falls on a Friday or Monday, then there is the bonus of a long weekend. But to others the significance of history is important

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  6. I think you’ve summed the day up perfectly. I do believe that it is only a small minority that are in disagreeance and loudly causing a slur on others. We have a wonderful mix of cultures, high standard of living and an attitude to life that is priceless. I truly wish that the media would focus more on the incredible work that is being done by our indigenous Aussies, people like June Oscar of Fitzroy Crossing.

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    • You would need to go to one of the beaches further north Gilly. There is a 40 kilometre stretch of coastline but everyone seems to congregate on the few beaches with the lifesavers and shops, cafes nearby

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