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What’s Australia Day?

Australia Day, or differently-titled holidays celebrating the Aussie identity, have been celebrated on a range of dates throughout our history. Source: Australian War Memorial

Australia’s national day has its roots in the country’s colonial past. It marks the day when the First Fleet of 11 British ships sailed into Port Jackson with Governor Arthur Phillip raising the British flag in Sydney Cove on 26 January, 1788. Many Indigenous Australians regard it as ‘Invasion’ or ‘Survival’ Day. How has the meaning of Australia Day changed over time?

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