Australia

The photos illustrating how the country marked Australia Day 2020

Citizenship ceremonies, protests and visits to the beach marked a polarising Australia Day for many members of the community. Source: AAP

Australia's national day has been commemorated in dramatically different ways.

Australia has once again marked 26 January in polarised events around the country.

Some celebrated Australia Day, while others used the occasion to pause and reflect on the nation's troubled past.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was in Canberra, where he laid a wreath at the National Emergency Services Memorial and attended a citizenship ceremony.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison poses for photos with new citizens during an Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony and Flag Raising e
Prime Minister Scott Morrison poses for photos with new citizens during an Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony and Flag Raising event in Canberra.
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The prime minister in Canberra on Sunday.
The prime minister in Canberra on Sunday.
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Many celebrated Australia Day with family and friends, by the water or by a barbeque.

Australia Day celebrations in Newcastle.
Australia Day celebrations in Newcastle.
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People wave flags to celebrate Australia Day.
People wave flags to celebrate Australia Day.
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Local residents cool off in Clyde River near Batemans Bay.
Local residents cool off in Clyde River near Batemans Bay.
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Australia Day celebrations at the Story Bridge Hotel in Brisbane.
Australia Day celebrations at the Story Bridge Hotel in Brisbane.
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People dive into the Bogey Hole in Newcastle.
People dive into the Bogey Hole in Newcastle.
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The nation's cities put on parades and other events to commemorate the day. 

CFA members take part in the Australia Day parade celebrations in Melbourne.
CFA members take part in the Australia Day parade celebrations in Melbourne.
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The Australia Day parade in Melbourne.
The Australia Day parade in Melbourne.
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Sydney Harbour on Sunday afternoon.
Sydney Harbour on Sunday afternoon.
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The Australia Day Parade in Adelaide.
The Australia Day Parade in Adelaide.
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But many used 26 January to remember the nation's Indigenous history by attending 'Invasion Day' marches and Indigenous events such as Sydney's Yabun festival.

aThousands of people took part in an Invasion Day march in Brisbane.
Thousands of people took part in an Invasion Day march in Brisbane.
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Protesters chanted "always was, always will be Aboriginal land".
Protesters chanted "always was, always will be Aboriginal land".
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The Invasion Day march in Sydney.
The Invasion Day march in Sydney.
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Jesse Randall during the Invasion Day rally in Brisbane.
Jesse Randall during the Invasion Day rally in Brisbane.
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The Invasion Day march begins in Sydney's Hyde Park on Sunday.
The Invasion Day march begins in Sydney's Hyde Park on Sunday.
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And more than 27,000 new Australians became citizens on Sunday at ceremonies around the country.

New Australian Sylvain Della Libera waves his the Australian flag at a citizenship ceremony.
New Australian Sylvain Della Libera waves his the Australian flag at a citizenship ceremony.
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Jefersonia Moniz, centre, after receiving her citizenship on Australia Day in Darwin.
Jefersonia Moniz, centre, after receiving her citizenship on Australia Day in Darwin.
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