Blog

26th January, Australia or Anniversary Day?

Michelle Morgan - Sunday, January 26, 2014

Did you know that 26th January wasn't always called Australia Day? In New South Wales up until 1935, it was referred to as Anniversary Day, and the other states didn't celebrate the landing of the First Fleet in Sydney Cove until after Federation.

You can find more information at http://www.australiaday.org.au/australia-day/history/ 

This newspaper article from 26 January 1931 about Anniversary Day is also very interesting: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/46595636

At the Sesquicentenary (150th anniversary) on 26 January 1938 in Sydney, there were not only celebrations but a conference was held for Aboriginal people who declared the day 'a Day of Mourning and Protest'.

There were big celebrations on Sydney Harbour for the Bicentenary in 1988, but there were also protests by Aboriginal people, many referring to the day as 'Invasion Day.'

While we have much to celebrate and be proud of in Australia, it must be very difficult for Aboriginal people, who are the first Australians, to be celebrating Australia Day on 26 January.

 

» Share this post

Recent Posts

Tags

goodreads giveaway awards decimal currency Mitchell Library combined book exhibit highlife magazine di bates playwriting skylight books bologna children's book fair Quirindi Library fishpond Gordon Library indigenous literacy foundation Broadbeach Library kindle chloe mauger eBook mall sophie masson romy sharp Woollahra Library holidays bay of fires bradman museum Paperchain Manuka sally odgers bill condon reconciliation deep sky Bowral Art Gallery racing the moon Waterstones Dymock's Canberra nowra library Reader's Companion Armidale YA fiction indigenous literacy day sir charles kingsford smith byron writers festival seven mile beach Good Reading festival of golden words school visits self-publishing illustrators bookworld sydney opera house southern highlands writers' festival book depository michelle morgan interviews barnes&noble writing workshops book tour elizabeth gilbert Abbey's Bookshop lyn linning scbwi smashwords ubud writers & readers festival blog tour author videos refugee week mETAphor canberra elaine ousten dymocks ulladulla library too late for love books griffin theatre theatre Anniversary Day St Paul's Primary School martin luther king, jr heart of australia atyp book fairs fran knight australian literature booktopia australian federation of graduate women ANZAC Day State Library of NSW 19 March 1932 Tamworth Country Music Festival clancy tucker children's book council of australia NSW branch bookstop[ Taree Library hnsa frankfurt book fair book launch literary events sydney berkelouw books sandy fussell goodreads bookloons kobo alexander mccall smith Muswellbrook Library playwrights retreat teachers' notes bushwalking southern cross children's book council of australia national conference historical fiction big book day out just write for kids festivals narrabundah college tasmania teen fiction Lismore Library international children's book day 2014 mother's day Reading Time Books + Publishing Newcastle writers' festival allen & unwin jump for jordan potts point bookshop lachlan philpott act writers centre smsa library society of children's book writers and illustrators writers' festivals indie publishing barbara braxton Dymocks Brisbane tanika gupta telopea park school nsw writers' centre read3r'zrevu paperback hans christian andersen australian reading hour ubud, bali sharon mcguinness berkelouw book barn tom keneally centre autumn revel jackie french 12 curly questions ann harth Port Macquarie Library authors Tamworth City Library luke johnson Historical Novel Society southern highland news Magpies gerringong historical society museum Australia Day spark award 2017 coming-of-age fiction book cover design shoalhaven libraries songs spark award older readers 2017 CBCA book of the year awards children's book council of australia illawarra south coast literary lunch children's / YA literature nook reviews copyediting amazon NAIDOC week eBook flying through clouds refugees believing 14 february 1966 iTunes good reading magazine Spotlight On kate gordon ainslie + gorman arts centre giveaway jamberoo public school historical novel society australasia captain tobias furneaux buzz words amazon kindle CBCA Children's Book Week author talks WritingNSW MacLean's Booksellers lovereading4kids QBD all the buzz about books readhowyouwant goodbye frankie griffin press mabo day arielle gamble Sydney Harbour Bridge playwriting festival festival of dangerous ideas book trailer scbwi australia kids' book review national simultaneous storytime bookshops writing process blog hop Bookshop Bowral Moss Vale Campus Library ReadPlus sydney writers festival 2019 sydney mechanics school of arts library gorman arts centre children's book council of australia better read than dead eBooks.com australian standing orders middle grade fiction libraries Grafton Library deb robins valentine's day

Archive