Australia Day and A Baby Shower

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Well today is Australia Day and it is a hot day with a bit of rain included just enough to make it nice a muggy, how are others spending there Australia Day well those of you who are Australian. Do Australian’s who no longer live in Australia still remember/celebrate Australia Day………

The tradition of having Australia Day as a national holiday on 26 January is a recent one. Not until 1935 did all the Australian states and territories use that name to mark that date. Not until 1994 did they begin to celebrate Australia Day consistently as a public holiday on that date.

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The tradition of noticing 26 January began early in the nineteenth century with Sydney almanacs referring to First Landing Day or Foundation Day.  That was the day in 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip, commander of the First Fleet of eleven convict ships from Great Britain and the first governor of New South Wales, arrived at Sydney Cove. The raising of the Union Jack there symbolised British occupation of the eastern half of the continent claimed by Captain James Cook on 22 August in 1770.

Some immigrants who prospered in Sydney, especially those who had been convicts or the sons of convicts, began marking the colony’s beginnings with an anniversary dinner – ‘an emancipist festival’ to celebrate their love of the land they lived in. Governor Lachlan Macquarie, the emancipists’ friend, made the thirtieth anniversary of the day in 1818 a public holiday, thirty guns counting out the years of British civilization, a tradition Macquarie’s successors continued.

Kathy with presents

Now how am I spending the day well I had a surprise Baby Shower for my daughter Kathy-Lee, I picked Australia Day as it is Tim’s birthday and I was able to just ask her over for her dad’s birthday and when she gets her she is surprised that there are big balloons everywhere and presents for her………

Tim has to work tonight so he has now gone to work and it is just me and Blain here now, Tasha asked me ages ago if I would have him tonight while she goes out……..it is the last chance we have to have him before school goes back on Tuesday.

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