Australia Day

Australia Day (previously known as Anniversary Day, Invasion Day, Foundation Day, and ANA Day) is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, the date commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove, New South Wales in 1788 and the proclamation at that time of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia (then known as New Holland).

Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later, records of celebrations on 26 January date back to 1808, with the first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales held in 1818. It is marked by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve, announcement of the Australia Day Honours list and addresses from the Governor-General and Prime Minister. It is an official public holiday in every state and territory of Australia, unless it falls on a weekend in which case the following Monday is a public holiday instead. With community festivals, concerts and citizenship ceremonies, the day is celebrated in large and small communities and cities around the nation. Australia Day has become the biggest annual civic event in Australia.

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National Australia Day Council
... body for the Australian of the Year Awards and Australia Day celebrations across the nation is the National Australia Day Council (NADC) ... The NADC heads a network of state and territory Australia Day affiliate organisations and local Australia Day committees and is designed to inspire national pride ... It aims to promote the meaning of Australia Day through activity, education, reflection, discussion and debate and to promote good citizenship, values ...
Australia Day - Suggested Changes To The Date - Opposition To Change
... Any decision to change the date of Australia Day would have to be made by a combination of the Australian Federal and State Governments ... Aboriginal concerns with the date, but that it was nevertheless a significant day in Australia's history, and thus he was in favour of retaining the current date ... was inappropriate as it coincided with New Year's Day ...

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