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The Australian Flag, from dawn to dusk, flew at my place, in Sandy UT today, during my celebration of Australia Day.

I spent quite a while explaining to my wife that Australia celebrates as its National Day the arrival of 11 English ships (The First Fleet) into Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) on the January 26 1788 to claim the land for Britain as a penal colony, under the first of the Naval Governors (Governor Phillip). The Colony was called New South Wales.

In answer to the inevitable Why?, I explained the British could no longer send convicts to America for rehabilitation, having upset the American Colonies when they were under the British flag. The First Fleet beat out two French ships under La Perouse by several days. Otherwise I might be speaking French rather than Strine. A Sydney coastal suburb is called La Perouse.

The British declared Australia terra nulius (unoccupied land) which was quite a surprise to an estimated 300,000 Aborigines who had called it home for 70,000 years. Only in this past decade was there an official Government apology for the "invasion".

The Australian Colonies federated in 1901. The Australian Flag came into being soon after, following a competition  won by a school child. The Australian Capital of Canberra was founded in 1927, designed by the American architect, Walter Burley Griffin who won an international competition.

History lesson and celebrations over for another year.





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Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
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Great explanation and Happy Australia day to you. It would have been much nicer celebrating in Sydney on the beach than digging snow today in Maryland.

Jan 26, 2011 12:48 PM #1
Deb Jamail
HomeLife Southern Properties - Galveston, TX
Galveston County Real Estate


Australia has a beautiful flag.  Great post and information for those of us who know little about the history of Australia!  

Jan 26, 2011 03:21 PM #2
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Ellie - I have noticed that you are getting your share of  the white stuff. We are in a bit of a thaw (around 40 degrees, so positively warm). Any Australian beach at this time of the year, rain or dry, has its attractions.

Deb - variations of the Australian Flag have been suggested over the years by various political interests but the current one, shjown in the pics, with the Southern Cross (constellation visible in the Southern Hemisphere) suits my requirements.

Celebrations over, now back to the job at hand. Looking to everyone having a bonzer year.

Jan 27, 2011 12:05 AM #3
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Larry - thanks for the lesson. I certainly hope that I get to go back to Oz someday. Do you also celebrate ANZAC Day?

Jan 27, 2011 01:18 AM #4
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Mike - put a date on a calendar and go. ANZAC day is a biggie (remembrance) April 25.

Jan 27, 2011 01:55 AM #5
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor


Great explanation. Hope it was a great day. Post your celebrations on "Observances and Celebrations." :)


Jan 30, 2011 05:44 AM #6
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


You're a very wise man and an educator. I didn't know any of that information prior to reading all about it. Thank you for teaching me something new. You're a very proud man and a great Realtor friend too!

Feb 01, 2011 03:55 PM #7
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