Today is the day we commemorate a great thing…a day that has gone down in Australian history (and is also good excuse to have a bbq at the beach).
This is the day Australia became entirely populated by criminals.
Remember all those years back? The First Fleet? The ship full of people being transported for stealing bread and hankies? Yep. They landed on our Sunburnt Land on the 26th of January, 1788. (Of course, they didn’t set up colonies until February 7, 1788, but that’s beside the point.)
So, Australia Day is the day that we officially became…inhabited by Britain? Something like that. It’s not all sunshine and sausages. We kind of, well, stole the land from the natives (not nice). The youngest criminal to be transported here was nine years old. That’s right, folks. Nine. And Dodger (yes, I’m talking about Dodger from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist) was transported, you know? Not on the First Fleet, but he was still transported. Okay, the book didn’t say outright that he was sent to a penal colony in Australia, but you get the impression.
So that’s what we’re celebrating? Theft? Convicts? (We’re related to a convict…somehow.) No, people, it’s a lot more then that. This isn’t our “Independence Day”, like many countries have. This is our day to celebrate being Australian! In Canberra, people receive citizenship!
The tradition is to celebrate with a good Aussie barbeque on the beach. Eat chips in the boiling sun. Hit the surf! Have a picnic with friends and sunscreen. Buy a few Aussie flags and wave them patriotically. Make lamingtons!
Unfortunately, in our town it’s raining today. But that’s beside the point. The point is….
WE’RE PROUD TO BE AUSTRALIAN!!!
by cait and mime