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Festivals and Celebrations: Australia Day

Year 8 Language

Resources in Accessit

Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Accessit for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS..


Over the past few weeks a couple of local councils have confirmed they have cancelled their Australia Day celebrations for 2018. It's all because of the negative feelings Australia's Indigenous people have towards this date. But the Prime Minister says he strongly disagrees with the push to move it.

January 26 marks the official National Day of Australia, but for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders the day is anything but celebratory.

This video by GetUp! asks us if the date can be changed so everyone can celebrate our amazing country.


Australia Day

Australia Day is for all Australians, no matter where our personal stories began. Reflect on being Australian, celebrate contemporary Australia and recognise our history.

On January 26, 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip guides a fleet of 11 British ships carrying convicts to the colony of New South Wales, effectively founding Australia. After overcoming a period of hardship, the fledgling colony began to celebrate the anniversary of this date with great fanfare.