Yesterday was Australia Day, commemorating the landing of the 1st Fleet in Sydney Harbour on 26/1/1788 (1/26/1788). The eleven ships and approximately 1000 souls had arrived at Stingray Bay (later changed to Botany Bay) a week earlier, following a recommendation from James Cook who sailed up the East Coast of Australia in 1770. But there was no fresh water, and too much sand to develop a penal settlement, so the expedition's leader, Captain Arthur Philip sent a scouting party north by boat and found a harbour which seemed a a suitable place to start a British colony.
We get a holiday tomorrow, because this year the day fell on a Saturday. In years past, if this has occured the celebrations etc occured on the holiday, rather than the actual day, but common sense prevailed a few years ago and now all the celebrations occur on the 26th. Citizenship ceremonies throughout the country, outdoor and backyard barbecues, parties, ferryboat races, surf carnivals, and general bonhommie usually occur. Yesterday seemed to be a successful day for the organisers with no trouble recorded.
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The weather is still fine today so I'm going to venture out and see what occurs.
Happy Birthday Duchess!