What is Australia Day about?
Australia Day, celebrated on the 26 January, is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain. It also marks the the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788.
On Australia Day, Australians come together as a nation to celebrate what is great about Australia and being Australian. Over half of the nation’s population of 21 million attend either an organised community event, or get together with family and friends with the intention of celebrating the national day.
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