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Australia Day
Australia Day

Australia Day


Special Days


Jane Pfeiffer









All states and territories mark Australia Day on 26 January each year. It is a public holiday that allows people to reflect on what it means to be Australian. The date marks the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet from Europe, which began the European colonisation of Australia. It is a time to reflect on the ongoing impact of European arrival on Aboriginal people, for whom it is both a day of mourning and a time to celebrate their survival and endurance. It is also a day to celebrate Australia’s rich history of immigration that began with convict transportation. Australians celebrate or commemorate a number of special days throughout the year. These special days give us the chance to reflect on the past, appreciate our lives, and look to the future together.

Learn About:
  • Australia Day
  • Survival Day
  • The importance of dates
  • The first Australia Day
  • Australia’s convict legacy
  • Australia Day Honours
  • The Ambassador Program
  • Citizenship Ceremonies
  • Australian of the Year Award
  • Australia Day events

Special Days
The Special Days series looks at some of Australia's important days, the history behind each day, and how Australians celebrate or commemorate the day. Inside each book, you'll find statistics, fun facts and photographs, as well as current information on how each special day plays a part in Australia's rich culture. Every book is a valuable resource designed to support Australian students and teachers and cover Australian Curriculum topics.



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