On the 26th of January 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip went ashore at Port Jackson in Sydney Harbour.
He had navigated halfway round the world with a fleet of 13 ships to make a penal settlement in a spot recommended to the British Government by Captain James Cook and Joseph Banks, the botanist.
He ( Capt Phillip ) and a handful of men claimed this new land for England and raised the British flag to signify it was now a British possession.
Just in the nick of time as French ships were sighted soon after !
Captain Philip went on to establish the colony firstly as a penal colony and soon open to free settlers in the land now known as Australia.
So now every year on the 26th January, we celebrate Australia Day .
The day of the first white settlement of Australia 222 years ago.
Of course it is a public holiday.
A day we celebrate our great country .
A day we go to the beach.
A day we meet friends for a BBQ where we cook sausages, steak, prawns and lamb.
A day we eat lamingtons.
thongs ( on our feet !!!),
(!! togs for men also called DTs otherwise known as speedos),
bare feet !
We drink our beer icy cold from a stubbie and keep it cold with a stubby holder
and vegemite on toast.
A day we celebrate being Australian.
PS. All pictures today from the internet! ( no that isn't me in the bikini !!!!!!!)