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Tuesday, January 25, 2011



The First Fleet left England on 13th May 1787 for the ‘lands beyond the seas’ – Australia - stopping at Tenerife, Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town, where food supplies were replenished.

The fleet arrived at Botany Bay between 18th and 20th January 1788.
However, this area was deemed to be unsuitable for settlement
so they moved north arriving at Port Jackson
( where Sydney stands today )
on the Australian East coast on 26 January 1788.

The British flag was first raised at Sydney Cove on 26 January 1788. This date is celebrated now as Australia's national day. 

The Australian flag as we know it was the result of a competition for a flag design after Federation in 1901.

Happy Australia Day.


  1. Happy Australia Day! We are sending over a couple more shiploads - muggers, vandals, fraudsters and MP's who have cheated on expenses. I suggest that you parachute them in to the deepest bush and let them fend for themselves.

  2. Happy Australia day. We're celebrating here with vegemite on toast for breakfast, snags for lunch and lamb roast for dinner. to honour our national day I am sewing ...

  3. Happy Australia Day to You! I like your flag! Thanks for the history lesson it was very interesting.

  4. Happy Australia Day! Thanks for the history lesson.

  5. Thanks for the interesting lesson
    Happy Australia Day
    Julie xxxxxxx

  6. Have a good day! Thanks for the info.


  7. Happy Australia day - I hope things are on the "up" after recent floods x

  8. How interesting, I didnt know that about the flag. Happy Australia day!

  9. An Englishman flew into Sydney airport on his first visit to Australia.
    The immigration official spent many minutes examining his passport and then even longer staring at his computer screen. Finally, after about ten minutes, the official looked up and asked, “Have you got a criminal record?”
    “No,” the Englishman replied, “I’m afraid not. …
    …..I didn’t know it was still necessary.”

  10. I pressed 'Post Comment' before I could add:-
    "Happy Australia Day". :D

  11. Belated Happy Australia Day. I hadn't realised actually, but by chance I did eat rather a lot of chocolate last night so you can think of that as my little celebration.