Friday Jan 24, 2020

Leonard "Len" Reid

Australian Consulate General Emeritus / President Australia New Zealand America Society (ANZAS)

“Australia Day, What is it and What does it mean to Aussies “

Introduced by: Brian Evison

Australia Day, 26 January, is the American equivalent of the 4th of July.  Unlike the American celebration of independence from Britain, Australia celebrates the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the British Flag, the Union Jack, at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788

On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. It’s the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. It’s the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future.

The presentation will give an Aussie perspective of Australia day and show how we celebrate the day at community events with family and friends; much like Americans do on 4th July.

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