Kokoda Day

The 8th of August is commemorated by many Australians in recognition of Kokoda Day, a special day chosen by the veterans who were there, to honour the men who fought and died during the Kokoda campaign. The 8th of August was chosen by the 39th ...
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Alfred Deakin, Australian statesman

On this day we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of one of Australia’s greatest statesmen, Alfred Deakin, who was born on the 3rd of August 1856. Deakin was a leading light in the drive for the federation of the Australian colonies; he was ...
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Dorothea Mackellar’s My Country

Today, the 1st of July, is the anniversary of the birth of Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968) who wrote the much-loved ode to Australia “My Country”, which is perhaps the most widely recited patriotic poem in Australia’s history. Mackellar wrote the ...
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Ned Kelly’s last stand

On this day we commemorate the last stand of Ned Kelly and his gang at the Glenrowan Hotel (Monday 29th of June 1880). Ned Kelly was a man who was, in many ways, “larger than life”; a man who had done wrong, but who had also been wronged, and who ...
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Henry Lawson Day

Today is the anniversary of the birth of Henry Lawson (1867), an Australian patriot who was one of this nation’s most famous and popular writers. Lawson wrote of Australia’s way of life and in doing so he helped to shape our national identity. ...
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Anzac Day 2011

On this, one of the most important days of the Australian calendar, we remember those who fought and died in the service of their nation. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At ...
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Celebrate Australia Day

Australia Day was established to celebrate the settlement of Australia by Europeans, as a commemoration of the day when Governor Arthur Phillip declared the founding of a colony at Sydney Cove on the 26th of January in 1788. The anniversary of the ...
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Eureka rebellion anniversary

The Eureka rebellion was a revolt against excessive taxation, corrupt officials, and a lack of individual rights – and forms a significant part of the cultural and political heritage of Australia. With the advent of widespread gold discoveries, ...
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