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#1 NickAu

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 05:08 PM

To all Australians everywhere and especially our troops who can't be with their family's today.

 

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Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip. In contemporary Australia, celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation, and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new immigrants into the Australian community.%5B2%5D
The meaning and significance of Australia Day has evolved over time. Unofficially, or historically, the date has also been variously named "Anniversary Day", "Invasion Day", "Foundation Day", and "%5B3%5D 26 January 1788 marked the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia (then known as New Holland).%5B4%5D Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later, records of celebrations on 26 January date back to 1808, with the first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales held in 1818.%5B5%5D On New Years Day 1901, the British colonies of Australia formed a Federation, marking the birth of modern Australia. A national day of unity and celebration was looked for. It was not until 1935 that all Australian states and territories had adopted use of the term "Australia Day" to mark the date, and not until 1994 that the date was consistently marked by a public holiday on that day by all states and territories.%5B6%5D
In contemporary Australia, the holiday is marked by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve, announcement of the Australia Day Honours list and addresses from the Governor-General and Prime Minister. It is an official public holiday in every state and territory of Australia, unless it falls on a weekend in which case the following Monday becomes a public holiday instead. With community festivals, concerts and citizenship ceremonies, the day is celebrated in large and small communities and cities around the nation. Australia Day has become the biggest annual civic event in Australia.%5B7%5D

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 05:22 PM

Happy Australian Day to all our members in Australia !

 

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 05:23 PM

I'd hoist one of these but I doubt that real Aussies drink this swill.

 

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Happy Australia Day!


Edited by JWebb, 25 January 2015 - 05:23 PM.


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Posted 25 January 2015 - 07:12 PM

Happy Australia Day

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 07:21 PM

 The Emu and Kangaroo can kill you with their powerful legs and deadly claws.

 

The platypus is the only Australian mammal known to be venomous. Adult males have a pointed spur (about 15 millimetres long) located just above the heel of each hind leg, which can be used to inject poison produced by a gland in the thigh (the crural gland).

 

And the wombat ( and it's close cousin the drop bear ) and possum can inflict nasty bites, Drop bears have been known to kill sheep.

 

I figured I would say that before Animal reminds us all how deadly Australian fauna is. :hysterical:


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Posted 25 January 2015 - 07:28 PM

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 04:26 PM

Australian ingenuity at its best:

 

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/watch/sheep-herded-to-create-australian-flag/vi-AA8DG0o


Edited by Bezukhov, 28 January 2015 - 04:27 PM.

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Posted 30 January 2015 - 08:31 PM

Late but Happy Australia Day to all my friends in Oz! 

 

Bezukhov...great vid! 


Edited by Stolen, 30 January 2015 - 08:34 PM.





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