Australia Day – January 26th

Australia Day is the anniversary of when the first group of British settlers, who were actually prisoners due to petty crimes, landed in Australia in 1788.

Britain’s prisons were overcrowded. They had been sending petty criminals to America until the American Revolution, after which they were no longer accepted there. Australia became the new place to send these prisoners. The first group of convicts to be sent to Australia sailed in what’s known as the First Fleet. It consisted of 11 ships filled with 759 convicts and some marine guards. They landed in Port Jackson, Australia, on January 26th, 1788.

January 26th is a public holiday in Australia, when people all around the country celebrate this landmark day.

Happy Australia Day!

Lisa

Come visit the Mama Lisa’s World Australia Page for Traditional Australian Songs.

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