Happy Australia Day Everyone! We hope you’re going to have an awesome day with family and friends.
Here’s some info about the history of this celebration:
Australia Day, 26 January, is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788. The tradition of having Australia Day as a national holiday on 26 January is a recent one. Not until 1935 did all the Australian states and territories use that name to mark that date. Not until 1994 did they begin to celebrate Australia Day consistently as a public holiday on that date. The tradition of noticing 26 January began early in the nineteenth century with Sydney almanacs referring to First Landing Day or Foundation Day. That was the day Captain Arthur Phillip arrived at Sydney Cove. The raising of the Union Jack there symbolised British occupation of the eastern half of the continent claimed by Captain James Cook on 22 August in 1770. In Sydney, celebratory drinking, and later anniversary dinners became customary, especially among emancipists.
You can read a comprehensive history of the evolution of Australia Day here
If you’re spending your Australia Day in Paddington, let us know by taking a picture and tagging us @visitpaddington