Mark formation date, not landing
In recent weeks, we have heard via the media all about Australia Day on January 26 when the foundation of Australia was on January 1, 1901, and this is the day that must be recognised as Australia Day.
When are all Australians going to celebrate Australia Day and not the first landing of Governor Philip in New Holland to form a settlement known as NSW, so the British could get rid of convicts from their jails as they could no longer be sent to America?
They only claimed a small portion of New Holland, only the eastern part of what is now NSW, and the name Australia did not even exist. Matthew Flinders coined the name Australia and was forced to take the name out of his mapping report to the British Admiralty in about 1810 and use the name New Holland. WA was the first British colony to use Australia in its name in 1830.
We need to have pride in the formation of Australia as a new sovereign country.
I am a fifth-generation Australian and had ancestors in South Australia, WA and Victoria in the first year of their settlements, and I now have great-grandchildren that are eighth-generation Australians.
I have not attended the so-called Australia Day celebrations for the past several years and will not attend until it is on the correct date and used to celebrate the formation of Australia.
Australia did not exist as a country before 1901 and the first sitting of the Australian Parliament was in Melbourne in March, 1901. I have had a lot to do with the true Aboriginal people, and in their views, celebrating Australia Day on January 26 is considered to be against them as they consider it as “Invasion Day”, but are happy to be Australians and would welcome the change to celebrate the foundation day for the formation of Australia. I ask anyone reading this to lobby their politicians to change the date of Australia Day to January 1, and then Australia can show pride in the formation of Australia.