WPC: Variations

Sydney Harbour is amazing any time but it becomes magical on special occasions. Like Australia Day, which we celebrated yesterday. For a summer day it wasn’t the best. Clouds and humidity and excitement and noise couldn’t the spirits of those celebrating. This place dresses up and the crowds come out to marvel and share the…

In Australia 26th January is … what?

Today dawned bleak.  Overcast skies.  Dampening long weekend camping plans.  I lay in bed this morning and pondered the controversy surround today’s celebrations and its significance to everyone who calls Australia home, as I have since 2003. Indigenous Australians,  whose heritage predated the arrival of the first fleet in 1788, were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.…

Monday Memoir: Australia Day

By Linda Stewart 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 (you can read a comprehensive history of the evolution of Australia Day here). Today…

Australia Day

On the other side of the world many of you will be waiting for the Sandman to come visiting … while here in the Land Down Under it is Australia Day (correctly pronounced Straya Day). It is the one day in the year on which the rest of us catch up with those among us…