|The HMAS Bounty.|
|Does my make-up look ok?|
Australia Day is a day that the Nation celebrates on the 26th of January. It is a proud day, a day when everyone gets together to celebrate the things that make up this wonderful country. Multiculturalism, diversity, culture, and of course the beautiful and unique landscape of Australia. Although it should be a day of celebration for everyone, it was marred this year by some racist and cowardly graffiti in Melbourne as well as Botany Bay in Sydney. I won't waste time on these events, as they are truly low and not worth mentioning again.
|Tall ships in the harbour.|
|Happy Australia Day!|
|A young Ozzie.|
|An older Ozzie.|
Apart from the Harbour activities, there was plenty more going on today. Unfortunately I didn't have the stamina to do an all-dayer in this weather, so I left it on a high note. I did see people with paint still on them from the 5km 'fun-run' Colour Dash through the city. Participants start the 'race' with a complementary white t-shirt, and as they pass through different colour stages, volunteers through paint balls at them. After 5 kms of this, you can imagine the state you end up in! All in good fun, and raising money for MS (Multiple Sclerosis).
|People watching the ferry boat race.|
|2 blokes getting into the spirit of it!|
|An aboriginal dance being performed.|
|We're all Australian!!|
To finish off, I would like to say something on a very touchy subject. To some people, it is not 'Australia Day,' but 'Invasion Day.' On this day, in 1788, the First Fleet arrived in Sydney harbour and raised the British Flag, claiming New Holland in the name of King George. From that point, the native people of Australia were mistreated, killed and had their children stolen, just to name a few injustices. Australia has had it fair share of internal conflict, wrongs, and mistakes, but a huge step was made in 2008 when the then Prime Minsiter Kevin Rudd said the all important words "I'm sorry" for the Government and the Nation as a whole. Whatever happened in the past, there comes a time to forgive the past, reconcile, and move on together. Australia Day is a day for ALL Australians, no matter where they were born or grew up, but consider this country their own.