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The truth of Australia Day....

This is information that all Australians need to know. Especially those that believe it has to do with how anybody was treated.

People should learn the true facts before opening their mouth to spew falsehood. This information was authored by Peter Lee - it should be taught to all Australians.

Below is the reason Australia Day is celebrated on 26th of January. Here are the Facts about Australia Day but don’t expect the media to educate you with these facts as it is not part of their agenda. 

1. Australia Day does not celebrate the arrival of the First Fleet or the invasion of anything.

2. Captain Cook did not arrive in Australia on the 26th of January 1788. The landing of Captain Cook in Sydney (Botany Bay) happened on the 28th of April 1770 – not on the 26th of January.

3. The First Fleet arrived in Botany Bay on the 18th of January.

The 26th was chosen as Australia Day for a very different and important reason. The 26th of January is the day Australians received their independence from British Rule.

However, Captain Cook’s landing was included in Australian bi-centenary celebrations of 1988 when Sydneysiders decided Captain Cook’s landing should become the focus of the Australia Day commemoration.

Sadly, the importance of this date for all Australians has begun to fade and now a generation later, it is all but lost. The media as usual is happy to twist the truth for the sake of controversy.

Captain Cook didn’t land on the 26th of January, so changing the date of any celebration of Captain Cook’s landing would not have any impact on Australia Day, but maybe it would clear the way for the truth about Australia Day.


Australians of today abhor what was done under British governance to the Aborigines, the Irish and many other cultures around the world.

So, after the horrors of WW11, we decided to try and fix it. We became our own people.

On 26th of January 1949, the Australian nationality came into existence when the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 was enacted.

That was the day we were first called Australians and allowed to travel with passports as Australians and NOT British subjects.

In 1949 therefore, we all became Australian citizens under the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948.

Before that special date, all people living in Australia, including Aborigines, were called "British Subjects” and forced to travel on British passports and fight in British wars.

This is why we celebrate Australia Day on the 26th of January. This was the day Australians became free to make our own decisions about which wars we would fight and how our citizens would be treated. It was the day we were all declared Australians.

Until this date, Aborigines were not protected by law. For the first time since Captain Cook’s landing this new Act gave Aboriginal Australians the full protection of Australian Law.


This is why the 26th of January is the day new Australians receive their citizenship.

It is a day which celebrates the implementation of the Nationality of Citizenship Act of 1948 – The Act which gave freedom and protection to the first Australians and gives all Australians, old and new, the right to live under the protection of Australian Law, united as one nation.

What was achieved that day is something for which all Australians can be proud.

Isn’t it time therefore that all Australians were taught the real reason we celebrate Australia Day on the 26th of January?

In one way or another, we are ALL descendants of Australia ALL OF US.

So, we should ALL be celebrating and giving thanks for the freedoms, the lifestyles and opportunities that we currently enjoy, thanks to the strengths and battles of our ancestors.

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"The landing of Captain Cook in Sydney happened on the 28th April 1770"

"Captain Cook’s landing was included in Australian bi-centenary celebrations of 1988"

How is that a bi-cententary?


From The New South Wales Migration Centre:
"The First Fleet of 11 ships, each one no larger than a Manly ferry, left Portsmouth in 1787 with more than 1480 men, women and children onboard. Although most were British, there were also African, American and French convicts. After a voyage of three months the First Fleet arrived at Botany Bay on 24 January 1788. Here the Aboriginal people, who had lived in isolation for 40,000 years, met the British in an uneasy stand off at what is now known as Frenchmans Beach at La Perouse
On 26 January two French frigates of the Lapérouse expedition sailed into Botany Bay as the British were relocating to Sydney Cove in Port Jackson. The isolation of the Aboriginal people in Australia had finished. European Australia was established in a simple ceremony at Sydney Cove on 26 January 1788."

From The Captain Cook Society:

"Cook landed here on 29th April 1770"



So it was Captain Arthur Phillip who established the British Colony at Sydney Cove on January 26th, 1788. But first they stopped for two days at Botany Bay on the 24th.



"People should learn the true facts before opening their mouth to spew falsehood." Exactly!

This information was authored by me.

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Australia was never about Captain Cook and his explorations.

Australia became a nation on 1 January 1901, when the British Parliament passed legislation enabling the six Australian colonies to collectively govern in their own right as the Commonwealth of Australia. 

That’s when we effectively received our independence from the UK and we chose to remain part of the Commonwealth.

The Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 was not enacted for the purpose of independence or Australia Day in 1948, in fact Australia Day , Foundation Day, has been celebrated by the various states as early as 1808. You should read the history of how this legislation came to be enacted at the following link.


Records of celebrations on 26 January date back to 1808, with the first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales held in 1818. It was not until 1935 that all Australian states and territories adopted use of the term "Australia Day" to mark the date of the 1788 landing of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove, and not until 1994 that 26 January was consistently marked by a public holiday on that day by all states and territories.

The author Peter Lee needs to not only read history , but also understand history before opening his mouth and spewing falsehoods, that I do agree with.

The First Fleet sailed on May 13, 1787, with 11 vessels, including 6 transports, aboard which were about 730 convicts (570 men and 160 women). More than 250 free persons accompanied the convicts, chiefly marines of various rank. The fleet reached Botany Bay on January 19–20, 1788. However the Botany Bay area had poor soil and little water, and the harbour itself was inferior. Phillip therefore sailed northward on January 21 and entered the harbour of Port Jackson, which Cook had marked but not explored. He moved the fleet there; the flag was hoisted on January 26 and the formalities of government begun on February 7. Sydney Cove, the focus of settlement, was deep within Port Jackson, on the southern side; around it was to grow the city of Sydney.

Now this has been celebrated, the claiming of this land by British Sovereignty and records of such celebrations as far back as 1808, as Australia Day, though it wasn’t until after Australia had been fully circumnavigated by Matthew Flinders, whereby subsequently Flinders urged that the name Australia replace New Holland, and this change received official backing from 1817.

Mr Peter Lee, I strongly suggest you re-take your history classes.







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