I wonder if you know why we celebrate Australia Day on the 26th of January? Is it the day that Australia was discovered? Is it the day that the states joined together to become a nation? Is it just a good opportunity for a public holiday? What are we celebrating?
Did you know that we celebrate on the 26th of January because it was that day in 1788 that Captain Arthur Phillip took formal possession of the colony of New South Wales and became its first Governor? The first official celebrations were held in 1818 to mark the 30th anniversary of white settlement.
If you want to find out more about Australia Day you can go to the official website here.
I hope you find some way of celebrating. If you’re in the Perth area it’d be great to catch up with you at Ashfield Reserve for the Town of Bassendean Australia Day Celebrations. It’s a great event that culminates in a massive fireworks display away from the big and sometimes rowdy crowds of the city fireworks. 98.5 Sonshine FM is proud to be providing the soundtrack and we’ll be broadcasting live from the venue, Ashfield Reserve, from four o’clock on Friday afternoon.
I’ll be joined on stage by my friend and colleague, Arthur Muhl, to MC the live entertainment which starts from 6:00 p.m. and features acts such as James T Webb, Iambic, Nathan Gaunt & the Black-Eyed Dogs and The Zydecats featuring Grammy Award winning Lucky Oceans. There’ll also be a citizenship ceremony. The fireworks will begin lighting up the skies at 9:00 p.m.
If you want to enjoy some great entertainment in a more relaxed family atmosphere, without having to wait hours in traffic on the way home, come on down.
Either way, make sure that you’ve got some plans in place to celebrate.
Posted by Rodney Olsen