Australia Day and the Truth of its origins

As it is, every year since the year 2000, Australia and Australians bare witness to hordes of Anti-Australians marching down the streets of our cities chanting rhetoric and slogans about their desire to remove Australia Day and their utter hatred for Australia. Many are convinced that Australia is built purely upon genocide, slavery, and mistreatment of Aboriginals, even though on this website, I’ve went down that rabbit hole and found that the truth isn’t quite black and white as these Anti-Australians profess. Nonetheless, it’s almost as if it’s tradition for these rich bourgeois white people to come out in protest against Australia Day for their politically driven agendas.

Many of these Anti-Australians during this year have often been suggesting to “Change the Date” as yet another one of their myriad of chants. Reasoning that we must change the date of our national day to a more inclusive and more culturally acceptable date for the Aboriginal communities. We all know this isn’t going to satisfy them and is nothing more than a mere smokescreen, or kicking a can down the road kind of deal since a substantial amount of these people despise Australia Day, often besmirching it with the title “Invasion Day” since in their eyes, the 26th of January is the date in which Aboriginal ‘suffering’ begun.

Arthur Phillip raises the Union Jack in Sydney Cove, 1788

However, what is often not said is, the origins of Australia Day. Many politically divisive types have come out in force in the last couple of years, saying that Australia Day has often changed its date in the past, or that there were multiple Australia Days. Citing historical badges and posters to try and give legitimacy to their claims. Which is incredibly irresponsible of these “historians” to do since many, if not all of them, seem to ignore that Australia Day, in it’s modern incarnation, was ratified as National Holiday in 1994. Before then, Australia Day as we know it was often called ANA Day.

But what was ANA Day? In essence, ANA Day is the precursor to Australia Day, created by the Australian Natives Association for the significance of the First Fleets landing in Port Jackson, 1788. It was chosen to be on this day because in 1888, the ANA chose this date due to all of the Australian Colonies celebrating the hundredth anniversary of Captain Phillips landing in Port Jackson. To commemorate Australia’s beginning from a colony to where we are now, our first chapter in our historical epic. The Australian Natives Association campaigned hard after their first attempt in 1898 for celebrations at the Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building.

Australian Natives Association Day, 26th of January 1898

Many historically literate and older Australians know and remember Australia Day as ANA Day, even some to this day still call the day, ANA Day. Since many remember that it was the Australian Natives Association who had sole control and responsibility over the celebrations till the 1970s. ANA Day was about the achievements of Australians, how we’ve started and to celebrate what we’ve accomplished.

Modern Australia Day can trace its origins directly to ANA Day. Before the 1970s however, Australian States and Territories did agree to commemorate the day on the 26th of January after the ANA campaigned hard to achieve recognition of the dates significance. But the date wasn’t consistent in other states and within those states, the day was called Anniversary Day or Foundation Day which was more prominent in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia since these states desired to distance themselves from our convict heritage. Victoria often called it ANA Day until Australia Day was ratified in 1994, many older Victorians still call Australia Day; ANA Day. Western Australia and South Australia respectively had similar situations but called their equivalents; Foundation Day and Anniversary Day, where some older citizens call the 26th of January by those titles.

You can discover the true origins of Australia Day by going to this timeline.

However, lately with many conflicting reports from many media companies such as The Conversation, which often applies politically biased reporting when writing about historical events, often do not do their work correctly. In one article, that they did in 2017, they tried to dismantle Australia Day with their political bent towards revisionism, ignoring the contributions the ANA had achieved to create Australia Day and tried to find other reasons to why the day exists or came about.

This is often the article in which many political Anti-Australian activists go to, or lazy journalists catching the trends. Citing this article which describes that Australia Day got its origins, not from the Australian Natives Association, but on the 30th of January, 1915 during WWI. This isn’t equitable to the Australia Day as we know it today, since the entire purpose of that Day was to raise funds for the War Effort and to ride off on the Australian peoples patriotic fervor to use the ANA alternative title; Australia Day, to achieve that goal.

This is often remarked by media outlets and political activists as the “first” and consequently, “original” celebration of Australia Day. However, if one were to look into history inquisitively, then the WWI Australia Day and the modern Australia Day are two vastly different days, with different meanings, contexts and metanarratives. The only similarity they share is the title: “Australia Day” which owes its origins to the ANA for popularising the title amongst all of Australia.

Thus as a conclusion, the WWI Australia Day isn’t genuinely a celebration of the nation, but an effort to fund the War Effort during World War I.

ANA Day celebratory cart

Even if that’s not enough, many suggest changing the date to other Days in Australia’s history such as 3rd of December or the 1st of January, respectively called Eureka Day and Federation Day, in that order. Why? Because these activists are running out of ideas and concessions to make. In trying to invoke patriotism, they are objectively revealing their disrespect for Australians and their national day by suggesting to change the date in order to appease the Aboriginal people whom of which, don’t actually have an issue with Australia Day; but we all know that these “Australians” who profess that they care for Aboriginals only use them as a shield against any criticisms so they can safely push their agendas.

Do not fall for these honeyed words of concessions to the Australian people when those seeking ‘change’ will not be satisfied with a mere change of the date. As stated previously, these are the kinds of people who intend to do away with Australia’s national day in its entirety because they believe it invokes genocide and suffering. The same people who say that the name of a cheese brand also invokes suffering on Aboriginals, are the exact same kinds of people who are trying their hardest to get you, the Australian people, to concede to their demands. Don’t fall for it. Instead, every Australia Day, go out in support of the Day, enjoy being Australian, celebrate our achievements as a nation. Whenever there’s a poll or survey suggesting us to change the date, always vote in favour of Australia Day, never give these ungrateful Anti-Australians an inch.

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