© National Portrait Gallery, London
Australia Day is celebrated on the twenty-sixth day of January and 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 Botany Bay by Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788. Captain Phillip became the first Governor of the Colony of New South Wales.
Australia Day is a day when Australians gather in every part of each state and territory of the Commonwealth, and overseas, to celebrate what is truly great about Australia and being Australian.
It is a day when we reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our free and democratic nation.
It is a day to celebrate our cultural diversity and to acknowledge the contribution of both indigenous Australians and those who have come from more than 150 countries to make Australia their home.
It is a day to recognise the benefits we have gained from our British heritage and appreciate the close links that are retained between our nations.
The Australia Day Foundation’s objective is to promote Australia as a confident, creative and outward looking nation, with a strong economy and an abundance of talented people. Australia offers a favourable environment for doing business and is the perfect holiday destination.
In the UK, the aim is to ‘brand’ a period of 3 -4 weeks around Australia Day for Australia through a co-ordinated series of activities with the Australia Day Gala Dinner as the centrepiece event.