As a national holiday, Australia Day is a designated date on which annual celebrations mark and commemorate the nationhood of Australia. This nationhood is symbolised not by the date of independence, nor by the date of becoming a republic. Neither has it ever been a significant date for a patron saint or a ruler’s birthday, accession or removal. Rather, Australia Day is the date of the founding of Sydney, the first European settlement in Australia, the state capital of New South Wales, and currently the most populous city in Australia and Oceania.
According to Wikipedia:
Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip. In contemporary Australia, celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation, and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new immigrants into the Australian community.
The meaning and significance of Australia Day has evolved over time. Unofficially, or historically, the date has also been variously named “Anniversary Day”, “Invasion Day”, “Foundation Day”, and “ANA Day”. 26 January 1788 marked the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia (then known as New Holland). Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later…
Each year, Australia Day is also celebrated at the Government House of Queensland. The connections between New South Wales and Queensland in relation to Australia Day and the Governor of Queensland can be succinctly explained by the following two excerpts:
The Office of the Governor of Queensland was established in 1859 when Queensland was separated from New South Wales as a self-governing colony. The Governor is the personal representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Queensland, and is appointed by Commission. The powers of the Governor are derived from the Commission of Appointment, from the provisions of various pieces of Constitutional legislation and from a number of Acts of the State Parliament.
The Governor performs a number of ceremonial and public duties including the swearing-in of Ministers, opening Parliament, receiving calls from Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Heads of State, hosting visiting parliamentary and trade delegations at Government House, participating in numerous conferences and functions, and presiding at major occasions such as Australia Day and Anzac Day activities when the community commemorates events of national significance.
The Patron of the Queensland Orchid Society in 2013 is the Queensland Governor, Ms Penelope Wensley, AC, who provides patronage to a range of community groups. This Vice-Regal Patronage assists the Queensland Orchid Society “by enhancing its profile within the community, underpinning its bona fides, and giving it access to the Governor’s support and advice . . . . in a range of ways, involving advocacy, awareness raising, hosting of events and attendance at selected, key events arranged by the particular organisation.”
Celebrate Australia Day at Government House
Previous Celebrations of Australia Day at Government House
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Her Excellency, Ms Penelope Wensley AC and Mr Stuart McCosker attended the 2011 Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony, at the Kangaroo Point Park, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, greeted by Brigadier Paul McLachlan ADC, Commander, Headquarters 7th Brigade, where the Governor delivered an Australia day message, then joined the Premier of Queensland and Minister for the Arts, the Honourable Anna Bligh MP, the Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for the Arts and Multicultural Affairs, Mr John-Paul Langbroek, Turrbal Elder and Songwoman, Maroochy Barambah, Torres Strait Islander Elder, Mr Thomas Sebasio, the Right Honourable, the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Cr Campbell Newman, Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson APM, senior representatives of the Armed Services and other dignitaries, in observing the raising of the Australian, Queensland, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags by Australian Defence Force personnel.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Her Excellency and Mr McCosker hosted an “Open Day” in celebration of Australia Day 2010, featuring guided tours of Government House and gardens, presentations and displays by Queensland historical and community associations and entertainment by the Australian Army Band, Brisbane, the Queensland Police Pipes and Drums, the Marist Brothers Saxophone Quartet, the Brisbane Grammar School Choir, the Royal Queensland Regiment and the Queensland Mounted Infantry Historical Troop.
Australian National Anthem
Related Articles and Websites
- The Office of the Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency The Honourable Ms Penelope Wensley AC (wensley.govhouse.qld.gov.au)
- Government House Queensland (govhouse.qld.gov.au)
- Australia Day Open Day at Government House Queensland (eventfinda.com.au)
- Australia Day 2013 – Government House (blogs.slq.qld.gov.au)
- Australia Day 2011 – Government House (blogs.slq.qld.gov.au)
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