Posted by: maureenc | January 25, 2011

Australia Day! What does it mean to me

January 26 is recognised as AUSTRALIA DAY…….. commemorating the landing of the First Fleet, or the European colonisation in Australia.

It is a day of mixed emotions: One one hand, we have the indigenous people saying it is the commemoration of European settlement in Terra Australis, or we acknowledge the landing of a penal settlement on the shores of Australia.

For myself, on my mother’s side I am a third generation Australian.

My late husband ensured that our children were fifth /or sixth generation Australian (the degree doesn’t worry me.)

No matter what our degree of generation/separtion, we are all proudly Australian.Even our indigenous citizens have come from another civilisation…

I am! We are! Australian

Tomorrow is Australia Day……….We have problems  (Flood and fire)

But we are one people

With one resolve…….to be united &  to be FREE.

God bless Australia!

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Responses

  1. congratulations, history of ones family is always interesting. Your family has really grown from the land in Australia. Always wonderful to hear one’s loyalty and belief in their country.
    An opportunity to stand tall and hug your flag… and to remember. hugs, vivian


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