Today is the real Australia Day, but tomorrow is the Public Holiday when we all get to have a day off from work…not school because the kids are all still on their summer break anyway until later in the week.
I am proud to be Australian and as my father used to always say, ‘If born an Australian it doesn’t matter which country you choose to live in, you will always be an Australian’. Peter Allen sang about it. Olivia Newton-John still claims to be an Aussie although it would kill her to live here permanently I’m sure. Paul Hogan has recently returned to live here now he has sorted out his argument with the ATO about money they think he should have paid them in spite of it being earned overseas. Greedy bunch.
Today is the day we have ceremonies in every city and major town in the country for migrants who have decided they like our country enough to stay forever and pledge their allegiance to our beautiful country. If they choose to do so in either Canberra or Sydney, they may be lucky enough to have their brand new status acknowledged by the Prime Minister or perhaps the Governor General in the form of a certificate. They can have it framed if they are keen enough, or they can do what my first husband did and shove it in a drawer with lots of other bits of junk that eventually got tossed to the garbage.
To become an Aussie, a true-blue Aussie there are certain things you must be prepared to accept. Here are a few of those things:
We are one of the few countries that eats their national animal. (Even if we just put it in dog food.)
The Emu and the Kangaroo are on our crest because neither animal can walk backwards.
Per capita, we read more newspapers than any other nation.
The ‘dingo fence’ is the longest fence in the world (5,530km). It is about twice as long as the Great Wall of China.
The largest Greek population outside of Athens is found in Melbourne.
750,000 camels roam our deserts, the largest number of purebred camels in the world.
Perth is the only city in the world which can have aircraft land in its CBD.
We are the only continent without an active volcano.
The Seekers were named joint Australians of the Year in 1967.
Crocodile Dundee is the highest grossing Australian film to date.
It is illegal to walk on the right hand side of the footpath. (Even I thought this no longer applied until today!).
If all of the shells on the roof of the Sydney Opera House were combined, they would create a perfect sphere.
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island.
Cathy Freeman is the only person to have been awarded both Young Australian of the Year and Australian of the Year.
No native Australian animals have hooves.
In 1838 it was declared illegal to swim at public beaches during the day. This law remained in force until 1902.
Kalgoorlie in Western Australia is the our largest electorate, spanning 2,225,278 square kilometres.
The wine cask is an Australian invention.
The Australian Alps receive more snow than Switzerland.
So now you all know a little more about our country.
Hopefully one day you will all get to visit our country if you have not done so already. Give yourself plenty of time to see the country though and learn a little about us and our way of life. You are all most welcome.
Happy Australia Day!