On the 20th of January, 1788, the main body of the First Fleet arrived in Botany Bay, modern-day Australia.
The First Fleet, consisting of eleven ships of convicts, marines and seamen, had left England in 1787.
Botany Bay was deemed unsuitable for a colony, with concerns about the lack of fresh water and the swampy land, and the fleet moved further north, to Port Jackson. The fleet’s arrival in the second port is marked by Australia Day on the 26th of January.
I think this poster is a tad disgustingly optimistic (and misleading!). As the product of refugees from the Soviet Union who arrived in the country the year after this poster is supposed to have been produced, I know for a fact Australia hardly welcomed their immigrants with open arms! The term “New Australian” is still thrown about by Anglo-Saxon people of a certain age, and it’s not a compliment. My mother was born here, and they even call her that!