Increasingly controversial as it is, tomorrow is Australia Day, marking 231 years since the British First Fleet arrived in New South Wales.
Here’s a publication from 1901, announcing the “new” Australian flag.
And things aren’t going to be very comfortable for the official, mostly outdoor events here in Canberra (the capital city), that run over the 25th-26th!
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We visited the Rome exhibition at the
National Museum of Australia on Sunday afternoon (a tip: go late in the day and you won’t have to wait in a queue for an hour – but there’ll be some fingerprints on all the glass cabinets!).
Here are a few more shots:
The entrance (with me!).
The Emperor Augustus, who looks suspiciously like Vladimir Putin!
And I was SO happy to see they’d labelled Crimea as Ukraine, despite what Russia is currently up to.
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9th-10th January 1940: Members of the Second Australian Imperial Force boarding ships in Sydney to travel to the Middle East. These soldiers defeated the Italians in North Africa. Second World War.
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Australian girls at a Highland Gathering at Sydney Showground on New Year’s Day.
1st January 1937. Photographed by Sam Hood.
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Frederick Farrand Trollope, aged almost three, in his Sunday best and holding a toy sabre. Photographed in
Grafton on the 29th of December, 1878.
Clarence River, in the north of New South Wales, Australia, Grafton received city status in 1885.
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the first women’s test series in cricket was played by England against Australia and then New Zealand.
The first test was played in Brisbane from the 28th to the 31st of December, 1934.
Stars of the series included
Myrtle Maclagan (above) and Betty Snowball (below).
The tour was documented in a series of photographs that are now
in the collection of the National Library of Australia in Canberra.
Official England tour portrait.
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This 1950s image shows dancers of the Borovansky Ballet in the snow scene from
The Nutcracker. The company, created by Czech immigrant Edouard Borovansky and his wife Xenia in the 1940s, was used as the basis for The Australian Ballet, which was founded in 1962.
From the National Library of Australia, Canberra.
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