History of Australia Day

The tradition of having Australia Day as a national holiday on 26 January is a recent one.

Not until 1935 did all the Australian states and territories use the name 'Australia Day' to mark 26 January.

Only from 1994 did Australian states and territories begin to celebrate Australia Day consistently as a public holiday on 26 January.

What drew Australians together in this way? Did Australia Day become a day for all Australians to enjoy?

Read about the history of Australia Day on the National Australia Day Council website.

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