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Teachers' Notes

Australia Day

This is a Ready-Ed Publications' book preview. • Ask the children the date of Australia Day. Ask them to record this on their sheets.

• Ask what event took place on this date in 1788. (Establishment of the first colony in New South Wales by European colonists.) • Ask the students to look at the source (slogan) and think about why some Australians object to Australia Day being celebrated on 26th January (because it celebrates the day that Indigenous Australians started to lose touch with their culture and marks the decline of their traditional ways of life). You could tell the children that in 1988 on January 26th, Indigenous Australians and white supporters marched five kilometres in protest of the ‘celebration’. • Tell the students that Australia Day was originally known as Foundation Day and has been celebrated since 1808. Records show that early on, it was usually celebrated by small family dinners and some drinking and dancing! Ask them to interpret the poem by the colonist Charles Tompson, using their own words. Extension Activity: • List on the board all the different ways that the students celebrate Australia Day. Ask them to think what else Australia Day does or should celebrate apart from the anniversary of the first colony (multiculturalism, reconciliation, etc).

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Section 4: Special Days, Symbols and Emblems

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