Friday, January 26, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #15

Thirteen Things about Australia

1. Australia has been inhabited for more than 42,000 years by Indigenous Australians. However, in 1770, James Cook sailed along and mapped the east coast of Australia, which he named New South Wales and claimed for Britain. The expedition's discoveries provided impetus for the establishment of a penal colony there.

2. The British Crown Colony of New South Wales started with the establishment of a settlement at Port Jackson by Captain Arthur Phillip on 26 January 1788. This date was later to become Australia's national day, Australia Day.

3. Our flag -

4. Our Coat of Arms -

5. Our Capitial City is Canberra.

6. Our population - 20,264,082 (July 2006 est.)

7. Our National Anthem is Advance Australia Fair.

8. We remember our heroes on ANZAC Day

9. We are a culturally diverse society

10. Our currency is the Australian dollar.

11. We are a great sporting nation - swimming, cricket, rugby league, rugby union, netball, basketball etc etc.

12. We love being outdoors -

13. We are the lucky country!! And I am proud to be an Australian!!!

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of drought and flooding rains,
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel sea,
Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me.

Happy Australia Day

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