History of Australia Day: What are its ties to the American Revolutionary War?

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Georgia

But the goal of settling Georgia as a repository for convicts was never fully realized, despite recent claims to the contrary. Several disagreements and altercations between the American Colonies and the British Crown — which we don’t have time to go into here — resulted in the American War of Independence from Britain. You have no doubt read about it, it was in all the papers.

Australia

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Plaque at Botany Bay, Sydney

War of Independence

Up until this time about 60,000 convicts had been transported to America, but the aforementioned American Revolutionary War in the 1770s and ’80s put an end to this destination for prisoners and the British government needed an alternative. Australia was it. On May 13, 1787, the First Fleet was assembled in Portsmouth, England, and sailed to Botany Bay in modern-day Sydney, arriving on January 20, 1788. They established the first European colony in Australia on January 26, 1788.

Australia Day

Since 1988, the 200th anniversary of the landing of the First Fleet, national participation in Australia Day has increased. In 1994 all Australian States and Territories began to celebrate a unified public holiday on that day for the first time.

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