Australia Day is a contentious event. It marks the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 and the declaration of British Sovereignty. It is the last public holiday of summer and for many signifies the end of the summer break and the return to work and school. Events such as Australian Honours and Citizenship ceremonies are routinely held on this day. Australian Flags are everywhere.
DAY OF MOURNING
For First Nations people this event is a day of great sadness. It symbolises pain and grief; the loss of people, culture, land. Invasion Day. Survival day. In 1938 the first protest was held by Aboriginal people in Sydney and Australia Day was declared a Day of Mourning.
The conference was chaired by Jack Patten (right). Image: Mitchell Library Printed Books Collection, State Library of New South Wales.
BLACK LIVES MATTER