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  • January 26 is Australia Day, a holiday which commemorates Captain Arthur Phillip landing at Sydney Cove in 1788, after 8 months at sea, with 11 tall ships carrying 568 male and 191 female convicts. We celebrated Australia Day just down the road from where Phillip landed, at an event celebrating the survival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Some Aboriginal people call this invasion day and find it hard to celebrate an event which led to so many of their people dying.

    Recently a few prominent Aboriginal people have been calling on governments to change the date of Australia Day so that everyone can celebrate. I tend to agree.

    The Yabun survival day was a great event with traditional dancers, followed by hip hop and then one of Australia’s best know Aboriginal singers Archie Roach. He talked of his wife who had recently died, and because her totem was a pelican she has returned on its wings to the great river in the sky, the Milky Way.

    A day of learning and a celebration of survival on the doorstep of where so much changed 225 years ago.
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