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NATIONAL AUSTRALIA DAY: Countdown to a National Day.

1788- Captain Arthur Phillip unfurls the British flag at Sydney Cove and proclaims British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia.

1808- First recorded celebrations on 26 January.

1818 - Governor Macquarie holds the first official celebrations on January 26, marking 30 years of white settlement.

1836 - First Anniversary Regatta held on Sydney Harbour. Now called the Australia Day Regatta, it is the oldest continuous regatta in the world.

1838 - fiftieth anniversary of Captain Phillip's landing and commencement of traditional Australia Day public holiday in NSW.

1888 - centenary celebrations for Anniversary Day. 1901 - Federation of the Commonwealth of Australia.

1931 - Australia Day adopted in Victoria. 1932- Australia Day adopted in NSW, only to be reversed to Anniversary Day by the incoming state government. 1935 - Commonwealth Government and all States and Territories, except NSW, adopt Australia Day as the official title for our national day. 1938- 150th anniversary celebrations across the nation.

1946- all states and territories celebrate January 26 as Australia Day.

1960- Sir Macfarlane Burnet named the first Australian of the Year.

1968- Lionel Rose becomes the first Aboriginal Australian of the Year.

1979- National Australia Day Council formed, incorporated in 1990.

1988 - bi-centennial celebrations and for the first time a united public holiday on January 26 across the nation.

1992 - inaugural Survival Concert held at La Perouse, now an annual event.

1994- all states and territories begin to celebrate Australia Day on the actual day - January 26 - for the first time.
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Date:Jan 21, 2006
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