|Celebrating Australia Day is a recent phenomenon. When I was young one would not be caught dead exhibiting love-of-country in any emotional way in public. I have been trying to think when all this changed, and think it may have been about 1988, the Bicentennial. Now the country is awash in the day.|
Well, some of the country is. Other parts of the country regard 26th January as 'Invasion Day'. You see, this wide brown land was already occupied by an ancient people and an ancient culture. A people who revered the land, but did not have structures for land 'ownership'. Land was a shared resource. Hence, an invasion of convicts and their keepers was always going to get the upper hand.
But the continent was never 'terra nullius'.
|These photographs were made at a Welcome Ceremony at sunrise on Australia Day 2011 in the Sydney Botanic Gardens.|
|See all the other participants in the first National Day theme over on the City Daily Photo portal.|