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Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Observed annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet at Port Jackson in New South Wales, and the raising of the British flag at Sydney Cove by Arthur Phillip. In present-day Australia, celebrations aim to reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new members of the Australian community.
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  • Arrival of the First Fleet 

  • First fifty years: 1788 to 1838 

  • Centenary celebration: 1839 to 1935 

  • Bicentennial year 

  • Contemporary celebrations 

  • Change the date movement 

  • Suggested changes to the date 

  • Polling 

  • Suggested alternative dates