Australia Day, 26 January
On January 26 each
year, Australians have a national holiday to remember our
origins and celebrate our achievements.
Australia Day, the achievements of Australian citizens are
recognised. Australia Day Awards are conferred upon civilians for
outstanding work in the community. It is one of the ways the
Australian government recognises the dedication and integrity these
individuals display by their actions. The Order of Australia was
instituted in 1975. In 2000, the "Young Australian of the Year"
Ian Thorpe, in 2001 it was
James Fitzpatrick, a medical student and Queenslander, Scott Hocknull,
was "Young Australian of the
Year" in 2002. In 2003, the winner is Leyton
Hewitt, a young tennis star who has won many major tournaments.
For more information about Australia Day, please
follow the links on the left. For students, we have a worksheet page
to go with these pages.
Click here for that page. When you've finished, have a go at our
game, an Australian Find-a-Word.