Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We've golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in Nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history's page, let every stage
Advance Australia fair!
In joyful strains then let us sing,
"Advance Australia fair!"
In 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip was sent down under with 11 ships full of convicts and and some marines. His mission was to start a penal colony so England could dump all their unwanted riff raff here.
The 11 ships were called "The First Fleet"
After many months at sea they arrived at Botany Bay where Captain Cook had landed 18 years before. Phillip couldn't find a decent source of fresh water for a settlement so he sailed a little further north and found Port jackson and started the settlement at Sydney Cove.
Australia Day Celebrations in Brisbane.