I know this has nothing to do with New Years Resolutions or a lead up to Valentine’s Day, but as I am an Aussie, I thought this would be a change of pace.
The Australian flag shows the British Union Jack in the upper left and six white stars on a blue background
Captain James Cook (1728 – 1779) was born in
Cook had been instructed to determine the existence of a southern continent. He sailed to
On the 19th April, 1770, they spotted land at the south east of the Australian mainland. Cook continued sailing north, charting the coast as he sought a safe harbour for repairs to the Endeavour. They landed at
On the 26th January 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip, who guided the First Fleet to the island continent of
The fledgling colony began to mark the anniversary of the 26th January 1788 with formal dinners and informal celebrations.
In 1817 when Governor Macquarie recommended the adoption of the name ‘
Throughout the early nineteenth century, Foundation Day, as it was called, became known for sporting events. But the growing sense of patriotism was being expressed in by poets. On the 26th January 1824, poet, Charles Thompson paid tribute to his native country with a collection of poems even though his father had been transported to
In the summer of 1836, a group of seafaring Sydneyites decided to celebrate the founding of their new nation with a sailing regatta. The Australia Day Regatta is still held on
In 1838, fifty years after Captain Phillip landed, a number of celebratory events were organised and the first public holiday ever marked in
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On board the convict ship taking them to the penal colony of
, Maryanne Watson and Jake Smith meet and fall in love, but Jake hides a terrible secret that will take him to the gallows if it ever comes out. Australia
On arrival in
the lovers are separated. Maryanne is sent to work for the lecherous Captain Fitzhugh. After he attacks her she flees into the wilderness and eventually meets up with Jake who has escaped from a chain gang. They set up home in a hidden valley and Maryanne falls pregnant. Will Jake come out of hiding to protect his fledgling family? And how can love triumph over such crushing odds? Sydney
Margaret Tanner is an award winning, multi-published, Australian historical romance writer who loves delving into the past.
Her website is http://www.margarettanner.com/