Australia celebrates its 225th National Day today, 26th of January. Congratulations!
In 1770, James Cook sailed along and mapped the east coast of Australia, which he named New South Wales and claimed for Great Britain. With the loss of its American colonies in 1780, the British Government sent a fleet of ships, the “First Fleet”, under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip, to establish a new penal colony in New South Wales. A camp was set up and the flag raised at Sydney Cove, Port Jackson, on 26 January 1788, a date which became Australia’s national day, Australia Day although the British Crown Colony of New South Wales was not formally promulgated until 7 February 1788. The first settlement led to the foundation of Sydney, the establishment of farming, industry and commerce; and the exploration and settlement of other regions.
I took the following pictures in September 2005, but I believe these night views from Sydney are still today showing one vibrant side of the 12th largest economy of the world.
Australia is also an important for my blogging community. It is among top five on the list of “the most views by country”.