Australia Day is nothing to do with the first fleet arriving or anything like it, it’s about Australian Citizenship coming into being on that date in 1949 with the promulgation of the Australian Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948. So nothing to do with the Invasion, as usual media propaganda and BS.
You are incorrect.
January 26 1788 is the day Sir Arthur Phillip raised the British flag at Warrane (Sydney Cove) to claim the land as a British Colony. Some aboriginals see this day as the beginning of a long and brutal colonisation of people and land.
Simply put, the date of 26 January 1788 marks the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia.
Records of celebrations on 26 January date back to 1808, with the first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales held in 1818.
It was not until 1935 that all Australian states and territories adopted use of the term "Australia Day" to mark the date of the 1788 landing of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove, and not until 1994 that 26 January was consistently marked by a public holiday on that day by all states and territories.
Historically, the date was also variously named Anniversary Day, Foundation Day and ANA Day.
Quote from Professor Helen Irving, a constitutional law expert from the University of Sydney;
“The first boat of the First Fleet landed at Botany Bay on 18 January, 1788, but the Fleet then moved to Port Jackson (what became Sydney), where on 26 January 1788, the British flag was raised.”
Prof Irving states that Australia Day was already celebrated on January 26 before 1948.
“The date was not chosen to celebrate the proclamation of the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948,” she said.
“Rather, the 26th of January was chosen as the date of the proclamation of the Act because it was already celebrated as Australia Day.”
A parliamentary research paper by Margaret Harrrison-Smith notes that Tasmania celebrated “Foundation Day” on January 26 from 1888. Victoria and Western Australia also celebrated the date in the early 1900’s and in 1930 the Australian Natives’ Association suggested an annual “Australia Day” celebration.
A year later in 1931 Victoria first adopted the name ‘Australia Day’ and since 1946, January 26 “has been recognised throughout Australia as Australia Day and a public holiday taken on or around that date.
In September 1948, then immigration minister Arthur Calwell told federal parliament that when the Nationality and Citizenship Act became law “it will be proclaimed on Australia Day, the 26th of January, 1949”.
Therefore; January 26, 1949 was not chosen as Australia Day to mark the enactment of the Nationality and Citizenship Act, rather the date of January 26 was chosen for the new laws to take effect because it already had significance as a day of national celebration.
So, media propaganda and BS? Nope, usual conspiracy sovereign citizen BS to argue that it is not...