This is not a bookish post, but as an Australian I just had to share this beautiful article by Sandy Barker. Enjoy.
It is Australia Day 2020. January 26th is a contentious date, because it marks the arrival of the First Fleet―the first European settlers who arrived in Australia in 1788.
Of course, by commemorating this date, Australia ignores that in 1788 we were already populated by hundreds of nations of Indigenous Australians forming the world’s oldest civilisation.
This post isn’t about whether or not we should change the date of Australia Day, although we should. This post is a love letter to my home, my country, my Australia.
My Australia is the person at the tram stop who sees that you’re lost and gives you directions with a smile. My Australia is the person at the party who draws the introverts into conversation, and makes sure everyone is heard. My Australia has a hearty sense of humour―often bawdy, always self-deprecating, and sometimes a defence mechanism.
My Australia has skin…
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