Tomorrow (Monday) we join in the celebration of Australia's biggest public holiday - Australia Day.  26th January was the day in 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip, commander of the First Fleet of eleven convict ships from Great Britain and the first governor of New South Wales, arrived at Sydney Cove.

For Americans to understand, think "July 4th" and you'll be close.  It's the celebrating of the Australian national identity on the anniversary of it's founding day with fireworks, burning something on the barbie, and playing cricket (instead of baseball).  There will be lots of people hitting the beach or pool.  Lots of flag waving and I'm sure we'll hear the national anthem more than a few times.

The photo shows Karl with the Naval Ensign in Albany WA.  I don't have a photo of the national flag, yet, so I'm showing this one which different from the national flag only in the red field replacing the blue.

sung by Julie Anthony, posted on the Australian Prime Minister's website

We think we'll head to the Swan River foreshore across from the Perth skyline for the afternoon and evening "Skyworks" celebration.  We'll picnic and take in all sorts of events along the riverfront including an air show and the fireworks-set-to-music.