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Australia Day 2015
Monday 26 January 2015

Australia day is celebrated in every state of Australia.

Its great to be Australian and on this public holiday there are plenty of events held around the country to celebrate. Australia Day is an official public holiday in every state of Australia with Australians attending citizenship ceremonies, music festivals, the Cricket or BBQs with family and friends.

If you are planning a get together on Australia Day some old Aussie favorites to include on your menu could be ... a roasted leg of lamb, meat pies and Sausage rolls - home made or bought ( party pies for nibbles), damper, Prawns on the BBQ, T-Bone Steak, lamb chops and Sausages on the BBQ, Beef burgers with the lot, and for desserts a pavlova, lamingtons, or vanilla slice.

With so many public holidays in the first 6 months of the year, it’s the perfect opportunity to go on another holiday or get away for a few nights and remove yourself from the daily grind.

Australia Day Events for 2015


Australia Day Breakfast and Celebrations 2015 

Free Breakfast served by combined service clubs – cereal, orange juice, bacon, egg, toast, tea or coffee from 7.30am.

Australia Day in the City 

Australia Day in the City – Parade, Concert & Fireworks is South Australia’s largest Australia Day celebration held in the heart of Adelaide at Elder Park. Join more than 40,000 people celebrating Australia’s national day


Ipswich Free Family Fun Day

Make a splash on Australia Day with free entry to all pools

Aussie Beach Party

Rock out at the Aussie Beach Party this Australia Day featuring Australian Tribute Bands and local artists. There will be plenty of family fun including food and market stalls, face painting, amusement rides, beach activities, thong throwing, ice cream eating competition, kid's workshops and more.


Australia Day Parade 2015

One of Melbourne’s favourite Australia Day activities, the colourful Australia Day Parade sees thousands of people line Swanston Street to enjoy the entertainment, wave their flags and cheer on the participants. Victorians from all walks of life participate in this annual parade along Swanston Street, over Princess Bridge and into Kings Domain.

Day of Nations Hampton Park

The Hampton Park Progress Association will present a FREE event that will feature an Aussie breakfast, multicultural entertainment, face painting, jumping castles, animal farm, community group displays and much more.


Rockingham Foreshore Australia Day Celebrations 2015

Live performances from Chain Reaction and our very own local talent, as well as many children's activities and carnival rides.

City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks

Events will include a free Entertainment Zone on Langley Park, an Air and Water Show will entertain above and on the Swan River, Survival Perth in Supreme Court Gardens featuring Geoffrey 'Gurrumul' Yunupingu and of course the spectacular Skyworks fireworks finale which will include a special laser and water show visible from Langley Park.


Hyde Park Summer Playground

Australia Day 2015 will see Hyde Park come alive and transform into a Summer Playground for Aussie kids. Children will get the opportunity to see their favourite television characters and enjoy in the family friendly and free activities.


Ferrython, one of Australia’s most popular and iconic free events, sees our beloved ferries go head-to-head: racing from Circular Quay to Shark Island and back to a glorious finish at the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Pack a picnic and gather on the foreshore to cheer on the ferries as they get fast and furious.


Advance Australia Fair
Verse 1
Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil;
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history’s page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.
Verse 2
Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We’ll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who’ve come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

Australian national Anthem - choir, Australian imagery, no lyrics, two verses

Sam Kekovich Australia Day

Aussie Pavlova Recipe

The pavlova is a simple easy to make dessert that Australians love. Decorate with whipped cream and your favorite topping.

8 egg whites
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons vinegar
2 rounded dessertspoons cornflour

1) Line a baking tray with baking paper.
2) Place egg whites (dont let ANY egg yolk get in your whites - use 2 teacups and separate eggs one at a time then add the egg whites to the bowl !) in a warm DRY basin and beat until they stand in peaks.

Pavlova - Australian Favorite
Pavlova - Australian Favorite
3) Gradually add half the sugar adding it to the mixture a dessertspoonful at a time.
4) Sift the remainder of the sugar into the mixture and fold in lightly , then quickly add the cornflour, vinegar and vanilla.
5) Spread in an even circle on the tray and bake in a slow oven for about 1 ½ hours. If you want a crispier crust on the pavlova you can increase the oven temperature and cook it for less time. When you do this the outside is crisp and the middle of the pavlova takes on a "marshmallow" consistancy.
6) Decorate with whipped cream and strawberries/cherries/blueberries OR Grated Peppermint Crisp Chocolate bar/ peppermint sprinkle topping

Australia Day Scones

3 cups self-raising flour
1 egg
1 cup lemonade
1 cup cream

1) Preheat oven to 220 degrees.
2) Add lemonade and cream to flour and mix to form a soft dough.
3) Place dough on a floured surface.
4) Knead dough to 2cm thickness and cut with a floured cutter.
5) Place close together on tray, brush with beaten egg and bake for 10-15 minutes.
6) Serve warm Serve with Raspberry or Strawberry Jam & Freshly Whipped Cream

Scones and Jam and Cream - Australia Day

Cricket Books

Shane Warne's Century:
My Top 100 Test Cricketers

In "Shane Warne's Century", he candidly profiles 100 players from every Test nation who have had the most significant impact on his cricketing life. Warne is famous for having never scoring a Test century, although he has come tantalisingly close on several occasions. He now wants to set the record straight by writing about a century of cricketing stars he has encountered during his illustrious career.

Glenn McGrath - Line and Strength:
The Complete Story

McGrath shares the story of his life - in cricket and off the field. Known as 'Pigeon', he won his baggy green cap in Perth in 1993 and went on to forge a brilliant career, retiring as cricket's most successful fast bowler with 563 Test wickets.

McGrath entered Ashes folklore in 1997 when he destroyed England by taking 8 for 38 at Lord's, and he even scored a Test half-century with the bat. With leg spinner Shane Warne, he formed the most devastating bowling combination in Test history.

England Versus Australia:
An Illustrated History of Every Test Match Since 1877

Since the first Test Match between England and Australia was staged in Melbourne in 1877, generations of cricket lovers have been thrilled and beguiled by what is surely the greatest sporting encounter between two nations in the modern age. This was never more evident than in the extraordinary 2005 series that saw England regain the ashes. "Australia versus England" is the product of vast research. It incorporates over 1330 pictures, from the beginning in 1877 through to the 2006-07 series when Australia regained the Ashes 5-0.
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More Books for Australia Day...

First Australians: An Illustrated History
"First Australians" is a landmark illustrated history of Australia that accompanies a major nine-part television series broadcast on SBS TV. This is the story of the violent clash of culture, religion and ideas at the heart of Australia's history. Beginning with Aboriginal travellers landing on Australian shores around 70,000 BC, it chronicles the fierce war with colonists, the blood massacres and the earliest civil rights movement the world has ever seen.Drawing on a rich collection of historic documents and haunting images, it brings to life a cast of characters including Bennelong, who is kidnapped by the British and is the First Australian to set foot on British soil; Truganini known as the last Tasmanian who is broken by the betrayal of her people; and Lieutenant Dawes, a British officer who defies the authority of Empire by falling in love with a young Indigenous woman. Alive with colonial detail-corruption, mutinies and pyrrhic victories - "First Australians" tells the story that gave birth to the nation.

That'd be Right: A Fairly True History of Modern Australia
Both funny and insightful That'd Be Right is part memoir, part personal history of Australia over the last thirty years. Some of these events would be considered momentous, some small and personal. They range from a day at the Melbourne Cup with his mother where too many champagnes and too few winners were picked; a swimming carnival early in the morning after a gloomy and long federal election the night before; watching truly surreal Grand Final moments in a pub with a group of odd and unknown bar companions. Sailing on a massive yacht during the Sydney Olympics while listening to the conversation of an elderly lady from Texas in the cabin below. William also writes about a night at the cricket with his son, which shows how things can change and oddly come full circle.
Speaking Our Language: The Story of Australian English
Speaking our Language is written for people who want to know where Australian English came from, what the forces were that moulded it, why it takes its present form, and where it is going.

The sub-title of this book, "The Story of Australian English", derives in part from the chronological story that the book traces: the story begins with Joseph Banks and Captain James Cook collecting indigenous words such as kangaroo and quoll in northern Queensland in 1770, and it continues from there right up to the present day, when Australian English is firmly established as the natural and national language of Australia.

It is a 'story' in another sense as well: the story of the development of Australian English is inextricably intertwined with the stories of Australian history and culture, and of the development of Australian identity. Of all the markers of identity, language is by far the most significant.

This language we speak, and which gives voice to our Australian identity, is not, however, a unifaceted thing. It is, as the book demonstrates, a multifaceted entity. Australian English is central to the process of giving voice to our Australian identity: in important ways, we are what we speak, and we are how we speak.
Lonely Planet Australia
This bestselling guide to the Land Down Under gives visitors an insiders peak into the golden beaches, baked red deserts, and glamorous cities that make up this country known for both its ancient, indigenous history and its young, vibrant culture.


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