With Australia Day (January 26) fast approaching there is the distinct probability that any number of anti-European activities will take place. It seems that the day celebrating the First Fleet landing in New South Wales and the beginnings of what was to become Australia has become the battleground over the ideological meaning of the event.
These events now bring into question meanings about the discovery of Australia and the immigrants that made Australia the place it is today.
The unfortunate aspect is that most Australians do not know the history of their own country and apparently gleefully grab at anything that appears in the media as truth and fact. In writing about my own family, who arrived in Australia during 1850 to 1860 as did some seven million other immigrants, problematic. Were my ancestors ‘settlers’, ‘explorers’, or, as popular opinion suggests, ‘invaders’?
For some reason Captain James Cook gets caught up in this battle concerning facts and fiction. For this reason I am following up on something I had written previously which seems timely. which can be found here.