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Australians Born in January
January's Australian birthdays include the Aussie aviator who received the Distinguished Flying Cross from US President Hoover in 1932 and offered US citizenship but turned it down. It's a way to remember those no loner with us too. They include:
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We Get Mail
We receive questions all the time from our overseas visitors about being an Aussie. So in honour of the Australia Day holiday, we thought you might enjoy this blog repeat . . .
I Am Australian is one of the most loved songs in Australia. It talks about all the different kinds of people we are, from many lands, from the past to the present ... all are Australian.
I will try in my own words to explain what I believe the last stanza of the song is saying. The words "this great land" means our country, Australia. That stanza is talking about all the things that make us Australian.
2017 Country Music Awards
The 2017 Country Music Awards Ceremony is part of the
Tamworth Country Music Festival. The 45th Golden Guitar Awards will take place on
28 January 2017 at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Convention Centre.
The Festival runs from the 15th to 28th of January 2017. Largest music festival in the southern hemisphere, with over 2,800 events and 700 artists performing. Toyota Country Music Festival website
For example "I'm the drought and flooding rains" is speaking about the hardships we face in the past and today. Overcoming hardships makes us strong.
"I'm the mountains and the valleys" is speaking about the beauty of our country. "I'm the black soil of the plains" describes the rich soil where we grow our crops. "I am the rock, I am the sky" means we are part of everything in our great land.
We talk with pride about Aussie "battlers". They are people who struggle to pay their bills and feed their families. They work hard at their jobs, but still struggle.
They have the "spirit" the poem talks about ... to keep trying and never give up when you know there will always be problems to face. That's why Aussies make so many jokes. It's part of our spirit to find humour in our problems. It helps us face and overcome them.
Every country has a spirit. It's developed from the way people lived and struggled to build that country. It shapes the way you think today and the way you act with other people. It's what I believe makes us Aussies.
So crack a tinny and throw a shrimp on the barbie. Yes, yes, I know that's so wrong, but it's what the tourists expect. And come celebrate Australia Day.
Australian Of The Year 2017
The announcement of the 2017 Australian of the Year Awards will be held on the lawns outside Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 25 January 2017.
Since 1960 the Australian of the Year Award recognises people who inspire us through their achievements to be better, do better. They challenge us to contribute in our own way to making Australia and the world a better place.
National Finalists for 2017
• See our 50 years of Australian of the Year Awards