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Australia Day is the official national day of the Commonwealth of Australia. Each year on 26th January celebrations are held across the country to commemorate the landing of the first British ships and the raising of the British flag by Governor Arthur Phillip in 1788 at Sydney Cove.

On the day addresses are given by the Governor-general and the Prime Minister, all states and territories mark the day with a public holiday and Aussies around the world host concerts, festivals and civic events to join in the celebrations.

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