January 25, 2002, Newsletter Issue #66: Australia Day: A Contentious Holiday

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How far the country has come

Today, around Sydney Cove stand the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the hub of bus, rail and harbour transport that is Circular Quay, and the historic Rocks area where Governor Phillip´s first settlement had its roots. A stone´s throw away is Darling Harbour, now a major tourist site, with its Sydney Powerhouse Museum, National Maritime Museum, paved promenade areas, gardens, and shopping and entertainment precincts. One only has to look at Sydney today to see how far the country has come.

Modern Australia´s birthplace, this is where Australia Day has its focus, and it is here that the years the nation has travelled is more easily discernible in the almost magical mix of Australia´s historic past and its developing present.

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