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“The USA does not choose the arrival of Christopher Columbus as the date for its national day.Like many other countries its national day marks independence.”From an outside perspective one might think that Aboriginal people embrace the day to protest. Aboriginal woman Professor Jakelin Troy is the Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research at the University of Sydney.During their long period of occupation they developed a system of burning off limited areas at certain times of the year, that encouraged the grass growth that supported the animals they hunted.So while they lived by hunting, over large parts of the continent it was in effect managed hunting. It has been said of the Aboriginal People that 'they are unchanging people in an unchanging land', implying that they didn't adapt so were somehow less worthy than the very adaptable people who took over their country.the people lived almost exclusively on the coast for 30,000 years, based on the dating of the known sites, apparently rarely venturing into the thick rainforest.At the time of first European contact they were still living in a narrow coastal belt between the horizontal rainforest and the sea.Others regarded them as sub-human, so there was no problem treating them as though they were animals, especially when colonisation got under way and colonists wanted to take over their hunting territory for raising cattle and sheep, or farming.They were mostly tolerated as long as they didn't try to stop pastoralists taking their land, when they got in the way, they were often treated like animals that ate the colonists' crops or killed their cattle for food..
Mansell believes that Australia celebrates “the coming of one race at the expense of another” .“Australia is the only country that relies on the arrival of Europeans on its shores as being so significant it should herald the official national day,” he says .
While they lived well on the coast, with plentiful and easily available food, why would they want to move to a habitat that was more difficult and where food was less plentiful and required more time and energy to collect?
When the continental shelf was exposed there would have been rivers, possibly with deltas, lakes and swamps, as well as the nearby sea, where they could get all the food they needed, and with very little effort.
January 26, 1788 was the date on which Captain Arthur Phillip took formal possession of the colony of New South Wales and raised the British flag for the first time in Sydney Cove.
In the early 1880s the day was known as ‘First Landing’, ‘Anniversary Day’ or ‘Foundation Day’.