By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (January 26, 2024) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps brings us a little Australian history and cause for celebration – 4th of July style.


Join the Aussies down under in celebrating Australia Day, their equivalent of the Fourth of July!

The day commemorates the landing of the First Fleet and the raising of the Union flag at Sydney Cove in 1788.

Although the holiday was celebrated nationally, different states celebrated it on or around January 26 – they love a long weekend just like we do!  And only since 1994 has it been a unified public holiday on the 26th, no matter the day of the week.  But this year’s Friday will make them very happy!

It is the single day for the most new citizens to be sworn in during the year.  Other celebrations include boat races, large scale fireworks, and a soccer match between Melbourne Victory FC and Sydney FC.

The Continent nation is shown in this ornate map by Tallis from 1850.  Note that most of the cities and towns are along the coast.  And that remains true to today.  The interior, the “outback”, is hot, arid and generally inhospitable.

Continent of Australia – 1850 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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