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Happy Australia Day!

Australia Day Sign by Feeeeeeee  (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
“Australia Day Sign” by Feeeeeeee (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

In contemporary Australia, 26 January is a day to grab your thongs, throw some sausages on the barbeque, turn up the radio, and celebrate everything about being Australian.

It is a time to reflect on our history and on our future and celebrate any way you see fit!

At QUT Library we have a wonderful range of resources to help get you into the Australia Day spirit.

My brilliant career / Miles Franklin; edited by Bruce K. Martin. Published in 1901, this is a coming-of-age story about a girl growing up in rural Australia.

Mullumbimby / Melissa Lucashenko. Born in Brisbane, Melissa Lucashenko writes a novel about cultural warfare and disputes over native title land in Northern New South Wales.

The slap / Christos Tsiolkas. A man slapping a child not his own at an Australian backyard barbeque tests the relationships of those who witnessed it.

The aboriginal tent embassy: sovereignty, black power, land rights and the state / edited by Gary Foley, Andrew Schaap and Edwina Howell. On Australia Day 1972, four Aboriginal men set up a tent embassy outside Parliament House in Canberra to bring political attention to Aboriginal rights.

Triple J’s hottest 100. Volume 21. A tradition for many on Australia Day – listen to the 100 best songs of 2013 as voted by the Australian public.

For those in the mood for a little culture, the Gardens Theatre will be hosting a play aptly named ‘Australia Day’ on 25 and 26 January. Check it out!

Let us know what you will be doing this Australia Day in the comments below and don’t forget to use the hashtag #AustraliaDay when using social media.

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