Sydneysiders celebrated Australia Day on 26 January 2013, marking the 225th anniversary of the arrival of the first fleet in Port Jackson – Sydney’s harbour, with events taking place at various locations across the city.
The run up to Australia Day
In the week before Australia Day there was the annual Australia Day Address, which this year was given by Paralympic gold medallist Kurt Fearnley and also the Australia Post sponsored Australia Day Lunch, where the 'Australian Legends' of music that will appear on Australian postage stamps were announced.
Australia Day is about the British history within Australia, so the Aboriginal people organised their own celebration of their culture in Victoria Park, Camperdown. The event was known as Yabun.
NSW Police praised the well-behaved crowds at Australia Day celebrations. “Overall the public celebrated responsibly and should be praised for their efforts. It made for an enjoyable environment and a great day with family and friends,” Assistant Commissioner Mitchell said.