The holiday Australia Day on January 26 celebrates the arrival of the first shipload of British convicts to Australia in 1788.
A common myth is that Australia Day celebrates the country’s independence from England. This is not true.
When America gained its independence from England, the crown could no longer use its Virginia penal colonies, so it began shipping prisoners to Australia.
From these captive men and thousands more like them, cast adrift because England didn’t want to go to the expense of building more prisons, the Australian nation arose.