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Quotes of the Day for 26 January 2004 – Australia Day

The First Fleet arrived at Sydney, Australia on this day in 1788 to establish the penal colony of New South Wales. Eleven ships under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip "transported" 736 prisoners. Perhaps not the most auspicious beginning of a new country, but it seems to have worked out pretty well. Just based on addresses ending in .au, I think we have over 100 subscribers down there, and I know they are not all convicts because a lot of them have addresses ending .gov.au.

Note that we revisited this theme in 2007 and 2011, with mostly different quotes.

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The quotes:

In a way Australia is like Catholicism. The company is sometimes questionable and the landscape is grotesque. But you always come back.
     - Thomas Keneally

Australia is a big blank map, and the whole people is constantly sitting over it like a committee, trying to work out the best way to fill it in.
     - Charles Edwin Woodrow Bean

[The prisons are] the monuments of Australia - the Paestums [of] an extraordinary time - an effort to exile en masse a whole class.
     - Robert Hughes

Earth is here [Australia] so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.
     - Douglas William Jerrold, 1803 - 1857

Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia.
     - Charles Monroe Schulz, 1922 - 2000

I was the toast of two continents: Greenland and Australia.
     - Dorothy Parker, 1893 - 1967


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