While there is much debate surrounding the date of Australia Day, did you know Australia Day was first celebrated on 30 July 1915? It was a sequel to Belgian Day held on 15 May 1915.
The first Australia Day was celebrated with carnivals and street processions and a variety of entertainments such as concerts and other novel events. The intent was to raise money on behalf of wounded and invalided soldiers.
Although the day was not a public holiday and while all the shops were open, very little trading took place.
Below are scenes of the Australia Day celebrations in various parts of the Northwest.
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