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Australia Day is also in the middle of summer, where the average temperature in Sydney is 30 degrees, but can rise as high as 40. As a historian, I've often wondered how the first settlers coped in the extreme heat. Women wore layers of light woollen clothing (only the rich could afford cotton) or hemp - several petticoats, bodice and blouse as well as outer clothing, gloves and veiled hats.
It must have been torture! No wonder they died young. I'm so thankful for being able to run around in my favourite capris, light blouse and thongs (flip-flops).
Australia Day also reminds me of the joy of living in a free country. My family originally came from an Eastern European nation whose freedom had been taken away by a more powerful and aggresive neighbour who imposed a repressive and tyrannical regime - communism.
My family escaped and came to Australia as refugees.
As children, my brothers and I were taught to value the freedoms we have in this country and to uphold them. We were taught to be Aussies, and that this is where our allegiance lies.
To me, being Australian on this day is more than just the good things we collectively enjoy. It's saying, Thank You God, for allowing me to live in a nation where I don't have to be afraid.
So, let's celebrate.
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