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Australia's Bicentenary

Australia's Bicentenary

This scene commemorates Australia's Bicentenary in 1988

1988 marked the bicentenary of the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney. Chinese Australians commemorated the event with numerous activities and performances that celebrated the significant roles they had played in Australia's history over the past 200 years.

Celebration of a nation

This scroll commemorates Australia's Bicentenary in 1988. The Bicentenary marked the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney in 1788. Captain Arthur Phillip (1738–1814), commander of the First Fleet, established the foundations of a British colony at Sydney Cove on the 26 January 1788.

The 1988 Australian Bicentenary celebration advertising motto was 'Celebration of a nation'. Events organised to celebrate this milestone included re-enactments of the First Fleet's arrival in Port Jackson, street parades and concerts. Brisbane also hosted the World Expo and the Australian Mint issued commemorative coins.