Western Australia Day (WA)

Western Australia Day Quick Facts

2020 Date1 June 2020
2021 Date7 June 2021
Western Australia Day (WA)

Western Australia Day History

Western Australia Day, previously known as Foundation Day, commemorates the founding of Swan River Colony near present day Perth. The Colony was established by Europeans in 1829 in order to keep the land for the British Empire, as the French also had their sights on the land. A few years later, in 1832, the colony was renamed Western Australia.

Western Australia Day is celebrated annually on the first Monday of June in the state of Western Australia. In 2012, the government changed the name of the holiday from Foundation Day to Western Australia Day in order to recognise the aboriginals.

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Western Australia Day Facts & Quotes

  • Western Australia is the largest state in Australia with an area of more than 2,500,000km2. It occupies one-third of the country.
  • The Swan River was first explored by Dutchman Willem de Vlamingh in 1697. He was the explorer who named the river after its black swans.
  • Western Australia’s fisheries are major world suppliers of lobsters, prawns and pearls.
  • Western Australia produces 70% of Australia's gold.
  • Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say. This was their finest hour. - Winston Churchill, Former British Prime Minister

Western Australia Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Host a BBQ with your friends and family. Enjoy the long weekend outdoors in the winter air.
  • Watch a documentary about the British Empire and the colonisation that led to today's celebration. Some of our favourites: British Empire in Colour, The Story of India and Empire.
  • Spread awareness for the day on social media using hashtags #WesternAustraliaDay, #WADay and #SwanRiverColony.
  • Attend the Western Australian of the Year Awards or prepare to nominate someone that you feel is deserving for an award.
  • Visit the Swan Bell Tower in Perth. It is one of the largest musical instruments on Earth and boasts the same name as the original colony.

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