Celebrating Aussie spirit over the years

Robert DoughertyBroome Advertiser
Al Fletcher celebrating Australia Day 2014 in style. Photo: Gareth McKnight
Camera IconAl Fletcher celebrating Australia Day 2014 in style. Photo: Gareth McKnight Credit: Gareth McKnight

The Broome Advertiser looks back across past Australia Day events in Broome as visitors and residents revel in today’s celebrations and reflect on the nation’s history.

Sally Lane captured this cracking photo during the Shire’s spectacular fireworks display held at Town Beach on Australia Day 2015.
Camera IconSally Lane captured this cracking photo during the Shire’s spectacular fireworks display held at Town Beach on Australia Day 2015. Credit: Sally Lane

A chance to reflect on the anniversary of the arrival of the British first fleet in New South Wales as well as overall community spirit and networking, as residents make their way to the community breakfast at Broome’s Town Beach.

Scottish born Erin McDermott, 28, was proud to become a citizen of the country on Australia Day 2014.
Camera IconScottish born Erin McDermott, 28, was proud to become a citizen of the country on Australia Day 2014. Credit: WA News, Glenn Cordingley.

Broome Lions Club president Chris Mitchell, who is organising the sausage sizzle, said Australia Day was a perfect opportunity for networking within the community as well as a fun family breakfast.

“It’s great comradeship and everyone sort of mingles at the breakfast, it gets people out of their homes and enjoying other people’s company — it’s a big way of meeting new people, and building networks,” he said.

“I’m hoping it will be as successful as previous years.

“We had 900-odd people there last year and we’re anticipating it to be around that again — it’s just a really good community spirit event.”

Local spectators marvelled at the amazing colourful display of fireworks across Broome's skies to celebrate Australia Day 2013. Crowds gathered at the Town Beach foreshore to get a great view of the spectacle, organised by the Broome Shire and supported by Buru Energy.
Camera IconLocal spectators marvelled at the amazing colourful display of fireworks across Broome's skies to celebrate Australia Day 2013. Crowds gathered at the Town Beach foreshore to get a great view of the spectacle, organised by the Broome Shire and supported by Buru Energy. Credit: Nicola Kalmar

Shire of Broome president Ron Johnston said it was an important day for new citizens and locals alike to recognise the multiculturalism of Broome and Australia. “Broome is a fantastic melting pot of cultures and we welcome our newest Australian citizens who have come from around the world to add further to the wonderful flavour of our town,” he said.

Amelia, Jacynta and Sophie Carlow show some Aussie pride on Australia Day in 2013.
Camera IconAmelia, Jacynta and Sophie Carlow show some Aussie pride on Australia Day in 2013. Credit: Nicola Kalmar

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