Western Australia Day in Western Australia in 2020

Western Australia Day in Western Australia in 2020
  How long until Western Australia Day?
This holiday next takes place in 280 days.
  Dates of Western Australia Day in Western Australia
2021 Mon, Jun 7Regional Holiday
2020 Mon, Jun 1Regional Holiday
2019 Mon, Jun 3Regional Holiday
2018 Mon, Jun 4Regional Holiday
2017 Mon, Jun 5Regional Holiday
  Summary
Commemorates the day that the first European settlers arrived in Western Australia to found the Swan River Colony on 1 June 1829
h2>When is WA Day?

This Australian regional holiday is celebrated on the first Monday in June.

Westeran Australia Day used to be known as Foundation Day and commemorates the day that the first European settlers arrived in Western Australia to found the Swan River Colony on 1 June 1829.

History of WA Day

Though the first Europeans to arrive in the region had been Dutch, the western part of Australia had been claimed for Britain on 2 May 1829 by Captain Fremantle.

The merchant vessel Parmelia with civilian settlers on board arrived on the night of 31 May 1829 and sighted the coast on 1 June. The Swan River Colony was officially proclaimed on 11 June.

In 1832, Admiral Sir James Stirling, the administrator of Western Australia decided to eastbalish an annual celebration to unite the new colony's inhabitants, including all settlers and Aborigines.

He choose 1 June each year (or if a Sunday, on the following Monday), the date of the first sighting. The holiday originally called 'Foundation of the Colony Day', and later became simply 'Foundation Day'.

In 2012, the name was changed to Western Australia Day to be more inclusive of all inhabitants of Western Australia.

Because of the celebration of Western Australia Day, Western Australia does not celebrate the Queen's Birthday Holiday in June, as do the other Australian states.

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