The day was known as Anniversary or Foundation Day.

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In 2001 the Council transferred from the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts to that of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Australians' growing familiarity with the Australia Day holiday led the Council to focus on shaping their awareness of its significance and meaning.

In Sydney, celebratory drinking, and later anniversary dinners became customary, especially among emancipists.

Governor Macquarie acknowledged the day officially as a public holiday on the thirtieth anniversary.

Australia’s National Floral Emblem is the golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha Benth).

It has been used in the design of Australian stamps and many awards in our honours system.

The Australian Natives' Association prompted the formation in Melbourne of an Australia Day Celebrations Committee (later known as the Australia Day Council) to educate the public about the significance of Australia Day.

Similar bodies emerged in the other states, which in rotation, acted as the Federal Australia Day Council.

In 1984 it became the National Australia Day Council, based in Sydney, with a stronger emphasis on sponsorship.