Confusion seems to reign over why 26th January was the date for Australia Day (setting aside the issue of whether a better date could be chosen out of respect for the feelings of our indigenous brethren).  Was it the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook as some claimed, or the date when the first people were recognised in voting or citizenship as claimed by some?  No of course it was chosen as the date when the First Fleet arrived at Sydney Cove.  This was celebrated in typical Australian style with a drunken party on shore.  But soon after Rev Richard Johnson celebrated the first Christian service.  Johnson was determined to proclaim God’s grace though Jesus, instead of being the moral policeman for the new colony as Gov. Phillip wanted.  Johnson selected only after the forceful, prayerful effort of Wilberforce and John Newton.  Johnson is one we can be rightly thankful to God for.  If you’d like to know more then have a listen to John Dickson’s fascinating 15 minute podcast at

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