Back to the 80s, Up Close & Personal

1988 – Australia’s Bicentennial.

January 26th is Australia Day, and in 1988 we celebrated our Bicentennial. Part of the festivities included a re-enactment of the tall ships entering Sydney Harbour, helicopters and war planes including Lancaster bombers and public transport was free for the day.

My family and I were fortunate that one of our relatives lived at Dover Heights at the time. Dover Heights is a suburb of eastern Sydney, with many of the suburb’s properties having views of Sydney Harbour.

Here are just some of the photos taken on the day:

Re-enactment of the tall ships entering Sydney Harbour

More ships -both old and new

Saying hello

Lancaster bombers

My sisters and I in the spa (that’s me in the yellow top)!

The Bicentennial was a once in a lifetime opportunity. It certainly was the most memorable Australia Day I’ve ever experienced.

How do you celebrate your National Day? Is there one that you remember more than any other?

Images by Debbie Johansson.