Doodle 4 Google It's the 26th of January here, that's the date that the First Fleet landed on the east coast of Australia, about where Sydney now is, to commence the penal settlement of New South Wales in 1788. Although Australia didn't become a nation until 1 January 1901 (it was a collection of colonies and one province before federation on that date) we still celebrate the landing of the First Fleet. That's because 1 January is already a public holiday and we don't like losing public holidays so we get the day off on 26 January. This year, more than I remember, there has been a lot of discussion about immigration and what it means to be Australian. Sadly there is a lot of xenophobia being expressed in the forums of online newspapers as we seem to have many people confusing patriotism (it's a fairly new phenomenon for us to wave flags and what have you) with nationalism. Anyway I thought this doodle from Jessie Du was a nice counter to the trash being talked by some folks in Australia Google - this is Jessie's doodle on google.com.au as it appears to us.