January 26 will always be a “dark and sad day in my mind”. If I was the power, I would make December 3rd Australia Day. December the 3rd, 1854. Bloody Sunday.

December 3rd is a significant date on Australia’s national calendar.

About 160 years ago in 1854 the day fell decisively on a Sunday, the Sabbath, when lay miners (“diggers”) on the Ballaarat goldfields made a sacrificial stand against the English colonial authority to achieve rights of democracy and justice. They stood against the old order of patronage and privilege.

The Australian spirit was born that day, and the term “digger” came about.