By George Mansford

I recall in KOREA when our platoon travelled south to protect a railway terminal at Tuchon? We were weary, filthy and hungry and looking forward to some comfort in established surrounds. We had no officer or Sergeant.

On arrival, we were inspected by a British major who erupted with anger and informed us we were untidy colonial rabble. I stepped forward and reminded him, we had cast England aside some fifty plus years ago and no longer colonials. He screamed that I was to be returned to unit and any others with similar views to step forward and join me. The entire platoon joined me. Soon we were humming a favourite tune; ‘The wild colonial boy.’  He left in rage, and we were not returned to unit. Such was the pride in our nation.

Australia Day 2023 Today our proud history and precious social values are slowly being converted to shameful deeds by the Politically Correct and Woke Brigades. One of their targets is the demise of our beloved Australia Day.

Let’s counter attack. Roll up our sleeves and get involved. Be it the big street parades, cricket on the beach or backyard, the BBQ, picnics and sports to name but a few   Let our many gatherings be a clear message to politicians. It’s our day, the people’s day, and it’s not for sale. It belongs to all Aussies; those now gone, we the living and countless generations yet to be born. We seek tomorrow with pride, purpose, and all as one.  The question is; can we find the sound leadership so necessary to guide us into all those tomorrows? To ensure we reclaim that powerful weapon of national unity and purpose. To identify national projects and roll up our sleeves and pursue them. Simply put, to get off our arse or we really will go down under, to be a land of broken promises, empty pockets, despair, bickering and fragmentation.

Have a ripper of a time on the big day, cobbers, and with each national triumph, chant the words so very clear; “Aussie- Aussie- Aussie.” By the way, if you feel as proud as me, then when you hear that ripper of a song “WE ARE AS ONE”; join in and sing with loud voice. Soon or later, it will reach and echo, and echo throughout that big house in Canberra and all of DOWN UNDER. Happy Australia Day, cobbers

Australia Day


The night before the historic day, campfires were well alight

Burning with true blue flickering flames so bright

Creeping warmth spreading far and wide

Far beyond the camps with growing comfort, joy and easy stride

Came the dawn for a way of life we dared to dream of, and love

Our precious new born flag was soon to fly high above

Proud history in 1901, as our sacred cloth was raised on a January morn

Complete with starry, compass light of tribes long before our nation born

No matter seasons, our flag, often tattered and torn, stands high

Our people, shoulder to shoulder, with purpose and freedom never to die

Hail the nomad, drover’s wife, shearer, nurse, teacher, and who ever

From tall towers in city to the gunyahs and bark huts in the Never Never

Each generation is yet another page of proud history made

Salute the ghostly columns of the fallen standing so tall on parade

Raise your hat to all from yesteryears, who toiled and endured strife

Often with hunger, empty pockets, and Mother Nature’s tantrums of life

Go tell politicians with never ending reminders of who we are

Fair dinkum Aussies, loyal to our flag with its genes and Cross of Stars

A guide for leaders with vision and purpose to pursue national dreams

To aid us to be the most united and happiest nation, ever, ever seen

George Mansford ©December 2022  



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  • Lindsay Hackett January 21, 2023   Reply →

    Australia Day is upon us once more, this 26 January 2023. The benefits initiated in Australia by the First Fleet have led us to being one of the most socially and technologically advanced nations on Earth.
    This success has been facilitated by waves of immigrants wanting to become Australian; wanting to adapt to Australian culture, to adopt our way of life.
    The few vocal Aborigines and their sympathisers who shout about invasion should be encouraged to take a more holistic view of their place in Australian society. World history is replete with examples where nations and peoples have been conquered or dominated by other peoples. Australia is one such case.
    The 3% of the population who are able to claim Aboriginality, some merely because they say they are, apparently want to remain separate from all other Australians and to be treated differently simply because their forebears were here before the British settled the country in 1788. They then claim Aboriginal culture to be the oldest surviving culture in the world, dating back over 60,000 years, supposedly. This is interesting because such statements are meant to be laudatory when the statement actually means that Aboriginal culture has not altered in any significant way over the last 60,000 years, as most other cultures have.
    We do not hear that the 7.6% of Irish Australians or the 6.4% of Scottish Australians want special treatment and a special Voice, simply because they have been important in advancing Australia from its primitive past to become the society it is today. Nor do we hear from the Italians, Germans and Chinese who likewise could claim special treatment, each of these ethnic groups comprising more than 3% of the Australian population.
    Do the aborigines we hear from in the media really wish to return to their primitive lifestyles. No. They want power, the power to control much of the landmass of Australia and now, via the Voice, to control any policy that might affect them, which would be most policies. They then say that once the Voice is established, they will move to obtaining a treaty, and then sovereignty – over what is uncertain.
    They appear to refuse to acknowledge that “white” settlement has brought them vast opportunities and benefits. Or, they seem to believe they are entitled to these modern benefits without any effort on their part – their welfare dependency and “sit-down” culture.
    This attitude is worsened by too many of our politicians and other “bleeding hearts” perpetuating these expectations.
    It is long past time when aborigines should move forward and become part of today’s Australia as one of us.
    If you keep looking backwards, that is where you remain.
    Let us celebrate Australia Day together, for we are all Australians.

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