“Modernity Day”?


January 25, 2020

Image credit: By Sodacan – Own work; Based on the painting at the National Archives of Australia — item barcode 98430, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32871765, CC by SA 3.0

Dear Editor,

Perhaps, if not “Australia Day” celebrated on January 26th each year, then what about  “Modernity Day”?

No moral offence meant, but it’s just that a more powerful civilisation arrived, and those presently in Australia at the time were really fortunate it was the British beating the Dutch, French, Germans or Russians. It was an inevitable visitation of modernity upon Australia’s “First Peoples” and none better at the time; despite the tough deal imposed upon their own population, every reasonable effort was and has been made to assist the transition from the period of the nomads to that of the most modern era ever found on the planet, though it remains a challenge for many.


Howard Hutchins
Victoria, Australia

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