What It Means to Me To Be an Australian

Australia Day Coastal Blog Hop

I am part of the blog hop which has been taking place since January 1 and runs for three weeks. It’s an all Aussie contingent… leading up to a celebration of Australia Day. Over these three weeks you’ll be reading about what being an Aussie author means to the crew (see below) or how they celebrate Australia Day, or maybe even a lamington or pavlova recipe. It will be full of surprises!
And you’ll hear about new books to add to your TBR piles!
Don’t forget to call in every day and visit the blogs, leave a comment, enter the raffle copter for the fabulous gift basket.


For me, probably one of the most important aspects of being an Australian is the fact that our great nation grew mostly from peace.

Although the English savagely invaded the lands of the indigenous peoples of our country, Australia has managed to prosper and grow without civil war. We have respect for our neighbours — apart from the Kiwi cricket, rugby league thand rugby union teams. We thrive through diplomacy — not through threats or violence.

Australia has many outstanding achievements we should all be proud of, the rotary clothes hoist and black box are just 2 to be named.
I love the colour and diversity of life in Australia. It doesn’t matter where you come from, being an “Australian” means wanting to be “mates” with everyone — harbouring no ill-will towards others; wanting to live in peace and harmony with everyone and everything, to be free and independent, a helping hand when needed, and treating everyone fairly.

Australia Day, 26 January, is a time to reflect and be proud of all our achievements, no matter how big or small. It is a day to say thank you to those who have served and protected the people of our great nation and helped it to become the wonderful place we live in today.

I am blessed to be a first generation Australian and I am fiercely proud of this land I call home.

$100 and 26 e-books (some print) from our generous authors

drawn Australia Day

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January 1 Monique McDonnell
January 2 Sara Hantz
January 3 Annie Seaton
January 4 Imogene Nix
January 5 Caitlyn Nicholas 
January 6 Tima Maria Lacoba
January 7 Nicole Flockton
January 8 Wendy L. Curtis
January 9 Jacqui Carling Rodgers
January 10 Susan Horsnell
January 11 Susanne Bellamy
January 12 J’aimee Brooker
January 13 Victoria Purman
January 14 Ann B Harrison
January 15 Cate Ellink and

 Demelza Carlton

January 16 Jenny Schwartz
January 17 Donna Gallagher
January 18 Lily Malone
January 19 Tea Cooper
January 20 Fiona McArthur
January 21 Max Henry
January 22 Jennie Jones
January 23 Alison Stuart
January 24 Eve Rabi
January 25 Kendall Talbot
January 26 Annie Seaton-Prize draw



16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. helen sibbrutt
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 02:49:59

    Hi Susan

    Lovely post and so true I love living here and very much enjoy the mate ship 🙂

    Have fun


  2. Caroline Clemmons
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 04:24:02

    Susan, lovely post. I will follow the tour. I love your (I think now past) Prime Minister who told people to speak English or go home and other pithy statements I admired. It’s wrong to move to a country and expect everyone there to change to accomodate you, isn’t it?


    • susanhorsnell
      Jan 10, 2014 @ 05:54:44

      Thanks Caroline for coming over. I agree, it is wrong for people to move to a country and expect to bring their old attitudes. They are often what they have run away from so should be left behind. Just my opinion.


  3. margtanner
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 07:21:22

    Hi Sue,
    Wonderful, patriotic post.




  4. Tima Maria Lacoba
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 07:55:54

    I’m a first generation Aussie, too Susan, and I appreciate what you’ve written here.


  5. Rita Wray
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 15:48:37

    Happy Australia Day!! I have a sister and two brothers living there.


  6. rainnnn
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 20:49:51

    This was very interesting. I have some friends who have traveled to Australia but I know what I do purely by movies and photos. Nice to hear from someone who loves their country 🙂 — Rain


  7. kay13
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 11:16:14

    Australia is definitely a great country to live in.


  8. cjlps23
    Jan 23, 2014 @ 03:45:53

    Did you know the hay baler was invented in Australia too, I’m about a 6th or 7 the generation Aussie yes there’s convict blood but I’ve travelled and have always been proud to be called an Aussie


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