For those who've completed the quiz (whether you're from Australia, America, or elsewhere) - How did you go? I have to admit - the first time someone asked me these questions, I pretty much failed! It's amazing how so many of us Australians have so little knowledge about our history. Yes, I did throw a few hard ones in there. But I hope none of you chose "Jack Sparrow" as the Captain in command!
Well, without further ado, here is a full listing of each question, along with the correct answer. Enjoy! =)
What do we remember on Australia day?
Correct Answer: The raising of the British flag
The raising of the flag was the official symbol proclaiming British sovereignty over the Eastern coast of Australia. We celebrate this occasion on January 26th every year.
Where did this happen?
Correct Answer: Port Jackson
When the First Fleet arrived at Botany Bay, the intended settlement location, they found it unsuitable for living. They travelled a short distance to Port Jackson, where the flag was raised.
In what year?
Correct Answer: 1788
This is a confusing one! You've just gotta know this. Everyone I know tends to get this confused with 1770, the year when James Cook "discovered" Australia. Just remember all those 7's and 8's and you'll be fine!
Who was in command?
Correct Answer: Captain Arthur Phillip
Captain James Cook was the first European to explore the East coast of Australia, Captain William Lawson is fictionary, and Captain Jack Sparrow has yet to command an entire fleet.
How many ships were in the First Fleet?
Correct Answer: 11
This is another one you just have to know.
Which one of the following ships was NOT in the First Fleet?
Correct Answer: The Endeavour
Ok, so everyone got this one, right?
The Endeavour was Captain Cook's ship during his first voyage. All the other names are actual ships in the First Fleet.
More resources: Australia Day, Captain James Cook