Britfest, short for British Festival, is a celebration of British Heritage and Culture.

Britfest 2018 will be hosted at the Moonee Ponds Bowling Club at 776 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds on Saturday the 21st of April 10am-4pm.

Entry is free!

To contact for bookings call: 03 93260654 or visit this site

Additional information can be found at our Facebook.


If you want to know more about previous Britfest events hosted by us, visit our Britfest history page.

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Significant dates in Australian History

26 January 1788 – the first British child is born on Australian soil. Father was Sgt Thomas Whittle of the marines.

25 April 1915 – White British Empire troops land at Gallipoli in first large-scale concerted military action.

9 May 1901 – Duke of Cornwall and York (later George V) opens first
Australian parliament in Melbourne.

12 May 1835 – John Batman founds the most successful British settlement in

13 May 1787 – First Fleet leaves from Plymouth – 750 convicts, 212 marines,
plus sailors, civilians and wives.

31 July 1914 – On outbreak of WW1 leaders of both Australian political
parties pledge support to Britain – “to our last man and our last shilling”,
according to PM Andrew Fisher.

5 August 1914 – Australia fires first shot in defence of the white Empire –
from Fort Nepean, near Melbourne.

22 August 1770 – James Cook claims Oz for Britain.

19 November 1834 – First permanent British settlement in Victoria –

25 November 1803 – First British child born in Victoria – Robert Hobart

23 December 1901 – Immigration Restriction Act legislates for a “White” (=
mainly British) Australia.

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Heritage Events

Note: Please make sure to contact the organisers of these events to confirm attendance and details of the events.



3-28 Window in the Willows at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, VIC


12 -14 Cygnet Folk Festival Cygnet, TAS


18-22 Mona Festival, Hobart, TAS


18-21 Illawarra Folk Festival Bulli, NSW


19-21 Tamar Valley Folk Festival Georgetown, TAS


20-29 Tamworth Country Music Festival, Tamworth NSW


25-29 Tunarama Festival, Eyre Peninsula, SA


26 Australia Day, NATIONAL




10-12 Festivale, Launceston, TAS


14 Valentine’s Day, NATIONAL


17 White Night Melbourne, VIC


23-25 Frances Folk Gathering Francs, SA



9-12 Port Fairy Folk Festival Port Fairy, VIC


10-12 Steamfest Sheffield, TAS


10-11 Lost Trades Fair Kyneton, VIC


23 March – 23 April Women of Empire Exhibition Kyabram, VIC

Kyabram Town Hall


23-25 Yackandandah Folk Festival Yackandandah, VIC


24-25 Moonee Valley Art Show, Essendon, VIC

69 Woodland St Essendon


25 Ringwood Highland Games, Ringwood, VIC

Ringwood Highland Games



1– 2 National Folk Festival Canberra, ACT


1 -30 National Trust Heritage Festival, ALL STATES


21 Britfest – British Festival of Culture & Entertainment, Moonee Ponds, VIC

21-22 All British Motorcycle Rally Nestead VIC



27-29 St Albans Folk Festival St Albans, NSW



1 Beltane Festival, National

3-6 Celtic Festival Glen Innes, NSW

5-6 Kellybrook Cider Festival Wonga Park, VIC 

6 Scottish Societies & Clans of Victoria Highland Ball Coburg, VIC

15-20 Cornish Festival, Kerneweck Lowender York Peninsula, SA

18-20 Robert Burns Scottish Festival Camperdown, VIC

20 Gingin British Car Day Gin Gin, WA

Facebook: Gingin-British-Car-Day

24 Old Empire Day – On this day, think of your friends and relatives throughout the worldwide British diaspora

27 – 3 (June) Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival Wingham, NSW 


8-11 National Celtic Festival Portarlington, VIC

29 – 1 (July) Kilmore Celtic Festival Kilmore, VIC



1 Tartan Day All States

5 Tynwald Day (Isle of Man) Glen Innes, NSW


5 Aberdeen Highland Games Aberdeen, NSW



25-26 Medieval Fair Balingup, WA


5 Battle for Australia Day Remembrance Services All States

14-16 Bony Mountain Music Festival Warwick, QLD


16 September Battle of Britain Service Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne, VIC




9-11 Beechworth Highland Games Beechworth, VIC



1 Daylesford Highland Gathering Daylesford, VIC


27-1 (January 2019) Woodford Folk Festival Woodford, QLD


January (2019)

1 Marborough Highland Gathering Maryborough, VIC


11-13 Cygnet Folk Festival Cygnet, TAS


March (2019)

8-11 Port Fairy Folk Festival



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British Folk Music

The current Australian multicultural establishment likes to insist that we need to import people from non-traditional source countries because our traditional British Isles founding culture was somehow “boring”. To back up their position they point to immigrants from exotic parts of the world who dress up in colourful ethnic costumes and sing or perform songs from their native countries.

Of course, since 1788 British migration to Australia was always “multicultural”, incorporating as it did all the various regional cultures of the British Isles.

The BAC has therefore begun to compile a list of famous British Isles songs to demonstrate the fact that the first British settlers in this continent brought with them a superb and diverse musical and “folk” tradition of our own. (Even including strange costumes!)

All the songs below are well-known, but in some cases we have chosen versions that are somewhat unusual, for one reason or another.

Obviously, some of these songs reflect old hostilities between different factions or cultures within the British Isles a long time ago. We certainly don’t wish to prolong those ancient feuds. However, we think it’s fair to highlight the cultural pride that our ancestors demonstrated in their own music.


All of the British Isles

Land of Hope and Glory
Sailors Hornpipe (with bagpipes!)
Medley: Minstrel Boy/The Sash
Rule Britannia


Waters of Tyne
Lads of North Tyne


Song of the Western Men (sung in Cornish)


Sumer is Icumin in


Irish Washerwoman
The Minstrel Boy


Flower of Scotland
Dream Angus


Londonderry Air
The Sash my Father Wore


Land of my Fathers
Men of Harlech

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Endeavour Online Magazine

Endeavour is the long-running journal of the British Australian Community. The journal began back in 1967, and as of May 2017, it was moved online to make it more accessible for the wider British Community in Australia.

Some of the old articles of the Endeavour can be found here. You can find the new online blog here.

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Anglophobic historians

Professor Henry Reynolds, born in 1938, is typical of too many historians of his generation. He has dedicated his life to the service of people who are not his own people. The Israelis have a term for Jews who, like Henry, seem to be ashamed of their own culture: they call such people “self-hating Jews”. Continue reading

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Another Anglophobe

“Australia Day is, of course, an artificial fabrication designed by governments, the corporate world, media, Australia Day Councils and smug Anglo-Saxons to ensure that we forget real history.

“That Anglo-Saxon smugness is a resilient child of hypocrisy and racism. The mawkish jingoism, the noisy triumphalism and trumped-up nationalism lead to the xenophobia that treats our humanity as something special and beyond the humanity of others who are not of these shores or of those, the original owners, who live within our shores but have been relegated as relics of history, beyond imagination.”

Thus spake Peter Gebhardt in the Sydney Morning Herald, 26/1/2012.

There is nothing new in Gebhardt’s 2012 views. On Australia Day 2011 he was busy denouncing White Australians as “the usurpers” on this continent, and deriding our constitutional monarchy as dependence on “the regal pantomine in England”. (Note that he wrote “England”, not even “United Kingdom”: such is the strength of his Anglophobia.)

Gebhardt is a retired judge of the County Court of Victoria. Before that he was headmaster of Geelong College for 10 years, “leaving the school in 1985 after a disagreement with the school council” (according to The Age, 2/6/2003). He now writes books of poetry, sometimes illustrated by and introduced by Aborigines.

It therefore goes without saying that Gebhardt is a darling of the Anglophobic Age/SMH/ABC crowd. If he had slandered any other ethnic group with a negative adjective such as “smug”, Gebhardt would have been roundly denounced by those who currently praise him. Alas, it seems that in today’s Australia, putting the boot into Anglo-Saxons is a sure path to praise in certain circles.

Here is an extract from one of Gebhardt’s Anglophobic poems:

Forget the ancestral trespassers,
The heritage forbears,
The gin and bitters people,
They didn’t ask,
They just used their guns
Across the waters,
Across the sands,
Across the plains,
Across the hills.

No decision-time then,
As the map was bloodied
To imperial pink.

In this bit of trite racial hatred, Anglo-Saxons are depicted as “trespassers” and alcoholic murderers. We will leave it to readers to decide on this work’s poetic merit – if any.

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