Britfest

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
Victoria.

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 –
Portland.

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

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.

2018

January

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

 

12 -14 Cygnet Folk Festival Cygnet, TAS

Cygnetfolkfestival.org

 

18-22 Mona Festival, Hobart, TAS

 

18-21 Illawarra Folk Festival Bulli, NSW

Illawarrafolkfestival.com.au

 

19-21 Tamar Valley Folk Festival Georgetown, TAS

Tamarvalleyfolkfestival.com

 

20-29 Tamworth Country Music Festival, Tamworth NSW

 

25-29 Tunarama Festival, Eyre Peninsula, SA

 

26 Australia Day, NATIONAL

 

February

 

10-12 Festivale, Launceston, TAS

 

14 Valentine’s Day, NATIONAL

 

17 White Night Melbourne, VIC

Whitenightmelbourne.com.au

 

23-25 Frances Folk Gathering Francs, SA

Francesfolkgathering.com.au

 

March

9-12 Port Fairy Folk Festival Port Fairy, VIC

Portfairyfolkfestival.com

 

10-12 Steamfest Sheffield, TAS

Steamfesttasmania.org.au

 

10-11 Lost Trades Fair Kyneton, VIC

Rundellandrundell.com.au

 

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

Kyabram Town Hall

 

23-25 Yackandandah Folk Festival Yackandandah, VIC

Yackfolkfestival.com

 

24-25 Moonee Valley Art Show, Essendon, VIC

69 Woodland St Essendon

 

25 Ringwood Highland Games, Ringwood, VIC

Ringwood Highland Games

 

April

1– 2 National Folk Festival Canberra, ACT

Folkfestival.org.au

 

1 -30 National Trust Heritage Festival, ALL STATES

Nationaltrustfestival.org.au

 

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

21-22 All British Motorcycle Rally Nestead VIC

AllBritishMotorcycleRally

25 ANZAC DAY, ALL STATES

27-29 St Albans Folk Festival St Albans, NSW

Stalbansfolkfetival.com.au

 

May

1 Beltane Festival, National

3-6 Celtic Festival Glen Innes, NSW

AustralianCelticFestival.com

5-6 Kellybrook Cider Festival Wonga Park, VIC

KellybrookWinery.com.au 

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

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

Kerneweck.org

18-20 Robert Burns Scottish Festival Camperdown, VIC

CamperdownBurnsFestival.com

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

ManningHistorical.org 

June

8-11 National Celtic Festival Portarlington, VIC

NationalCelticFestival.com

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

KilmoreCelticFestival

July

1 Tartan Day All States

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

GlenInnesTourism

5 Aberdeen Highland Games Aberdeen, NSW

AberdeenHighlandGames

August

25-26 Medieval Fair Balingup, WA

MedievalCarnivale.com

September

5 Battle for Australia Day Remembrance Services All States

14-16 Bony Mountain Music Festival Warwick, QLD

BonyMountainMusicFestival

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

October

 

November

9-11 Beechworth Highland Games Beechworth, VIC

BeechworthHighlandGames

December

1 Daylesford Highland Gathering Daylesford, VIC

DaylesfordHighland

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

WoodfordFolkFestival

January (2019)

1 Marborough Highland Gathering Maryborough, VIC

MaryboroughHighlandSociety

11-13 Cygnet Folk Festival Cygnet, TAS

GygnetFolkFestival

March (2019)

8-11 Port Fairy Folk Festival

PortFairyFolkFestival

 

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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

Borders

Waters of Tyne
Lads of North Tyne

Cornwall

Song of the Western Men (sung in Cornish)

England

Greensleeves
Sumer is Icumin in

Ireland

Irish Washerwoman
The Minstrel Boy

Scotland

Flower of Scotland
Dream Angus

Ulster

Londonderry Air
The Sash my Father Wore

Wales

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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