Britfest

Come along and celebrate all things ‘British’ at the 2019 BritFest which will be held on

Saturday 4th May.
10.00am – 4.00pm 
Moonee Ponds Bowling Club
776 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds VIC 

Entry is FREE!
To coincide with the 200th Birthday of Queen Victoria we will be celebrating by showcasing a variety of entertainment and food from the British Isles, including well known traditionanal British dishes such as pork pies, cornish pasties, black pudding and a selection of the greatest beers. Bring along the family as the day will provide endless music, sports and activities to entertain them all!
Please confirm your attendance by visiting Trybooking to register your details:
https://www.trybooking.com/BBMDR and automatically go in the draw to win the main prize!

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

 

This event is supported by a Victorian Government Community Grant under the Multicultural Festivals and Events 2018-19 grants program.

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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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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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Aussie Court backs BAC

On the 28th of September, 2011, Judge Mordecai Bromberg of the Federal Court of Australia handed down a ruling against Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt and his employer, News Limited.

The case involved columns written by Bolt, in which he allegedly “conveyed offensive messages about fair-skinned Aboriginal people, by saying that they were not genuinely Aboriginal and were pretending to be Aboriginal so they could access benefits that are available to Aboriginal people.” Judge Bromberg found Mr Bolt guilty under certain sections of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

This publication has always, to its limited ability, stood up for freedom of speech. We therefore deplore any infringements on freedom of speech, except in the most extreme cases.

But Judge Bromberg’s decision contained at least one silver lining. In point 22 of his Summary, the judge stated:

In reaching those conclusions, I have observed that in seeking to promote tolerance and protect against intolerance in a multicultural society, the Racial Discrimination Act must be taken to include in its objectives tolerance for and acceptance of racial and ethnic diversity. At the core of multiculturalism is the idea that people may identify with and express their racial or ethnic heritage free from pressure not to do so. People should be free to fully identify with their race without fear of public disdain or loss of esteem for so identifying.

Amen to that! We’re not lawyers here at Endeavour, but we hope and trust that Judge Bromberg’s ruling sets a legal precedent allowing Anglo-Celtic people to be free to fully identify with our race without fear of public disdain or loss of esteem for so identifying.

The British Australian Community intends to do just that.

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