Some immigrants who prospered in Sydney, especially those who had been convicts or the sons of convicts, began marking the colony's beginnings with an anniversary dinner - 'an emancipist' festival. Governor Lachlan Macquarie, the emancipists' friend, made the thirtieth anniversary of the day in 1818 a public holiday, thirty guns counting out the years of British civilization, a tradition Macquarie's successors continued.
There have been significant protests from the Indigenous Australian community who view the day as a celebration of the destruction of Indigenous culture by British colonialism. There have been many proposals to change the date of Australia Day to other dates, but none have succeeded to date
One of the special celebratory dishes that the locals enjoy on this national holiday is Kangaroo Pie. Kangaroo meat was legalized for human consumption in South Australia in 1980, and in all other Australian states in 1993 availability, Although consumption in Australia is becoming more widespread., only 14.5% of Australians were reported in 2008 as eating kangaroo meat at least four times per year. Many Australian supermarkets now stock various cuts of kangaroo including fillets, steaks, minced (ground meat and 'kanga bangas' (kangaroo sausages). and it is is exported to over 55 countries worldwide, and has become very popular in Germany and France. Kangaroo Meat has a much stronger taste than beef and similar in taste to venison, Many locals prefer 'minced roo.' One of the more popular recipes for 'minced roo' is Kangaroo Pie. In the United States, kangaroo meat can be ordered from Marx Foods.com. PO Box 540 Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716 1-866-588-MARX (6279)
Enjoy this tasty down under treat specialty while viewing Kangaroo Jack (2003) about kangaroo that runs away with $50,000 of mob money.