Picnic Day (Australia holiday)
Australians having a picnic in 1908.
|Observed by||Northern Territory, Australia|
|Date||First Monday in August|
|2013 date||August 5|
|2014 date||August 4|
|2015 date||August 3|
|2016 date||August 1|
Picnic Day is a public holiday in the Northern Territory of Australia which takes place every year on the first Monday of August. It was originally declared a public holiday to commemorate the freeing of the Chinese Coolie indentured labourers who built the Darwin to Larrimah North Australia Railway. In a reversal of the existing policy the Chinese workers were given the right to stay in Australia as free settlers, and provided sufficient money for a steamer fare to Hong Kong. Instead they chose to go to Adelaide River for a picnic.
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