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Melbourne Cup Canberra Style

The Tale of the Moving Holiday

Celebrating Melbourne Cup in Canberra – or not

Melbourne Cup Day in Canberra has a curious history. Here’s a short take on it.

Back in days past, Canberra used to have a special union holiday in March called something such as Family and Community Picnic Day. With the rise of conservative governments, it was thought more proper to not have a holiday linked to those ‘dreaded unions’. It was decided instead to provide a more celebratory event for all of the Canberra’s population, not just the union membership.

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