To the two-and-a-half-thousand residents of Gundagai, Australia Day is a chance to say thanks to the citizens who have helped shape the town. For Peter Castrission, growing up in Gundagai has given him a deep affection for the town, and he was rewarded last year as the Australia Day ambassador. The Australia Day ceremony in Gundagai they had the local band playing Australian songs. It was just a wonderful day. Gundagai offers its visitors a chance to soak up the country traditions in a town rich in Australian history. Certainly the dog on the tuckerbox is steeped in history it’s one of the greatest folklore tales ever and certainly people do come here just to see the dog on the tuckerbox. Gundagai also played a part in Australia’s political history, with Prime Minister John Curtin a regular visitor to the Niagara Cafe, now a popular tourist spot, and once owned by Peter’s father. And as the story goes my father cooked them a meal one night he and a couple of other cabinet ministers and got there tea ration increased because of their friendliness with the Prime Minister. Australia Day gives tourists to Gundagai the opportunity to experience what locals have always known. Born in Gundagai, you are forever a local they are always welcomed back with open arms. The boy that leaves Gundagai no matter how long he’s lived in Canberra, or Sydney, or Melbourne, or Brisbane is someone says where do you come from, he’ll say Gundagai.