Hi my friends, I have been given a somewhat suspect reason for the reason Australian's (et. al.) call people from Great Britain - "Poms". This was in relation to an acronym "prisoners of His Magesty" supposedly, Pomh. My research suggests that this slang term originated long after the convict (first settlement) of Australia. This has come up because today in Australia, is the 26th January - Australia Day. To my knowledge, this day is a celebration of the British first claim on the colony of New South Wales (Australia) Well, NO, we are now a Federated Country of six states and two territories. Can anyone give me any enlightenment on this. Hi again - and HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY There must be someone from Great Britain or and ex-pat that has researched this topic. I have seen so many references, I thought this would be the best resource I could access! This is not a a derogatory fish for the origin - My ancestry is Welsh, Scottish and Irish and my father lived his formative years in London. I'm genuinely interested.