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Part of Australia's charm is its history. It also makes for some great places to visit! So take a journey down Australia's timeline & see what you can discover, or even learn.

New South Wales

2021

14 October

A tornado touches down in Armidale ripping roofs from houses and flipping vehicles.

2021

05 October

Dominic Perrottet becomes Premier of NSW and leader of the Liberal Party

2021

01 October

Gladys Berejiklian resigns as Premier of New South Wales

2021

30 September

A tornado touches down in the NSW Central West, demolishing homes in Peel and Meadow Flat. Three people are left injured.

2021

22 June

Quarantine-free travel is paused from New South Wales to New Zealand [Covid-19]

2021

10 May

New South Wales & New Zealand travel resumes. [Covid-19]

2021

06 May

Quarantine-free travel is suspended between New South Wales & New Zealand following a community outbreak in Sydney [Covid-19]

2021

19 March

A rain bomb impacts the New South Wales Mid North Coast and Western Sydney, causing major flooding and evacuations.

2021

28 February

300,000 doses of the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine arrived at Sydney airport

2020

10 August

Parkes Observatory is added to the National Heritage List

2020

08 July

New South Wales closes it's common border with Victoria, following a large spike in cases in parts of Melbourne [Covid-19]

2020

06 April

At least 12 deaths and more than 700 cases of coronavirus in Australia are now linked to the cruise ship Ruby Princess

2020

22 March

The cruise ship Ruby Princess disembarked passengers in Sydney despite several of them, and some crew, showing symptoms of coronavirus [Covid-19]

2020

05 January

The New South Wales town of Eden is evacuated due to the bushfires.

2014

15 December

A lone gunman held hostage 10 customers and 8 employees of a Lindt chocolate café in the APA Building in Martin Place, Sydney, Australia.

2013

13 October

Over 100 bushfires burnt across the state of New South Wales. 2 fatalities & 248 houses and other structures destroyed.

2006

06 February

The Wandoo fire in New South Wales burnt over 9,000 hectares of farmland.

2005

22 July

Premier Bob Carr announces his retirement after 10yrs of service

2003

19 September

Slim Dusty, Country Music Singer and Musician Dies aged 76

2001

24 December

The Black Christmas bushfires occurred when strong westerly winds fuelled more than 100 bushfires across the state, creating a plume of smoke that extended across Sydney.

1993

27 December

From 27 December 1993 to 16 January 1994, over 800 severe fires burned along the coastal areas of New South Wales. 4 people died, over 200 homes destroyed.

1989

28 December

Australia's most devastating earthquake hit Newcastle, New South Wales at 10:27am.

1977

01 January

The Festival of Sydney begins.

1965

05 March

The Chatsbury/Bungonia bushfires were a series of fires that burned in the Southern Highlands region of New South Wales, destroying the villages of Tallong, Wingello, and most of the surrounding orchards.

1939

14 January

Seaham, NSW, was partially destroyed by bushfires.

1938

10 June

The Myall Creek massacre was a pivotal moment in Australian history, setting a legal precedent and beginning the shift of attitudes towards the mass killing of Aboriginal people.

1915

15 February

NSW Government gains power to remove Aboriginal children from their families

1907

21 February

Australia's first Lifesaving Club established at Bondi Beach

1884

01 September

Sydney's General Post Office (GPO) is opened in Martin Place

1872

25 June

Copper discovered near Orange, NSW

1870

24 August

British troops pull out of NSW

1870

25 May

Bushranger Captain Thunderbolt shot dead near Uralla

1852

24 June

89 die in the Gundagai floods, Australia's deadliest flood

1850

01 October

Founding of Sydney University

1841

01 July

New Zealand becomes a separate colony from the Colony of New South Wales and made a colony in their own right. Ending more than 50 years of confusion over the relationship between the islands and the Australian colony.

1838

19 January

A group of stockmen in the Colony revenged themselves against innocent, unsuspecting Native Aborigines by murdering them and burning their bodies in a remote part of the Bush. The Myall Creek massacre.

1823

15 February

The first gold discovery is made by James McBrien in the Fish River, near Bathurst, New South Wales

1817

08 April

Governor Macquarie establishes the Bank of New South Wales

1816

01 January

Rum Hospital (now called Sydney Hospital), which opened in 1816 as the first public hospital in Australia and was the site of Lucy Osburn founding modern nursing in Australia, has been providing medical care to the poor since 1845.

1815

07 May

Governor Lachlan Macquarie's establishment of the inland town of Bathurst was a great achievement, but it carried a heavy cost for the local Aboriginal population.

1813

18 May

Blaxland, Lawson & Wentworth cross the Blue Mountains

1811

20 April

A road from Sydney to Parramatta is open to traffic

1810

15 January

Australia's first official horse race is held in Hyde Park, Sydney. It was held by the Officers of the 73rd regiment

1810

01 January

Governor Lachlan Macquarie arrives in Sydney

1804

14 March

Irish convicts mutiny at Castle Hill, Sydney

1804

04 March

Castle Hill convict rebellion, also known as the second Battle of Vinegar Hill, occurred in New South Wales.

1803

05 March

Australia's first newspaper, the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, begin publishing on a weekly basis

1802

02 June

Aboriginal warrior Pemulway is killed near Paramatta

1796

15 February

Australia's first bushranger John 'Black' Caeser is shot & killed at Liberty Plains (now Strathfield), near Sydney

1795

07 September

John Hunter arrives as second Governor of NSW

1794

02 October

In the Hawkesbury River massacre, British settlers retaliated against Bediagal people for stealing clothing and provisions by killing seven of them and taking some of their children as farm laborers.

1792

01 May

Pemulwuy bravely fought against the colonists to protect his people's land.

1791

17 October

Establishing a whaling station in Sydney was an exciting event.

1791

09 July

The first ship of the Third Fleet arrived at Sydney Cove.

1790

28 June

The Second Fleet arrived in Sydney with convicts & the first detachment of 100 men from the NSW Corps

1790

03 June

5 of 6 ships of the beleaguered Second Fleet arrived. The colony was gripped by a food crisis.

1788

02 November

A party of marines from the New South Wales Marine Corps and 10 convicts left to establish a farming settlement at Rose Hill (Later called Parramatta).

1788

26 April

An exploring party led by Captain Phillip sighted and named the Blue Mountains.

1788

15 March

Captain Phillip issued the first government conservation order, that no trees should be cut down within 50 feet (15 metres) of the stream that ran into Sydney Cove.

1788

02 March

Captain Phillip set out to explore Broken Bay. On this trip he discovered and named Pittwater.

1788

27 February

Thomas Barratt was hanged for stealing in stores, the first execution.

1788

07 February

Captain Phillip addressed the convicts, wishing them ‘reformation, happiness, and prosperity, in this new country'.

1788

06 February

The women convicts came ashore. There followed a ‘scene of debauchery and riot’, accompanied by a violent thunderstorm.

1788

03 February

Rev. Richard Johnson held the colony’s first religious service ‘on the grass’.

1788

28 January

17 Wives of marines and 14 children disembarked from Prince of Wales. They were the first women and children to land. The first of the livestock was brought ashore.

1788

27 January

Convicts disembarked at Sydney Cove and helped clear the ground.

1788

26 January

11 ships of the First Fleet land at Sydney Cove with 1373 settlers which included 732 convicts & their children

1788

26 January

Early in the morning, Captain Phillip took a party ashore at Sydney Cove, raised the British colours and formally proclaimed British sovereignty over New South Wales.

1788

24 January

The French ships Boussole and Astrolabe appeared off Botany Bay. The expedition vanished mysteriously in 1788 after leaving Botany Bay on 10 March 1788.

1788

18 January

The First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay

1785

11 May

The botanist Sir Joseph Banks, who accompanied Capt. Cook, tells the British Govt that Botany Bay is a suitable place for a convict colony

1770

22 August

In 1770, Lieutenant James Cook declared the eastern coast of Australia as New South Wales and 18 years later, the First Fleet arrived to establish a penal colony.
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