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

1989

28 December

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

1979

04 January

Highest rainfall in Australia over 24hrs, recorded at Bellenden Ker, Queensland - 1140mm (45").

1977

01 January

The Festival of Sydney begins.

1901

01 January

Federation of the Commonwealth of Australia.

1856

02 January

Name 'Tasmania' replaced Van Diemen's Land.

1855

01 January

Robert Knox formed the Colonial Sugar Refining Company.

1822

02 January

Agricultural Society formed in Tasmania.

1808

26 January

The Rum Rebellion of 1808 was the only successful armed takeover of government in Australian history. Later referred to as the Great Rebellion. It lasted until 1st January, 1810.

1804

04 March

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

1804

20 February

The Risdon settlement was moved to Sullivan's Cove (now Hobart) by Colonel David Collins.

1803

12 September

Rear-Admiral John Bowen arrived at Risdon Cove, which later became Hobart. Among the original 49 settlers at Risdon Cove were 21 male and 3 female convicts, members of the New South Wales Corps and free settlers and their families.

1803

09 June

Captain Matthew Flinders completed the first circumnavigation of the Australian continent (still known as "New Holland"). His ship the Investigator was subsequently judged to be unseaworthy and condemned.

1802

08 April

Captain Matthew Flinders named Encounter Bay when he met Nicolas Baudin, the commander of the Baudin expedition, who was on a similar expedition for the French government.

1801

06 December

Captain Matthew Flinders reached and named Cape Leeuwin and proceeded to make a survey along the southern coast of the Australian mainland.

1801

01 January

Union Jack first hoisted in Australia.

1793

30 November

The name Australia was specifically applied to the continent for the first time with the botanists George Shaw and Sir James Smith writing of "the vast island, or rather continent, of Australia, Australasia or New Holland" in their 1793 Zoology and Botany of New Holland.

1791

09 July

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

1790

28 June

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

1788

31 December

Aboriginal Australians couldn't be coaxed into the settlement. Captain Phillip wanted to promote good relations between Aboriginal Australians and Europeans, so he captured one named Arabanoo & held him in confinement, hoping to learn his language.

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).

 

 

Things to See

  • Admirals Arch

    Admirals Arch

  • Art Gallery of NSW

    Art Gallery of NSW

  • Australian Centre for Moving Images

    Australian Centre for Moving Images

  • Bare Island

    Bare Island

  • Bay Cafe - WA

    Bay Cafe - WA

  • Bells Beach - Victoria

    Bells Beach - Victoria



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