Timeline

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Pre-colonial Australia ~ 50,000 bc era

Pre-colonial Australia ~ 50,000 bc era

1600’s

European explorers visit the West, North and Southern coasts of Australia.

1770

1770

Cook “discovers” East coast and claims it for the British Crown.

1788

1788

The First Fleet arrive.

1798

1798

George Bass and Matthew Flinders “discover” Bass Strait proving Van Diemen’s Land an island.

1803

1803

Matthew Flinders completed the first circumnavigation of the continent.

1808

1808

The Rum Rebellion.

1810 Onwards

1810 Onwards

Inland exploration begins.

1833

1833

The penal settlement of Port Arthur was founded in Van Diemen’s Land.

1835

1835

Settlement at Port Phillip, now Melbourne.

1851

1851

Victoria separated from New South Wales. Victorian gold rush started.

1854

The Eureka Stockade.

1856

Van Diemen’s Land name changed to Tasmania.

1859

Australian rules football codified.

1861

1861

The ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition set out. Skiing introduced by Norwegians in the Snowy Mountains goldrush town of Kiandra.

1872

The Overland Telegraph Line linking Darwin and Adelaide opened.

1878-80

1878-80

Ned Kelly & the “Kelly Outbreak”, North Eastern Victoria. See Episode 2: Kelly Story Overview.

1887

The first Test match between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

1890

1890

The Australian Federation Conference called a constitutional convention. 26 April – Banjo Paterson published “The Man from Snowy River”

1901

1901

Australia becomes a federation.

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