Timeline

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Pre-colonial Australia ~ 65,000 bc era

Pre-colonial Australia ~ 65,000 bc era

1600’s

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.

1780s

1780s

Ep 19: Platypus Controversy

1790 –

1790 –

Ep 57: The Macarthurs and the Wool industry

1797

1797

Ep 43: Wreck of the Sydney Cove

1798

1798

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

1800 –

1800 –

Ep 28:  The Dingo Fence

1803

1803

Matthew Flinders completed the first circumnavigation of the continent.

1808

1808

Eps 52-55: Governor Bligh & the Rum Rebellion

1810 Onwards

1810 Onwards

Inland exploration begins.

1823 – Alexander Pearce escapes Macquarie Harbour

1823 – Alexander Pearce escapes Macquarie Harbour

1828

1828

Eps 26-27: Cascades Female Factory for women convicts opens in Hobart.

1803-1856

1803-1856

Eps 26-27: The Cascades Female Factory, Hobart, was opened in 1828 to house and manage the female convicts that came to Van Diemen’s Land.

1824

1824

Eps 48-49: Convict mutineers take the Cyprus

1833

1833

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

1835

1835

Settlement at Port Phillip, now Melbourne.

1836

1836

Ep 37. Lady Jane Franklin, wife of Van Diemens Land Governor John Franklin, explores Tasmanian wilderness.

1851

1851

Victoria separated from New South Wales. Ep 29. Victorian gold rush started.

1854

1854

Eps 29-32:  The Eureka Stockade

1856

1856

Van Diemen’s Land name changed to Tasmania.

1859

1859

Ep 51:  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

1872

The Overland Telegraph Line linking Darwin and Adelaide opened.

1878-80

1878-80

Eps 2-18: Ned Kelly & the “Kelly Outbreak”, North Eastern Victoria. See Episode 2: Kelly Story Overview.

1880

1880

Eps 44-47:  Henry Lawson – Bush poet & writer

1873

1873

Eps 35-36:  Jandamarra resists the takeover of Bunuba lands in the Kimberly in the 1880s. 

1887

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”

1897–1922

1897–1922

Eps 21-25:  Douglas Mawson: “The Heroic Age of Exploration”

1901

1901

Australia becomes a federation.

1911

1911

Eps 21-25:  Douglas Mawson undertakes the Australasian Antarctic Expedition

1918

1918

Great Ocean Road Memorial

1932

1932

Ep 34: The Emu War

1932

1932

Ep 20:  The Sydney Harbour Bridge opens

1941

1941

Ep 50:  WW2 Salvage Operation: Niagara gold

1947

1947

Eps 38-42:   Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme (1947-1974) begins construction

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