History of Australia

  • European Exploration: Dutch

    European Exploration: Dutch
    First Europeans to sail to Australia were the Dutch (Netherlands) in 1606.
  • European Exploration: British

    European Exploration: British
    Captain James Cook sailed around Australia.
  • Prisoners in Australia

    Prisoners in Australia
    British prisoners settled in Australia.
  • Boundaries for the Colonies

    Boundaries for the Colonies
    Government officials created boundaries for the colonies that are still in place today.
  • New South Wales

    New South Wales
    British transported prisoners to Australia until 1868.
  • Commonwealth of Australia

    Commonwealth of Australia
    The commonwealth of Australia was established.
  • Canberra

    Canaberra was completed.
  • Aborigines

    The federal government began to pass legislation to help the aborigines.
  • Australia Act

    Australia Act
    Australia Act - all legal ties with the British empire were severed.
  • Australia Today

    Australia Today
    55% of voters rejected the idea of becoming an independant republic.