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  • English explorer William Dampier

    English explorer William Dampier explored the west coast of Australia.
  • Captain Phillip

    Captain Phillip sailed out of Botany Bay aboard the HMS Supply and reached Sydney Cove in the evening.
  • European Settlement

    The First Fleet arrived in Australia to start a new European settlement.
  • Rev Richard Johnston

    3 February Rev. Richard Johnson held the colony’s first religious service ‘on the grass’.
  • Fr James Harold & Fr James Dixon arrive as convicts.

  • The Swan River settlement

    The Swan River settlement was established as a free colony in 1829.
  • New Zeland

    New Zealand was proclaimed as a separate colony, no longer part of New South Wales.
  • Christian Brothers arrive in Sydney

    Christian Brothers arrive in Sydney (leave in 1847);
    3 Italian and one Swiss priest begin a mission to Aborigines on Stradbroke Island
  • Roman Catholic Orphan School opened at Parramatta

    Roman Catholic Orphan School opened at Parramatta with the transfer of 113 orphans from Waverley.
  • Mary Mackillop

    Mary Mackillop becomes australia's first saint