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Colonisation and Major Events of Australia

By owenwa
  • Jan 1, 1000

    Arrival of the Aboriginal people

    Arrival of the Aboriginal people
    Long ago before the British discovered Australia, Aboriginal people from Southeast Asia settled in Australia.
    What would have the Aborigines thought?:
    They would have thought that they had found land and that they were going to colonise this land.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1000 to

    History of Australian Colonisation

    History about colonisation and who discovered what. Also major things and events through history of Australia.
  • Jan 1, 1521

    Claimed Portuguese Discovery

    Claimed Portuguese Discovery
    The theory of Portuguese discovery of Australia claims that early Portuguese navigators were the first Europeans to sight Australia between 1521 and 1524,
  • First European Discovery

    First European Discovery
    On the 26th of February 1606, Willem Jansz was the first European discoverer of Australia on the western coast of Cape York Peninsula, Gulf of Carpentaria.
  • First European in Western Australia

    First European in Western Australia
    On the 25th of October 1616, Dirk Hartog discovers the west coast of Australia. He visits Shark Bay and becomes the first European to set foot on Western Australian soil when he lands on what is now known as Dirk Hartog Island at the entrance to Shark Bay.
  • Discovery of East Coast Australia

    Discovery of East Coast Australia
    On the 29th of April 1770, a man called Captain James Cook discovered land. He dropped anchor in the bay and started to look around this new land. People called this bay Stingray Bay but changed it to Botany Bay because of the many plants his botanists collected and recorded. Just 6 days later the French landed in the same place.
    What would have the Captain and sailors have thought?:
    They would have been excited and interested in this fine new
    land that they have found.
  • European Colonisation Begins

    European Colonisation Begins
    On the 13th of May 1787, the First Fleet of 11 ships, led by Governor Arthur Phillip, departed from Great Britain for Australia to begin European colonisation.
    What would have the Captain and sailors have thought?:
    They would have been happy to start exploring new lands all over the world.
  • Discovery of Van Diemen's Land

    Discovery of Van Diemen's Land
    On the 3rd January 1788, a man called Captain Arthur Phillip of the First Fleet, having decided to sail ahead of the rest of the fleet to prepare for the new settlement, sighted the coast of Van Diemen's Land.
  • The Second Fleet arrival

    The Second Fleet arrival
    On June the 17th 1790, 5 of 6 ships of the Second Fleet arrive at Sydney Cove in Port Jackson
  • The Third Fleet arrival

    The Third Fleet arrival
    On July the 9th 1791, the first ship of the Third Fleet arrived at Sydney Cove.
  • Gold Found

    Gold Found
    On the 2nd of December 1851, gold is found in Southern Australia. Entire settlements are deserted as folks rush to the gold mines.
  • Van Dieman's Land to Tasmania

    Van Dieman's Land to Tasmania
    On January the 1st 1856, Van Diemen's Land name changed to Tasmania.
  • Aboriginal cricket team tours England

    Aboriginal cricket team tours England
    From the early 1860s, cricket matches between Aborigines and European settlers had been played on the cattle stations across Australia. During this time, many Aborigines worked as stockmen. The atheletic skill of many of the Aborigines was greater than that of the Europeans, and a series of matches took place so that a team of the best could be made.
  • Uluru Discovered

    Uluru Discovered
    Uluru was first sighted by Europeans and named Ayers Rock.
  • Ned is Dead

    Ned is Dead
    On November the 11th 1880, the infamous Australian bushranger Ned Kelly was hanged.
  • Australian Federation

    Australian Federation
    On January the 1st 1901, the Federation of Australia occurred. Federation was the process by which the six separate British self-governing colonies of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, and Western Australia agreed to unite and form the Commonwealth of Australia.
    What would have the Australian people thought?:
    Most people would've been happy to be all one Nation and to be part of the Commenwealth of Australia
  • First Prime Minister of Australia

    First Prime Minister of Australia
    On January the 1st 1901, Edmund Barton becomes the 1st Prime Minister of Australia.
  • Second Prime Minister of Australia

    Second Prime Minister of Australia
    On December the 16th 1903, Alfred Deakin is elected as the 2nd Prime Minister of Australia.
  • Third Prime Minister of Australia

    Third Prime Minister of Australia
    On April the 27th, Chris Watson is elected 3rd Prime Minister of Australia.
  • Fourth Prime Minister of Australia

    Fourth Prime Minister of Australia
    On August the 18th 1904, George Reid is elected 4th Prime Minister of Australia.
  • Fifth Prime Minister of Australia

    Fifth Prime Minister of Australia
    On November the 13th 1908, Andrew Fisher is elected 5th Prime Minister of Australia.
  • World War 1

    World War 1
    On July the 28th 1914, Australian soldiers are sent to the First World War. This was the first time Australians had fought under the Australian flag.
    What would have the familys thought about this?:
    They would have been so worried and sad to see their boys go away because they might never see thier boys again.
  • World War 2

    World War 2
    On September the 3rd 1939, Australia enters the Second World War shortly after the invasion of Poland, declaring war on Germany on 3 September 1939.
  • Queen Elizabeth II crowned

    Queen Elizabeth II crowned
    Queen Elizabeth II as monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Union of South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon took place on 2 June 1953.
  • Aboriginal people can vote

    Aboriginal people can vote
    On May the 27th 1962 the Menzies Liberal and Country Party government finally gave the right to vote to all Aboriginal people. Aboriginal people now could vote in federal elections if they wished.
  • We Say Sorry

    We Say Sorry
    On the 13th of February 2008, the Australian Parliament formally apologizes for past wrongs committed against the Aboriginal people.
  • First Australian Saint

    First Australian Saint
    On October the 17th 2010, Mary MacKillop, who was an Australian nun (now formally known as St Mary of the Cross MacKillop), was declared a saint by the Catholic Church. She was decleared a saint by Pope Benedict XVI. She was the fist Australian saint ever.
  • Today in Australia

    Today in Australia
    These days in Australia we still have quite a lot of things in commen with Britain including:
    - Same Language - Both have the Union Jack on our Flag
    - Food we Eat - Play the Ashes Cricket Series
    - Both have a Government - Both follow the Queen
    We Australians have a lot in commen with Britain these days.