History of Australia

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In History
  • Captain James Cook charts east coast

    Captain James Cook charts east coast
    Captain James Cook charted the east coast in his ship. Cook claimed it as a British Possession and named eastern Australia "New South Wales".
  • British Navy Captain Finds Penal settlement

    British Navy Captain Finds Penal settlement
    British Navy Captain found a penal settlement at Sydney, Australia. He had arrived with 11 vessels and 800 convicts.
  • South Australia Established

    South Australia Established
    South Australia established with Adelaide as its capital.
  • Australian Ballot

    Australian Ballot
    Australia becomes the first country to introduce the secret ballot.
  • The Country is unified

    The Country is unified
    The Commonwealth of Australia comes into being 1st January.
  • Canberra as Capital

    Canberra as Capital
    Canberra is founded and designated as the Capital
  • World War I

    World War I
    Outbreak of World War I. Australia commits thousands of troops to the British war effort.
  • Great Depression

    Great Depression
    The Great Depression following the Wall Street Crash hit Australia hard. The Labor government was defeated in the election in 1931.
  • Declaring war

    Declaring war
    Australia follows Britain's lead and declares war on Nazi Germany.
  • Scheme for immigration

    Scheme for immigration
    Australia begins a scheme for immigration from Europe. More than two million people arrive, one-third of them from Britain, and many more from Italy, Greece, and Germany.
  • Korean war

    Korean war
    Australia commits troops in the UN forces in the Korean war.
  • Vietnam

    Vietnam
    Australia commits troops in the US effort in Vietnam.
  • New immigration laws

    New immigration laws
    Australia introduces new immigration laws, restricting the number of unskilled workers allowed into the country.