• Dutchman Willem Jansz

    When Europeans first have contact with Australian Aboriginal people.
  • Willam Dampier

    He visited with west coast of Australia
  • Special Instructions

    Anticipating that Captain cook would discover the great southern land he was issued with special instructions to take possession of the land.
  • Captain Cook

    Captain Cook named New South Wales at Possession Island.
  • First Fleet / Invasion Day

    Captain Arthur Phillip entered Botany Bay. All up, nine ships sailed into Botany Bay over three days. Aboriginal people watched as they came in. Resistance and conflict between Europeans and Aborigines begins almost immediately.
  • French fire upon the Aborigines

    Early February the French fire on Aborigines at Botany Bay.
  • First Conflict

    The first proper fight between the First Fleet people and Aborigines takes place near Rushcutters Bay, Sydney. Two convicts are killed.
  • First Aborigine Captured

    This was the day when the first aborigine was captured by Europeans; Arabanoo. Captain Phillip estimates that there are 1 500 Aborigines living in the Sydney Region.
  • Aboriginals Captured

    Two Aboriginal men are captured by Govenor Phillip- Bennelong and Colebee. Colebee escapes but Bennelong is kept at Government House for five months.
  • Smallpox

    Almost half of Sydney's Indigenous population died from the smallpox in1789 and it is apparently only three Cadigal people survived.
  • The beginning of the end for Tasmanian Aboriginal People

    Two years after the British flag is was put on Van Dieman's land (Tasmania) settlers are allowed to shoot Indigenous people.
  • Cricket Team

    First Australian Cricket Team leaves to play England. All are Aboriginals. No recognition in our sporting history.
  • Tasmanian Aborigines extinct

    Last Tasmanian Aboriginal dies. Truganini.
  • Forced removal of Children

    The forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families was official government policy from 1909 to 1969 to educate them.
  • Early inhabitation

    Archaeologists explain that Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 60,000 years, arriving by sea from Southern Asia through the islands of Indonesia to Australia and New Guinea.
  • Apology

    The new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd issued an official apology to the Stolen Generations on behalf of the Government.