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Edward John Eyre, first man to reach W.A. by foot

1841

System of 'Representative Government' est. in N.S.W.

1842

Melbourne, first election of municipal councillors

August, 1842

First popular election in N.S.W.

November, 1842

Major financial crisis

1843

Captain Charles Sturt gets within 150 miles of the centre of Australia

1845

"Australian Colonies Government Act"

1850

Transfers the legislative and executive authority from London to Australia

Victoria becomes it own separate state

1851

Major discoveries of gold

1851

last convict ship arrives in Tasmania

1853

The St. Vincent

First steam railway in Australia

1854

Melbourne to Hobson's Bay

Eureka Stockade

1854

2,300 Chinese Migrants in Victoria

1854

Sydney-Parramatta railway line opened

1855

17,000 male Chinese in Victoria

1855

8 hour day est. in Sydney

1856

Paliaments est. in N.S.W., Vic, S.A. and Tas

1856

Victorian Government imposes a tax of 1 pound per month for all Chinese adults

1857

Melbourne streets lit for first time with gas lights

1857

Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide linked by electric telegraph

1858

Colony of Queensland created

1859

Burke & Wills expidition

1860 - 1861

First Melbourne Cup

1861

Colonisation in North East Australia

1863

Somerset, northern tip of Cape York