Australian History

Events

Aboriginals arrive in Australia from east asia

Approx. 40,000 BC

Aboriginal tribes spread all over Australia

Approx. 18000 BC

Tasmania was separated from Australia due to rising sea levels and lost contact

Approx. 11000 BC

Torres Strait Islands are formed

Approx. 8,000 BC

First Europeans to make contact with Aboriginals

1606

Captain James Cook claims Australia for Britain

1770

The first fleet arrived and the penal settlement was founded

1788

Arabanoo is the first Aboriginal man to be captured

1788

The first Aboriginal boy sails on sea

1791

Van Diemen's Land was colonised by Lieutenant David Collins

1804

The British government establish a Legislative Council

1823

Perth is colonised

1829

Gold was discovered in New South Wales and central Victoria

1851

Van Diemen's land officially becomes Tasmania

1856

Aboriginals are given the same rights as white under the Aboriginal Act

1934

Aboriginal Progressive Association declares a Day of Mourning

January 26, 1938

First Aboriginal Strike

February 8, 1938

Len Waters becomes the first Aboriginal military pilot

1942

First school for Aboriginal children provided in Northern Territory

1950