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Arrival of the First Fleet at Botany Bay

1788 - 1789

First settlement at Port Phillip (Victoria)

1802 - 1803

First settlement at Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania)

1803 - 1804

First settlement at Moreton Bay (Queensland)

1824 - 1825

Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) became a seperate colony

1825 - 1826

A colony was started in Western Australia

1829 - 1830

A settlement was started in South Australia

1836 - 1837

New South Wales was given permission to have its own goverment

1842 - 1843

South Australia became a colony

1842 - 1843

Victoria became a colony

1851 - 1852

Queensland became a colony

1859 - 1860

First settlement in the Northern Territory

1868 - 1869

The last convicts were transported to Australia

1868 - 1869

Western Australia was given permission to have its own government

1870 - 1871

Sir Henry Parkes encourages the federation of the colonies

1889 - 1890

Australasian Federation Conference held

1890 - 1891

The first National Australasian Convention is held and drafts a constitution

1891 - 1892

A people's conference is held

1893 - 1894

A premier's conference is held

1895 - 1896

A second people's conference is held

1896 - 1897

A second National Australasian Convention agrees to the constitution

1897 - 1899

Referenda are conducted but not all colonies approve the constitution

1898 - 1899

Secret Premier's meeting makes changes to the constitution

1899 - 1900

All colonies except Western Australia approve the constitution in referenda

1899 - 1900

The constitution is approved by the British Parliament

1900 - 1901

On the ninth of May the parliament was opened for the first time

1901

On the first of January the Commonwealth of Australia came into existence

1901 - 1902