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Defining Moments in Australian History

Defining Moments in Australian History

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Discover Defining Moments in Australian History

Defining Moments in Australian History looks at events of profound significance to the Australian people. Our list of Defining Moments includes:

  • The first 100 defining moments compiled by a panel of leading historians
  • Hundreds of moments suggested by members of the public. Suggest a moment of your own.

Moments are searchable by:

Or by time period:

Pre-18th century
Pre-18th century
18th century
18th century
Early to mid 19th century
Early to mid 19th century
Late 19th century
Late 19th century
1900–1910
1900–1910
1911–1920
Trans-Australian Railway
1911–1920
1920s
1920s
1930s
1930s
1940s
1940s
1950s
1950s
1960s
1960s
1970s
1970s
1980s
1980s
1990s
1990s
21st century
21st century

View the latest featured moments

Each month we provide detailed background to particular defining moments. View all featured moments

studio photo of youngish man wearing naval uniform
First royal visit
31 October 1867
Mound of dead rats
Bubonic plague
January 1900
photo portrait taken outside of an elderly man in coat and scarf wearing a beret
White wins Nobel Prize
18 October 1973

Federation
1 January 1901
Lawrence Hargrave working on a box kite
Hargrave’s first flight
12 November 1894
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