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Defining Moments in Australian History

Defining Moments in Australian History

WARNING: This website includes images and names of deceased people that may cause distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


The Defining Moments in Australian History project aims to stimulate public discussion about the events that have been of profound significance to the Australian people. Why not suggest a moment of your own?

Featured moments

a dingo
Selected moments in detail

List of moments

a girl's fancy dress costume
Discover Defining moments

Sport moments

tv camera crewman
Key sport moments

Latest featured moments

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

Portrait of Tom Roberts
9 by 5 exhibition
17 August 1889
A black and white photo taken in the 1920s of a man who has climbed up to the top of a pole
Overland telegraph
22 August 1872

Boomerang in Australia
about 20,000 years ago

Tom Keneally’s top three Defining Moments

You can find more Tom Keneally Defining Moments discussions on YouTube.