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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
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

a black and white photo in the 1970s of a protest
Vietnam moratoriums
8 May 1970
1920: Qantas established
Qantas
16 November 1920
cropped studio black and white photo of Curtin.  He is wearing a dark suit and glasses
Curtin brings home troops
January–February 1942
newspaper with elaborate masthead. There is no text; just the woodcut image of Kelly firing his revolver
Ned Kelly
27 June 1880
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