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Defining Moments in Australian History examines events, people and places of profound significance to the Australian people. Here you can explore hundreds of key moments in Australia’s history compiled by a panel of leading historians and people just like you. Suggest a moment
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|Early to mid 19th century|
|Late 19th century|
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Each month we provide detailed background to particular defining moments. View all featured moments