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Commemorative plaques asset listing

Defining Moments in Australian History

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1788: Convict cargo
Convict cargo
1788: Captain Arthur Phillip establishes a convict settlement at Sydney Cove
1792: Pemulwuy
Pemulwuy
1792: Aboriginal warrior Pemulwuy leads resistance against Sydney colonists
3 June 1992: High Court Decision in Mabo Case recognises Native Title
Mabo decision
1992: High Court decision in Mabo case recognises native title
merino sheep
Merino sheep introduced
1797: Introduction of the merino sheep to Australia
Two men with slaughtered whales on shoreline; one standing on one whale with harpoon spear in hand
Start of whaling
1791: Establishment of the whaling industry in Sydney