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18th century

Defining Moments in Australian History

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18th century

about 1700: Beginning of trade links between Aboriginal people of northern Australia and Makasar from Sulawesi
1770: Lieutenant James Cook claims east coast of Australia for Britain
1788: Captain Arthur Phillip establishes a convict settlement at Sydney Cove
1792: Aboriginal warrior Pemulwuy leads resistance against Sydney colonists
1797: Introduction of the merino sheep to Australia