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1930s

Defining Moments in Australian History

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1930s

1931: First performance of the First Australian Ballet
1932: Height of the Great Depression, with 32 per cent unemployment
1932–33: English cricket team on ‘Bodyline’ Ashes tour
1932: Opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
1932: Formation of the Australian Broadcasting Commission
1935: Cane toads introduced into Australia to control pest beetles in Queensland’s sugar cane crops
1936: Tasmania’s thylacine becomes extinct
1938: Sesquicentenary and Aboriginal Day of Mourning