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Pre-18th century

Defining Moments in Australian History

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Pre-18th century

at least 52,000 years ago: Archaeological evidence of first peoples on the Australian continent
about 20,000 years ago: Earliest evidence of the boomerang in Australia
about 12,000 years ago: Sea level rises, separating Tasmania from the mainland
about 5000 years ago: Arrival of the dingo, Australia's first domesticated species
1606: Dutch explorer Willem Janszoon becomes first European to map parts of the Australian coast
1616: Dutch navigator Dirk Hartog lands on the island off Western Australia that now bears his name
1629: Dutch vessel Batavia wrecks off western Australia resulting in mass murder and the marooning of two men on the mainland