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Defining Moments in Australian History

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Australian Aborigines Slaughtered by Convicts, by Phiz, The Book of Remarkable Trials, 1840; Chronicles of Crime V. II, 1841
Myall Creek massacre
26 January 1838
Stamp shows main in top hat boarding ship with Sydney town in the background. Two sailors are waiting. Text reads Birth of the Post office 1809
First post office
25 April 1809
crude colour picture of Bligh being dragged from under a bed by a soldier with a rifle while another soldier and an officer look on.
Rum Rebellion
26 January 1808
classic mushroom cloud of a nuclear explosion in the background, with grassy scrub in foreground
Maralinga
27 September 1956
A short, smiling man in his fifties or sixties in Army uniform inspects Australian soldiers standing at attention
Korean War
25 June 1950
charcoal drawing of a bearded man in a frock coat in profile
Leichhardt expedition
3 April 1848