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Defining Moments in Australian History

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Quirky Moments in Australian History

This is the lighter side of the Defining Moments in Australian History project, which aims to stimulate public discussion about the events that have been of profound significance to the Australian people.

To mark our Sporting Moments panel, we've pulled together nine quirky moments in Aussie sport. Why not suggest a quirky moment of your own?

Defining moments in Australian sport

1932–33: A gentleman's agreement smashed
1932: Death of the legendary racehorse
1928: First Australian and New Zealand team
1956: Water polo match erupts in violence
1859: Homegrown game develops from cricket
1983: Australia ends America's longest winning streak
1896: English born Edwin Flack wins medals
1907: Players break away from Rugby Union
1907: Relaxed bathing laws lead to formation of first clubs