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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.

Over coming months, we’ll be looking at curious moments in sport, music, TV and movies as well as strange Aussie sayings and more.

Why not suggest a quirky moment of your own? To kick things off, we’ve come up with the following …

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

Defining moments in Australian food

1854: Australia’s first Chinese restaurant opens
1891: First commercially produced meat pies
Early 1900s: The Lamington created
1923: First jar of Vegemite
1924: First Cherry Ripe produced
1927: First packet of Aeroplane Jelly
1951: First vintage of Penfolds Grange
1964: Arnott’s first produces Tim Tams
1980: The Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book published