The discovery of Australia

Early European cartographers had long suspected that there was a “great southern land” located in the Southern Hemisphere; hypothesizing the existence of such a continent seemed to make good sense, as it would “balance out” the continents known to exist in the Northern Hemisphere. The first documented discovery of Australia by Europeans was made by […]

Australian inventions and innovations

Australians have been instrumental in developing various inventions and innovations. Here is a list of a few of them. Bionic ear Professor Graeme Clark, Foundation Professor of Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat surgery) at the University of Melbourne, along with his team of scientists, pioneered the bionic ear (a cochlear implant). The first patient to […]

The Ode of Remembrance

The “Ode of Remembrance”, also known as simply “The Ode”, is commonly recited at remembrance services in Australia, on Anzac Day (25 April) and on Remembrance Day (11 November). The words of the Ode of Remembrance are as follows: They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary […]

Australia Day

Australia Day, the 26th of January, is the anniversary of the foundation of the British colony at Sydney, New South Wales, in 1788. In early years it was commemorated as the First Landing, then as Anniversary Day, then as Foundation Day. It was also known as ANA Day, due to the campaigning by the Australian […]

The birth of Ned Kelly

The date of Ned Kelly’s birth is not specifically known, as the records of his baptism have been lost. There are several theories as to the dating of his birth, which have been accepted by different authors. Herein are listed instances of the date of his birth as noted in various publications, the available evidence […]