Significant events and commemorative dates

This page is under construction – more commemorative dates are yet to be added. 26 January: 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 day, then as Anniversary […]

Timeline of Australian history and culture

Prehistoric 50,000 BC (estimated): Aborigines migrate to Australia (the estimated time period is subject to debate). 1600s 1606: Willem Janszoon, in the Duyfken (a Dutch East India Company ship), explores the western coast of Cape York Peninsula; some of the crew go ashore, becoming the first Europeans known to have landed on Australian soil. 1616 […]

A list of significant Australiana

Architecture; Art; Bushrangers; Clothes; Entertainment; Explorers; Fictional characters; Food; Icons; Landmarks; Military; Music: Folk songs and early songs; Music: Singers; Music: Songs; Poetry; Rebels and rebellions; Sports; Stories and yarns. Architecture Australian War Memorial (Canberra) Federation houses Queenslander houses Shrine of Remembrance (Melbourne) Sydney Harbour Bridge Sydney Opera House Art Heidelberg School of art Norman […]

Recommended poetry

Arranged by surname of author. C. J. Dennis The Austra——laise The Joy Ride The Little Homes The Play [from The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke] Son of a Fool Mary Hannay Foott The Future of Australia Where the Pelican Builds Mary Gilmore Nationality No Foe Shall Gather Our Harvest Grant Hervey The Joy of Life […]

Early music [videos]

Music from the early years of Australia. Arranged chronologically by years of prominent activity. For music after this period, see the entry for “Music videos”. These are “music videos”, but not necessarily video footage of the artists. song: The Song of Australia [performed by various artists, written by Caroline Carleton in 1859] song: Advance Australia […]