By James C. Docherty
The final continent to be claimed via Europeans, Australia started to be settled via the British in 1788 within the type of a prison for its convicts. whereas British tradition has had the biggest effect at the state and its presence may be obvious all over the place, the British weren't Australia's unique population. the 1st population of Australia, the Aborigines, are believed to have migrated from Southeast Asia into northern Australia as early as 60,000 years in the past. This special combination of drastically varied cultures contributed to the convenience with which Australia has develop into one of many world's such a lot winning immigrant nations.
The A to Z of Australia relates the heritage of this distinctive and lovely land, that's domestic to an awesome diversity of wildlife, a weather that levels from tropical forests to arid deserts, and the biggest unmarried selection of coral reefs and islands on the earth. via an in depth chronology, an creation, appendixes, a bibliography, and cross-referenced...
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19 February: Conscription is introduced for the war in the southwestern Pacific. A Japanese submarine sinks the Centaur, a clearly marked hospital ship, off the coast of Queensland: 268 die. The federal government begins pay-as-you-earn income tax to pay for the war. 1944 Battles continue between the Australian forces and the Japanese in New Guinea and other islands in the southwest Pacific. March: Unemployment and sickness benefits are introduced by the Commonwealth government. 16 December: Formation of Liberal Party by Robert Gordon Menzies; this party becomes Australia’s most successful conservative party.