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2000 - Olympic Games held in Sydney.
1999 - Referendum rejects prototype republic.
1993 - Aboriginal people's land rights are recognized.
1985 - Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) are returned to Aboriginal owners.
1973 - Sydney Opera House is finally completed.
1972 - ‘White Australia’ immigration policy is abandoned.
1960 - Australia grants citizenship to Aboriginal people.
1956 - Olympic Games held in Melbourne.
1939–45 - World War II: Australian Air Force active in Britain; navy operates in Mediterranean; soldiers fight in North Africa and the Pacific.
1927 - Federal parliament moves from Melbourne to Canberra.
1917 - Opening of the Trans-Australian railway.
1914–18 - World War I: 330,000 Australians serve; 60,000 are killed, 165,000 wounded.
1901 - Six colonies federated into the Commonwealth of Australia.
1895 - South Australian women gain voting rights; by 1901 most Australian women can vote.
1854 - Battle of the Eureka Stockade, Ballarat.
1851 - Gold is discovered in New South Wales.
1808 - The ‘Rum Rebellion’ overthrows Captain William Bligh.
1788 - Britain establishes a penal colony in Sydney Cove.
1770 - Captain James Cook explores the east coast of Australia, which he calls New South Wales.
1642 - Abel Tasman discovers Tasmania and New Zealand.
50,000 BC - Aboriginal people arrive on the Australian continent.
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