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People from Southeast Asia settle in Australia.
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The Australian parliament formally apologizes for past wrongs committed against the Aboriginal people.
Sydney hosts the Summer Olympic Games.
The Aboriginal Land Rights Act is passed. It is a legal turning point for Aborigines, giving them the right to make claims on their ancestral land in the Northern Territory. Nine years later, Uluru is returned to Aborigines.
Aborigines are given the right to vote. Five years later, they're recognized as citizens.
Canberra officially replaces Melbourne as the nation's capital.
The six colonies join to form the Commonwealth of Australia. It has a democratic government. Britain's royalty has only a ceremonial role.
Gold is found in southern Australia. Entire settlements are deserted as folks rush to the gold mines. This happened in 1850
Aborigines invent the boomerang. This wooden weapon, which is used for hunting, returns to its thrower. This happened in 8000BC.
People from Southeast Asia settle in Australia. Their descendants are the Aboriginal people. This happened in 6000BC.
Britain claims Australia. It settles the first of six colonies in 1788.