Travel through the major events in Australia's history.
People from Southeast Asia settle in Australia. Their descendants are the Aboriginal people.
Aborigines invent the boomerang. This wooden weapon, which is used for hunting, returns to its thrower.
Britain claims Australia. It settles the first of six colonies in 1788.
Gold is found in southern Australia. Entire settlements are deserted as folks rush to the gold mines.
The six colonies join to form the Commonwealth of Australia. It has a democratic government. Britain's royalty has only a ceremonial role.
Canberra officially replaces Melbourne as the nation's capital.
Aborigines are given the right to vote. Five years later, they're recognized as citizens.
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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.
Sydney hosts the Summer Olympic Games.
The Australian parliament formally apologizes for past wrongs committed against the Aboriginal people.