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the 1994 production of
by The Pirates of Penzance became the top-selling music video in Essgee Entertainment Australian history?
" were a series of Victory Tests cricket matches between a team of Australian servicemen and an English national side played just two weeks after World War II ended?
vine is a Acetosa sagittata weed in Australia and New Zealand, and may smother vegetation it grows upon?
since the introduction of
antivenin in 1956, only one person has died from the bite of the Australian , a cousin of the red-back spider black widow?
1622 wreck of the British East India Company ship, the is the oldest Tryall shipwreck in Australia?
Australian hard rock band AC/DC has never won a Grammy Award despite receiving four during their career?
Australian Test cricketer played for "Ranji" Hordern Philadelphia while studying dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania?
Australian Test cricketer bowled his Colin McCool leg spin deliveries with a round arm action so pronounced that his arm was almost parallel to the pitch?
Australian steamer ( TSS Kanowna pictured) was requisitioned twice during World War I, first as a troopship and then as a hospital ship?
Australian legal doctrine of allows a judge to exercise non-judicial power, if it has been conferred to the judge personally, rather than to his or her court?
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Cornish fishermen sailed to Australia in the lugger in 1854–55, a journey which is being recreated today by the Mystery ?
Spirit of Mystery remnants of
defensive walls and stone shelters on , constructed by survivors of the 1629 West Wallabi Island shipwreck, are the oldest known European-built structures in Batavia Australia?
many streets in
Coconut Grove, Northern Territory, Australia are named after victims of the shipwreck of off the coast of SS Gothenburg Queensland in 1875?
in two decades
Australian record producer, audio engineer and mixer has worked with artists including Tim Whitten Powderfinger, The Go-Betweens, and Hoodoo Gurus?
in the case of
, the Sue v Hill High Court of Australia decided that the United Kingdom was a "foreign power" to Australia, recognising Australia's complete independence?
in the book
Peter Trickett claims that the Beyond Capricorn Portuguese were the first to discover Australia, between 1519-24?
became a household name in Rebecca Twigley Australia after wearing a revealing dress to an event in 2004?
more than 13.5 tonnes of
gold were extracted in 13 months at Poverty Reef, near the Australian town of ( Tarnagulla, Victoria pictured) from an area only 3 metres wide and 120 metres deep?
Australians have led the in the 95 editions of the general classification Tour de France to date?
of the twenty-five
clipper ships owned by the , which operated between the Loch Line United Kingdom and Australia, seventeen were lost at sea?
new evidence has revealed that
Australian artist Tom Roberts painted much of his masterpiece on location Shearing the Rams , not in his en plein air Melbourne studio?
most historians believe stories about
Dutch shipwreck survivors of the , settling at a desert Concordia oasis in Australia in 1708, were a hoax?
Australian war memorial at was not replaced for over 30 years after its destruction by the German Army in 1940?
Mont St. Quentin the
Australian is not an Blue Ant ant at all, but a large solitary wasp?
English nurse was chosen by Lucy Osburn Florence Nightingale to train Australia's first nurses?
dog called the (or Miniature Fox Terrier Mini Foxie) originated in Australia?
Black-eyed Susans of and Eastern Western Australia (pictured) are members of the tropical Elaeocarpaceae and unrelated to their namesakes of Europe and North America?
barque Parma (pictured) recorded the fastest ever time for a sailing ship from Australia to the United Kingdom?
extinct Australian , which included the largest dromornithids birds known, are related to ducks and geese?
extinct was becoming more New Zealand Musk Duck sedentary than its closest relative, the Australian Musk Duck?
International Cricket Council awarded Australia and New Zealand the hosting rights to the because they were sufficiently impressed with their 2015 Cricket World Cup 2011 bid which lost to Asia by 7 votes?
Aborigines regarded the corms of the Bulbine Lily (pictured) as the sweetest of the Australian lily-like plants to eat?
oil and gas exploration company struck WAPET Australia's first flowing oil in 1953, and Western Australia's first commercial natural gas field in 1964?
original specimen of the , a mauve splitting waxcap fungus from eastern Australia, found its way from Melbourne to Budapest but disappeared during the First World War?
Ballarat Botanical Gardens in Victoria features a of all 25 predecessors of the recently elected collection of busts Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd?
ballad by Mulga Bill's Bicycle Australian bush poet Banjo Paterson was inspired by an outback worker who purchased a bicycle when drought meant there was no feed for horses?
Australian Ambassador to Chile, , once proposed marriage to Crispin Conroy Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala?
Australian derives its Latin epithet White-naped Honeyeater lunatus from the crescent-shaped markings on its nape?
Australian includes the leading Harvey family Australian batsman of the 1950s Neil Harvey as well as his grandnephew Robert Harvey, who won consecutive Brownlow Medals as the best player in Australian Football?
Australian does not croak, but rather hoots like an Giant burrowing frog owl?
Australian Federal is considered to be a Division of Macarthur bellwether as it has been held by the ruling political party in every election since 1949?
Australian band had to change its name to avoid legal action from the publishers of Spy vs Spy magazine?
Australian Army adopted the in 1960, but returned to its previous unit structures in 1965 as the new organisation was found to be unsuited to Pentropic organisation Australia's strategic environment?
Australian town of produces over 60% of the Australian market for Thangool, Queensland squab?
Australian legal case of followed D'Emden v Pedder United States legal precedent in holding that state and federal governments were immune from each other's laws?
Australian common is unusual in that pairs cohabit in the same leaf, though at opposite ends, even before mating at maturity?
Leaf curling spider in the
United Kingdom and Australia a is a small food retailer found in schools?
tuck shop in the
1930s, Australia was home to a paramilitary Fascist organization called the ?
New Guard all eleven stories in
Australian Patrick White's have a real or The Burnt Ones metaphorical reference to burning?
smuggled a French orphan adopted by his squadron as a mascot back to Timothy Tovell Australia in an empty sack of oats?
after travelling to
Australia in 1888 aboard the Rynda (pictured in Sydney) for the colony's 26 January centenary, Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich supported expanding ?
relations between Russia and Australia after his company struck oil,
stopped traffic in the middle of William Walkley Sydney, Australia, wearing a red ten gallon hat?
almost the entirety of the
Australian catch is stout whiting exported to various Asian countries?
was born and grew up in Brendan Nash Australia, he qualifies to play international cricket for the West Indies because his father, who represented Jamaica at the Olympics, is of Jamaican origin?
potassium hydroxide to the blue and yellow Australian mushroom will turn it pinkish-purple?
Cortinarius rotundisporus an opponent of
Australian politician suggested he was better known by "seagulls" than by the Ian West constituents of Manly?
Australian violist founded Richard Goldner Musica Viva Australia in 1945, the world's largest entrepreneurial chamber music organization?
although the first specimen of the
, a tropical fish endemic to northern smallmouth scad Australia, was already taken in 1984 and deposited in the Queensland Museum, it was not officially named till 1987?
after being sentenced to a 14-year deportation in 1845,
Norwegian became a pioneer in Knud Bull Australian landscape painting?
a specimen of
Australia's largest mushroom from Western Phlebopus marginatus Victoria weighed in at 29 kg, and caps can sometimes reach 1 metre across?
David Nash, the managing director of
, single-handedly stopped the Nash Timbers Australian Government's practice of burning down old railway bridges, thus saving timber up to 400 years old?
was the first Women of the Sun Australian television series to portray the lives of Aboriginal women in 19th-century Australia?
was one of only four S. graminifolium species collected by Stylidium Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander from Botany Bay in 1770 on their voyage to Australia with James Cook?
was Sale of the Century Australia's longest-running game show?
, a presenter on the popular Andrew Rochford Australian television show , got his break after he won the popular show What's Good For You ?
The Block Major General
commanded the rear party during the evacuation of John Paton Anzac Cove in World War I and was one of the last Australian soldiers to leave the beach?
in south-east series of storms Queensland spawned two of the most powerful tornadoes in recorded Australian history?
USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft shortly after take-off at crashed Bakers Creek, Queensland in 1943, killing 40 of the 41 service personnel on board and making it Australia's worst aviation disaster?
mountain ash growing in the small Australian town of once held the record for the tallest Thorpdale, Victoria tree in the world?
was one of only seven Pearl Corkhill Australian military nurses to win the Military Medal in the First World War?
at age 20,
cricketer Cameron White (pictured) became the youngest ever captain of the Australian state-side, the Victorian Bushrangers?
1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, basketballer was the first Danny Morseu Torres Strait Islander to represent Australia at the Olympic games?
in 2004, the
in Children's Court of Victoria Australia granted a teenager a "divorce" from his mother?
in 1964, units of
were deployed to No. 81 Wing RAAF Darwin, Northern Territory as contingency in the event of an air attack on Australia during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation?
not prevented the Endeavour Strait Dutch from proceeding further southward, they might have found the eastern coast of Australia 150 years before James Cook did?
for his part in the
Bangladesh Liberation War, Dutch Australian commando officer is the only foreign recipient of William Ouderland Bir Pratik, Bangladesh's fourth highest gallantry award?
Australian judge referred to herself as the "queen of banning things"?
Betty King in
Australia many unions and employers are working around the WorkChoices law by using to reach agreement on non-workplace-related matters?
side letters in spite of its similar appearance to the
European Robin, the colourful Rose Robin (pictured) of southeastern Australia is more closely related to the crow family?
in order to stem a population decline a "dollar block" promotion was held in the
Australian town of where 38 parcels of land were sold for one Jandowae, Queensland dollar each?
in April 1999, Australian
Justice joined Margaret Beazley and Virginia Bell to form the first all-female Carolyn Simpson bench to sit in Australia, England or New Zealand?
New South Wales, a which is the first of its type in Sentencing Council Australia, conducts research to improve the consistency of sentencing of criminals?
Australia's top fighter pilots attempted to resign their commissions in the final months of World War II, in the so-called ?
Morotai Mutiny during the first six years of the
Australian edition of nobody won the top prize of one million Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? dollars?
dead yellow patches in suburban
Australian lawns are often the work of larvae?
Christmas beetle cartoonist
wrote the second-longest running comic strip in Ken Emerson Australia?
migrated to John Young Australia as a Ten Pound Pom, but was worth AU$184 million in 2006, although the company that made him rich is now insolvent?
before working as
biomechanist to the Indian cricket team, helped Ian Frazer Australian cricketer Greg Chappell develop a patented cricket training program?
$170m spent on security, Australian comedy group The Chaser the restricted zone of the managed to enter 2007 APEC Summit in a fake motorcade?
despite its name, the
receives entries from 38 countries and that the students are ranked with respect to other students in their states, not all of Australian Mathematics Competition Australia?
in October Boonah crisis 1918, 31 people died of the Spanish flu aboard the Australian troopship the HMAT Boonah (pictured)?
1942 air attack on the , an Koolama Australian merchant ship, a man survived a direct hit to his head by a bomb, dropped by a Japanese aircraft?
World War II, Australia produced almost 500,000 barrels of shale oil by operating the ?
Nevada–Texas–Utah type of oil-shale retorts due to the reputation of its founder,
Jan Groenveld, the of Cult Awareness and Information Centre Australia became used as a resource in publications on cults soon after its founding?
outback town of claims to have the only cemetery in Tilpa, New South Wales Australia with no burials?
RTÉ television series follows families as they relocate to countries such as The Great Escape South Africa, Australia, Austria, Italy, France and Spain?
the actions of
Australian soldiers at the during Battle of Epehy World War I led to German officers in the area saying that they would not fight Australian troops?
( Yellow-tufted Honeyeater pictured) of Eastern Australia was initially described as a thrush or a flycatcher, though related to neither?
is one of five Westfield Brandon shopping malls in the U.S. state of Florida managed by the Australian Westfield Group?
are among the earliest reported Truro murders serial killings in Australia?
the bright red
mushroom is found in Hygrocybe miniata rainforest and eucalypt forest in Australia and meadows in Europe and North America?
the brother of
Australian rugby player was assistant coach to the Dean Mumm Fijian rugby team, whilst their grandfather played for the All Blacks?
Australian prime minister and treasurer both attended ?
Nambour State High School the commands to fire the first Allied shots in
World War One and the first Australian shots in World War Two came from Fort Queenscliff (pictured), Australia?
the city of
Hobart in Australia had the first fully electrified in the Southern Hemisphere, and the entire fleet was double-decker?
tram network the champion of the new
will be awarded the Australian Baseball League Claxton Shield (pictured), given to the top Australian baseball team since the first national tournament held in 1934?
disappeared without a trace from a Beaumont Children beach near Adelaide, Australia in 1966?
was the first Supreme Court in Supreme Court of Civil Judicature of New South Wales Australia and that its first judge evaded hearing any cases?
sector of salt industry Ghana aims to compete with Brazil and Australia in supplying salt to western Africa?
was stolen from SS Ferret Scotland and reappeared several months later in Australia under a new name?
, a Rural City of Marong local government in Victoria, Australia, voted itself out of existence in 1994?
Rufous Songlark (pictured) is an Australian songbird that sometimes ends up as roadkill?
, the third-largest religious affiliation in the South Seas Evangelical Church Solomon Islands, traces its history to a mission for Kanakas in Queensland, Australia?
Southern black bream (pictured), a species endemic to Australia valued for its flavorsome and moist flesh, has a high tolerance to salinity and is of possible use for inland aquaculture in saline dams?
once said the islanders live in a "legal twilight" because ancient Supreme Court of Christmas Island Singaporean law applies to an Australian island?
was seen as formally demonstrating Statute of Westminster Adoption Act 1942 Australia's independence to the world?
are the last Spinifex people Aboriginal nomadic people in Australia, taking their name from the Spinifex grass that survives in the desert?
are the last Spinifex People Aboriginal nomadic people in Australia, taking their name from the Spinifex grass that survives in the desert?
the entire board of directors of
Australian mining company was killed in an Sundance Resources airplane crash in the Republic of Congo in June 2010?
Australian national sporting team to wear the now traditional team colours were the green and gold Australian cricket team that toured England in 1899?
the strong, dark red timber of the
Australian hardwood tree the was used in Narrow-leaved Ironbark Elizabeth Farm, Australia's oldest surviving European dwelling?
the repertoire of the
Australian passerine, the includes "tinkle" and "blurt" calls?
Red-capped Robin the remnants of
defensive walls and stone shelters built by shipwreck survivor and his men on Wiebbe Hayes West Wallabi Island in 1629, are Australia's oldest known European structures?
the remains of
are the oldest anatomically modern human remains found in Mungo Man Australia?
the support that
Australian author gave to Mary Grant Bruce racial stereotypes and social Darwinism in her books was redacted from later editions?
the voyages of the
crossing the Otter Pacific Ocean from Australia and becoming the first vessel of the United States to enter a Californian port in 1796 were chronicled by French traveler ?
Pierre François Péron when
wrestler and his brother Sandy were in George Scott Australia, they won the IWA World Tag Team Championship three times between 1966 and 1968?
underwater visibility can reach 80 metres (260 ft) in the
limestone sinkholes of Australia's ?
Ewens Ponds the world's most extensive deposits of
eolianite (example pictured), rocks formed by the lithification of sediments deposited by wind, are located on the southern and western coasts of Australia?
the winners of the
, a tournament between Twenty20 Champions League Twenty20 cricket champions from Australia, England, India and South Africa, will collect a prize estimated at £2.5 million?
newspaper of Wagga Wagga, , was first published in 1868, making it one of the oldest in The Daily Advertiser Australia?
the rarely seen
Rufous Scrub-bird occurs on in Mount Banda Banda New South Wales, Australia?
the guns at
Fort Nepean (pictured) in Victoria, Australia fired the first Allied shots of both World War I and World War II?
the fruit of the
was one of the first apple dumpling bushfoods to be commonly eaten by Europeans in Australia?
the fish known as the
( snapper Chrysophrys aurata; pictured) in Australia and New Zealand does not belong to the snapper family of tropical fish?
the first shot fired by
British Empire forces in World War I was targeted at the German ship which was departing Pfalz Melbourne, Australia as Britain declared war on Germany?
the insanity of
Australian serial killer is believed to have been caused by the death of her son?
Catherine Birnie the isolation of
antibodies and flu viruses from birds on , a Tryon Island coral cay off the coast of Queensland, Australia, led to the development of antiviral drugs, such as Tamiflu?
the percentage of
Sudanese-born persons living in the Australian is twelve times the electoral district of Yeerongpilly national average?
the name of
, a large but shallow Lake Burrumbeet eutrophic lake in Victoria, Australia, derives from the local aboriginal word burrumbidj, meaning "muddy or dirty water"?
the military career of
Australian Air Marshal Sir spanned 40 years, including Alister Murdoch seaplane flying in the 1930s and a tenure as Chief of the Air Staff during the Vietnam War?
the largest native land
slug species in Australia is the , which can be yellow, cream, pink, red, grey or olive green red triangle slug (pictured)?
, a obscure mealybug pest of vineyards in New Zealand and California, is believed to have been introduced from Australia or South America?
, located on the shores of Port of Geelong Corio Bay in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, is the sixth largest in Australia by tonnage?
was the first tribunal in Community Services Appeals Tribunal Australia to use alternative dispute resolution?
of Community Court Australia's Northern Territory aims to reduce re-offending by involving the indigenous community in the sentencing process?
heard the first Chief Industrial Magistrate's Court Australian criminal prosecution of a bank for failing to protect its employees from armed holdups by improving safety at branches?
Channel-billed Cuckoo (pictured) of Australia, New Guinea and Indonesia is the world's largest brood parasite?
was the first Court of Civil Jurisdiction civil court established in New South Wales, Australia?
, the first Court of Criminal Jurisdiction criminal court in Australia under British rule, operated more like a court-martial than a court of law?
is one of Desert Tree Frog Australia's most widely distributed frogs?
, the first Democratic Association of Victoria Australian socialist organisation founded in 1872, lasted only ten months?
of the crown lands United Kingdom are different than crown lands in Canada and Australia, the latter being more like the public lands of the United States?
in the remote Coyote Gold Mine Tanami Desert of Australia was opened in 2006 by the then Governor-General of Australia, Michael Jeffery?
was built by Bukit Batok Memorial Australian POWs to honor the war dead of the Japanese and Allies from Singapore's Battle of Bukit Timah?
Blue-winged Kookaburra (pictured) of northern Australia is also known as the Howling Jackass?
is the costliest 1999 Sydney hailstorm natural disaster in Australian history, causing over A$1.7 billion in insured damages?
predated, by 12 years, the first tour of 1868 Aboriginal cricket tour of England England by white Australians?
sloop-of-war became the first Victoria Australian warship to be deployed overseas by fighting in the First Taranaki War?
Royal Australian Navy auxiliary patrol boat was the first HMAS Vigilant aluminium ship built in Australia?
of the 1st Special Squadron Imperial Japanese Navy was tasked with defending Australia and New Zealand during World War I?
is an Aboriginal Community Court Australian court which aims to reduce the overrepresentation of aboriginal criminal offenders in the justice system?
in Birdsville Races Queensland, Australia used to have separate races for horses that ate grass and those that ate corn?
is dominated by biodiversity of New Zealand bird families that flew in from Australia and insects, frogs and plants that were on the island when it broke off from Gondwana?
Australian White Ibis (pictured) has invaded Sydney and other urban centres of Australia's east coast since 1978, and is now commonly seen in parks and garbage dumps?
in Arafura Swamp Australia, the filming location for , is an important breeding site for Ten Canoes crocodiles?
of Eastern Spinebill Australian forests has adapted to urban gardens and can feed from Fuchsias as well as native banksias and grevilleas?
Eastern Whipbird (pictured) of the Australian wet forests is so named for its loud call which resembles the cracking of a whip?
was the first murder in murder of Celia Douty Australia to be solved using DNA profiling, after remaining unsolved for 18 years?
in the 1880s in Mount Rennie rape case Sydney, Australia was likened by one newspaper to the British oppression of the Irish?
, founded in Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus Australia in 1990, was the first organisation of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere?
Macleay's Swallowtail (pictured) is one of the most widely distributed Swallowtail butterflies in Australia?
North West Shelf Venture liquefied natural gas project is Australia's largest resource development?
of Northern Barred Frog Australia ( pictured) has a tadpole which reaches 12.5 centimetres (4.9 in) in length?
is the oldest operating Perth Mint mint in Australia and that it has produced over 4,500 tonnes of refined gold which represents about 3.25 percent of the total tonnage of gold ever produced?
, which in Pensacola Convoy 1941 carried the first United States soldiers to be based in Australia, was planned initially to reinforce Allied forces defending the Philippines?
ghost fungus (pictured) from southern Australia is so named as it is bioluminescent?
is a guided Adelaide O-Bahn busway in Australia that runs from Adelaide CBD to the Tea Tree Plaza shopping centre in Tea Tree Gully?
, Olive python Australia's second largest snake, can eat prey as large as a wallaby?
was a weekly table of Kent Music Report Australian music singles and albums which was the primary record chart in that market from 1974 to 1988?
region of Goulburn Valley Australia is home to the oldest and largest plantings of the little used Marsanne grape variety?
is the only freshwater whipray Australian stingray restricted to fresh and brackish water?
is an Eneabba Stone Arrangement Aboriginal stone arrangement once thought to have been associated with survivors of the , a Vergulde Draeck Dutch galleon wrecked on the coast of Australia in 1656?
, named after the first Edmund Barton Building Prime Minister of Australia, is the largest example of the late 20th-century International Style of Australian architecture in Canberra?
with the loss of 40 lives in 1927 was the deadliest shipping accident ever in sinking of the ferry Greycliffe Sydney Harbour, Australia?
was described as " Gulf Snapping Turtle Australia's first living fossil freshwater turtle, an extant population of a Pleistocene taxon"?
carrying passengers and freight from Illawarra Steam Navigation Company Sydney to the south coast of New South Wales, Australia, between 1850 and 1955, was known as the 'Pig and Whistle line' because it was said that the fleet ships would wait an hour for a pig but not a minute for a passenger?
was Hill 50 Gold Mine Australia's most profitable mine between 1955 and 1961?
is the most abundant semaphore crab crab species in mangroves on Australia's east coast?
by Robbery Under Arms Rolf Boldrewood, a classic Australian novel, hasn't been out of print since it was edited into a single volume in 1889?
, a Out of the Blue BBC Television series, is set in Manly, near Sydney, Australia?
Australian singer , a Lana Cantrell 1968 Grammy Award nominee for Best New Artist, later became an entertainment lawyer in New York City?
Australian pop singer was the first Australian recording artist to shoot a colour Lynne Randell music video for her 1967 hit "Ciao Baby"?
Australian politician defeated a sitting member of parliament at three different elections?
Australian politician 's step-father and grand step-father were also politicians?
Australian soldier survived 63 hours of Ringer Edwards crucifixion by Japanese soldiers during World War II?
Australian-born lumber executive was said to have introduced John A. Campbell surfing on the Cornwall coast of England?
botanist was born and died in Leonard John Brass Australia, served in the Canadian Army, became an American citizen and did most of his fieldwork in New Guinea?
aviator faked his own suicide by drowning before being the subject of an Jack De Garis Australia-wide search in 1925?
Australian Olympic swimming gold medalist retired after being suspended for drinking 46 cans of Neil Brooks beer on a flight from Britain back to Australia?
Australian-born American actor joined an acting troupe to support his mother and sister after his father's death?
Australian politician was a director of Greg Pearce Clean Up the World?
Australian politician once addressed a " Christine Robertson Dorothy Dixer" question to the wrong Minister in Parliament?
Australian deputy judge advocate once ordered several hundred Richard Dore lashes be given to suspected Irish insurrectionists before a verdict had been made?
Australian criminal was forced to relocate to numerous locations around Australia due to public hostility and Dennis Ferguson news media attention?
Australian cricketer , tired of signing Ernie Toshack autographs, had a friend sign for him, who incorrectly signed Toshak?
Australian band was formed in a shopping centre car park over takeaway pizza?
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Australian fishermen often refer to the as "bastard whiting" because its presence in the catch reduces the presence of targeted Western school whiting species?
Australian male singing duo had a national number-one hit with Bobby & Laurie Hitchhiker for five weeks in 1966?
Australian politician held the New South Wales 24-hour Ultra Marathon record in 1985 and 1986?
Australian poet and writer, Dame Mary Gilmore of the dispossession of the recorded her childhood memories Wiradjuri people and the destruction of native habitat by European settlers around Wagga Wagga?
Australian musician Monique Brumby (pictured), who has won two ARIA Awards, was selected for the national under-19 women's soccer team?
Australian musician , who fronted Jim Keays The Masters Apprentices during 1965–1972, was diagnosed with myeloma in 2007 and is in remission after stem cell transplants?
Canadian water slide manufacturer s first ProSlide' water coaster driven by linear induction motors opened at Australia's WhiteWater World in 2006?
Captain (later Air Vice Marshal) Henry Wrigley (pictured) piloted the first trans- Australia flight, from Melbourne to Darwin, in 1919?
Olivia Newton-John made at least 16 appearances on , an The Go!! Show Australian popular music television series which aired between 1964 to 1967, before she found international success?
New Zealand moved 30 centimetres (12 in) closer to Australia during ?
a recent 7.8 magnitude earthquake
New Zealand currently has with free trade agreements Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Chile and China?
New Zealand and Australian soldiers massacred the adult males of a village in Palestine during the of 1918?
Paul Coe attempted to bring an class action claiming the entirety of aboriginal title Australia?
pop entertainer was the first Cathy Wayne Australian woman killed in the Vietnam War, when a US Marine shot her on stage while she was performing?
VFL footballer , the first Charlie Moore Australian to die of gunshot wounds in the Boer War, played in the 1898 VFL Grand Final against Stan Reid, who died in the same war six weeks later?
suffragist (1848–1920), publisher of Louisa Lawson Australia's first female-run journal, The Dawn, was also the mother of the great Australian poet Henry Lawson?
South African played Jean-Michel d'Avray football in England and Holland before becoming the last ever National Soccer League Coach of the Year in Australia?
Scottish botanist has a mountain named after him in Robert Kaye Greville Queensland, Australia?
Milsons Point, a suburb on the North Shore of Sydney, Australia, was named in honour of ?
Mayo hurler played in Adrian Freeman England, Scotland, North America and the Middle East before his recent death in an Australia car crash?
German naturalist , who spent 10 years working in Amalie Dietrich Australia, was the first person to collect the highly venomous snakes known as taipans?
Flying Officer Les Clisby (pictured), Australia's first fighter ace of World War II, once landed beside a German bomber he had forced down and captured the crew at gunpoint?
Dorothea Mackellar wrote her patriotic Australian poem " ", which contains the line My Country I love a sunburnt country, while she was homesick when travelling in Europe?
Derbyshire M.P. who enthused about George John Venables-Vernon Italian literature is the namesake of Vernon County in Australia?
Indian historian believed that ancient V. R. Ramachandra Dikshitar South Indians may have known of Australia and Polynesia before their discovery by Europeans?
Irish poet was released from prison on the condition he leave for John Keegan Casey Australia, but instead he stayed in Dublin in disguise?
Los Angeles-based hip hop group Black Eyed Peas have two number one albums in both released Australia and Switzerland, but have yet to achieve the same on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100?
Lithuanian artist designed interiors for over sixty churches in the Vytautas Kazimieras Jonynas United States, Europe and Australia?
labour law expert is the first totally Ron McCallum blind person to have been appointed to a full professorship at any university in Australia or New Zealand?
Jack Donaghy calls the state of Florida "America's Australia" in the episode " 30 Rock "?
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Australian aviator Captain Thomas Baker (pictured) was credited with the destruction of 12 German aircraft between July and October 1918, before he was shot down and killed?
Australian author wrote an average of one book every ten months for 42 years?
Australian composer , a teacher of Raymond Hanson music composition at the Sydney Conservatorium, was himself largely self-taught?
Australian bishop , who presided at the Sydney James Kirkby synod to elect the successor of Archbishop John Charles Wright, actively worked to not be given the job himself?
Australian basketball player is only the third Patrick Mills Indigenous Australian male to ever play for his country's national team?
Australian author worked as an industrial Duncan Ball chemist and as an editor before he became a full-time author?
Australian composer and ABC broadcaster dedicated his William G. James Six Australian Bush Songs to Dame Nellie Melba?
Australian cricketer Keith Miller, while attending high school during , had his teenage years Test captain Bill Woodfull as his mathematics teacher, who gave him a zero on a geometry exam?
Australian cricketer Arthur Morris (pictured) was the batsman at the other end when Don Bradman was bowled for a duck in his last Test innings?
Australian cricketer was reprimanded by the Trevor Chappell Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand when he rolled an underarm delivery to batsman Brian McKechnie to stop him from lofting the ball for six?
Australian cricketer has scored the most Karen Rolton runs for the Australian women's cricket team in women's Test cricket?
Australian cricketer attributed the finger strength used in his two-finger John Gleeson bowling action to a childhood of milking cows?
Australian amateur astronomer has been acknowledged by Gregg Thompson supernova hunters for publishing comparison charts of the brightest galaxies?
Australia's worst maritime disaster of the 20th century was the sinking of the Koombana (pictured) in a cyclone off Port Hedland, Western Australia?
Adelaide was the first city in Australia to introduce and the last to discard them for more modern public transport?
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Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand were formed during Article XV squadrons World War II from graduates of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan?
is the current Ryan Gregson Australian record holder in men's 1500 metre run, having broken Simon Doyle's old mark from 1991?
"Heavy Harry", the only working example of the
Victorian Railways H class (pictured), was the largest non-articulated steam locomotive ever built in Australia?
Air Chief Marshal Sir was born in the Charles Burnett United States to a Scottish father, educated in England and eventually became the Australian Chief of the Air Staff?
Anglican archdeacon will be Kay Goldsworthy Australia's first woman bishop when she is consecrated on ?
22 May 2008
Australia's second largest gold mine is located in ?
Telfer, Western Australia
Australia's first uranium mine (pictured) opened in 1906 and initially produced radium for Marie Curie and Ernest Rutherford?
Australia has a , allowing users to locate the 14,000 public National Public Toilet Map toilets across the country to four decimal places of latitude and longitude?
football midfielder was nominated for an informal Evan Berger Australia Day award by his local council for representing Australia in the national under-20 team?
Australian cricketer was the great-grandson of John Elicius Benedict Bernard Placid Quirk Carrington Dwyer transportee Michael Dwyer, a leader in the Irish Rebellion of 1798?
Australian flying ace Charles Scherf (pictured) was credited with 14½ aerial victories from 38 operational sorties during the Second World War, with an additional nine aircraft destroyed on the ground?
Australian veterinary student carried a fake Barry Larkin Olympic Flame in the 1956 Summer Olympics as a protest, because he thought the flame was given too much reverence?
Australian Test cricketer Keith Miller once to fly over broke from his air force flying formation Beethoven's birthplace of Bonn?
Australian tennis players Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, known as , are the most successful men's doubles pair in history, winning a record six The Woodies Wimbledon titles?
Australian Olympic swimming champion grew up on a diet of Faith Leech carrot juice and beetroot after refusing all other food as a baby?
Australian was awarded the Frederick Hamilton March Empire Gallantry Medal for his conduct during the assassination of the Governor-General of Sudan, Sir Lee Stack?
Australian has won the Ingo Renner World Gliding Championships four times and set two world gliding records?
Australian Olympic medal-winning swimmer died in a fishing accident, after retiring from swimming to pursue this very hobby?
Australian was awarded the Stanley Frederick Gibbs Albert Medal in 1927 for his rescue of a boy during a shark attack, during which he punched and kicked the shark until it released the youth?
Australian became Acting Sir Noel Power Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong in 1996?
Australian introduced laws to protect children by establishing a James Blair children's court, and by preventing unjust disinheritance in parents' wills, before he became chief justice of Queensland?
Australian swimmer was considered to be the world's greatest female swimmer from Fanny Durack 1910 until 1918?
Australian singer-songwriter produced his second and third albums while working in Tamas Wells Rangoon, Burma, on a community health HIV/AIDS education project?
Australian painter initially wanted to become an Jeffrey Smart architect instead of an artist?
Australian ophthalmologist discovered the link between Sir Norman McAlister Gregg rubella and congenital disorders in newborn infants after overhearing several of his patients discussing their illness during pregnancy?
Australian naturalist and botanical artist wrote her first book Rica Erickson Orchids of the West in 1951?
Australian jazz singer , ex- Grace Knight Eurogliders, organised a nude protest of 750 women against the 2003 invasion of Iraq?
Australian photographer captured her childhood friend, photographer Olive Cotton Max Dupain, in Fashion shot, Cronulla Sandhills, and married him in 1937?
Australian physicist, Sir studied with Kerr Grant Nobel Prize winning chemist and physicist, Irving Langmuir at the University of Göttingen?
Australian Second World War flying ace shot down 10 Virgil Brennan Axis aircraft over Malta in a five month period during 1942?
Australian Second World War flying ace was credited with shooting down 12¼ Adrian Goldsmith Axis aircraft over Malta between the months of February and July 1942?
Australian rugby union player was selected to play for the Steve Williams German national rugby union team while backpacking around Europe?
Australian rock band first encountered their producer, Matt Wallace, when he left a message on their Small Mercies MySpace?
Wing Commander and Stanley Goble Flying Officer Ivor McIntyre, piloting a single-engined seaplane ( pictured), became the first men to circumnavigate Australia by air in 1924?
Yothu Yindi's song " " was the first song by a predominately- Treaty Aboriginal band to chart in Australia and the first in any Aboriginal Australian language to gain international recognition?
claims to be the only Meredith Burgmann Australian sent to prison after running onto a sports field during a major sporting event?
contains the most inland occurrence of Mandora Marsh mangroves in Australia?
was an Kennaquhair Australian-bred Thoroughbred racehorse that won the Sydney Cup and the AJC Metropolitan Handicap?
, a prominent figure of media and art in Julian Howard Ashton Britain and Australia in the 19th and 20th century, won the Sydney sesquicentenary prize for landscape drawings for his art work?
won Mina Wylie silver at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, and was one of the first two women to represent Australia in Olympic swimming?
has diverted Mujahedeen KOMPAK charitable donations from Australia to produce recruitment videos for militant Islamic groups?
is currently Peter Shergold Australia's most senior public servant?
, who will become the next Penelope Wensley Governor of Queensland this month, was the first female Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations in New York?
were commonplace throughout rural portions of the one-room schools United States, Canada and Australia until the early 20th century, and that they continue in some parts of Ireland today?
in Ninety Mile Beach Victoria, Australia is the longest uninterrupted stretch of sandy coastline in the world?
, an English-born colonial Australian Joseph Jukes geologist, sketched the very first complete map of Australia?
was an John Roberts Australian businessman who founded the construction company Multiplex, which is currently building the new Wembley Stadium in London?
, an Jessie Webb Australian academic and historian, was the first female teacher at the University of Melbourne?
was helping Jessie Vasey Australian war widows before she became one herself when her husband, George, died in an air crash?
, who was recently signed by the Jason Castro Singapore Slingers, is slated to become the first Filipino player in Australia's National Basketball League?
Ivor McIntyre (pictured) was lead pilot in two pioneering aviation feats, the first circumnavigation of Australia by air, and the first international flight by an RAAF plane and crew?
, the John Davies U.S. District Court judge who presided over the trial of a group of LAPD officers in the Rodney King incident, won gold for Australia in the 200m breaststroke at the 1952 Olympics?
, John Downer Premier of South Australia from 1885 to 1887, is the grandfather of Alexander Downer, the current Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs?
was the first person born in John Lavarack Australia to be an Australian State Governor?
was the first person to John Knatchbull plead moral insanity in Australia?
, the John Harber Phillips legal counsel who defended Lindy Chamberlain, later became the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia?
, the John "Willy" Williams Australian World War II air ace who later took part in the " The Great Escape", became a POW merely three days after being promoted to command No.450 Squadron RAAF?
was a Philip Whistler Street Chief Justice on the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia -- as were his son Kenneth and his grandson Laurence?
could have walked to Polar dinosaurs Australia, because during the early Cretaceous the continent of Australia was still linked to Antarctica?
Victor Chang AC was a famous Australian heart surgeon and was murdered on , following an 4 July 1991 extortion attempt on his family?
was the USS General S. D. Sturgis transport ship assigned to deliver officials of the United States, Australia, Canada, Dutch East Indies, China and the Philippines to Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender ceremonies at the end of World War II?
supports 25 species of breeding Toolibin Lake waterbirds, which is the greatest number for any wetland in southwestern Australia?
is the only Tommy Dunderdale Australian-born player to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Canada?
in Victoria Hotel Darwin, Australia, has survived three major cyclones and Japanese air raids during World War II?
( whipcracking pictured), the art of using a whip to create a miniature sonic boom, is a competitive sport in Australia, where it was also elaborated into ?
is an (pictured) Ctenomorphodes chronus Australian stick insect that resembles a eucalyptus twig, and the female lays 3-mm elliptical eggs that resemble plant seeds?
, a coastal marine fish tolerant to a very wide yellowtail trumpeter salinity range, because of its poor taste is considered a nuisance in Australia by many fishermen who target bream in estuaries?
is the only place in eastern Wollongong Head Lighthouse Australia to have two lighthouses within close proximity?
in Whistling Kites Australia primarily hunt live prey, while those in New Guinea are principally scavengers?
the Tuggerah Lakes (pictured), located on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia, cover a total area of 77 square kilometres yet have an average depth of less than two metres?
are a country act from The Legarde Twins Australia consisting of two twins, Tom and Ted, who left home in 1945 to become cowboys, then started playing country music, and are still performing—64 years later?
's research into the Richard Whitaker correlation between surface temperature in the Pacific Ocean and rainfall in Australia contributed to the discovery of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation?
Ray Lindwall (pictured) was Australia's equal-leading Test wicket-taker on the 1948 ?
Invincibles tour of England
, a vegetated coral Raine Island cay located off the North coast of Australia, harbours the largest population of Green Turtles (pictured) in the world and is the most significant seabird rookery in the Great Barrier Reef?
Princes Pier (pictured) in Port Melbourne, Australia, suffered fourteen fires from 2001 to 2004?
founded Robert Raymond Australia's longest running current affairs television program?
, an Roger Vanderfield Australian doctor, rugby union referee and administrator, was instrumental in establishing the first Rugby World Cup?
, who narrowly missed representing Sydney Deane Australia in cricket, was the first Australian to appear in a Hollywood film?
, a Shane Warne Cricket '99 Playstation cricket game is endorsed by the Australian bowler, Shane Warne?
were Sebastian Hardie Australia's first symphonic rock band and released their debut album in 1975?
are sometimes called "jaffle irons" in sandwich toasters Australia?
, former editor of Ilsa Konrads , was an Belle Australian Olympic swimmer who set 12 world records?
, an Hugh Main Australian politician, was a member of the Progressive Party's rural "True Blues" faction that evolved into the Country Party?
, one of the founders of the Clarrie Isaacs , travelled to Aboriginal Provisional Government Libya on what he claimed was a valid but was denied re-entry to Aboriginal passport Australia with it?
, the Chester Wilmot Australian War correspondent and military historian of the Second World War, was killed in an air crash in 1954?
, Celia Rosser Australian botanical illustrator has the species Banksia and the Banksia rosserae cultivar 'Celia Rosser' named in her honour?
are a bush ballads folk music and poetry tradition in the Australian Outback?
in Clontarf Aboriginal College Australia has at various points in its history served as an orphanage, a convent, an RAAF training facility, a boarding school and a day school?
is a Closer Economic Relations free trade agreement between the governments of New Zealand and Australia?
, who authored a 42-part series on Cyril Tenison White weeds, was awarded the Mueller Medal for his important contributions to Australian botanical science?
uprooted trees that survived a 1934 cyclone that hit the same area in Cyclone Rona of 1999 Queensland, Australia?
and Colin McDonald were George Thoms Australian cricketers who, uniquely, opened the batting for their club, state and national teams in the same season?
in Cockle Creek Tasmania is the furthest point one can drive south in Australia?
in Brown Mountain forest East Gippsland, Victoria, is home to mainland Australia's largest marsupial carnivore, the Spotted Quoll?
, a former Bridgecorp Holdings Australian real estate development group, collapsed in 2007 owing 14,500 investors a total of A$467 million?
, an aussieBum Australian swimwear manufacturer, was founded by Sean Ashby in 2001 when he couldn't find the "Aussie cozzie" style of swimwear he grew up with?
from Ansett Airlines Flight 232 Adelaide to Alice Springs in 1972 was the first aircraft hijacking to take place in Australia?
, influential Alexander Brodie Spark merchant, magistrate, investor and exporter in Australia during the 19th century, entertained in excess of 800 different guests in his home solely in 1839?
Acacia leprosa 'Scarlet Blaze' (pictured), a rare red-flowering form of , was discovered by bushwalkers in Acacia Australia in 1995?
has been described both as " Barzillai Quaife New Zealand's first public anti- racist" and " Australia's first philosopher"?
, a former Bess Thomas Australian librarian, became the first female to be given the position of "Chief Librarian" in New South Wales?
is an Boxcar Australian electronic band that sometimes performed wearing gas masks?
, a Boans department store in Perth, Australia, was once the largest private employer in Western Australia?
, in Blanche Cave Australia's Naracoorte Caves National Park, used to exhibit an indigenous man's mummified remains, which were stolen in 1861 and never returned?
was the last Bill Johnston Australian to take 100 wickets on an Ashes tour of England, being the leading wicket-taker during the 1948 ?
1971 single " Daddy Cool’s Eagle Rock" remained at #1 on the Australian National charts for a record ten weeks before being replaced by the single "Daddy Cool" by another band cashing in their success?
is an David Tweed Australian share market trader who has attempted to purchase shares from small investors for less than the market price?
goanna oil was sold amongst early European settlers of Australia as a panacea much like snake oil was in the Old West?
was the first Frederick Mann Australian-born Chief Justice of Victoria?
, a Frederick Augustus Hely justice of the peace and public servant in colonial Australia, was the first man to settle permanently at Narara, Brisbane Water?
boosted sales of his new spread Fred Walker Vegemite, now an Australian cultural icon, by giving away free jars?
Gordon Dam (pictured), a 140-metre (460 ft) tall arch dam on the Gordon River, is the tallest in Tasmania, Australia?
was the first Greg Urwin Australian and first non- Pacific Islander to become Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum?
is the single largest source of Hazelwood power station carbon dioxide emissions in Australia, although it is only the sixth-largest power station?
, an Harold Hardwick Australian swimming gold medallist at the 1912 Olympics, was also a national boxing champion and later an army colonel?
introduced Hans Freeman protein crystallography to Australia and determined the structure of plastocyanin, the first protein to be structurally characterised in the southern hemisphere?
is an Grunge Lit Australian literary genre which features gritty depictions of urban and suburban life revolving around a nihilistic pursuit of sex, drugs and alcohol?
played for Frank Loughran the Socceroos at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, scoring a goal in the first game his adopted country of Australia ever played in Olympic soccer?
, founder of the Frank Hansford-Miller English National Party, emigrated to Australia?
, an Emily McPherson College of Domestic Economy Australian domestic science college for women, was officially opened on April 27, 1927 by Her Royal Highness Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon?
played both Ellyse Perry cricket and soccer for Australia at the age of sixteen?
was the first Ellis Bent barrister appointed as a judge in Australia?
became the first female pilot with an Deborah Lawrie Australian airline after winning a landmark sex discrimination case against Ansett Airlines?
was a versatile Eurythmic Australian-bred Thoroughbred racehorse who won over distances ranging from 5 furlongs (1,000 metres) to 2 miles (3,200 metres)?
, an Evelyn Scotney Australian coloratura soprano, sang opposite Enrico Caruso in his final appearance on the opera stage?
, a former defensive facility in Fort Pearce Point Nepean, Victoria, Australia, was active during World War I but never fired its guns in anger?
was the first female architect in Florence Mary Taylor Australia?
of the Ewan Crawford Supreme Court of Tasmania is the first Australian chief justice to stop using ceremonial court robes?
"Gizzie" and "Slit" are two alternative common names for the
of eastern Little Lorikeet Australia?
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