January 01

This Day in History

1911

Northern Territory handed over to Federal Government

Did you know that the Northern Territory was once considered part of South Australia for a period of 48 years between 1863 and 1911? Of course, the history of the region goes back much further, with … (more...)

1901

Federation of Australia formed

Happy Birthday, Australia! Today is the day when the Commonwealth of Australia was established. After centuries of British rule, British self-governing colonies Queensland, South Australia, … (more...)

1856

Van Diemen’s Land renamed Tasmania

Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman is remembered for being the first European to sight what is now known as Tasmania, Australia’s island state. However for over two centuries, Tasmania was known by … (more...)

45 B.C.

New Year’s Day

New Year's Day is celebrated on January 1 for the first time in 45 B.C., when Roman dictator Julius Caesar establishes the Julian calendar. On the advice of the astronomer Sosigenes, Caesar added 67 … (more...)