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Unveiling of Captain Cook’s Statue, Hyde Park, Sydney

On 25 February 1879, a statue of Captain Cook was unveiled in Hyde park. This event was witnessed by around 40,000 making it one of the biggest events of the year.

Interned in Australia: enemy aliens imprisoned during the First World War

During the First World War nearly 7000 ‘enemy aliens’, mainly men of German and Austro-Hungarian origins, were interned in camps in Australia.

Australia’s Love Song

In February 2017, in a double first, Dorothea Mackellar’s poetry notebook ‘Verses 1907-1908’ has become the first Australian literary archive, and the first by a woman writer, to be added to UNESCO’s Australian Memory of the World register.

Last of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition Rescued 10 January 1917

It is often assumed that there was no loss of life on Shackleton’s 1914-1917  expedition to cross Antarctica but this was not the case.

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