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Dition of song, dance and art (see Nomadic hunters and gatherers, the pp30–33). With no centralized or Aborigines moved with the seasons formal system of government, and spread across the continent, individual groups were led by reaching Tasmania 35,000 years ago. prominent, generally older men, They had few material possessions who were held in great respect. beyond the tools and weapons Across the continent there were more TIMELINE 43,000–38,000 BC Tools found 35,000 BC in a grave pit beside Nepean River are among the oldest firmly dated signs of human occupation in Australia Aborigines reach Tasmania 60,000 BC 170–60,000 BC Aborigines thought to have reached Australia 50,000 BC 40,000 BC 13,000 End of Ice Age Diprotodon 20,000 BC 30,000 BC 42,000 BC 25,000 BC Aboriginal engravings at Olary, South Australia Woman is cremated at Lake Mungo – the world’s oldest known cremation Desmond, A New South Wales Chief (about 1825) by Augustus Earle 20,000 BC 10,000 BC 20,000 BC Humans live in the Blue Mountains despite Ice Age.
Across the continent throughout the EXPLORING THE INTERIOR 19th century. First settled in 1804, Inland New South Wales was opened Tasmania became a separate colony up for settlement in 1813, when in 1825; in 1829 Western Australia George Blaxland, William Wentworth became a colony with the establishand William Lawson forged a success- ment of Perth. Originally a colony of free settlers, a labour shortage led to the westward transportation of convicts. In 1835 a farmer, John Batman, signed a contract with local Aborigines to acquire 250,000 ha (600,000 acres) of land where Melbourne now stands (see p381).
Adelaide Fringe (mid-Feb– mid-Mar). Second-largest fringe festival in the world. Adelaide Festival of Arts (late Feb–mid-Mar). Multi-arts festival held biennially in even-numbered years. 42 I N T R O D U C I N G A U S T R A L I A Easter Fair (Easter weekend), Maldon. An Easter parade and a colourful street carnival takes over this quaint country town (see p432). International Flower and Garden Show (early Apr), Melbourne. Spectacular floral event held in the beautiful Exhibition Gardens (see p395).