The World Factbook: Background: :: Prehistoric settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession of the east coast in the name of Great Britain (all of Australia was claimed as British territory in 1829 with the creation of the colony of Western Australia). Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they fe...read more [Source: The World Factbook]Wikipedia: Australia i/əˈstreɪljə, ɒ-, -iə/, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east.
For at least 40,000 years before the...read more [Source: Wikipedia]
Ashmore and Cartier Islands (Territory) Australian Capital Territory (Territory) Coral Sea Islands (Territory) New South Wales (State) Northern Territory (Territory) Queensland (State) South Australia (State) Tasmania (State) Victoria (State) Western Australia (State)
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