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Australia, the magazine : Australia, the magazine
facts and figures 128 NATIONAL The largest underwater dance class was held in October 2008, when 74 scuba divers danced simultaneously for 10 minutes at the bottom of the pool at Sydney's Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. A NATION'S TIMELINE 35,000 BC 30,000 BC 1422 1523-39 1642 1911 1915 1918 1928 Australia breaks free from Gondwana. Aboriginal people reach Tasmania. A cold spell kills off the 'mega fauna'. A Chinese fleet approaches the west coast of Australia. Portugese sailors map the south-west of 'Java le grand'. Douglas Mawson leads an expedition to Antarctica. Australian soldiers land at Gallipoli in western Turkey. World War I ends with 60,500 Australians killed. Charles Kingsford Smith flies across the Pacific Ocean. 1932 1945 1956 1959 Sydney Harbour Bridge opens. World War II ends with 39,500 Australians killed. Melbourne hosts the Olympic Games. The 250,000th immigrant from Italy arrives in Melbourne. >>> >>> >>> >> 22.1 million population total 51% hold a post-secondary quali cation 15% speak a language other than English The oldest person to graduate from a university was Allan Stewart who, at age 91 years and 214 days, received a Bachelor of Law from the University of New England in October 2006. The most golf holes in a day was 401 played by Ian Colston at the Bendigo Golf Club, Victoria, on 27 November 1971. The Melbourne teen soap, Neighbours and its Sydney clone Home and Away (pictured), are seen in 50 countries. 400 MILLION BC 78% born in Australia 75% of homes have at least one computer 92% own a mobile phone 60% have broadband access 'Van Diemen's Land' discovered by Dutchman Abel Tasman. iStock Newspix