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Australia, the magazine : Australia, the magazine
The oldest continuous circus in the Western world was founded in Launceston, Tasmania, in 1852 by Joseph Ashton and is still touring rural Australia with his descendants. The largest oyster, weighing up to 3kg, is found along the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland (the world's longest coral reef). The largest net exporter of coal, accounting for 29% of world exports. SPEEDOS First made in 1929 by Sydney's MacRae Knitting Mills, they became the 'cossie' of choice for all 52 countries competing in the swimming events of the Montreal Olympics in 1976. IN 2010 302,000 people will be born 501,000 will arrive, intending to stay for more than a year 5.2 million travellers from overseas will enter the country, staying an average of 27 nights 143,000 will die, with cancer (29 percent) the biggest cause 236,000 will get married 96,000 will be divorced 3.3 million will be at school 129 SNAPSHOT Edited extract from The Little Book of Australia by David Dale. Published by Allen & Unwin 1770 1788 1803 1851 1856 1901 1894-1908 An English ship, HM Endeavour, maps the east coast. English fleet arrives with convicts to establish Sydney. Mathew Flinders sails around the Australian continent. Victoria becomes a separate colony. Gold is discovered. Secret ballot introduced. Australia becomes a federation with six states. Equal voting rights for women. 1966 1967 1973 1988 2000 2003 2008 Australia's currency changes to dollars and cents. Referendum result gives the vote to indigenous people. Sydney Opera House opens after 16 years of construction. 1.5 million gather to mark 200 years of European settlement. Sydney hosts the Olympic Games. Australia's population reaches 20 million. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologises to indigenous people. Timeline additions from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> >> PADDLE POPS Invented in 1953 by Edwin Street at the Corrimal Ice Works, south of Sydney, and now owned by UK company Unilever, the ice-block is a hit in 18 countries, including Vietnam and China. FOSTER'S BEER Invented in Victoria in 1887, now bottled in nine countries and sold in 150. The heaviest aircraft ever pulled by a person was a Boeing 747, weighing 187 tonnes, which was 91 metres in one minute and 27.7 seconds on 15 October 1997 by David Huxley in Sydney. The heaviest crab, weighing upto14 kilograms, is found in Bass Strait off Tasmania. South Australian Research and Development Institute facts and figures iBrand Creative Library Newspix