• Explorations
  • 1860 McDouall Stuart planted a Union Jack flag at the centre of Australia after his long trek to get there
  • Government, Politics and Unions
  • 1871 The first President of the Victorian Legislative Council, Sir James Palmer, died at Hawthorn, Victoria.
  • 1881 The first simultaneous Census was completed counting 2,250,194 people in Australia.
  • 1996 Paul Keating, former Prime Minister of Australia, resigned from politics after a 27 year career.
  • Medical
  • 1968 Dr Sheil and his team performed Australia's first liver transplant at Sydney Hospital.
  • Natural Disasters
  • 1983 23 hockey players were struck by lightning during a match at Hamilton, Victoria. One of the players was killed.
  • 1990 Nyngan, NSW, was inundated by floodwaters.
  • Places
  • 1855 Castlemaine, Victoria, was proclaimed a municipality
  • Sports
  • 1828 The Australian Racing and Jockey Club was formed.
  • 1970 Anthony Mundine won the Australian Middleweight boxing title