1780s

1789 Australia’s first free farmer

From 1789, Cornish emancipist James Ruse was allowed to farm  30 acres of land at Parramatta.  He was able to support…

1788 Parramatta settled

Founded in 1788 as the colony's second settlement, Parramatta means "the place where the eels lie" in the Darug Aboriginal…

1788 Government farm established

A priority for the first settlers was to cultivate the land and begin producing their own food. Within two months…

1788 First apple trees in Tasmania

Early explorers did not hesitate to introduce familiar plants to the places they visited. In 1788, William Bligh anchored the…

1788 First official banquet

The first official banquet in the new colony was held to celebrate the King’s birthday on 4 June. The occasion…

1788 Farming on Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island was settled by a party under the command of Lieutenant King  just five weeks after the First Fleet…

1788 First colonists on tight rations

The first colonists had a meagre diet. In the first year of  European settlement at Port Jackson, adults received a…

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