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New South Wales

New South Wales History Timeline

1900s continued

  • (1909) New South Wales ceded territory for seat of Commonwealth Government (Australian Capital Territory)
  • (1914-1918) World War I
  • (1929) Great Depression began, caused political and class conflict
  • (1932) Sydney Harbour Bridge opened
  • (1938) The Empire Games hosted at Sydney
  • (1939-1945) World War II spurred surge in industrial development, helped eliminate unemployment
  • (1942) Japanese infiltrated New South Wales' waters, attacked Sydney and Newcastle
  • (1945) Over 500 Japanese prisoners of war escaped from camp in Cowra breakout; four Australian soldiers, 231 Japanese soldiers killed
  • (1945) Inaugural Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race held with nine starters
  • (1947) 40-hour work week introduced; voting in local government elections became compulsory
  • (1949) General strike by 23,000 miners in coal fields caused gas and electricity to be rationed, military forces used to break strike
  • (1949 - 1974) Snowy Mountains Scheme constructed 16 major dams, seven power stations, the largest engineering project in Australia
  • (1962) Indigenous Australians received right to vote
  • (1965) Conservative Liberal Party led by Sir Robert Askin defeated Labour Party
  • (1973) Sydney Opera House officially opened
  • (1975) Premier Askin resigned, succeeded by Tom Lewis
  • (1976) Labour Party regained control under the leadership of Neville Wran
  • (1986) Australia Acts ended powers of BritishParliament; members of Legislative Assembly increased to 109 from 99
  • (1986) Premier Neville Wran resigned
  • (1989) Earthquake struck Newcastle, 13 people killed, more than 160 injured, damages exceeded $1 billion
  • (1990) Major flooding in central west, town of Nyngan inundated
  • (1993 - 1994) Bush fires ravaged New South Wales
  • (1994) New South Wales suffered extreme drought conditions, severely curtailed agricultural production
  • (1995) Only legal casino in Sydney opened
  • (1995) Bob Carr elected Premier
  • (1996) Anzac Bridge opened in Sydney
  • (1996) Semi-automatic weapons banned following Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania
  • (1997) Thredbo landslide buried 19 people
  • (1997) Over 185 bushfires burned across New South Wales

2000s

  • (2000) Summer Olympic Games held in Sydney
  • (2002) Wildfires threatened Sydney, homes destroyed
  • (2002) May Day protesters clashed with police
  • (2003) Rugby World Cup hosted in Sydney
  • (2005) Premier Bob Carr resigned, succeeded by Morris Iemma
  • (2005) Racially-charged riots erupted in Cronulla
  • (2007) APEC (Asia-Pacific Econonic Cooperation) summit held in Sydney
  • (2007) Sydney Opera House named World Heritage Site
  • (2007) Iemma elected Premier
  • (2008) Premier Iemma resigned, succeeded by Nathan Rees
  • (2008) Flooding caused parts of the state to be cut off and declared disaster zones
  • (2009) Kristina Keneally elected Premier
  • (2011) Detainees at an Australian immigration detention center in Sydney rioted, burned down nine buildings
  • (2011) Barry O'Farrell elected Premier in landslide election
  • (2012) Police seized drugs worth over half a billion dollars, broke up Hong Kong drug ring
  • (2013) Bushfires destroyed homes, damaged Siding Spring Observatory
  • (2013) Police made largest-ever seizure of methamphetamine drug hidden in shipment from China
This page was last updated on November 26, 2018.