Quiz: Can You Ace This Australian History Quiz?
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Can You Ace This Australian History Quiz?
By: Olivia Cantor
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About This Quiz

This island continent, which is situated in the geographical region of Oceania is referred to Sahul, Australinea, and Meganesia. It is part of the Indo-Australian plate, one of the Earth’s oldest landmasses, as well as the smallest of the seven continents. In addition to the mainland, the region is also composed of Tasmania, New Guinea, New Britain and several small neighboring islands.

Europeans made contact with the continent as early as 1606, but colonization didn’t take place until 1788. Prior to this, the continent was inhabited by the indigenous people, who were believed to have migrated there between 30,000 and 50,000 years ago. These people are categorized into two main groups; the Aboriginals and the Torres Strait Islander people. Much of their population was drastically declined due to conflict with the British and lack of immunity to their diseases.

Today, Australia experiences a generally positive economy, much of its income is generated from its natural resources. Tourism is also another major economic factor, as millions of people every year are drawn to the country for various reasons – whether it be its beaches, coral reefs, or the unique biodiversity of the region. But a place is nothing without its history and today, we want to see how much you know about Australia's humble beginnings.

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What is the term used for the indigenous people of Australia, deemed as the early settlers in the land?
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This very Australian “toy” and sports item historically started as an Aboriginal hunting weapon which gets thrown and returns to the hunter. What’s it called?
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From which continent did the early explorers and colonizers of Australia come from?
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The infamous first settlers of Australia as a British colony were this kind of people.
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Which Australian city was the first to host the Summer Olympics in 1956?
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In 1911, the Australian capital was finally identified. Which city holds this distinction?
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April 25 is celebrated in Australia as Anzac Day. What kind of chaotic event is being commemorated here?
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Who became the first female prime minister in Australia's history?
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What is the nationality of Willem Janszoon, one of the first European navigators who sighted part of Australia’s land?
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When talking about the Stolen Generation, what kind of people were greatly affected by this?
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Which Australian city was historically named after a place in Scotland?
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In 1606, this European sailed through the area to be named after him later on, called Torres Strait. Who is this second European to make contact in Australia?
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Which Australian city was originally founded as the penal colony?
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Abel Tasman was the Dutch explorer who discovered Tasmania. What name did they give to that area before it was named after him?
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What important mineral was unearthed in Victoria and New South Wales during the mid-1800s?
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What is the term used by the Aboriginal culture which refers to their creation myths and stories?
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Which famous captain discovered and claimed part of Australia for the UK?
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Since Australian lands began flourishing due to the early colonies, many people migrated there, who ended up usurping Aboriginal land areas. What term was used for these kinds of migrants?
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Before Australia was “discovered” by the Western world, was it uninhabited or occupied?
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Which city in South Australia is rather proud to have settlers without convict roots?
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If you still want to see the historical Aboriginal art today, which place is a good area to visit to see a lot of these very ancient records?
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Anzac soldiers of World War I also went by another name. What term was used to refer to them?
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How many colonies made up the whole of Australia before it became one commonwealth nation?
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The incredible stories of the Anzac digger personas were created due to a losing battle in Gallipoli. In which modern-day country was Gallipoli located?
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What year did Australia unite to become one nation, with one recognized constitution?
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British army officer John Macarthur and his businesswoman wife, Elizabeth, were credited to have brought this industry to the vast meadows of Australian land.
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During the 1960s, this mineral played a big part in a rise and crash incident at the Australian stock market. What was it?
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In 1974, Australia joined the ASEAN as a dialogue partner, having trade and diplomatic relations with countries that make up this grouping. What does ASEAN stand for?
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This English humanitarian advocated for the rights and welfare of women during the colonial period in Australia. What’s her name?
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This military takeover of the Australian government is touted as the only successful one of that kind in the country’s history. What’s it called?
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One of the earliest evidence of ritualistic cremations is found in New South Wales. In what body of water was this found?
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The land mass of Australia was once believed to be a part of a larger land mass, just like Laurasia, which grouped major land masses before they separated into smaller continents. What’s the major land mass that subsumed Australia?
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