Faculty of Arts


Australian History Since 1788

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for HISTORY 233.


Great Britain established a penal colony in eastern Australia in 1788, the year before the French Revolution. In claiming the island continent on the cusp of this crucial historical moment, the newcomers declared the land vacant and commenced the dispossession of the indigenous populations that had resided on the land for more than 40,000 years. In the period of more than two centuries since 1788, Australian society has undergone enormous changes, sometimes characterised by optimism and consensus and at other times driven by intense fear and insecurity. Migration has dramatically transformed the nation’s identity and its place in the world. This course surveys the history of Australia from European occupation to the present. It focuses on the lives and experiences of ordinary Australians, as well as providing an overview of the major social, political and economic developments since 1788.

Availability 2018

Not taught in 2018


Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Malcolm Campbell


Coursework + exam


HISTORY 233: 15.0 points


15 points at Stage I in History and 30 points passed



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