Australia in the 1980s

Archaeology finds

In 1983, the fossil of a mammal that had lived during the Cretaceous Age, between 110 and 120 million years ago, was found at Lightning Ridge in NSW.

In 1984, an area of 15-million-year-old fossils was discovered on a cattle station 200 km south of Mount Isa in Queensland.

In 1985, a still-living stand of Huon pine trees with an estimated age of 10,500 years old was discovered on a Tasmanian mountain top by a Forestry Tasmania forester.

In 1987, ancient artifacts found near Penrith, NSW, were carbon-dated to 47,000 years ago.

Aerial view of Lightning Ridge


A snapshot of 1988

  • January
    • The first Aboriginal television station, Imparja, began transmission in Alice Springs.
    • Australia's Bicentennial celebrations began and the First Fleet re-enactment vessels arrived at Botany Bay.
    • The new Parliament House on Capital Hill in Canberra was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II.

  • June
    • Kay Cottee became the first woman to sail single-handedly and non-stop around the world.
    • The $2 coin went into circulation replacing the old $2 note.


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