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On 8 August 1789, Australia's first police force was established in the colony of New South Wales. It was made up of a dozen convicts. On 13 August 1817, explorer John Oxley discovered the Bogan River in central western New South Wales. On 25 August 1828, explorer Allan Cunningham discovered Cunningham's Gap, a crucial link from the Darling Downs to the coast. On 12 August 1829, the city of Perth, Western Australia, was founded. On 21 August 1842, Hobart Town, the main settlement in Van Diemen's Land, was proclaimed a city.

On 9 August 1851, Victoria had its first gold strike at Sovereign Hill near Ballarat, in the same month it gained its independence from the NSW colony. On 25 August 1853, Francis Cadell launched Australia's first paddlesteamer, the 'Lady Augusta', from Goolwa. On 20 August 1860, Australian explorers Burke and Wills commenced their expedition from Melbourne to cross the continent from south to north. On 14 August 1861, William Landsborough organise a relief expedition from Brisbane to find the missing Australian explorers Burke and Wills. On 16 August 1861, South Australian John McKinlay departed Adelaide to search for the missing Burke and Wills expedition. On 22 August 1872, the Northern and Southern sections of the Overland Telegraph Line, crossing the Australian continent, were joined. On 24 August 1872, Queensland's borders were extended to include Thursday Island and the Torres Strait islands. On 9 August 1890, the first recital was held on what was then the largest pipe organ in the world, the Grand Organ in the Sydney Town Hall. On 20 August 1908, the first successful Australian transcontinental motor car journey was completed. On 20 August 1908, the 'Great White Fleet', consisting of 16 new battleships of the Atlantic Fleet, sent around the world by US President Theodore Roosevelt, arrived in Sydney. On 27 August 1908, Australian cricketing legend, Sir Donald Bradman, was born. On 31 August 1933, the township of Stuart in the Northern Territory was renamed Alice Springs. On 5 August 1944, Japanese prisoners at Cowra, New South Wales, staged a breakout in which 4 Australians and 234 Japanese were killed. On 17 August 1980, two month old Azaria Chamberlain disappeared while on a family camping holiday at Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia, resulting in a huge investigation that led to the wrongful imprisonment of Azaria's mother. On 13 August 1989, thirteen people die in the world's worst hot-air balloon crash, near Alice Springs in central Australia. On 2 August 1997, three days after the Thredbo landslide disaster, skiing instructor Stuart Diver was pulled alive from the rubble of the collapsed Thredbo resorts.

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