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Commonwealth of Australia   /kˈɑmənwˌɛlθ əv ɔstrˈeɪljə/   Listen
Commonwealth of Australia

A nation occupying the whole of the Australian continent; Aboriginal tribes are thought to have migrated from southeastern Asia 20,000 years ago; first Europeans were British convicts sent there as a penal colony.  Synonym: Australia.

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"Commonwealth of Australia" Quotes from Famous Books

... about 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession in the name of Great Britain. Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the British effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has transformed itself into an internationally ...
— The 2008 CIA World Factbook • United States. Central Intelligence Agency.

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