By James C. Docherty
The final continent to be claimed via Europeans, Australia started to be settled by way of the British in 1788 within the type of a prison for its convicts. whereas British tradition has had the biggest impact at the state and its presence might be noticeable far and wide, the British weren't Australia's unique population. the 1st population of Australia, the Aborigines, are believed to have migrated from Southeast Asia into northern Australia as early as 60,000 years in the past. This detailed mix of significantly diversified cultures contributed to the benefit with which Australia has turn into one of many world's so much winning immigrant nations.The 3rd variation of the ancient Dictionary of Australia relates the historical past of this distinctive and lovely land, that's domestic to an grand diversity of wildlife, a weather that levels from tropical forests to arid deserts, and the biggest unmarried selection of coral reefs and islands on the earth. via an in depth chronology, an creation, appendixes, a bibliography, and cross-referenced dictionary entries on a few of the extra major folks, locations, and occasions; associations and enterprises; and political, fiscal, social, cultural, and non secular elements, writer James Docherty offers a far wanted unmarried quantity reference on Australia, from its so much unpromising of beginnings as a British reformatory to the liberal, tolerant, democracy it really is this present day.