Tasmanian History

Tasmania: Hobart

Historical Events


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1642-11-24 Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovers Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania)

Explorer and Seafarer Abel Tasman
Explorer and Seafarer
Abel Tasman
  • 1643-06-15 Able Tasman returns to Batavia after discovering Tasmania
  • 1804-10-09 Hobart in Tasmania founded

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1836-02-06 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin reach Diemen's Land (Tasmania)

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1836-02-17 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leaves Tasmania
  • 1842-08-21 The city of Hobart, Tasmania, is founded.
  • 1851-02-11 1st cricket 1st-class game in Australia, Tasmania v Victoria, Launceston
  • 1856-02-07 The colonial Tasmanian Parliament passes the first piece of legislation (the Electoral Act of 1856) anywhere in the world providing for elections by way of a secret ballot.
  • 1895-01-30 Tasmania beat Victoria for 1st F-C victory in 41 years
  • 1896-01-27 Tasmania bowl out Victoria for 65 for their 1st ever innings victory
  • 1898-12-12 1st 1st-class game between NSW & Tasmania
  • 1902-12-10 Women are given the right to vote in Tasmania.
  • 1930-12-25 Tasmania all out 280, WI 2-139 at Hobart Crowd 2,500
  • 1933-12-25 Stan Smith takes 8-33 for Victoria v Tasmania at Hobart
  • 1933-12-30 Jack Badcock scores 274 v Victoria, Tasmania's 1st double-ton

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1936-03-02 Bradman scores 369 in 253 mins, SA v Tasmania, 46 fours 4 sixes

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1936-09-07 The last surviving member of the thylacine species, Benjamin, dies alone in her cage at the Hobart Zoo in Tasmania.
  • 1954-06-19 Tasmanian Devil debuts in "Devil May Hare" by Warner Bros
  • 1959-09-23 Australia's first passenger roll on/roll off diesel ferry, the MS Princess of Tasmania makes her maiden voyage across Bass Strait
  • 1967-02-01 Severe brush fires in Tasmania destroy $11 million & take 60 lives
  • 1975-01-05 14 die when British freighter "Lake Illawarra" rams pylon bridge between Derwent & Hobart, Tasmania & ship sinks
  • 1993-03-14 Ricky Ponting hits twin tons for Tasmania aged 18 years 84 days
  • 1994-10-13 Earliest start of Sheffield Shield season (Queensland v Tasmania)
  • 1996-04-28 Martin Bryant shoots & kills 35 in Port Arthur Tasmania
  • 1996-12-21 Pakistan all out 67 to lose to Tasmania by an inning
  • 1997-05-01 Tasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1812-02-29 Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (d. 1880, also on 29 February)
  • 1848-02-24 Andrew Inglis Clark, Tasmanian politician (d. 1907)
  • 1891-01-04 Edward Brooker, Premier of Tasmania (d. 1948)
  • 1909-06-20 Errol Flynn, actor (Captain Blood, Robin Hood), born in Hobart Tasmania (d. 1959)
  • 1910-05-02 Laurie Nash, cricketer (Tasmanian fast-bowler, 2 Tests for Australia)
  • 1914-04-10 Jack Badcock, cricketer (Tasmania Australian batsman of 30's)
  • 1942-05-15 Doug Lowe, 35th Premier of Tasmania
  • 1949-08-14 John Tarrant, Tasmania, 1st Australian born Zen teacher
  • 1956-02-19 Steve Randell, Tasmanian cricket Test umpire (international panel)
  • 1957-02-10 Debbie Brinkley, Tasmania, golfer (1990 T25 Victorian Open)
  • 1960-12-29 David Boon, cricketer (short backward square from Tasmania)
  • 1969-02-11 Mark Atkinson, cricket wicket-keeper (Tasmanian batsman)
  • 1970-06-13 Shaun Young, cricketer (Tasmanian all-rounder, Young Aust 1995)
  • 1970-08-27 Dene Hills, cricketer (prolific Tasmanian batsman)
  • 1973-10-08 Toby Haenen, Hobart Tasmania Aus, backstroke swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • 1973-10-20 Scott Goodman, Hobart Tasmania Aus, 200m butterfly swimmer (Oly-br-96)
  • 1973-12-12 Michael DiVenuto, cricketer (exciting Tasmanian batsman)
  • 1974-01-05 Michelle Scerri, Australian golfer (1995 Tasmanian), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1974-12-19 Ricky Ponting, cricketer (prodigious Tasmania batsman, Australia 1995)
  • 1975-10-31 Carla Boyd, Wynyard Tasmania, basketball player (Olympics-bronze-96)

Famous Deaths

  • 1874-01-04 Thomas Gregson, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1798)
  • 1876-05-08 Truganini, last originating Tasmanian, dies
  • 1880-02-29 Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1812, also on 29 February)
  • 1887-01-17 William Giblin, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1840)
  • 1909-01-17 Sir Francis Smith, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1819
  • 1936-01-02 Sir Francis Newdegate, Governor of Tasmania, Western Australia (b. 1862)
  • 1945-12-20 Charles Eady, cricketer (Tasmanian player for Aust 1896-1901), dies
  • 1953-01-08 Admiral Sir Hugh Binney, British naval commander and Governor of Tasmania (b. 1883)
  • 1956-07-20 Ken Burn, cricketer (Tasmanian rep on 1890 Ashes tour, 2 Tests), dies
  • 1995-02-02 Phillip Borsos, Tasmanian/Canadian director (Mean Season), dies
  • 1995-06-10 Ron Morrisby, cricketer (prolific batsman for Tasmania 1931-52), dies