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, Australian basketball player (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Wynyard, Tasmania

Famous Deaths


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1659-10-10 Abel Tasman, Dutch seafarer and explorer (1st European to sight Tasmania, New Zealand and Fiji), dies around the age of 55

Explorer and Seafarer Abel Tasman
Explorer and Seafarer
Abel Tasman
  • 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