Tasmanian History

Tasmania: Hobart - Launceston

Historical Events

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • 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 Colonial Tasmanian Parliament passes the 1st 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 first-class cricket game between Australian states NSW and 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936-03-02 Australian cricket's batting maestro Don Bradman scores 369 in 253 minutes (46 fours, 4 sixes) in South Australia's innings and 349 run win over Tasmania

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 (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)
  • 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 bushfires 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 In Australia's worst massacre in modern history, Martin Bryant shoots and kills 35 in Port Arthur, Tasmania. Leads to a compulsory gun buy back program and major changes to gun control laws.
  • 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

  • 1724-05-22 Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer (made important discoveries in the south Indian Ocean, in Tasmania and in New Zealand), born in St Malo, France (d. 1772)
  • 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)
  • 1855-06-22 Samuel Morris, Australian cricketer (1st black Australian player), born in Hobart, Tasmania (d. 1931)
  • 1870-10-10 Louise Mack, Australian poet and novelist, born in Hobart, Tasmania (d. 1935)
  • 1879-09-15 Joseph Lyons, 10th Prime Minister of Australia (1932-39), born in Stanley, Tasmania (d. 1939)
  • 1891-01-04 Edward Brooker, Premier of Tasmania (d. 1948)
  • 1895-01-07 Sir Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and co-founder of QANTAS, born in Launceston, Tasmania (d. 1974)
  • 1909-06-20 Errol Flynn, Australian actor (Captain Blood, Robin Hood), born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (d. 1959)
  • 1910-05-02 Laurie Nash, Australian cricketer (Tasmanian fast-bowler, 2 Tests for Australia), born in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia (d. 1986)
  • 1914-04-10 Jack Badcock, Australian cricketer (Tasmania Australian batsman of 30's), born in Exton, Tasmania (d. 1982)
  • 1918-10-14 Doug Ring, Australian cricketer (Australian leggie of the late 40's early 50's), born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (d. 2003)
  • 1929-04-29 Peter Sculthorpe, Australian composer (Kakadu), born in Launceston, Tasmania (d. 2014)
  • 1942-05-15 Doug Lowe, 35th Premier of Tasmania
  • 1948-09-12 Max Walker, Australian cricket fast bowler (34 Tests, 138 wickets) and broadcaster (Nine Network), born in Hobart, Australia (d. 2016)
  • 1949-08-14 John Tarrant, 1st Australian born Zen teacher, born in Tasmania, Australia
  • 1954-04-16 John Bowe, Australian racing driver, born in Devonport, Tasmania
  • 1956-02-19 Steve Randell, Tasmanian cricket Test umpire (international panel)
  • 1960-12-29 David Boon, Australian Cricket Batsman (107 Tests, 7,422 runs @ 43.65; 21 x 100s; 181 ODIs), born in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
  • 1967-09-11 Simon Burgess, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Franklin, Tasmania, Australia
  • 1969-02-11 Mark Atkinson, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (Tasmanian batsman), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1970-06-13 Shaun Young, Australian cricketer (Tasmanian all-rounder, Young Aust 1995), born in Burnie, Tasmania, Australia
  • 1970-08-27 Dene Hills, cricketer (prolific Tasmanian batsman)
  • 1973-05-25 Duncan Free, Australian rower (Olympics gold 2006), born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  • 1973-10-08 Toby Haenen, Australian backstroke swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Launceston, Tasmania
  • 1973-10-20 Scott Goodman, Hobart Tasmania Aus, 200m butterfly swimmer (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1973-12-12 Michael Di Venuto, Australian cricketer (exciting Tasmanian batsman), born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  • 1974-12-19 Ricky Ponting, Australian cricket batsman, captain, coach and broadcaster (168 Tests, 13,378 runs @ 51.85; 41 x 100s), born in Launceston, Tasmania
  • 1975-01-31 Jackie O, Australian radio host, born in Tasmania, Australia
  • 1975-10-31 Carla Boyd, Australian basketball player (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Wynyard, Tasmania
  • 1976-07-27 Scott Mason, Australian cricketer, born in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia (d. 2005)
  • 1979-04-27 Natasha Chokljat, Australian netball player, born in Tasmania, Australia

Famous Deaths

Person of interestAbel Tasman

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
  • 1772-06-12 Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer (made important discoveries in the south Indian Ocean, in Tasmania and in New Zealand), killed by local Maori in New Zealand at 48 (b. 1724)
  • 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, English politician (Governor of Tasmania, Western Australia), dies at 73
  • 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, Australian cricketer (Tasmanian rep on 1890 Ashes tour, 2 Tests), dies at 93
  • 1995-02-02 Phillip Borsos, Tasmanian/Canadian director (Mean Season), dies
  • 1995-06-10 Ron Morrisby, cricketer (prolific batsman for Tasmania 1931-52), dies