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Race-goers dressed up for the Melbourne Cup in November NOVEMBER Boxing Day Test Match (26 Dec), Melbourne. New Year’s Eve (31 Dec), Sydney Harbour. Street parties and firework displays. Sculpture by the Sea (first week), Sydney. Great outdoor sculptures can be seen at Bondi beach. Great Mountain Race of Victoria (first Sat), Mansfield. Bush riders compete cross-country (see p447). Melbourne Cup (first Tue). Australia’s most popular horse race virtually brings the nation to a halt. JANUARY Hanging Rock Picnic Races (1 Jan & 26 Jan).

Meanwhile, maps prepared in Dieppe in France between 1540 and 1566 show a southern continent, Java la Grande, lying southeast of First known map of Australia known as the Dauphin Chart, 1530–36 Indonesia. TIMELINE 5,000 BC Dingo is the first domesticated animal to reach Australia from Southeast Asia 5,000 BC 500 BC Pythagoras speculates on existence of southern lands 1,000 BC Copperplate print of a dingo AD 150 Ptolemy believes the southern land encloses the Atlantic and Indian oceans AD 1 450 Macrobius, in his Dream of Scorpio, envisages uninhabited southern land 1000 400 St Augustine declares 1086 Beatus, on his south to be all ocean and rejects idea of antipodeans Mappa mundi, shows a southern land inhabited by a monster with one large foot T H E H I S T O R Y Abel Tasman’s Dutch discovery ships THE DUTCH DISCOVERY By the 17th century Portugal’s power in Southeast Asia was beginning to wane, and Holland, with its control of the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), was the new power and responsible for the European discovery of Australia.

TIMELINE 5,000 BC Dingo is the first domesticated animal to reach Australia from Southeast Asia 5,000 BC 500 BC Pythagoras speculates on existence of southern lands 1,000 BC Copperplate print of a dingo AD 150 Ptolemy believes the southern land encloses the Atlantic and Indian oceans AD 1 450 Macrobius, in his Dream of Scorpio, envisages uninhabited southern land 1000 400 St Augustine declares 1086 Beatus, on his south to be all ocean and rejects idea of antipodeans Mappa mundi, shows a southern land inhabited by a monster with one large foot T H E H I S T O R Y Abel Tasman’s Dutch discovery ships THE DUTCH DISCOVERY By the 17th century Portugal’s power in Southeast Asia was beginning to wane, and Holland, with its control of the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), was the new power and responsible for the European discovery of Australia.

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