1850 in Australia

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The following lists events that happened during 1850 in Australia.


Governors of the Australian colonies:


  • 26 January – The Irish Exile, a weekly newspaper, starts publishing in Hobart by Patrick O'Donoghue: aimed mainly at fellow Irish prisoners and deportees.[1][2]
  • 5 August – Port Phillip (later called Victoria) established as a separate colony from New South Wales.[3]
  • 1 June – First convicts arrive in Western Australia, ticket-of-leave transportation suspended in New South Wales.[4]
  • 1 October – University of Sydney is founded as Australia's first university.[3]




  1. ^ "Old and Young Ireland Again". Launceston Examiner (Morning ed.). Tasmania. 22 May 1850. p. 4. Retrieved 24 February 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "Important from Van Diemen's Land". South Australian Register. 2 March 1850. p. 2. Retrieved 24 February 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ a b Munday, Rosemary, ed. (1991). "How Australia Began: Significant Dates in Australian History". The Bulletin Australian Almanac & Book of Facts 1992. Sydney: Australian Consolidated Press. p. 3. ISSN 1038-054X.
  4. ^ Cameron, Angus, ed. (1985). "Part One: Facts and Figures: An Australian Historical Chronology". The Australian Almanac: 800 Pages Crammed with Australian and World Facts: Politics, the Arts, Geography, History and Much More. North Ryde, New South Wales: Angus & Robertson. p. 13. ISBN 0-207-15108-3.