1796 in Australia

The following lists events that happened during 1796 in Australia.


  • 1780s
  • 1790s
  • 1800s
  • 1810s
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  • 16 January – Australia's first theatre opens in Sydney. Edward Young's The Revenge and the comedy The Hotel are the first works performed.
  • 23 January – The distillation of spirits is prohibited.
  • 5 February – Soldiers from the New South Wales Corps wreck a house belonging to millwright John Baughan.
  • 10 February – Magistrate William Balmain challenges Macarthur over the house-wrecking incident.
  • 29 February – Macarthur resigns as Inspector of the Public Works and is replaced by Richard Atkins.
  • June – George Bass makes an unsuccessful attempt to cross the Blue Mountains. Coal is discovered near Port Stephens.
  • 14 September – Governor Hunter complains to the Colonial Secretary of Macarthur’s behaviour.
  • 15 September – Macarthur complains to Colonial Secretary of Hunter’s governing.
  • 9 November – As Sydney grows, Hunter disbands the convict night watch. He divides Sydney into four districts responsible for their own watchmen and orders houses to be numbered.



  • Barker, Anthony (1996). What Happened When. St Leonards: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 978-1-86373-986-3.
  • National Library of Australia. "The World Upside Down: Australia 1788 – 1830". Archived from the original on 20 March 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2007.
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