1850 in Australia

The following lists events that happened during 1850 in Australia.


  • 1830s
  • 1840s
  • 1850s
  • 1860s
  • 1870s
See also:


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]


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  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. 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.
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