Timeline of Geelong history

This is a timeline of major events in the history of the city of Geelong, Australia. [cite web
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title=The Story of Geelong
publisher=www.geelongaustralia.com.au
accessdate=2008-05-21
last=Houghton
first=Norman
]

19th century

* 1802 - Lady Nelson enters Corio Bay
* 1803 - Escaped convict William Buckley living in area.
* 1835 - John Batman esatablishes base camp at Indented Head
* 1838 - Geelong township surveyed, Geelong population is 545.
* 1839 - First sale of Geelong town allotments
* 1839 - First postal mail between Geelong and Melbourne
* 1840 - First issue of the "Geelong Advertiser" newspaper is published
* 1845 - Geelong Keys discovered at Corio Bay
* 1849 - The Geelong town council is incorporated.
* 1850 - Geelong is the fifth largest town in Victoria.
* 1851 - Gold is found in the Mt Bunninyong district
* 1851 - Geelong population is 8,000
* 1853 - Geelong population is 22,000
* 1857 - Australia's first country railway from Geelong to Melbourne is built
* 1859 - Thomas Austin releases 24 rabbits into the wild on his property 'Barwon Park' at Winchelsea just outside of Geelong on Christmas Day, introducing the rabbit to Australia.
* 1862 - Geelong to Ballarat railway opens
* 1888 - First telephone exchange in Geelong opens

20th century

* 1910 - Geelong officially becomes a city
* 1912 - Electric trams begin operation in Geelong
* 1912 - First automatic telephone exchange in the Southern Hemisphere opens in Geelong
* 1925 - Geelong Football Club wins premiership
* 1925 - Ford Motor Company plant opens at Norlane
* 1925 - Retail chain Target opens first store in Geelong
* 1930 - 3GL radio station opens
* 1931 - Geelong Football Club wins premiership
* 1937 - Geelong Football Club wins premiership
* 1951 - Geelong Football Club wins premiership
* 1952 - Geelong Football Club wins premiership
* 1954 - Shell refinery opens at Corio
* 1956 - Electric trams cease operation in Geelong
* 1963 - Geelong Football Club wins premiership
* 1963 - Alcoa aluminum smelter opens at Point Henry
* 1983 - Ash Wednesday fires cause major damage at nearby coastal areas
* 1987 - National Wool Museum opens
* 1990 - First commercial FM Radio station K-Rock begins FM broadcasting
* 1990 - Pyramid Building Society collapse
* 1991 - HM Prison Geelong officially closes

21st century

* 2001 - Geelong population is 184,332
* 2002 - May 23, Skilled Stadium hosts a visit from the Dalai Lama
* 2003 - Former mayor Frank De Stefano is sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on fraud charges involving AUD$8.3 million
* 2006 - Geelong population is 210,000 becoming the 12th largest city in Australia
* 2007 - Geelong Football Club wins premiership by record margin of 119 points

ee also

* History of Victoria

References


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