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The nation building of the 1920s continued with the formation of QANTAS (Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services), the growth of the commercial food supply, C E W Bean's official history of the 1914-18 war and the opening of palatial cinemas in the capital cities.

Australia became a member of the League of Nations, the Country Party and the Communist Party were formed and the first woman was elected to an Australian Parliament.

Compulsory school attendance was introduced but not for Aboriginal children who were encouraged to assimilate into the white culture but were not given rights.

The Archibald Prize was awarded for the first time; the 'Road to Gundagai' hit the top ten (or would have if there had been one!

The ‘Australian 20th century’ timeline follows events and developments in Australia from Federation through to the year 2000.

This collection of events provides another means of investigating Australia's past and trying to identify what we mean by 'Our Heritage'.

By the end of the decade a large number of corporations had collapsed.In 1975, a constitutional crisis occurred when the Governor-General dismissed the Whitlam Government and appointed Malcolm Fraser, the leader of the Liberal Party, as caretaker Prime Minister.Labor lost the ensuing election and Malcolm Fraser became the new Prime Minister.In 1973, Australia had a new icon -- the Sydney Opera House.This landmark was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II who was now known as the Queen of Australia.Australia's high profile in sport continued with success in the America's Cup, the Wallabies rugby tours, the world surf-riding championship and victory in the Ashes tour of England for the first time in 55 years.

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