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Governors of the Australian colonies:
- 1 January - Lachlan Macquarie sworn in as governor of New South Wales.
- 8 January - The Derwent Star and Van Diemen's Land Intelligencer, Australia's second newspaper and the first in Van Diemen’s Land, begins publication.
Exploration and settlement
- 6 October - A town plan of Sydney was published, on which the streets were given new and permanent names, including Market, George, Park and Barrack Streets.