Timeline of Geelong history

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This is a timeline of major events in the history of the city of Geelong, Australia.[1]

19th century[edit]

Woodcut of the Lady Nelson
  • 1802 - Lady Nelson enters Corio Bay
  • 1803 - Escaped convict William Buckley living in area.
  • 1835 - John Batman establishes 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 Mount Bunninyong district
  • 1851 - Geelong population is 8,000
  • 1853 - Geelong population is 22,000
  • 1857 - Victoria'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 Geelong on Christmas Day, introducing the rabbit to Australia.
  • 1862 - Geelong to Ballarat railway opens
  • 1888 - First telephone exchange in Geelong opens

20th century[edit]

The former Geelong Law Courts, in Myers Street, Geelong.
  • 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[edit]

  • 2001 - Geelong population is 184,332
  • 2002 - 23 May, 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 A$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
  • 2009 - Geelong Football Club wins premiership
  • 2011- Geelong Football Club wins premiership

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Houghton, Norman. "The Story of Geelong" (PDF). www.geelongaustralia.com.au. Archived from the original on 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2008-05-21.