ABOUT AUSTRALIA - HISTORY
Australia became a British commonwealth in 1901. Blessed by rich natural resources, the country enjoyed rapid gains in herding, agriculture, and manufacturing and made a major contribution to the British effort in World Wars I and II.
Australia subsequently developed its minerals, metals, and fossil fuel markets, all of which have become key Australian exports.
Long-term concerns include pollution, particularly depletion of the ozone layer, and management and conservation of coastal areas, especially the Great Barrier Reef.
Sydney will host the 2000 summer Olympics.
Check the Lonely Planet for more History of Australia
Social History collection at the National Museum.
For useful Australian links, visit our Links page.
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