1808 in Australia

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The following lists events that happened during 1808 in Australia.



Governors of the Australian colonies:


  • 26 January – John Macarthur is arrested sparking the Rum Rebellion. Military officers supporting Macarthur arrest Governor Bligh.
  • 2 February – William Paterson sails to Sydney from Port Dalrymple, Van Diemen's Land to take over the administration of New South Wales following the removal of Bligh.

Exploration and settlement

  • First settlement at Kingston, Van Diemen's Land.



  • 19 June – Alexander Dalrymple, who had strongly opposed the establishment of New South Wales in A Serious Admonition to the Public on the Intended Thief-Colony at Botany Bay (London, 1786).
  • 3 September – Philip Gidley King, third Governor of New South Wales.
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