Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest urban area is Sydney.
For about 50,000 years After the European discovery of the continent by Dutch explorers in 1606, Australia's eastern half was claimed by Great Britain in 1770 and initially settled through penal transportation to the colony of New South Wales from 26 January 1788.
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Indigenous Australians have an oral culture with spiritual values based on reverence for the land and a belief in the Dreamtime.
The Torres Strait Islanders, ethnically Melanesian, were originally horticulturists and hunter-gatherers.
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is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands.Melbourne was the temporary seat of government from 1901 to 1927 while Canberra was being constructed.After World War II Australia encouraged immigration from mainland Europe.It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area.The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east.Other epithets include "the Great Southern Land", "the Lucky Country", "the Sunburnt Country", and "the Wide Brown Land".