How Australia’s State Boundaries Have Changed

I didn’t take Australian history during my final years in school. Therefore my knowledge of Australian history is only at a general level. My knowledge can be quickly summarised using the following dot points:

  • Indigenous Australians are the original people of Australia
  • The Dutch came across Australia, but chose not to settle
  • The British came across Australia in 1788 and decided to settle and use Australia as a dumping ground for convicts
  • Indigenous Australians were killed and treated poorly, only receiving equal status in 1967 via a nationwide referendum
  • The states operated independently, before being brought together by Australian Federation in 1901
  • Canberra was a purpose built capital territory, situated half way between Sydney and Melbourne

So imagine my surprise when I came across this animated image of Australia. It shows a moving history of Australia’s state borders.

Australia's state boundary changes.

Australia’s state boundary changes. Source unknown.


Slap me down with a feather, but I didn’t know about New Holland being a region. or that the top of Australia was named South Australia.

About the Author

David Moloney


David is the creator of Maphover, the interactive world map. David is a father of two, rides a red scooter, loves cordless drills and plays tagpro online.