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Nine People Who Shaped Australia – and why they’ll be remembered forever.

The deeper you look into Australia’s colonial history, the more intrigue you’re likely to find.

Before Australia became ‘Australia,’ and all separate colonies joined together to form a single nation in 1901, the struggles and triumphs of nine extraordinary people had a profound effect on shaping the country we know today. These are some of their stories.

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The man who put Australia on the map

Born in October 1728, James Cook rose from humble beginnings to become ‘one of the greatest of Englishmen’. This is the story of his historic maiden voyage - and its legacy that would earn him a place in Australian history books.

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When the Guns Fell Silent

After years of conflict and millions of lives lost, war was finally over.

It was the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month – 11/11/1918 – when the guns finally fell silent over the Western Front. With the ceasefire came a resounding quiet, and for those left, a void filled by memories, many too painful to vanquish. But at long last, war – the First Great War – had ended.

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On This Day: The Cavalry Charge at Beersheba

It was a moment of inspiration. When Australian Brigadier General William Grant called upon the Australian Light Horsemen to draw their bayonets and launch a cavalry charge at the Turkish defenders of Beersheba, it would result in an overwhelming Allied victory – and one of the most iconic moments in Australian military history.

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The New $10 Explained

There are plenty of bells and whistles you’ll want to check out when you get your hands on the RBA’s brand-new $10 note.

Chances are, you’ve heard the news. The Reserve Bank of Australia’s brand-new $10 Polymer Note is here, armed with a suite of new design, security and even tactile features to elevate the humble ‘tenner’ to a whole new level.

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Think forgery has been the ruin of Australian currency? Think again.

Currency forgers often make headlines. After all, if you’re creating headaches for the Government, baffling law enforcement personnel and placing the national economy in jeopardy – among other things! – you might become infamous, but you’ll likely never be seen in a positive light. Forgery is bad for Australia. It’s a black-and-white issue.

But is it?

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