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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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Day 8: From Moama to the finish line!

Editor’s note: Kath Downie shares more of her 2017 Kidney Kar Rally adventures in her blog post below!

After having the two afternoon stages cancelled on Friday, we faced the same bad news for the first two stages on Saturday. So we took off from Moama and travelled to Urana School for lunch before completing the final two stages of this year's rally.

The Kar in action! The Kar in action!

So after the pics of the canola yesterday, we hit some serious forest tracks - well, some might call them tracks but many were barely visible!!! It was a tough stage (class 3) with some serious focus needed by both driver and navigator from beginning to end. But we got through it (1 minute early) unscathed! Then the final stage which, although it was a class 1, saw us venture into a couple more forest tracks before we overtook a couple of the leaders and before we knew it we were the first to cross the line at the finish! Not that this counts for anything but our time was perfect and we were greeted by a large crowd of locals and rally officials. As is normal at the end of the rally, we all gather at the finish line for a light refreshment while we cheer everyone finishing. We then convoy it into Wagga, check into our hotel and get ready for the official closing dinner.

So not only did we manage being the 4th highest fundraiser for the second year in a row, we finished equal 14th for the whole rally, so we are pretty pleased with ourselves really! Congratulations to the Bathurst Surf Life Saving Club for being the outright winners of the rally and to all the competitors for their camaraderie and their fundraising for those amazing Kidney Kids - that's why we do it!

Until next year...when we will be tackling Goulburn to Queanbeyan via Ballarat!

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