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The Luckiest Refugees. Updated Mon 27 Jan 2014, 5:49pm AEDT It was the greatest maritime exodus in modern history.

The Luckiest Refugees

Following South Vietnam's surrender to the communist North in 1975, more than 1 million people fled the country. Their only escape route lay across the unforgiving expanse of the South China Sea. Over the next decade an immense tragedy played out in slow motion, largely unseen by the world. About 300,000 people perished, claimed by treacherous seas, savage attacks by pirates or exposure to the elements, some after being rejected at gunpoint from neighbouring countries where they sought sanctuary. But amid the chaos and grief emerged some extraordinary tales of resilience and spectacular good luck that defied any odds. We felt we were the luckiest refugees among the million people who escaped the regime. This is the story of a one-in-a-million encounter on the South China Sea, where unlikely saviours and the saved became friends, forging a bond that endures to this day.

Escape. SBS - Multimedia. Immigration Nation. The Last Stand of the Kelly Gang: Sites in Glenrowan. In this series of images, we examine key sites in Glenrowan connected to the infamous Last Stand of the Kelly Gang, guided by respected lifetime local resident Linton Briggs.

The Last Stand of the Kelly Gang: Sites in Glenrowan

Ned Kelly, born in June 1855 at Beveridge, north-east of Melbourne, Northern Victoria, came to public attention as a bushranger in the late 1870s. He was hanged at the Melbourne Goal, November 11th, 1880. Kelly is perhaps Australia’s best known folk hero, not least of all because of the iconic armour donned by his gang in what became known as the Siege at Glenrowan (or The Last Stand), the event that led to Ned Kelly’s capture and subsequent execution. The siege at Glenrowan on Monday, June 28th, 1880, was the result of a plan by the Kelly Gang to derail a Police Special Train carrying Indigenous trackers (the Gang's primary targets), into a deep gully adjacent to the railway line. However, Ned miscalculated, thinking the train would come from Benalla not Melbourne. Australian Maritime Museum. Australians are closely linked to the sea through commerce, defence, exploration, immigration, adventure, sport and play.

Australian Maritime Museum

Our oceans and waterways have influenced our development...and who we are. The museum captures these themes with fascinating artefacts, lively exhibitions, fun activities and even the chance to board ships and experience life on the water. Explore today! Opening hours | Ticket prices | Getting here | Current exhibitions. Australian History. Home Search Site Contact Us Site Map Our FREE ebooks Help to download and convert files on this site Project Gutenberg Australia gratefully acknowledges the significant contribution of Sue Asscher in preparing many of the eBooks relating to Australian History, which are available from this page.

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Australian History. Australia's Prime Ministers. Gallipoli: The First Day - 3D Interactive Site. An ABC 3D documentary site about the WW1 ANZAC landing at Gallipoli, on 25 April 1915.

Gallipoli: The First Day - 3D Interactive Site

Winner of the inaugural AFI Award for Innovation in Screen Content 2009. To experience Gallipoli: The First Day in 3D you'll need: ADSL2+ Internet connection 2GB RAM on your computer Speakers or headphones Minimum 1024x768 screen resolution Close other large applications Flash Player 10, download it here You have Flash Player 11 installed Using this site may contribute to your download quota. For narrowband content, click here For more information, please go to Help 3D Flash Documentary. Australian History Timeline.

Gallipoli and the Anzacs. Western Australian Museum. The loss of HMAS Sydney (II) is Australia’s greatest naval tragedy.

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Its disappearance in 1941 without a trace left a legacy of uncertainty for decades. In March 2008, renewed efforts to find the Sydney came to fruition, confirming her fate and bringing closure to the mystery. Celebrated for her successful battles in the Mediterranean, where she famously sank the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni, HMAS Sydney (II) and her crew of predominantly young men received a hero’s welcome on her return to Australia in February 1941.

She was then tasked with escorting troopships to South East Asia, following an Indian Ocean route along the west coast of Western Australia. It was on the return of one of these voyages that she encountered the German Raider HSK Kormoran, on 19 November 1941. Show image caption While neither ship survived, the Sydney was lost with all hands - a complement of 645 young men. 318 of the Kormoran’s complement of 390 survived. For 66 years, controversy raged.