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19 July in Australian History

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Here are some of the events that happened on this day in Australian history. Please feel free to add others that you know of in the comments section.

  • 1915 – Albert Jacka becomes the first Australian to win the Victoria Cross during the First World War.
  • 1916 – Battle of Fromelles, the first battle on the Western Front involving Australia; the Australian 5th Division suffered 5,533 casualties in one night.
  • 1940 – The Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney takes part in the sinking of the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni.

Tony Simon

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