1795: First Fleet printing press used for first time.
1802: First book published in Australia - N.S.W. General Standing Orders.
1803: Sydney Gazette and NSW Advertiser established by Governor King.
1804: First poem published in Australia - Vision of Melancholy.
1819: Vocabulary of Flash Language published.
1819: First book of verse published in Australia.
1824: First privately-owned newspaper in Australia founded (1824-1848).
1825: A library established in Sydney.
1830: First novel written in Australia to be published in book-form - Quintus Servinton - in Hobart.
1831: Sydney Herald established (1842 Sydney Morning Herald).
1838: First novel written by a woman to be published in Australia - The Guardian.
1840: First book of verse written by a woman to be published in Australia - author, Fidelia Hill.
1841: First children's book published in Australia - A Mother's Offering to her Children.
1846: Argus founded in Melbourne (1846-1957).
1848: First foreign language newspaper published in Australia in German in Adelaide.
1852: University of Sydney library established.
1853: Melbourne Public Library established.
1853: First play both written and published by a native-born writer, Charles Harpur.
1854: Melbourne Age founded.
1857: First novel by an Australian-born woman - Gertrude the Emigrant by Caroline Atkinson.
1865: Australian Journal founded (1865-1958).
1880: Bulletin magazine began publication.
1888: Dawn: Journal for Women established by Louisa Lawson.
1888: Angus and Robertson began publishing.
1898: NSW Bookstall Company established to publish cheap paperback novels.
1904: Steele Rudd's Magazine established.
1910: Mitchell Library, Sydney opened.
1922: Melbourne University Press founded.
1925: First Australian radio play written - The Barbarous Barber by J. H. Booth.
1940: Angry Penguins Journal founded (1940-46).
1940: Meanjin magazine established.
1944: The Ern Malley Hoax against Angry Penguins
1946: Children's Book of the Year Award began.
1949: Blue Hills radio serial, written by Gwen Meredith, began (1949-76).
1954: Overland (Melbourne) and Poetry magazines (Sydney) founded.
1956: Quadrant (Sydney) and Westerley (Perth) began.
1957: Miles Franklin Award began - first winner Patrick White's Voss.
1962: First chair of Australian Literature established at Sydney University.
1963: Penguin Australia founded.
1964: First volume of verse by Aboriginal Australian (Kath Walker) published.
1964: Australian newspaper founded.
1965: First novel by Aboriginal Australian (Colin Johnson) published.
1966: Australian Dictionary of Biography began.
1970: University of Queensland Press began extensive publication.
1971: Currency Press founded to publish only Australian plays.
1973: Patrick White awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
1973: Literature Board of the Australia Council established.
1974: The Age 'Book of the Year' Award began.
1974: Patrick White Award began.
1974: The National Book Council Award began.
1977: Association for the Study of Australian Literature founded.
1979: NSW Premier's Literary Award founded.
1980: Australian/Vogel National Literary Award began.
1981: The Macquarie Dictionary - first general dictionary compiled in Australia - published.
1982: Thomas Keneally awarded the Booker Prize.
1985: Victorian Premier's Literary Award began.
1988: The Australian National Dictionary: A Dictionary of Australianisms on Historical Principles published.
1988: Pascall Prize established.
1988: Peter Carey awarded the Booker Prize.
1990: Patrick White died.
1996: David Malouf awarded the Inaugural IMPAC Prize (Dublin) Literary Award.
1997: Les Murray awarded the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry.
1997: Helen Garner awarded the Nita Kibble Prize.
Taken From: Webster's History of Australia, 1997.