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  • 1. 

    Which one of these TV stars did not play the part of the beast in the program, "Beauty and the Beast"?

    • A.

      Clive Robertson

    • B.

      Stuart Wagstaff

    • C.

      John Laws

    • D.

      Rex Mossop

    Correct Answer
    C. John Laws
    Explanation
    John Laws did not play the part of the beast in the program "Beauty and the Beast."

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  • 2. 

    In 1933, where was pioneer Australian aviator Bert Hinkler's body discovered?

    • A.

      Italy

    • B.

      Japan

    • C.

      India

    • D.

      Hungary

    Correct Answer
    A. Italy
    Explanation
    Bert Hinkler's body was discovered in Italy.

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  • 3. 

    Which is the only member of the stork family found in Australia?

    • A.

      Plover

    • B.

      Brolga

    • C.

      Bittern

    • D.

      Jabiru

    Correct Answer
    D. Jabiru
    Explanation
    The Jabiru is the only member of the stork family found in Australia. This is because the Jabiru is native to Australia and is commonly found in wetlands and grasslands throughout the country. The other options, Plover, Brolga, and Bittern, are not members of the stork family and have different habitats and distributions. Therefore, the correct answer is Jabiru.

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  • 4. 

    Which A.F.L. team was, for a short time, known as "The Prince Imperial Football Club"?

    • A.

      The Western Bulldogs

    • B.

      Carlton

    • C.

      Richmond

    • D.

      Essendon

    Correct Answer
    A. The Western Bulldogs
    Explanation
    During the 1996 season, the Western Bulldogs temporarily changed their name to "The Prince Imperial Football Club" to commemorate the visit of Prince Charles to Australia. This name change lasted for a short period of time and was done as a tribute to the Prince. Therefore, the correct answer is The Western Bulldogs.

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  • 5. 

    Which of these noted Australians recorded a song called "Surfer Doll" which was released on the H.M.V. label in 1964?

    • A.

      Graeme Polly Farmer

    • B.

      Dawn Fraser

    • C.

      Evonne Goolagong Cawley

    • D.

      Sir Robert Helpmann

    Correct Answer
    D. Sir Robert Helpmann
    Explanation
    Sir Robert Helpmann is the correct answer because he was a noted Australian dancer, actor, and choreographer who also recorded a song called "Surfer Doll" in 1964. Helpmann was known for his versatility and talent in various artistic fields, and this song release on the H.M.V. label showcases his musical abilities as well.

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  • 6. 

    Where was Australia's Prime Minister, John Curtin, when he heard the news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour?

    • A.

      In His Office At Parliament House, Canberra

    • B.

      In The Lobby Of Parliament House, Canberra

    • C.

      At The Victoria Palace Hotel, Melbourne

    • D.

      At His Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne

    Correct Answer
    C. At The Victoria Palace Hotel, Melbourne
    Explanation
    John Curtin, Australia's Prime Minister, was at the Victoria Palace Hotel in Melbourne when he heard the news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.

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  • 7. 

    Who described former Prime Minister, Paul Keating, as "The Placido Domingo of Australian Politics"?

    • A.

      Paul Keating

    • B.

      The President Of The Australian Labor Party

    • C.

      Writer In The Australian Newspaper

    • D.

      Former Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam

    Correct Answer
    A. Paul Keating
    Explanation
    Paul Keating is the correct answer because he is the one being described as "The Placido Domingo of Australian Politics".

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  • 8. 

    On 29 April 1943, the Japanese torpedoed the S.S. Wollongbar and 32 lives were lost. Off of which Australian headland did this take place?

    • A.

      Crescent Head, N.S.W.

    • B.

      Lennox Heads, N.S.W

    • C.

      Brunswick Heads, N.S.W

    • D.

      Burleigh Heads, Q

    Correct Answer
    A. Crescent Head, N.S.W.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Crescent Head, N.S.W. This is the location where the Japanese torpedoed the S.S. Wollongbar and caused the loss of 32 lives on 29 April 1943.

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  • 9. 

    What Australian town is famous for its huge walnut trees?

    • A.

      Deniliquin, N.S.W

    • B.

      Ouse, T

    • C.

      Clare, S.A.

    • D.

      Dargo, V.

    Correct Answer
    D. Dargo, V.
    Explanation
    Dargo, V. is the correct answer because Dargo, a town in Victoria, Australia, is famous for its huge walnut trees.

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  • 10. 

    During which race was the great Australian cyclist Russell Mockridge hit by a bus and killed in 1958?

    • A.

      The National Road Championship

    • B.

      Grand Prix De Monaco

    • C.

      The Tour Of Gippsland

    • D.

      The Sun Tour

    Correct Answer
    C. The Tour Of Gippsland
    Explanation
    Russell Mockridge, the great Australian cyclist, was tragically hit by a bus and killed during The Tour of Gippsland in 1958.

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  • 11. 

    What is the huge bony projection on the head of a Cassowary called?

    • A.

      The Casque

    • B.

      The Craniole

    • C.

      The Helmet

    • D.

      The Encephala

    Correct Answer
    A. The Casque
    Explanation
    The huge bony projection on the head of a Cassowary is called the casque. The casque is a unique feature of the Cassowary that serves multiple purposes. It is believed to play a role in sound amplification, as well as providing protection and enhancing the bird's appearance. The casque varies in size and shape among different species of Cassowaries, but it is always a prominent and distinctive feature of these birds.

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  • 12. 

    What is estimated to have been the number of Aboriginal people living in Australia when the first non-indigenous settlement occurred in 1788?

    • A.

      300, 000

    • B.

      525, 000

    • C.

      There Are Many Different Estimates

    • D.

      Close To A Million

    Correct Answer
    C. There Are Many Different Estimates
  • 13. 

    When did the last cable tram operate in Melbourne, Australia?

    • A.

      1929

    • B.

      Melbourne Still Has Cable Trams

    • C.

      1924

    • D.

      1940

    Correct Answer
    D. 1940
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 1940. This suggests that the last cable tram operated in Melbourne, Australia in the year 1940.

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  • 14. 

    Which town or city is closest to Sydney as the crow flies?

    • A.

      Armidale, N.S.W.

    • B.

      Grafton, N.S.W.

    • C.

      Bombala, N.S.W.

    • D.

      Hay, N.S.W

    Correct Answer
    C. Bombala, N.S.W.
    Explanation
    Bombala, N.S.W. is the closest town or city to Sydney as the crow flies because it is located in the southern region of New South Wales, which is closer to Sydney than the other options. Armidale, Grafton, and Hay are all located in different directions and farther away from Sydney compared to Bombala.

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  • 15. 

    What year and where did the Star Hotel Riots occur in Australia?

    • A.

      Birdaville In 1990

    • B.

      Ballarat In 1974

    • C.

      Newcastle In 1974

    • D.

      Bathurst In 1975

    Correct Answer
    C. Newcastle In 1974
    Explanation
    The Star Hotel Riots occurred in Newcastle in 1974.

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  • 16. 

    Whose life is portrayed in the New Zealand movie "An Angel at My Table", which starred Kerry Fox?

    • A.

      Ned Kelly's Mother

    • B.

      Janet Frame

    • C.

      Robert Helpmann

    • D.

      Vi Greenhalf

    Correct Answer
    B. Janet Frame
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Janet Frame. "An Angel at My Table" is a New Zealand movie that portrays the life of Janet Frame, a renowned New Zealand author. The movie starred Kerry Fox, who played the role of Janet Frame.

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  • 17. 

    Who wrote "The Songs of The Sentimental Bloke"?

    • A.

      A.B. Patterson

    • B.

      Rupert Raymon

    • C.

      Henry Lawson

    • D.

      C.J. Dennis

    Correct Answer
    D. C.J. Dennis
    Explanation
    C.J. Dennis wrote "The Songs of The Sentimental Bloke."

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  • 18. 

    Where is Australia's Scotland Island located?

    • A.

      Pittwater, N.S.W.

    • B.

      Off The Coast Of Queensland

    • C.

      Botany Bay, NSW

    • D.

      Bass Strait

    Correct Answer
    A. Pittwater, N.S.W.
    Explanation
    Australia's Scotland Island is located in Pittwater, N.S.W. This is a specific location within Australia where the island can be found. The other options, Off The Coast Of Queensland, Botany Bay, NSW, and Bass Strait, do not accurately represent the location of Scotland Island in Australia.

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  • 19. 

    Who was Australia's first female State Premier?

    • A.

      Helen Clark

    • B.

      Kerry Chikarovski

    • C.

      Carmen Lawrence

    • D.

      Joan Kirner

    Correct Answer
    C. Carmen Lawrence
    Explanation
    Carmen Lawrence was Australia's first female State Premier. She served as the Premier of Western Australia from 1990 to 1993. Lawrence made history by becoming the first woman to hold such a position in any Australian state or territory. Her appointment marked a significant milestone for gender equality in Australian politics.

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  • 20. 

    What was Aidex and why was it protested against?

    • A.

      An Arms Exhibition Sponsored By The Australian Government

    • B.

      An Aid Conference Wholly Run By Socialists

    • C.

      A New Monetary System Which Increased Taxation Rates

    • D.

      A Green Conference Actually Paid For By The Timber Industry

    Correct Answer
    A. An Arms Exhibition Sponsored By The Australian Government
    Explanation
    Aidex was an arms exhibition sponsored by the Australian government. It was protested against because arms exhibitions are often controversial due to the promotion of weapons and the potential for contributing to conflicts and human rights abuses. Some people may have opposed the government's decision to sponsor such an event, believing that it goes against principles of peace and non-violence.

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