Western Australia (abbreviated as WA) is a state occupying the entire western third of Australia. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the north and west, the Great Australian Bight and Indian Ocean to the south, the Northern Territory to the north-east and South Australia to the south-east. Western Australia is Australia's largest state and the second-largest country subdivision in the world. The state has approximately 2.4 million inhabitants (around 10% of the national total), the majority of whom live in the south-west corner of the state.
The first European to visit Western Australia was the Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog, who visited the Western Australian coast in 1616. The British established a military outpost at King George Sound, near present-day Albany, in 1826, was followed by the establishment of the Swan River Colony in 1829, including the site of the present-day capital, Perth.
Western Australia achieved self-government in 1890, and later federated with the other British colonies in Australia in 1901. Today Western Australia's economy mainly relies on mining, agriculture, and tourism, with the state supplying 46% of Australia's exports. Western Australia is the second-largest iron ore producer in the world.
Other articles related to "western australia, western, australia":
... Western Australia is home to one of the country's leading performance training institutions, the acclaimed Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WA ... Notable musicians and bands to have been born in or lived in Western Australia include Adam Brand, Karnivool, Birds of Tokyo, Bon Scott, Eskimo Joe, Johnny Young, Gyroscope, the John ... Notable actors and television personalities from Western Australia include Heath Ledger, Hugh Jackman, Sam Worthington, Ernie Dingo, Jessica Marais, Megan Gale ...
... In 1977, Pendennis Castle was sold to Hamersley Iron, one of the largest iron ore producers in Australia, which intended to run her on its 240 miles (390 km) ore-c ... in need of considerable boiler repairs, which delayed her departure for Australia ... On 29 May 1977, she made her farewell run in the UK, at the head of the Great Western Envoy from Birmingham to Didcot and return ...
... October 1914, following the outbreak of the First World War, a squadron was raised in Western Australia known a "C" Squadron, and formed part of the composite 7th Light Horse Regiment with ... the flow of recruits meant that it was possible to form a specific Western Australian Light Horse Regiment which took the name 10th Light Horse Regiment, to serve as part of the ... It was the only AIF light horse unit raised in Western Australia ...
... Team Adelaide Carnival Name State/League Club Neil Davies South Australia Glenelg Len Fitzgerald South Australia Sturt Bob Hank South Australia West Torrens Jack Lynch ...
... Both England and Australia begun this series at a low ebb ... Australia, during the same period, had lost two series against New Zealand (2-1 and 1-0) and drew two series against India ... While Australia had emerged with a drawn series from their tour of India, they had struggled against India at home the previous season and India had been ...
Famous quotes containing the words australia and/or western:
“It is very considerably smaller than Australia and British Somaliland put together. As things stand at present there is nothing much the Texans can do about this, and ... they are inclined to shy away from the subject in ordinary conversation, muttering defensively about the size of oranges.”
—Alex Atkinson, British humor writer. repr. In Present Laughter, ed. Alan Coren (1982)
“When lilacs last in the dooryard bloomed
And the great star early drooped in the western sky in the night,
I mourned, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.
Ever-returning spring, trinity sure to me you bring,
Lilac blooming perennial and drooping star in the west,
And thought of him I love.”
—Walt Whitman (18191892)