Second World War – Australia joins Britain in the fight against Nazi Germany and 27000 Australians lose their lives including teachers from Collingwood and Preston Technical schools.
1945: Howard Florey was named joint winner of the Nobel Prize for his work on the development of penicillin
1949: post-war migration from Europe takes Australia’s population to around 8 million.
1949: Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric scheme begun (completed in 1972)
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