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Below is a timeline of fandom related events that took place in Australia.
- "A Fragment Out Of Time" is the first known Star Trek Slash to be published in fanzine. The author was Diane Marchant. The vignette was published in Grup #3. The language was highly coded and did not refer to Spock and Kirk by name but rather referred to them as he and him. (Langley)
- While the first Kirk/Spock story may have been published the previous year, more material was out there and not getting published. The general community did not seem overly receptive to romance and in particular, that pairing. Diane Marchant would address this pairing in an essay in Grup #4. There was a follow discussion to this essay in the Star Trek letterzine, Halkan Council. This did not lead to a glut of these stories being privately circulated being published in fanzines. Rather, many would continue their trips underground, in some cases not being published for another ten to fifteen years.
- AussieTrek was held in 1979. This was the first major Star Trek convention held in Australia. Unlike Trekcon 1, it had overseas guests. The convention was organized by Karen Lewis, and was held at the Menzies Hotel in Sydney in March. It was run by the Star Trek club, AussieTrek.
- By 1980, the Australian component of the fandom was going through a Mary Sue phase that other communities had gone through before. This period involved the writing of a Mary Sues with these stories being published in a number of fanzines. (Sweet Mary Sue) One example dates to 1982. In November of 1982, "The Price of Freedom," by Sylvia White, was published in Orbit 1. According to Sarah Berry, this was one of "the world's longest 'Mary Sue's'."
- Centro started being published. This Blake's 7 letterzine was edited by Nicki White out of Australia. The zine would have over seventy-five volumes.
- On January 31, 2001, the Australian Andromeda mailing list australianandromedaalliance was created. 
- On February 16, 2005, the CSI LiveJournal community aus_csi was created for Australian fans of the show. 
- In March 2005, SkyHawke, an automated fan fiction archive with a large Harry Potter user base, banned all fan fiction with chan, that is fan fiction featuring minors engaged in sex acts, from their site in response to a legal situation in Australia that made this material illegal.
- On August 9, 2006, the Bones LiveJournal community aus_bones was created for Australian fans of the show. 
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- Members of Australian fanfic and fanart communities continued to be worried over the effect of access systems declaration which ""places obligations on all content service providers to check that individuals accessing restricted content provided in Australia are at least 15 years of age for MA15+ content or 18 years of age for R18+ content".  They were worried what the impact of this would be on their fannish activities and how archivists would deal with this issue as it relates to Australian fans. 
- On October 15, 2009, the Livejournal community cm_aus was created for Criminal Minds Australian fans. 
Canon Release Dates
Below is a partial timeline of canon release dates in Australia.
- On February 10, 1991, The Simpsons premiered on television in Australia. 
- Savage Garden was started in Australia in 1996.
- On December 2, 1999, Futurama debuted on television in Australia. 
- On January 3, 2000, Dragon Ball Z premiered on television in Australia. 
- On July 13, 2000, the X-Men movie premiered in theaters in Australia. 
- On June 21, 2001, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was released in theaters in Australia and Israel. 
- Savage Garden was broke up in 2001.
- On July 1, 2002, Queer as Folk, the American version, premiered on television in Australia. 
- On November 22, 2002, Kingdom Hearts was released in Australia. 
- On May 13, 2004, the Transformers video game was released in Australia. 
- On March 27, 2005, Stargate Atlantis debuted on television in Australia. 
- On October 8, 2006, Bones debuted on television in Australia. 
yin-of-all-trades made the following characteristic of people from Australia which could be related to fans from the country:
- Plurk versus Twitter. Cultural differences. Singaporeans = collectivist society. We’re more for forums and creating threads and engaging in discussion whereas our Western (and Australian) counterparts are more inclined to Twitter’s simplistic concept. Plurk is just too confusing and complicating. 
According to From Broadcast Scarcity to Digital Plenitude: The Changing Dynamics of the Media Sport Content Economy, Brett Hutchins and David Rowe, Television New Media 2009; 10; 354 originally published online Apr 14, 2009; DOI: 10.1177/1527476409334016:
- The Foxtel chief executive officer, Kim Williams, announced in March 2006 that there was no regulatory impediment to broadband internet providers exercising exclusive rights over an entire sport and observed that online providers are not required to adhere to content regulations contained in the Broadcasting Services act 1992 (as amended) (Murray 2006). These comments represent an open acknowledgment of the proliferation and accelerating popularity of broadband “television channels,” implying that they are direct competitors with Foxtel, the home of the pay television channel Fox Sports.
According to From Broadcast Scarcity to Digital Plenitude: The Changing Dynamics of the Media Sport Content Economy, Brett Hutchins and David Rowe, Television New Media 2009; 10; 354 originally published online Apr 14, 2009; DOI: 10.1177/1527476409334016 page 10, in 2006 Cricket Australia provided free clips and highlights on their website to Australians and charged international users to view them. Online news sources including News Limited, Fairfax, and Yahoo!7 inside Australia used three minutes of that video (standard length of Australian news segment) on their website. Cricket Australia threatened to sue them for any more than 40 seconds and threatened to ban online journalists from covering their events. Cricket Australia's position was that they were acting as "defacto television stations." According to this article, there remains uncertain copyright issues and how to apply existing laws to online sports coverage.
According to From Broadcast Scarcity to Digital Plenitude: The Changing Dynamics of the Media Sport Content Economy, Brett Hutchins and David Rowe, Television New Media 2009; 10; 354 originally published online Apr 14, 2009; DOI: 10.1177/1527476409334016 page 13, Australian cricketers have been encouraged to personally promote themselves as athletes. They wanted tight control over the management of a player's image. "This trend toward tightly controlled image management has also caused problems for the ACA when it discovered fake satirical profiles of national representative players on the social networking site MySpace (Conn 2007).7"
Below is a list of members of the fan community who were from Australia. The list is sorted first by fandom and then alphabetically.
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Below is a partial list of articles and academic sources to help you continue to learn about this community.
- Australian Science Fiction Appreciation Society. (1988). Australian & New Zealand science fiction fandom guide. Penrith, N.S.W.: Australian Science Fiction Appreciation Society.