The secret maritime history of the Aborigines in settling of Australia

Kathy Marks on new findings of how native people fared in Australia after their terrifying initial contact with Europeans

Anglo sells steel units for $932m

The mining giant Anglo American has agreed to sell its steel-grinding media unit to the Australian producer One Steel for US$932m (£580m).

After 40,000 years, recognition for Aboriginal people beckons

About 40,000 years after Aboriginal people settled in Australia, a referendum is to be held on whether to amend the constitution to recognise them as the country's original inhabitants. The move, announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, follows her predecessor Kevin Rudd's apology to the "Stolen Generations" of Aboriginal children forcibly removed from their families. It comes nearly 223 years after the First Fleet arrived in Sydney, heralding the colonisation of Australia by European settlers.

Eyewitness accounts: 'There was a loud bang, passengers were shaken. I'm just happy to be alive'

The seatbelt signs were still on when passengers on Qantas flight QF32 became aware that something was amiss. Just six minutes after the plane – the largest commercial aeroplane in the world – had left Singapore's Changi airport on its eight hour flight to Sydney, an explosion shook the cabin.

Farewell to the 'greatest voice of the century'

Dame Joan Sutherland has died aged 83

New-born baby orphaned

A 13-day-old premature baby has been left an orphan after her parents were killed in a car crash while driving home from visiting her in hospital.

'Spiderman' climber arrested

A French daredevil climber who has scaled skyscrapers around the world was arrested in Sydney yesterday after climbing a 57-storey building and into the arms of waiting police.

Prom 52: Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Ashkenazy, Royal Albert Hall

The prospect of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra getting down under and dirty with Strauss and Scriabin got off to a frenetic start with Vladimir Ashkenazy’s body language perhaps telling us more than we needed to know about the heated carnality at the start of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier prelude. And what you saw was what you heard: all sex, not much love-making.

Fitness First gears up for £1.2bn listing in Asia

Fitness First, the world's biggest gym chain, is preparing for a £1.2bn flotation in Asia before the end of this year.

Johnson considers tour a success

Martin Johnson will reflect on England's tour of Australia and New Zealand as a success as he starts to plan his 32-man elite squad for next season.

England win: 'We will not get too excited over victory'

England's coaching team, under a serious amount of pressure in the build-up to the Sydney Test against the Wallabies, according to the scrum technician Graham Rowntree, are now talking enthusiastically about the so-called "third Test" of the tour, against the New Zealand Maori in Napier on Wednesday. "We have the breakthrough win we spoke about earlier in the trip, but we know we have to back it up," Rowntree said yesterday. "We have a chance to end this tour well in credit."

My Secret Life: Elle Macpherson, model & businesswoman, 47

My parents were ... very young when they had me. My mum was 16 and my dad was in his early twenties.

Hundreds brave cold for naked lowry homage photographs

Hundreds of people stripped off and braved the cold in the name of art today as they posed for American artist Spencer Tunick in a park in Salford, in an attempt to reflect the work of LS Lowry.

Woman jailed for food-rage killing

An Australian woman who ran down and killed a man who threw cheese-flavoured snacks at her car was jailed yesterday for 25 years.

Briton's death in Australia confirmed

The death of a 59-year-old Briton thought to have drowned in Australia was confirmed by the Foreign Office today.

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

A
Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 1 May 2015
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before