A state in southeastern australia, the southernmost state. Its capital is Melbourne. It was discovered in 1770 by Captain Cook and first settled by immigrants from tasmania. In 1851 it was separated from new south wales as a separate colony. Self-government was introduced in 1851; it became a state in 1901. It was named for Queen victoria in 1851. (From Webster's New Geographical dictionary, 1988, p1295 & Room, Brewer's dictionary of names, p574)

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