Australian History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 513

  • 1616-10-25 Dutch East India Company ship "The Eendracht" discovers Dirk-Hartogeiland, Australia
  • 1697-02-04 Three Dutch East India Company ships anchor at Dirk-Hartogeiland, Australia

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1770-04-19 British explorer Captain James Cook first sights Australia

Captain/Explorer James Cook
Captain/Explorer
James Cook
  • 1770-04-28 British Captain James Cook, aboard the Endeavour, lands at Botany Bay in Australia
  • 1770-06-11 Captain James Cook discovers Great Barrier Reef off Australia
  • 1770-08-22 James Cook's expedition lands on the east coast of Australia.
  • 1787-05-13 Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay, Australia
  • 1788-01-18 The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay to set up a penal colony
  • 1788-01-26 Captain Arthur Phillip and British colonists hoist the Union Flag at Sydney Cove, New South Wales, now celebrated as Australia Day
  • 1804-03-04 The Battle of Vinegar Hill, colony of New South Wales (Australia), when Irish convicts (some of whom had been involved in Ireland's Battle of Vinegar Hill in 1798) led the colony's only significant convict uprising.
  • 1808-01-26 Rum Rebellion, the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in Australia.
  • 1813-05-11 In Australia, William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth, lead an expedition westwards from Sydney. Their route opens up inland Australia for continued expansion throughout the 19th century.
  • 1813-05-31 In Australia, Lawson, Blaxland and Wentworth reached Mount Blaxland, effectively marking the end of a route across the Blue Mountains.
  • 1815-05-24 George Evans discovers Lachlan River, Australia
  • 1829-04-25 Charles Fremantle arrives in HMS Challenger off the coast of modern-day Western Australia prior to declaring the Swan River Colony for the United Kingdom.
  • 1829-05-02 After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of HMS Challenger, declares the Swan River Colony in Australia.
  • 1834-03-18 Six farm labourers from Tolpuddle, Dorset, England are sentenced to be transported to Australia for forming a trade union.
  • 1834-10-28 The Battle of Pinjarra occurs in the Swan River Colony in present-day Pinjarra, Western Australia. Between 14 and 40 Aborigines are killed by British colonists.
  • 1835-08-30 Melbourne, Australia is founded.

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1836-01-12 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reach Sydney Australia

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1836-03-06 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin reach King George's Sound, Australia
  • 1836-03-14 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leaves Australia
  • 1836-07-27 Adelaide, South Australia, founded
  • 1836-12-28 Proclamation of South Australia as a British Province. Formal proclamation was read out in what is now the Adelaide suburb of Glenelg North by Captain (later Rear Admiral, Governor, Sir) John Hindmarsh
  • 1837-11-21 Thomas Morris of Australia skips rope 22,806 times
  • 1838-01-01 1st official horse race in South Australia-Adelaide
  • 1838-06-10 Myall Creek Massacre in Australia: 28 Aboriginal Australians are murdered.

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1844-10-01 German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt departs Jimbour, the farthest outpost of settlement on the Queensland Darling Downs, to begin his exploration of Australia's Northern Territory from Moreton Bay to Port Essington

Explorer and Naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt
Explorer and Naturalist
Ludwig Leichhardt
  • 1845-12-17 German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt arrives in Port Essington after a nearly 4,800 km (3,000 mi) overland journey to explore Australia's Northern Territory
  • 1846-03-25 German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt arrives in Sydney to a hero's welcome after completing his exploration of Australia's Northern Territory
  • 1847-05-24 German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt is awarded the Patron's Medal by the Royal Geographical Society, London in recognition of 'the increased knowledge of the great continent of Australia' gained by his Moreton Bay-Port Essington journey
  • 1850-07-07 Scottish explorer Edward Eyre reaches Albany, W-Australia
  • 1851-08-22 Gold fields discovered in Australia
  • 1852-10-11 The University of Sydney, Australia's oldest university, is inaugurated in Sydney.
  • 1854-12-03 Eureka Stockade: In what is claimed by many to be the birth of Australian democracy, more than 20 goldminers at Ballarat, Victoria, are killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences
  • 1856-10-24 Constitution of South Australia adopted
  • 1859-05-17 Australian Rules Football first 'laws of the game' published
  • 1859-06-06 Australia: Queensland is established as a separate colony from New South Wales (Queensland Day).
  • 1861-05-13 The Great Comet of 1861 is discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia.
  • 1863-07-06 Northern Territory passes from New South Wales to South Australia
  • 1865-01-25 CSS Shenandoah arrives in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1865-07-31 The first narrow gauge mainline railway in the world opens at Grandchester, Australia.
  • 1874-09-01 Sydney General Post Office opens in Australia
  • 1875-02-24 The SS Gothenburg hits the Great Barrier Reef and sinks off the Australian east coast, killing approximately 100, including a number of high profile civil servants and dignitaries.
  • 1877-03-19 Australia beat England by 45 runs in very first Test match
  • 1879-09-23 Baldwin steam motors tram 1st tried in Sydney Australia
  • 1879-09-28 Sydney Australia inaugurates steam motor tram route
  • 1880-02-02 SS Strathleven arrives in London with first shipment of frozen Australian mutton

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1880-06-28 Ned Kelly the Australian bushranger captured at Glenrowan.

Leader of the Kelly gang Ned Kelly
Leader of the Kelly gang
Ned Kelly
  • 1880-11-11 Australian Bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly is hanged at Melbourne Gaol
  • 1884-09-04 Britain ends its policy of penal transportation to New South Wales in Australia.
  • 1886-11-22 Victoria Street Cable Tram route begins in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1887-01-21 Brisbane receives a daily rainfall of 465 millimetres (18.3 inches), a record for any Australian capital city.
  • 1888-02-24 Louisville, Ky, becomes 1st government in US to adopt Australian ballot (i.e. secret ballot on standard voting forms)
  • 1889-01-16 128°F (53°C), Cloncurry, Queensland (Australian record)
  • 1892-02-02 Johnny Briggs takes a hat-trick, England v Australia SCG
  • 1892-06-11 The Limelight Department, one of the world's first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia.
  • 1894-11-12 Lawrence Hargrave, Australian aeronautical pioneer and inventor of the box kite, linked four huge box kites together and flew - but remained attached to the ground by piano wire
  • 1895-01-30 C J Eady (Tas) 1st Australian to score twin centuries (v Vic)
  • 1896-02-24 Victoria all out for 43 vs South Australia, Jones 6-15, Jarvis 4-27
  • 1898-03-02 Australia complete a 4-1 series annihilation of England
  • 1899-01-22 Leaders of six Australian colonies meet in Melbourne to discuss confederation.
  • 1899-02-02 The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital (Canberra) between Sydney and Melbourne.
  • 1899-06-30 Jack Hearne takes a hat-trick Eng v Australia at Headingley
  • 1900-07-09 The Commonwealth of Australia is established by the British House of Commons
  • 1900-09-17 Commonwealth of Australia proclaimed
  • 1900-12-18 The Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook Narrow-gauge (2 ft 6 in or 762 mm) Railway (now the Puffing Billy Railway) in Victoria, Australia is opened for traffic.
  • 1901-01-01 The Commonwealth of Australia is formed when the British (Imperial) Parliament Act, the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900, comes into effect
  • 1901-01-08 New South Wales score 918 all out vs South Australia in 560 minutes
  • 1901-01-09 NSW (918) defeat S Australia (157 & 156) by innings & 605
  • 1901-03-29 Edmund Barton is elected Prime Minister in Australia's first parliamentary election
  • 1901-05-09 The first Australian Parliament opens in Melbourne, though the first working session will not be until 21 May
  • 1902-07-12 Australian parliament agrees to female suffrage
  • 1902-07-17 Lord Tennyson, son of the poet, is named to succeed Lord Hopetown, first governor general of Australia
  • 1902-07-26 Australia beat England by 3 runs at Old Trafford
  • 1902-08-01 Mine accident in Wollongong, Australia (100 die)
  • 1902-08-13 England beat Australia by one wicket at The Oval Famous victory
  • 1902-09-07 In Australia, the whole nation observes a 'day of humiliation' and prays for rain, as a terrible drought kills livestock and threatens crops; rain begins to appear on 10 September
  • 1903-09-24 Alfred Deakin succeeds Edmund Barton as Australia premier
  • 1903-10-05 Sir Samuel Griffith is appointed the first Chief Justice of Australia and Sir Edmund Barton and Richard O'Connor are appointed as foundation justices.
  • 1903-10-06 The High Court of Australia sits for the first time.
  • 1904-01-05 England beat Australia at the MCG, Rhodes 7-56 & 8-68
  • 1904-04-26 John C Watson leads the first Labour Government of Australian when Alfred Deakin resigns; Watson himself will resign in August
  • 1904-04-27 The Australian Labor Party under Chris Watson becomes the first Labour government in the world
  • 1904-08-17 George H Reid succeeds John Watson as Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1904-08-18 Chris Watson resigns as Prime Minister of Australia and is succeeded by George Reid
  • 1905-06-30 Conservative Australian Prime Minister George H. Reid is forced to resign and Alfred Deakin returns to power on July 5
  • 1905-07-06 Alfred Deakin becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the second time.
  • 1905-09-05 50 prominent men meet in Sydney's Australia Hotel to found the National Defense League fueled by fear of Japan after it's victory over Russia
  • 1906-09-01 British New Guinea placed under Australian administration
  • 1907-11-08 In a landmark decision for Australia, the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration rules that the Sunshine Harvester Work must pay 'fair and reasonable wages'
  • 1907-12-13 George Gunn scores 119 on Test debut v Australia SCG
  • 1908-01-07 England beat Australia by one wicket at the MCG
  • 1908-06-10 The Australian Parliament passes the Invalid and Old Age Pensions Act providing for pensions for British subjects (excluding aborigines) at age 65
  • 1908-08-20 America's Great White Fleet arrives in Sydney, Australia, to be greeted with a tremendous welcome; 221 American sailors desert to remain in Australia
  • 1908-11-12 Andrew Fisher assumes the position of prime minister for what turns out to be a short-lived second Labour government, Australia
  • 1909-06-02 Alfred Deakin becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time.
  • 1911-01-01 South Australia transfers Northern Territory to federal government
  • 1911-01-13 South Africa's 1st win over Australia, at Adelaide

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1911-06-22 King George V crowned king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and all his realms and territories beyond the sea.

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 1,051

  • 1774-03-16 Matthew Flinders, English navigator/cartographer (coast Australia)
  • 1774-06-02 William Lawson, explorer of New South Wales, Australia (d. 1850)
  • 1790-08-13 William Wentworth, Australian explorer and politician (d. 1872)
  • 1792-06-16 Sir Thomas Mitchell, Australian explorer (d. 1855)
  • 1795-04-28 Charles Sturt, England, explorer (Australia)
  • 1800-06-01 Edward Deas Thomson, Australian politician (d. 1879)
  • 1815-05-27 Henry Parkes, British journalist/premier of Australia
  • 1815-09-07 John McDouall Stuart, Australian explorer (d. 1866)
  • 1818-03-22 John Ainsworth Horrocks, English-born explorer of South Australia (d. 1846)
  • 1826-06-24 George Goyder, surveyor-general of South Australia (d. 1898)
  • 1826-08-06 Thomas Alexander Browne, Australian writer (d. 1915)
  • 1830-01-02 Henry Kingsley, English Australian writer, born in Northamptonshire (d. 1876)
  • 1834-01-05 William John Wills, English explorer of Australia, member of the Burke and Wills expedition (d. 1861)
  • 1839-04-18 Henry Clarence Kendall, New South Wales Australia, poet (Bell Birds)
  • 1842-01-15 Blessed Mary McKillop, Australian candidate for sainthood (d. 1909)
  • 1843-01-11 Charles Yelverton O'Connor, Irish-Australian engineer (d. 1902)
  • 1844-09-10 Abel Hoadley, Australian confectioner (d. 1918)
  • 1848-02-17 Louisa Lawson, Australian suffragist and writer (d. 1920)
  • 1849-01-18 Edmund Barton, 1st PM of Australia (1900-03)
  • 1852-02-29 Frank Gavan Duffy, Australian judge (d. 1936)
  • 1856-01-14 J. F. Archibald, Australian journalist and publisher (d. 1919)
  • 1856-03-08 Tom Roberts, Australian artist (d. 1931)
  • 1856-08-03 Alfred Deakin, 2nd Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1919)
  • 1857-01-06 Hugh Mahon, Irish-born Australian politician (d. 1931)
  • 1858-04-19 May Robson, [Mary J Robison], Australian actress (Apple Annie), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1859-01-15 Archibald Peake, Premier of South Australia (d. 1920)
  • 1860-12-07 Joseph Cook, 6th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1947)
  • 1861-05-19 Dame Nellie Melba, Australian opera singer (d. 1931)
  • 1862-08-29 Andrew Fisher, 5th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1928)
  • 1862-09-25 Billy Hughes, seventh Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1952)
  • 1863-01-28 Ernst William Christmas, Australian painter (d. 1918)
  • 1863-06-18 George Essex Evans, Australian poet (d. 1909)
  • 1864-02-17 Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson, NSW Australia, poet (Waltzing Matilda)
  • 1865-04-16 Henry George Chauvel, Australian general (d. 1945)
  • 1865-08-02 John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist (d. 1955)
  • 1866-01-02 Prof Gilbert Murray, Australian classical scholar (d. 1957)
  • 1866-03-15 Matthew Charlton, Australian politician (d. 1948)
  • 1866-04-11 Bernard O'Dowd, Australian poet (d. 1953)
  • 1867-04-09 Chris Watson, third Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1941)
  • 1867-06-17 Henry Lawson, Australian poet (d. 1922)
  • 1870-01-03 Henry Handel Richardson, Australia, novelist (Richard Mahoney)
  • 1870-01-14 Sir George Pearce, Australian politician (d. 1952)
  • 1870-10-10 Louise Mack, Australian writer (d. 1935)
  • 1872-01-24 Ethel Turner, Australian author (d. 1958)
  • 1873-10-27 Henry Tate, Australian composer and poet, born in Melbourne (d. 1926)

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1873-11-05 Teddy Flack [Edwin], Australian athlete, double Olympic gold medallist in 1896, born in London, England (d. 1935)

Olympic Runner Teddy Flack
Olympic Runner
Teddy Flack
  • 1875-12-03 Max Meldrum, Scottish-born Australian painter (d. 1955)
  • 1876-09-07 C.J. Dennis, Australian poet and writer (d. 1938)
  • 1876-09-18 James Scullin, 9th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1953)
  • 1876-10-04 Hugh McCrae, Australian writer (d. 1958)
  • 1877-01-17 May Gibbs, Australian children's author (d. 1969)
  • 1878-10-13 Patrick Joseph Hartigan, Australian Roman Catholic priest (d. 1952)
  • 1879-05-03 Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman (d. 1950)
  • 1879-09-15 Joseph Lyons, 10th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1939)
  • 1879-12-27 Robert Greig, Australia, actor (Horse Feathers)
  • 1880-08-08 Earle Page, Australian politician (d. 1961)
  • 1881-01-13 Essington Lewis, Australian industrialist (d. 1961)
  • 1881-07-03 Leon Errol, Australian actor (Ziegfeld Follies, What a Blonde!)
  • 1881-10-28 Vin Coutie, Australian footballer
  • 1882-03-23 C Montague Shaw, Adelaide Australia
  • 1882-12-31 Martin O'Meara, Australian soldier (d. 1935)
  • 1883-03-16 Ethel Anderson, Australian poet (d. 1958)
  • 1883-04-12 Dally Messenger, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1959)
  • 1883-04-15 Stanley Bruce, eighth Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1967)
  • 1883-12-04 Katharine Susannah Prichard, Australian author (d. 1969)
  • 1883-12-26 Frank Debenham, Australian geographer/geologist
  • 1884-02-08 Reginald Baker, Australian athlete and actor (d. 1953)
  • 1884-03-18 Bernard Cronin, Australian author and journalist (d. 1968)
  • 1885-01-08 John Curtin, Victoria, Australian PM (Labor, 1941-45)
  • 1885-08-18 Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and essayist (d. 1964)
  • 1885-08-28 Vance Palmer, Australian author (d. 1959)
  • 1885-09-22 Ben Chifley, Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1951)
  • 1886-08-12 Sir Keith Murdoch, Australian journalist and newspaper owner (d. 1952)
  • 1887-09-29 Billy Bevan, Orange Australia, actor (White Sin)
  • 1888-02-02 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (d. 1969)
  • 1888-07-06 Annette Kellerman, Australian swimmer (Million Dollar Mermaid), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1888-11-29 Joe Slater, Australian Rules footballer (d. 1917)
  • 1889-09-18 Doris Blackburn, Australian politician (d. 1970)
  • 1889-11-09 Snub Pollard, Australian actor (Don't Shove, Arizona Days), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1889-11-23 Harry Sunderland, Australian rugby league identity (d. 1964)
  • 1890-02-11 David Drummond, Australian politician (d. 1965)
  • 1890-07-18 Frank Forde, 15th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1983)
  • 1890-07-28 Marie Lohr, Australian actress (Pygmalion, Small Hotel), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1891-02-23 Harold Horder, Australian Rugby League player (d. 1978)
  • 1891-04-13 Maurice Vincent Buckley, Australian winner of the Victoria Cross (d. 1921)
  • 1891-06-18 Mae Busch, Australian actress (d. 1946)
  • 1892-03-17 Benjamin Drake Van Wissen, Australian Engineer (d. 1984)
  • 1893-01-10 Albert Jacka, Australian soldier, first Australian World War I Victoria Cross winner (d. 1932)
  • 1893-01-13 Roy Cazaly, Australian rules footballer (d. 1963)
  • 1893-01-16 Daisy Kennedy, Australian violinist (d. 1981)

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1893-02-04 Raymond Dart, Australian paleoanthropologist (Australopithecus africanus)

Paleoanthropologist Raymond Dart
Paleoanthropologist
Raymond Dart
  • 1893-04-01 Cicely Courtneidge, Australian actress (Double Exposure), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1893-07-15 Enid Bennett, Australia, silent film actress (Skippy, Hairpins)
  • 1893-08-10 Viscount Dunrossil, Scotland, Gov Gen of Australia (1959-61)
  • 1893-08-23 Roy Agnew, Australian composer (Sonata Ballade), born in Sydney (d. 1944)
  • 1893-09-18 Arthur Benjamin, Australian composer (Jamaican Rumba), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1894-08-31 Albert Facey, Australian writer (d. 1982)

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1894-12-20 Robert Menzies, Jeparit, Victoria, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (1939-41, 1949-66) and its longest-serving

12th Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies
12th Australian Prime Minister
Robert Menzies
  • 1895-01-07 Sir Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and co-founder of QANTAS (d. 1974)
  • 1895-04-13 Arthur Fadden, thirteenth Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1973)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1920-09-27 Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies (25) weds Pattie Maie Leckie (21) at Kew Presbyterian Church in Melbourne, Australia

12th Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies
12th Australian Prime Minister
Robert Menzies

HeartWedding of Interest

1956-03-03 Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke (26) weds first wife Hazel Masterson (26) at Perth Trinity Church in Australia

23rd Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke
23rd Australian Prime Minister
Bob Hawke

HeartWedding of Interest

1956-12-09 Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser (26) weds Tamie Beggs (20)

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser

HeartWedding of Interest

1976-07-11 Singer Andy Gibb (18) weds Kim Reeder in Australia

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb

HeartWedding of Interest

1984-02-14 Singer Elton John marries Renate Blauel in Sydney Australia

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • 1984-10-27 "Jessie's Girl" singer Rick Springfield (35) weds Barbara Porter in Australia
  • 1990-05-05 "Crocodile Dundee" actors Paul Hogan (50) weds Linda Kozlowski (32) at their newly built $3 million mansion at Faraway Possum Creek in New South Wales, Australia
  • 1991-05-31 Oldest bride - Minnie Munro, 102, weds Dudley Reid, 83, in Australia

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-11-14 King of Pop Michael Jackson (38) weds Debbie Rowe (38) in Sydney, Australia

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-12-29 Actress Cate Blanchett (28) weds screenwriter Andrew Upton (31) at Blue Mountains National Park in New South Wales, Australia

  • 2002-12-31 Actress Rachel Griffiths (34) weds Australian artist Andrew Taylor (35) at Star of the Sea Chapel in Gardenvale, Australia
  • 2003-01-01 "Lord of The Rings" actress Miranda Otto (35) weds actor Peter O'Brien (44) at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia
  • 2003-01-11 "The Sixth Sense" actress-singer Toni Collette (30) weds musician Dave Galafassi in a Buddhist ceremony near Sydney, Australia

HeartWedding of Interest

2003-04-07 Academy Award "Gladiator" actor Russell Crowe (39) weds singer Danielle Spencer (32) at his 560-acre cattle farm in Nana Glen, New South Wales, Australia

HeartWedding of Interest

2003-12-31 "Torn" singer and actress Natalie Imbruglia (28) weds "Silverchair" singer Daniel Johns (24) at Thala Beach Lodge in Port Douglas, Australia

Musician Daniel Johns
Musician
Daniel Johns
  • 2004-12-31 Australian pop diva Natalie Imbruglia (28) weds "Silverchair" frontman Daniel Johns (24) on a beach ceremony in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
  • 2005-08-20 "24" actress Sarah Wynter (32) weds "Details" magazine editor-in-chief Dan Peres in Sydney, Australia
  • 2005-12-17 Australian country singer Kasey Chambers (29) weds singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson in Avoca, New South Wales
  • 2006-01-28 London Broncos rugby football player Craig Gower (27) weds TV personality and model Amanda Flynn (24) in Sydney, Australia
  • 2006-03-31 Long jumper gold medalist Bronwyn Thompson (28) weds Jason Chipperfield at Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane, Australia
  • 2006-03-31 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Jana Pittman (23) weds track and field athlete Chris Rawlinson (33) at Morning Star Estate on Mornington Peninsula in Australia
  • 2006-06-19 "Lost" actress Emilie de Ravin (24) weds actor Josh Janowicz (24) in Melbourne, Australia

HeartWedding of Interest

2006-06-25 Actress Nicole Kidman (45) weds country music singer-songwriter Keith Urban (44) at Cardinal Ceretti Memorial Chapel in Manly, Australia

Actress Nicole Kidman
Actress
Nicole Kidman
  • 2007-02-17 "Home and Away" actress Ada Nicodemou (29) weds Chrys Xipolitas at St. Andrew's Greek church in Redfern, Australia
  • 2007-02-17 Australian TV presenter Natalie Gruzlewski (30) weds pro surfer Luke Egan at St. Augustine's Catholic Church
  • 2007-03-10 Noteable singer and stage performer Matt Hetherington (36) weds Australian television presenter Melissa Kotsos at the Morning Star Estate on Mt. Eliza

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 314

  • 1813-01-03 Bennelong, Australian aboriginal interlocutor between his tribe and the British settlers (b. c. 1764)
  • 1814-07-19 Matthew Flinders, English cartographer (Australia coast), dies at 40

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1820-06-19 Joseph Banks, English natural historian (Cook/Australia), dies

Botanist and explorer Joseph Banks
Botanist and explorer
Joseph Banks
  • 1846-09-23 John Ainsworth Horrocks, English-born explorer of South Australia (b. 1818)

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1848-04-04 Ludwig Leichhardt, German explorer of northern and central Australia, dies on an expedition at 34

Explorer and Naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt
Explorer and Naturalist
Ludwig Leichhardt
  • 1850-06-16 William Lawson explorer of New South Wales, Australia (b. 1774)
  • 1853-01-01 Gregory Blaxland, Australian explorer (b. 1778)
  • 1864-01-15 Isaac Nathan, UK-Australian composer (b. 1792)
  • 1866-06-05 John McDouall Stuart, Australian explorer (b. 1815)
  • 1868-04-21 Henry James O'Farrell, Australian would-be assassin of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh
  • 1876-05-24 Henry Kingsley, English/Australian writer, dies at 46
  • 1879-07-16 Edward Deas Thomson, Australian politician (b. 1800)

BattleExecution

1880-11-11 Ned Kelly, Australian outlaw and bushranger, executed at 25

Leader of the Kelly gang Ned Kelly
Leader of the Kelly gang
Ned Kelly
  • 1882-08-01 Henry Clarence Kendall, Australian poet, dies of tuberculosis at 43
  • 1883-01-05 Charles Tompson, first Australian published poet (b. 1806)
  • 1884-02-23 Tambo Tambo, Australian aboriginal/US circus attaction, dies at 23
  • 1898-11-02 George Goyder, English-born surveyor-general of South Australia (b. 1826)
  • 1901-01-10 Sir James Dickson, Premier of Queensland, Australian Minister for Defence (b. 1832)
  • 1906-04-20 Australian wombat; oldest known marsupial, dies in London Zoo at 26
  • 1907-01-14 Sir James Fergusson, British politician, and governor of South Australia, New Zealand and Bombay (b. 1832)
  • 1907-11-14 Andrew Inglis Clark, Australian politician (b. 1848)
  • 1908-02-29 John Hope, 1st Marquess of Linlithgow, first Governor-General of Australia (as Lord Hopetoun)
  • 1909-11-10 George Essex Evans, Australian poet (b. 1863)
  • 1915-03-11 Thomas Alexander Browne, Australian writer (b. 1826)
  • 1915-05-19 John Simpson Kirkpatrick stretcher bearer with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I (b. 1892)
  • 1916-08-07 Charles E Manning, Australian judge/major, dies in battle at 36
  • 1918-07-29 Ernest William Christmas, Australian painter (b. 1863)
  • 1918-09-12 George Reid, fourth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1845)
  • 1919-10-07 Alfred Deakin, second Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1856)
  • 1920-01-07 Edmund Barton, 1st Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1849)
  • 1921-01-27 Maurice Vincent Buckley, Australian soldier (b. 1891)
  • 1922-01-10 Frank Tudor, Australian Labor Opposition leader (b. 1866)
  • 1926-01-12 Sir Austin Chapman, Australian politician (b. 1864)
  • 1926-06-06 Henry Tate, Australian composer and poet, dies at 52
  • 1928-10-22 Andrew Fisher, fifth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1862)
  • 1929-01-13 H. B. Higgins, Australian politician and judge (b. 1851)
  • 1931-02-23 Nellie Melba, [Helen Mitchell], Australian soprano, dies
  • 1931-10-08 Sir John Monash, Australian soldier general (b. 1865)
  • 1932-01-17 Albert Jacka, VC, Australian soldier (b. 1893)

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1935-01-10 Teddy Flack [Edwin], Australian athlete, double Olympic gold medallist in 1896, dies at 61

Olympic Runner Teddy Flack
Olympic Runner
Teddy Flack
  • 1935-10-11 Steele Rudd, Australian author (b. 1868)
  • 1935-12-20 Martin O'Meara, Australian soldier (b. 1882)
  • 1936-01-02 Sir Francis Newdegate, Governor of Tasmania, Western Australia (b. 1862)
  • 1938-06-22 C.J. Dennis, Australian writer and poet (b. 1876)
  • 1939-03-28 Francis Matthew John Baker, Australian politician (b. 1903)
  • 1939-04-07 Joseph Lyons, tenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1879)
  • 1941-02-05 Banjo Paterson, Australian poet, author of "Walzing Matilda" (b. 1864)
  • 1941-04-14 Jack Edmonson, Australian corporal in Tobruk (Victoria Cross), dies
  • 1941-11-18 Chris Watson, third Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1867)
  • 1943-01-03 Sir Walter James, Premier of Western Australia (b. 1863)
  • 1943-01-08 Richard Hillary, Australian Spitfire pilot and author (b. 1919)
  • 1944-11-12 Roy Agnew, Australian composer (Sonata Ballade), dies at 51
  • 1945-07-05 John Curtin, 14th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1885)
  • 1947-07-30 Joseph Cook, 6th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1860)
  • 1948-04-09 George Carpenter, Australian Salvation Army general (b. 1872)
  • 1950-08-08 Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman (b. 1879)
  • 1951-01-02 Sir William Campion, Governor of Western Australia (b. 1870)
  • 1952-10-28 Billy Hughes, seventh Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1862)
  • 1952-12-27 Patrick Joseph Hartigan, Australian Roman Catholic priest (b. 1878)
  • 1953-01-28 James Scullin, 9th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1876)
  • 1953-09-01 Bernard O'Dowd, Australian poet (b. 1866)
  • 1953-12-02 Reginald Baker, Australian athlete and actor (b. 1884)
  • 1955-05-10 John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist (b. 1865)
  • 1955-06-06 Max Meldrum, Scottish-born Australian painter (b. 1875)
  • 1955-10-24 Alfred Radcliffe-Brown, British Anthropologist (Structural Functionalism and studies of Andaman Islanders and Australian Aborigines), dies at 74
  • 1955-12-30 Rex Ingamells, Australian poet (b. 1913)
  • 1957-01-11 Sir Robert Garran, Australian lawyer and early leading expert in Australian constitutional law (b. 1867)
  • 1958-02-17 Hugh McCrae, Australian writer (b. 1876)
  • 1958-04-08 Ethel Turner, Australian author (b. 1872)
  • 1958-08-04 Ethel Anderson, Australian poet (b. 1883)
  • 1958-10-14 Douglas Mawson, Australian Antarctic explorer (b. 1882)
  • 1958-11-30 Hubert Wilkins, Australian polar explorer (b. 1888)
  • 1959-07-15 Vance Palmer, Australian author (b. 1885)
  • 1959-10-14 Errol Flynn, Australian-born US actor (Captain Blood), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • 1959-11-24 Dally Messenger, Australian rugby player (b. 1883)
  • 1961-02-03 Viscount Dunrossil, Gov-Gen of Australia (1959-61), dies at 67
  • 1961-02-20 Percy Aldridge Grainger, Australian/US composer/pianist, dies at 78
  • 1961-12-20 Earle Page, eleventh Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1880)
  • 1962-01-16 Frank Hurley, Australian photographer (b. 1885)
  • 1963-04-15 Edward "Carji" Greeves, Australian rules footballer (b. 1903)
  • 1963-10-10 Roy Cazaly, Australian rules footballer (b. 1893)
  • 1964-02-27 Orry-Kelly, Australian costume designer (b. 1897)
  • 1964-10-19 Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and essayist (b. 1885)
  • 1965-06-13 David Drummond, Australian politician (b. 1890)
  • 1965-11-23 Franc Debenham, Australian geographer/geologer, dies at 81
  • 1967-08-25 Stanley Bruce, eighth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1883)
  • 1967-12-17 Harold Holt, Australian premier (1966-67), drowns at 59
  • 1968-01-14 Dorothea Mackellar, Australian poet (My Country) (b. 1885)
  • 1968-06-09 Bernard Cronin, Australian author and journalist (b. 1884)
  • 1969-01-10 John Brownlee, Australian tenor (b. 1900)
  • 1969-05-14 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (b. 1888)
  • 1969-05-26 Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • 1970-05-21 E. L. Grant Watson, Australian biologist (b. 1885)
  • 1970-07-02 Jessie Street, Australian civil rights activist, dies
  • 1970-07-22 George Johnston, Australian journalist and novelist (b. 1912)
  • 1970-12-12 Doris Blackburn, Australian politician (b. 1889)
  • 1971-07-30 Kenneth Slessor, Australian poet (b. 1901)
  • 1973-04-05 John Coleman, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)
  • 1973-04-21 Arthur Fadden, thirteenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1894)
  • 1973-07-29 Norm Smith, Australian rules footballer and coach (b. 1915)