Australian History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 660


  • 1697-02-04 Three Dutch East India Company ships anchor at Dirk-Hartogeiland, Australia

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

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

Explorer James Cook
Explorer
James Cook

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1787-05-13 Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay, Australia

1st Governor of New South Wales Arthur Phillip
1st Governor of New South Wales
Arthur Phillip
  • 1788-01-18 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 reach Mount Blaxland, 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1836-01-12 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin reaches Sydney, Australia

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1836-07-27 The ship the "Duke of York" arrives with the first colonists at Nepean Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
  • 1836-12-17 Colonel William Light chooses the site for the settlement of Adelaide in South Australia
  • 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
  • 1836-12-28 The colony of Adelaide, South Australia is formally proclaimed
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1848-04-03 German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt is seen for the last time at McPherson's Station, Coogoon, before he disappears on the same expedition to reach the Swan River in Australia
  • 1850-07-07 Scottish explorer Edward Eyre reaches Albany, Western 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
  • 1869-02-05 World's largest alluvial gold nugget, the Welcome Stranger, found by John Deason and Richard Oates (weighting 97.14kg) in Moliagul, 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1880-06-28 Australian bushranger Ned Kelly 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
  • 1883-01-22 England complete 1st innings victory in Tests v Australia at MCG
  • 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, Kentucky, 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 cricket 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
  • 1900-02-14 Date of events in Australian movie "Picnic at Hanging Rock"
  • 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 New South Wales (918) defeat South Australia (157 & 156) by innings & 605
  • 1901-03-29 Edmund Barton is elected Prime Minister in Australia's first parliamentary election

AustraliaFirst Australian Parliament

1901-05-09 The first Australian Parliament opens in Melbourne, though the first working session will not be until 21 May
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  • 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

AustraliaFirst Labour Government

1904-04-27 The Australian Labor Party under Prime Minister Chris Watson becomes the first Labor government in the world
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  • 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
  • 1905-09-02 New Zealand beats Australia 14-3 in cold, wet conditions in the first international Rugby Union match between the countries on New Zealand soil at Tahuna Park in Dunedin
  • 1905-09-05 50 prominent men meet in Sydney's Australia Hotel to found the National Defense League fueled by fear of Japan after its victory over Russia
  • 1906-09-01 British New Guinea placed under Australian administration

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1907-07-04 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires of Australia in round 1 in Colma, California, his 6th title defence

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 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
  • 1908-01-15 C Hill & R J Hartigan make 8th wkt partnership 243 for Australia

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 1,414


Person of interestJames Cook

1728-10-27 James Cook, British explorer, navigator and cartographer who was the first European to explore much of Australia, the Pacific Islands and New Zealand, born in Marton, Yorkshire, England (d. 1779)

Explorer James Cook
Explorer
James Cook
  • 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, born in Norfolk Island (d. 1872)
  • 1792-06-16 Sir Thomas Mitchell, Australian explorer (d. 1855)
  • 1795-04-28 Charles Sturt, English explorer (Australia), born in Bengal, British India (d. 1869)
  • 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, born in Dysart, Fife, Scotland (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 (Violet Crumble), born in East Sussex, England (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, British-Australian artist (Shearing the Rams), born in Dorchester, Dorset, England (d. 1931)
  • 1856-08-03 Alfred Deakin, 2nd Prime Minister of Australia, born in Fitzroy, Victoria, 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 Moama, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1942)
  • 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 (1908-09, 1910-13, 1914-15), born in Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1928)
  • 1862-09-25 Billy Hughes, 7th Prime Minister of Australia (Labor, Nationalist: 1915-23), born in London (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 Harry Chauvel, Australian Imperial Force senior officer, born in Tabulam, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1945)
  • 1865-08-02 John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist, born in Łódź, Poland (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, born in Beaufort, Australia (d. 1953)
  • 1867-04-09 Chris Watson, third Prime Minister of Australia (Labour Party), born in Valparaíso, Chile (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 poet and novelist, born in Hobart, Tasmania (d. 1935)
  • 1870-11-16 Alfred Hill, New Zealand Australian composer (Hinemoa), born in Melbourne (d. 1960)
  • 1872-01-24 Ethel Turner, Australian author (d. 1958)
  • 1872-08-02 George E. Stewart, American army officer and Medal of Honor recipient, born in New South Wales, Australia (d. 1946)
  • 1873-10-27 Henry Tate, Australian composer and poet, born in Melbourne (d. 1926)

Person of interestTeddy Flack

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 (The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke), born in Auburn, South Australia (d. 1938)
  • 1876-09-18 James Scullin, Australian Labour Party politician and 9th Prime Minister of Australia, born in Trawalla, Victoria, Australia (d. 1953)
  • 1876-10-04 Hugh McCrae, Australian writer and poet (Satyrs and Sunlight: Sylvarum Libri), born in Melbourne (d. 1958)
  • 1877-01-17 May Gibbs, Australian children's author (d. 1969)
  • 1878-10-13 Patrick Joseph Hartigan, Australian Roman Catholic priest, born in O'Connell Town, Yass, New South Wales (d. 1952)
  • 1879-05-03 Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman and aviation pioneer (Qantas), born in Morinish, Queensland (d. 1950)
  • 1879-09-15 Joseph Lyons, 10th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1939)
  • 1879-12-27 Robert Greig, Australian actor (Sullivan's Travels, Horse Feathers), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (d. 1958)
  • 1880-02-14 Edgar Bainton, British-Australian composer, born in Hackney, London (d. 1956)
  • 1880-02-26 Lionel Logue, Australian speech therapist who treated King George VI (The Kings Speech), born in Adelaide (d. 1953)
  • 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!), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1951)
  • 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, born in Balmain, New South Wales (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 "Snowy" Baker, Australian athlete and actor (The Sword of Valor), born in Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1953)
  • 1884-03-18 Bernard Cronin, Australian author and journalist (d. 1968)
  • 1885-01-08 John Curtin, Victoria, 14th Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1941-45), born in Creswick, Colony of Victoria (d. 1945)
  • 1885-06-07 Percy Brier, Australian composer, born in North Pine, Queensland (d. 1970)
  • 1885-08-18 Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and essayist (Henry Handel Richardson: A Study), born in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia (d. 1964)
  • 1885-08-28 Vance Palmer, Australian author, born in Bundaberg, Australia (d. 1959)
  • 1885-09-22 Ben Chifley, Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1951)
  • 1886-06-29 George Frederick Boyle, Australian-American composer, born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1948)
  • 1886-08-12 Sir Keith Murdoch, Australian journalist and newspaper owner (d. 1952)
  • 1887-09-29 Billy Bevan, Australian actor (Terror by Night, White Sin), born in Orange, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1957)
  • 1888-02-02 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (d. 1969)
  • 1888-06-29 Joseph "Squizzy" Taylor, Australian gangster, born in Brighton, Victoria (d. 1927
  • 1888-07-06 Annette Kellerman, Australian swimmer (Million Dollar Mermaid), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1888-10-31 George Hubert Wilkins, Australian polar explorer (Flying the Arctic), born in Hallett, Australia (d. 1958)
  • 1888-11-29 Joe Slater, Australian Rules footballer (d. 1917)
  • 1889-09-18 Doris Blackburn, Australian politician (Member of the Australian Parliament for Bourke), born in Hawthorn, Melbourne, Australia (d. 1970)
  • 1889-11-09 Harry "Snub" Pollard, Australian actor (Don't Shove, Arizona Days), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1962)
  • 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 (the shortest-serving prime minister in Australia's history-8 days), born in Mitchell, Queensland, Australia (d. 1983)
  • 1890-07-28 Marie Lohr, Australian actress (Pygmalion, Small Hotel), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1975)
  • 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 Annie "Mae" Busch, Australian actress (Foolish Wives), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1946)
  • 1892-01-15 Frank Hutchens, New Zealand-born composer working in Australia, born in Leeston, New Zealand (d. 1965)
  • 1892-03-17 Benjamin Drake Van Wissen, Australian Engineer (d. 1984)
  • 1892-12-08 Herbert "Bert" Hinkler, Australian aviator who made first solo flight from England to Australia (1928), born in Bundaberg, Queensland (d. 1933)
  • 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)

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 Australian pop diva Natalie Imbruglia (28) weds "Silverchair" frontman Daniel Johns (24) at a beach ceremony in Port Douglas, Australia

Musician Daniel Johns
Musician
Daniel Johns
  • 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 Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2008-01-04 Australian pop diva Natalie Imbruglia (32) and "Silverchair" frontman Daniel Johns (28) announce their divorce stating "we have simply grown apart through not being able to spend enough time together"

Musician Daniel Johns
Musician
Daniel Johns

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 377


Person of interestJames Cook

1779-02-14 James Cook, British explorer, navigator and cartographer, discovered and explored Australia, Pacific Islands and New Zealand for Britain, killed in a fight with Hawaiians near Kealakekua at 50

Explorer James Cook
Explorer
James Cook
  • 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

Person of interestJoseph Banks

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)

Person of interestLudwig Leichhardt

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, dies at 50
  • 1868-04-21 Henry James O'Farrell, Australian would-be assassin of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh
  • 1869-06-16 Charles Sturt, English explorer (Australia), dies at 74
  • 1876-05-24 Henry Kingsley, English/Australian writer, dies at 46
  • 1879-07-16 Edward Deas Thomson, Australian politician (b. 1800)

Person of interestNed Kelly

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 Jimmy Tambo, Australian aboriginal, US circus attraction, 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
  • 1918-05-12 Abel Hoadley, Australian confectioner (Violet Crumble), dies at 73
  • 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, 2nd Prime Minister of Australia, dies at 63
  • 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
  • 1927-10-27 Joseph "Squizzy" Taylor, Australian gangster, dies of wounds following a gunfight with a rival gangster, John "Snowy" Cutmore, at 39
  • 1928-10-22 Andrew Fisher, 5th Prime Minister of Australia (1908-09, 1910-13, 1914-15), dies at 66
  • 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)
  • 1933-01-07 Herbert "Bert" Hinkler, Australian aviator who made first solo flight from England to Australia (1928), dies in a plane crash at 40

Person of interestTeddy Flack

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 poet (The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke), dies at 61
  • 1939-03-28 Francis Matthew John Baker, Australian politician (b. 1903)
  • 1939-04-07 Joseph Lyons, tenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1879)

Person of interestAmy Johnson

1941-01-05 Amy Johnson, British pilot who was the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia, dies during a ferry flight at 37

Aviator Amy Johnson
Aviator
Amy Johnson
  • 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 (Labour Party), dies at 74
  • 1943-01-03 Sir Walter James, Premier of Western Australia (b. 1863)
  • 1943-01-08 Richard Hillary, Australian Spitfire pilot and author (The Last Enemy), dies in a crash during a night training at 23
  • 1944-11-12 Roy Agnew, Australian composer (Sonata Ballade), dies at 51
  • 1945-07-05 John Curtin, Victoria, 14th Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1941-45), dies of heart disease at 60
  • 1947-07-30 Joseph Cook, 6th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1860)
  • 1948-04-09 George Carpenter, Australian Salvation Army general (b. 1872)
  • 1948-06-20 George Frederick Boyle, Australian-American composer, dies at 61
  • 1950-01-02 James Dooley, Irish-Australian Premier of New South Wales, dies at 72
  • 1950-08-08 Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman and aviation pioneer (Qantas), dies at 71
  • 1951-01-02 Sir William Campion, Governor of Western Australia (b. 1870)
  • 1951-05-27 Thomas Blamey, Australian general (WWI, WWII), dies at 67
  • 1951-10-12 Leon Errol, Australian actor (Ziegfeld Follies, What a Blonde!), dies at 70
  • 1952-10-28 Billy Hughes, 7th Prime Minister of Australia (Labor, Nationalist: 1915-23), dies at 90
  • 1952-12-27 Patrick Joseph Hartigan, Australian Roman Catholic priest, dies at 74
  • 1953-01-28 James Scullin, Australian Labour Party politician and 9th Prime Minister of Australia, dies at 76
  • 1953-04-12 Lionel Logue, Australian speech therapist who treated King George VI (The Kings Speech), dies at 73
  • 1953-09-01 Bernard O'Dowd, Australian poet, dies at 87
  • 1953-12-02 Reginald "Snowy" Baker, Australian athlete and actor (The Sword of Valor), dies at 69
  • 1955-05-10 John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist, dies at 89
  • 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)
  • 1956-12-08 Edgar Bainton, British-Australian composer, dies at 76
  • 1957-01-11 Sir Robert Garran, Australian lawyer and early leading expert in Australian constitutional law (b. 1867)
  • 1957-11-26 Billy Bevan, Australian actor (Terror by Night, White Sin), dies at 70
  • 1958-02-17 Hugh McCrae, Australian writer and poet (Satyrs and Sunlight: Sylvarum Libri), dies at 81
  • 1958-04-08 Ethel Turner, Australian author (b. 1872)
  • 1958-06-27 Robert Greig, Australian actor (Sullivan's Travels, Horse Feathers), dies at 78
  • 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, dies at 73
  • 1959-10-14 Errol Flynn, Australian actor (Captain Blood, Robin Hood), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • 1959-11-24 Dally Messenger, Australian rugby league footballer, dies at 76
  • 1960-04-10 Arthur Benjamin, Australian composer (Devil Take Her), dies at 66
  • 1960-10-30 Alfred Hill, New Zealand Australian composer (Hinemoa), dies at 90
  • 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
  • 1961-06-27 Harry Hooton, Australian poet, dies of cancer at 52
  • 1961-07-09 Alan Marshal, Australian actor (Lydia, Irene, Exile Express), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • 1961-12-20 Earle Page, eleventh Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1880)
  • 1962-01-16 Frank Hurley, Australian photographer (b. 1885)
  • 1962-01-19 Harry "Snub" Pollard, Australian actor (Don't Shove, Arizona Days), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1963-01-27 John Farrow, Australian director and actor (Botany Bay, Wake Island), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • 1963-04-15 Edward "Carji" Greeves, Australian rules footballer (b. 1903)