Queensland in History

Queensland: Brisbane - Gold Coast - Mackay - Townsville

Historical Events

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
  • 1859-06-06 Australia: Queensland is established as a separate colony from New South Wales (Queensland Day).
  • 1889-01-16 128°F (53°C), Cloncurry, Queensland (Australian record)
  • 1893-04-03 1st NSW v Queensland F-C game, at Brisbane Exhibition Ground
  • 1899-03-04 Cyclone Mahina sweeps in north of Cooktown, Queensland, with a 12 m wave that reaches up to 5 km inland - over 300 dead.
  • 1899-11-18 Trumper scores 208 in 185 mins (1 five 25 fours) NSW v Qld
  • 1905-04-25 Latest day of 1st-class cricket in an Aust season (NSW v Qld)
  • 1905-12-18 H V Hordern takes 8-81 in 2nd innings of F-C debut (NSW v Qld)
  • 1906-11-12 C W Gregory (NSW v Qld) starts day at 48*, is 366* at stumps
  • 1906-11-13 C. W. Gregory out for 383 as NSW make 763 v Queensland, in record cricket innings by an Australian
  • 1908-04-22 Queensland beat NSW by 171 runs for their 1st cricket win at Gabba
  • 1910-06-09 A passenger on SS Arawatta throws bottle with note overboard (found June 6, 1983 in Queensland)
  • 1920-11-16 Australia's Qantas airways founded in Winton, Queensland as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited
  • 1926-12-11 Leo O'Connor is unbeaten on 143 as Queensland wins their first Sheffield Shield match by 5 wickets vs NSW at the Sydney Cricket Ground
  • 1927-12-17 Victoria score 793 against Queensland, Bill Ponsford 437

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1928-11-01 Australian cricket batting prodigy Don Bradman scores 133 not out in NSW 2nd innings v Queensland in Brisbane; follows his 131 in the Blues' 1st innings

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

  • 1929-12-25 Grimmett takes 6-146 for SA, Queensland all out 380 Crowd 5,390
  • 1930-01-06 Australian cricket icon Don Bradman scores 452 not out for New South Wales v Queensland in Sydney; then world record individual score in a first-class match; runs scored in 415 minutes
  • 1930-12-25 Slinger Nitschke scores 142 SA v Qld at Adelaide before 5,422
  • 1931-12-25 Albert Lonergan scores 137 SA v Qld at Adelaide before 5,697
  • 1932-12-20 50 year old Australian cricket Test spinner Bert Ironmonger captures 7-13 as Queensland dismissed for 74; Victoria wins by an innings & 139 runs in Melbourne
  • 1933-01-30 Grimmett takes 7-86 for SA in Qld 2nd inn, 13-135 for match
  • 1934-12-24 Grimmett takes 9-180 for SA as Queensland make 430
  • 1934-12-25 Four centuries for SA as they make 7-644 v Qld before 6,180
  • 1936-12-18 Queensland cricket all out for 49 v Vic, Fleetwood-Smith 7-17
  • 1936-12-25 Ron Hamence scores 104 for SA v Queensland before 4,865
  • 1937-12-25 Queensland all out for 93 v SA in front of 10,436
  • 1938-01-11 Bradman scores a second innings 113 v Qld after a ton in the 1st
  • 1939-12-23 South Australia score 7-821 against Queensland
  • 1939-12-25 Grimmett & Ward rip through Qld except Bill Brown (156)
  • 1939-12-30 O'Reilly takes 14-45 (8-23 & 6-22) as NSW crush Qld in 2 days
  • 1941-12-11 Australian state cricket associations, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales decide at meetings with new Prime Minister John Curtin to abandon all interstate first class matches for the duration of WWII
  • 1943-05-14 Sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur off the coast of Queensland, by a Japanese submarine

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1962-01-15 50th Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Rod Laver takes the 1st leg of his 1st Grand Slam; beats fellow Queenslander Roy Emerson 8-6, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • 1962-09-10 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Rod Laver completes his first Grand Slam defeating fellow Queenslander Roy Emerson 6-2, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
  • 1963-10-27 Bob Simpson completes 359 for NSW v Qld at Gabba

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977-01-30 Allan Border scores 36 in his 1st-class innings (NSW v Qld)

Cricketer Allan Border
Allan Border
  • 1980-10-17 1st-class debut of Mike Whitney, NSW v Qld (2-52 & 1-39)
  • 1981-03-08 Dennis Lillee ct by Qld 12th man Dennis Lillie in Shield game
  • 1981-10-22 Start of 1st-class game at Newcastle, NSW v Queensland
  • 1983-06-06 Bottle with note of June 9, 1910 found in Queensland
  • 1984-03-13 WA beat Queensland by four wickets to win the Sheffield Shield
  • 1985-03-19 NSW wins cricket Sheffield Shield by beating Queensland by 1 wicket
  • 1986-03-18 Exciting draw in final gives NSW the Sheffield Shield over Queensland
  • 1988-03-22 WA beat Queensland by 5 wkts to win the Sheffield Shield Final
  • 1990-03-27 NSW beat Queensland by 345 runs to win Sheffield Shield Final
  • 1993-03-29 Queensland all out for 75 v NSW in Sheffield Shield Final
  • 1993-03-30 New South Wales beat Qld by eight wkts to win Sheffield Shield
  • 1994-10-13 Earliest start of Sheffield Shield season (Queensland v Tasmania)
  • 1994-11-21 1st-class cricket debut of Andrew Symonds (Queensland v NSW, SCG)
  • 1995-03-28 Queensland beat S Aust to win 1st ever cricket Sheffield Shield
  • 1995-09-26 Earliest 1st-class cricket in Aust season (Qld v Western Prov)
  • 1995-09-28 Troy Dixon scores cricket century on 1st-class debut for Qld v W Prov
  • 1996-03-26 Last day of 1st-class cricket for Allan Border (Qld v Vic)
  • 2011-07-09 Super Rugby Final, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane: Queensland Reds beat Canterbury Crusaders 18-13 at home for their first SR title
  • 2012-02-04 Tens of thousands of people are stranded by floods in the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland
  • 2013-01-25 Tropical cyclone Oswald makes landfall in Queensland, Australia, causing mass flooding
  • 2016-10-25 4 killed on a theme park ride at Dreamworld, in Queensland, Australia
  • 2017-03-28 Cyclone Debbie strikes north east Queensland coast as a category 4 storm
  • 2018-10-17 Australian state of Queensland decriminalizes abortion
  • 2018-11-26 Third of a species begin dying (23,000) over a two day period, the spectacled flying foxes, unable to survive heatwave of 42 degrees in northern Queensland, Australia
  • 2018-11-28 Australian state Queensland raises its fire warning to "catastrophic" for the first time as 130 fires burn
  • 2019-02-13 Flinders River swells to 37 miles wide (60km) creating its own weather system after intense flooding in Queensland, Australia
  • 2019-04-12 Melbourne captain Cameron Smith becomes highest point scorer in Australian Rugby League history; 49th minute penalty in Storm's 18-12 win over North Queensland in Townsville takes him to 2,420; Hazem El Masri, 2,418
  • 2019-09-09 Australia experiences its earliest and most severe start to the fire season after fighting dozens of bushfires in Queensland and New South Wales

Famous Birthdays

  • 1850-08-03 Reginald Heber Roe, 1st Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland and 2nd Headmaster of Brisbane Grammar School, born in Blandford, Dorset, England (d. 1926)
  • 1861-08-01 Sammy Jones, Australian cricket batsman (12 Tests; NSW, Queensland, Auckland), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1951)
  • 1862-01-03 Sir Matthew Nathan, British Governor of Queensland and other places (d. 1939)
  • 1879-05-03 Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman and aviation pioneer (Qantas), born in Morinish, Queensland (d. 1950)
  • 1885-06-07 Percy Brier, Australian composer, born in North Pine, Queensland (d. 1970)
  • 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)
  • 1891-07-28 Ron Oxenham, Australian cricketer (Australian all-rounder 1928-32), born in Nundah, Queensland (d. 1939)
  • 1892-12-08 Herbert "Bert" Hinkler, Australian aviator who made first solo flight from England to Australia (1928), born in Bundaberg, Queensland (d. 1933)

Person of interestRaymond Dart

1893-02-04 Raymond Dart, Australian paleoanthropologist (Australopithecus africanus), born in Brisbane, Queensland (d. 1995) [1]

Paleoanthropologist Raymond Dart
Raymond Dart
  • 1895-04-13 Arthur Fadden, 13th Prime Minister of Australia, born in Ingham, Queensland, Australia (d. 1973)
  • 1900-04-01 Robert McDowell, Mayor of Maryborough, Queensland (d. 1988)
  • 1900-08-01 Otto Nothling, Australian rugby union player and cricketer (Test for Australia 1928, 52 runs aver 26), born in Witta, Queensland, Australia (d. 1965)
  • 1901-06-01 Tom Gorman, Australian rugby league centre and captain (10 Tests; Queensland 34 games), born in Charters Towers, Australia (d. 1978)
  • 1902-06-17 Alec Hurwood, Australian cricketer (Australian off-spinner v WI 1930-31), born in Kangaroo Point, Queensland, Australia (d. 1982)
  • 1904-12-12 Jim Christy, South African cricket batsman (10 Tests; top score 103 1932; Transvaal, Queensland), born in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa (d. 1971)
  • 1909-12-11 Ronald McKie, Australian author (The Mango Tree), born in Toowoomba, Queensland (d. 1991)
  • 1910-06-26 Charles Spry, Australian soldier and security chief, born in Brisbane, Queensland (d. 1994)
  • 1911-01-13 Johannes Bjelke-Petersen, Australian politician, Premier of Queensland (1968-87), born in Dannevirke, New Zealand (d. 2005)
  • 1911-06-10 C. P. "Chilla" Christ, Australian cricketer (Qld spinner late 30's), born in Milton, Brisbane (d. 1998)
  • 1914-07-09 Bill Tallon, Australian cricketer (brother of Don, Queensland leggie), born in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia (d. 1972)
  • 1920-11-03 Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Australian Aboriginal political activist and writer (We Are Going), born in Minjerribah, Queensland, Australia (d. 1993)
  • 1924-08-27 David Rowbotham, Australian poet and journalist, born in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia (d. 2010)
  • 1924-09-13 Harold Blair, Australian tenor and Aboriginal activist, born in Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve, Queensland, Australia (d. 1976)
  • 1925-08-25 Thea Astley, Australian novelist and short-story writer, born in Queensland, Australia (d. 2004)
  • 1925-10-24 Ken Mackay, Australian cricketer (exciting Aussie all-rounder), born in Windsor, Queensland, Australia (d. 1982)
  • 1927-05-02 Raymond "Ray" Barrett, Australian actor (The Troubleshooters, Gillette Summer Sports Reel), born in Brisbane, Queensland (d. 2009)
  • 1928-06-16 John Cuneo, Australian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1972), born in Bulimba, Queensland, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1933-10-05 Diane Cilento, Australian actress (Agony & Ecstasy, Wicker Man), born in Brisbane, Queensland (d. 2011)
  • 1933-10-25 Ron Archer, Australian cricketer (Aussie all-rounder mid-50's), born in Highgate Hill, Queensland
  • 1934-08-16 Sam Trimble, cricketer (Queensland batsman, 12th man for Aust, no Test)
  • 1936-01-22 Noel Kelly, Australian rugby league hooker (25 Tests; Queensland, NSW, Western Suburbs) and coach (Western Suburbs, North Sydney), born in Ipswich, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1936-05-25 Rusi Surti, Indian cricketer (Indian slow lefty, hat-trick for Qld 1969), born in Surat, Gujarat, India (d. 2013)

Person of interestRoy Emerson

1936-11-03 Roy Emerson, Australian tennis player (12 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Blackbutt, Queensland

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • 1936-11-16 John Moore, Australian politician (Minister of Defence 1998-2001), born in Rockhampton, Queensland

Person of interestRod Laver

1938-08-09 Rod Laver AC MBE, Australian tennis player (1962, 1969 Grand Slam; 11 x Grand Slam singles titles; 8 x Pro major titles), born in Rockhampton, Queensland

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • 1941-03-21 Malcolm Francke, cricketer (leg-spinner, Ceylon 1956 to Qld 1984)
  • 1944-07-04 Ray Meagher, Australian actor (Home and Away), born in Roma, Queensland, Australia
  • 1945-10-28 Dennis Lillie [sic], cricketer (Queensland leg-spinner 1965-66/80-82)
  • 1946-04-27 John Maclean, Australian cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1978-79), born in Herston, Queensland, Australia
  • 1946-09-16 Mike Reynolds, Australian politician (Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland 2006-09), born in Manly, New South Wales

Person of interestGeoffrey Rush

1951-07-06 Geoffrey Rush, Australian actor (Shakespeare in Love, The King's Speech), born in Toowoomba, Queensland

  • 1951-11-02 Lindy Morrison, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens), born in Queensland, Australia
  • 1953-04-05 John Buchanan, Australian cricketer (Qld batsman 78-79, Shield coach 1995), born in Ipswich, Queensland
  • 1953-11-23 Martin Kent, cricketer (Queensland batsman played for Australia 1981)
  • 1954-01-23 Trevor Hohns, Australian cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1989), born in Queensland, Australia
  • 1954-10-01 Rodney William "Rod" Ansell, Australian bushman and inspiration for "Crocodile Dundee", born in Murgon, Queensland (d. 1999)

Person of interestGreg Norman

1955-02-10 Greg Norman, Australian golfer (British Open 1986, 93), born in Mount Isa, Queensland

Golfer Greg Norman
Greg Norman
  • 1957-06-29 Robert Forster, Australian musician (The Go-Betweens), born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Person of interestWayne Grady

1957-07-26 Wayne Grady, Australian golfer (PGA C'ship 1990), born in Brisbane, Queensland

Golfer and PGA Champion Wayne Grady
Golfer and PGA Champion
Wayne Grady
  • 1957-09-21 Kevin Rudd, Australian politician, Prime Minister (2013), born in Nambour, Queensland
  • 1959-12-01 Wally Lewis, Australian rugby league five eighth, coach and broadcaster (34 Tests; Queensland 38 games; RL Immortal), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1960-01-23 Greg Ritchie, Australian cricketer (Qld & Aust batsman Fat Cat Mahatma Cote), born in Stanthorpe, Queensland
  • 1960-06-03 Carl Rackemann, cricketer (Queensland & Australian quickie)
  • 1960-07-14 Anna Bligh, Australian politician, 1st woman Premier of Queensland (2007-12), born in Warwick, Australia
  • 1960-10-24 Ian Baker-Finch, Australian golfer and broadcaster (1991 British Open 1991, CBS), born in Nambour, Queensland, Australia
  • 1961-06-16 Robbie Kerr, cricketer (Queensland opener 2 Tests for Australia 1985)
  • 1962-07-29 Corinne Dibnah, Australian golfer (British Open 1988; LET Order of Merit 1991), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1962-09-26 Peter Foster, Australian career criminal and con man, born in Queensland, Australia
  • 1962-10-28 Peter Cantrell, cricketer (Queensland opening batsman, Neth WC 1996)
  • 1964-01-16 Trevor Barsby, Australian cricketer (Queensland opening batsman since 1984-85), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1964-04-30 Ian Healy, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (119 Tests, 366 catches, 29 stumpings), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1965-06-04 Mick Doohan, Australian motorcycle racer (5-time 500cc world champion), born in Gold Coast, Queensland
  • 1966-08-24 Jon Sieben, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly 1984), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1966-11-01 Mary Hansen, Australian guitarist and singer (Stereolab), born in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia (d. 2002)
  • 1968-04-07 Duncan Armstrong, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m freestyle 1988), born in Rockhampton, Queensland
  • 1968-08-20 Sandy Brondello, Australian basketball guard (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Mackay, Queensland
  • 1968-10-18 Stuart Law, cricketer (prolific Queensland batsman, Australia 1995)
  • 1969-12-14 Dave Nilsson, Australian baseball catcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • 1970-08-27 Andy Bichel, Australian cricketer and pace bowler, born in Laidley, Queensland, Australia
  • 1971-04-20 John Senden, Australian golfer (2 PGA Tour titles), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1971-05-10 Andrei Kravtsov, Queensland Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)

Person of interestJulian Assange

1971-07-03 Julian Assange, Australian founder of Wikileaks, born in Townsville, Queensland

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange
Wikileaks Founder
Julian Assange
  • 1971-09-03 Glen Housman, Australian swimmer (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Rockhampton, Queensland
  • 1971-10-29 Matthew Hayden, cricketer (heavy scorer for Queensland, Aust 1994-96)
  • 1972-01-23 Tanya Harding, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1972-05-30 Renita Farrell, Australian field hockey midfielder (Olympic Gold 1996, 2000), born in Townsville, Queensland
  • 1972-06-26 Jai Taurima, Australian long jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Southport, Queensland
  • 1972-07-27 Clint Robinson, Australian K-1 1k canoeist (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1973-02-16 Cathy Freeman OAM, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 400m 2000; silver 1996; World C'ship gold 400m 1997, 99), born in Mackay, Australia
  • 1973-03-05 Nicole Pratt, Australian tennis star (1995 Futures Australia), born in Mackay, Queensland
  • 1973-07-14 Kieren Perkins, Brisbane QLD Aust, 1500m swimmer (Olymp-2 gold-92, 96)
  • 1973-07-27 Gorden Tallis, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Townsville, Queensland, Australia
  • 1973-08-02 Susie O'Neill, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly 1992; 200m freestyle 1996), born in Mackay, Queensland
  • 1973-11-22 Michael Murphy, Brisbane QLD Queensland Australia, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974-02-27 Jimmy Maher, Australian cricketer (Queensland lefty batsman victorious 1995 side), born in Innisfail, Australia
  • 1974-03-30 Martin Love, cricketer (high scoring Queensland batsman, Aust 1995)

Person of interestKarrie Webb

1974-12-21 Karrie Webb, Australian golfer (7 major titles; US Open 2000-01; 14 LPGA Tour titles), born in Ayr, Queensland

Golfer Karrie Webb
Karrie Webb
  • 1975-06-09 Andrew Symonds, Australian cricketer, born in Birmingham, England
  • 1976-02-28 Angie Kennedy, Nambour QLD Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1976-07-20 Andrew Stockdale, Australian rock musician (Wolfmother), born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • 1976-07-24 Scott Logan, Brisbane QLD Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977-05-07 Elton Flatley, Australian rugby union fly-half (38 caps; 187 points; Queensland Reds 114 games, 609 points), born in Tamworth, NSW
  • 1978-03-18 Dionne Bainbridge, Brisbane QLD Aust, NZ 200m swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1980-07-27 Allan Davis, Australian cyclist, born in Ipswich, Queensland
  • 1981-02-17 Lisa Skinner, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Queensland, Australia
  • 1981-03-01 Will Power, Australian auto racer (Indianapolis 500 2018), born in Toowoomba, Queensland
  • 1981-04-08 Rebecca Wilson, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Queensland, Australia
  • 1981-06-17 Shane Watson, Australian Test cricket all-rounder (2005-2015), born in Ipswich, Queensland
  • 1981-11-02 Mitchell Johnson, Australian cricket fast bowler (73 Tests, 313 wickets @ 28.40; 153 ODIs), born in Townsville, Queensland
  • 1982-02-18 Courtney Act [Shane Jenek], Australian drag queen, pop singer, entertainer and reality television personality, born in Brisbane, Queensland

Famous Weddings

  • 2005-10-09 Savage Garden musician Daniel Jones (32) weds "Hi-5" member Kathleen De Leon at Avica Weddings and Resort on the Gold Coast in Queensland

Famous Deaths

  • 1901-01-10 Sir James Dickson, Premier of Queensland, Australian Minister for Defence (b. 1832)
  • 1905-01-13 George Thorn, Premier of Queensland (b. 1838)
  • 1906-01-01 Sir Hugh Nelson, Australian politician (Premier of Queensland (b. 1835)
  • 1926-09-21 Reginald Heber Roe, 1st Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland and 2nd Headmaster of Brisbane Grammar School, dies at 76
  • 1951-07-14 Sammy Jones, Australian cricket batsman (12 Tests; NSW, Queensland, Auckland), dies at 89
  • 1952-01-15 Ned Hanlon, Premier of Queensland (b. 1887)
  • 1963-01-07 Arthur Moore, Premier of Queensland (b. 1876)
  • 1971-02-01 Jim Christy, South African cricket batsman (10 Tests; top score 103 1932; Transvaal, Queensland), dies at 66
  • 1972-09-18 Bill Tallon, Australian cricketer (brother of Don, Queensland leggie), dies at 58
  • 1978-01-09 Eddie Gilbert, cricket (Aboriginal Qld quick got Don for a duck), dies
  • 1978-06-22 Tom Gorman, Australian rugby league centre and captain (10 Tests; Queensland 34 games), dies at 77
  • 1984-09-07 Don Tallon, cricketer (great Queensland & Australian keeper), dies
  • 1998-01-22 C. P. "Chilla" Christ, Australian cricketer (Qld spinner late 30's), dies at 86
  • 2005-04-23 Johannes Bjelke-Petersen, Australian politician, Premier of Queensland (1968-87), dies at 94
  • 2013-01-13 Rusi Surti, Indian cricketer (Indian slow lefty, hat-trick for Qld 1969), dies from complications from a stroke at 76
  • 2020-06-14 Noel Kelly, Australian rugby league hooker (25 Tests; Queensland, NSW, Western Suburbs) and coach (Western Suburbs, North Sydney), dies from a stroke at 84