Brisbane in History

Queensland: Mackay

Historical Events

  • 1887-01-21 Brisbane receives a daily rainfall of 465 millimetres (18.3 inches), a record for any Australian capital city
  • 1893-04-03 1st NSW v Queensland F-C game, at Brisbane Exhibition Ground
  • 1907-08-24 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Brisbane : Australian Horace Rice beats Harry Parker of New Zealand 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
  • 1915-08-21 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Brisbane: Englishman Gordon Lowe beats Horace Rice of Australia 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-4
  • 1923-08-18 Australasian Championships Women's Tennis, Brisbane: Margaret Molesworth retains title; beats Esna Boyd 6-1, 7-5
  • 1923-08-18 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Brisbane: Pat O'Hara Wood wins his 2nd Australasian title; beats fellow Australian Bert St John 6-1, 6-1, 6-3
  • 1928-06-09 Charles Kingsford-Smith & Charles Ulm are 1st to fly across the Pacific when they end their flight from California to Brisbane

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1928-11-01 Australian cricket batting prodigy Dob 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
  • 1928-12-05 England defeats Australia by record 675 runs at Brisbane
  • 1946-12-02 In rain affected 1st Test in Brisbane, Australia compiles 1st innings total 645 on Day 3 v India (Bradman 187, Hassett 128 ); Australia wins by an innings and 332
  • 1947-12-01 In first cricket Test match between the 2 nations, India is dismissed for 58 by Australia in Brisbane; fast bowler Ernie Toshack takes 5 for 2 off 2.3 overs; Don Bradman scores 185 as Australia wins by an innings & 226 runs
  • 1947-12-04 In the first cricket Test match between the 2 nations, India is dismissed for 98 by Australia in Brisbane to lose by an innings & 226 runs; fast bowler Ernie Toshack takes 6 for 29 for match figures of 11 for 31
  • 1958-12-31 47th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Brisbane (3-2)
  • 1962-09-28 Paddington tram depot fire destroys 65 trams in Brisbane, Australia.
  • 1962-12-28 51st Davis Cup: Australia beats Mexico in Brisbane (5-0)
  • 1967-12-28 56th Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Brisbane (4-1)

  • 1969-04-13 Closure of the Brisbane tramway network.
  • 1970-11-27 Test Cricket debut of Rodney "Iron Gloves" Marsh v England, Brisbane
  • 1970-11-29 England cricket batsman Colin Cowdrey reaches 22 on Day 3 of the drawn 1st Test against Australia in Brisbane to become Test Cricket's leading run scorer; passes countryman Wally Hammond's world Test-record aggregate of 7,249 runs
  • 1973-08-05 15 year old Australian swimmer Stephen Holland smashes Mike Burton's 1,500m world record by a massive 14.78 seconds (15:37.8) in Brisbane
  • 1975-11-28 Test Cricket debut of Michael Anthony Holding, WI v Australia Brisbane
  • 1975-12-02 Greg Chappell in his debut as Australian cricket captain completes a fine double in 8 wicket win in 1st Test v West Indies in Brisbane; scores 109no in 2nd innings to follow his 1st innings 123

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1978-12-01 Australian cricket fast bowler Rodney Hogg debuts in 1st Test v England in Brisbane; after Australia all out 116, Hogg makes instant impact by dismissing both high profile England openers Graham Gooch (2) and Geoff Boycott (13)

Cricketer Graham Gooch
Cricketer
Graham Gooch
  • 1979-12-01 Australia's World Series Cricket men return to the fold in the drawn 1st Test v West Indies in Brisbane; ex-WSC players Bruce Laird (92), Greg Chappell (74) & David Hookes (33no) provide the scoring on Day 1 in home side's 229/5
  • 1979-12-05 Ex-World Series Cricket combatants Greg Chappell (124) and Kim Hughes (130no) rescue Australia on last day of the drawn 1st Test v West Indies in Brisbane; WSC players return in this Test
  • 1981-02-05 Largest Jell-O made (9,246 gallons of watermelon-flavor) in Brisbane
  • 1981-11-29 Greg Chappell scores 201 v Pakistan at The Gabba (Brisbane)
  • 1982-09-30 12th Commonwealth Games open in Brisbane, Australia

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1985-11-12 Richard Hadlee takes 15-123 for cricket match New Zealand v Australia at Brisbane

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • 1987-12-05 David Boon's 5th Test Cricket century, 143 v NZ at Brisbane
  • 1988-04-30 World Exposition, Expo 88 opens in Brisbane Australia
  • 1991-03-09 "Les Miserables" opens at Lyric Theatre, Brisbane
  • 1991-12-02 Australia routs India by 10 wickets in the 1st cricket Test in Brisbane; first Test to be officiated by a match referee; former England captain MJK Smith does the honours
  • 1992-11-30 David Boon's 14th Test Cricket century, 111 v WI at Brisbane
  • 2008-09-13 New Zealand beats Australia, 28-24 in Brisbane to clinch their 4th straight Tri Nations Rugby Series; flyhalf Dan Carter scores a try and lands 4 conversions for the All Blacks
  • 2010-11-13 Australian rock band Powderfinger, perform their last concert at the Brisbane River Stage
  • 2011-07-09 Super Rugby Final, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane: Queensland Reds beat Canterbury Crusaders 18-13 at home for their first SR title
  • 2011-08-27 Australia claims final Tri Nations Rugby Series with 25-20 win over New Zealand in Brisbane; Argentina's Pumas join competition the following year; series rebranded The Rugby Championship

Conference meetingSummit of Interest

2014-11-15 Vladimir Putin's press secretary says media reports that the Russian president plans to leave the G20 Summit in Brisbane early are nonsense

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • 2014-11-15 World leaders gather in Brisbane for G20 Summit, which will focus on economic growth

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2017-07-02 Home town underdog Jeff Horn upsets Manny Pacquiao of the Phillipines on points in a highly controversial WBO welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia

  • 2019-02-27 Doctors announce world's second known case of semi-identical twins, a boy and girl from Brisbane, Australia

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)

Person of interestRaymond Dart

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

Paleoanthropologist Raymond Dart
Paleoanthropologist
Raymond Dart
  • 1910-06-26 Charles Spry, Australian soldier and security chief, born in Brisbane, Queensland (d. 1994)
  • 1911-06-10 C. P. "Chilla" Christ, Australian cricketer (Qld spinner late 30's), born in Milton, Brisbane (d. 1998)
  • 1915-11-04 Alistair Cameron Crombie, Australian historian of science, born in Brisbane, Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1918-01-16 Clem Jones, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Australia (d. 2007)
  • 1920-06-08 Gwen Harwood, Australian poet (The Lion's Bride), born in Taringa, Brisbane, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1927-05-02 Raymond "Ray" Barrett, Australian actor (The Troubleshooters, Gillette Summer Sports Reel), born in Brisbane, Queensland (d. 2009)
  • 1930-05-16 Brian Davies, Rugby League player, born in Brisbane, Australia (d. 2012)
  • 1933-10-05 Diane Cilento, Australian actress (Agony & Ecstasy, Wicker Man), born in Brisbane, Queensland (d. 2011)
  • 1934-09-11 Norma Croker, Australian sprinter, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1935-12-31 Peter Allan, Australian cricketer (1 Test Australia v England 1965, 2-58 & 0-25), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1940-10-15 Peter C. Doherty, Australian immunologist and veterinary surgeon (Nobel 1996), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1942-07-23 Sallyanne Atkinson, Australian politician (Lord Mayor of Brisbane 1985-91), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1952-11-26 Wendy Turnbell, Australian tennis player (1979,82 US Opens Double), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1956-11-23 Shane Gould, Australian freestyle swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1972), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 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
  • 1959-10-20 Mark Little, Australian actor and comedian (Neighbours), born in Brisbane
  • 1959-12-01 Wally Lewis, Australian rugby league five eighth, coach and broadcaster (34 Tests; Queensland 38 games; RL Immortal), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1962-07-29 Corinne Dibnah, Australian golfer (British Open 1988; LET Order of Merit 1991), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1964-04-30 Ian Healy, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (119 Tests, 366 catches, 29 stumpings), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1965-06-17 Gianluca Pozzi, Italian tennis star (1991 Brisbane), born in Bari, Italy
  • 1966-08-24 Jon Sieben, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly 1984), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1968-08-18 Carolyn Crudgington, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1969-12-14 Dave Nilsson, Australian baseball catcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • 1970-11-18 Peter Dutton, Australian politician, Minister for Home Affairs (2017-18), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1971-04-20 John Senden, Australian golfer (2 PGA Tour titles), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1972-01-23 Tanya Harding, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1972-02-10 Michael Kasprowicz, Australian cricketer (Australian Test fast bowler v WI 1996), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1972-07-27 Clint Robinson, Australian K-1 1k canoeist (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1972-11-07 Mike Goldman, Australian media personality (Big Brother Australia), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1973-06-12 Darryl White, Australian rules footballer (Brisbane Bears), born in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
  • 1973-07-14 Kieren Perkins, Brisbane QLD Aust, 1500m swimmer (Olymp-2 gold-92, 96)
  • 1973-08-14 Kieren Perkins, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 1,500m 1992, 96), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1973-11-13 Samantha Riley, Brisbane Australia, breastroker (Olympic 2 bronze-92, 96)
  • 1973-11-22 Michael Murphy, Brisbane QLD Queensland Australia, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974-07-16 Wendell Sailor, Australian rugby league and union footballer, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1976-07-24 Scott Logan, Brisbane QLD Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1976-11-09 Laura Csortan, Miss Universe-Congeniality (Australia, 1997), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1978-03-18 Dionne Bainbridge, Brisbane QLD Aust, NZ 200m swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978-12-28 Chris Coyne, Australian footballer (Bayswater City SC), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1980-04-27 Talitha Cummins, Australian journalist (Seven News Brisbane), born in Gold Coast, Australia
  • 1980-07-22 Scott Dixon, New Zealand auto racer (IndyCar Drivers' champion 2003, 08, 13, 15, 18), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1980-08-18 Rob Nguyen, Australian racing driver, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1982-02-18 Courtney Act [Shane Jenek], Australian drag queen, pop singer, entertainer and reality television personality, born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1982-02-26 Katherine Hull Kirk, Australian golfer (British Open 2010 runner-up; 3 LPGA Tour titles), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1984-03-30 Samantha Stosur, Australian tennis player (US Open 2011) born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1985-01-30 Trae Williams, American football player, born in South Brisbane, Australia
  • 1985-06-12 Sam Thaiday, Australian professional rugby league player (Brisbane Broncos), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1987-04-27 Elliott Shriane, Australian short track speed skater, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1987-10-24 Lincoln Lewis, Australian actor (Tomorrow, When the War Begin), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1988-02-04 Jeff Horn, Australian professional boxer (WBO welterweight title 2017), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1988-06-17 Stephanie Rice, Australian swimmer (3 x Olympic gold 2008), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1988-09-08 Caitlin Hill, Australian YouTube personality (TheHill88), born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1956-10-06 Tennis player champ Ken Rosewall (21) weds Wilma McIver at St John's Church of England Cathedral in Brisbane, Australia

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • 2006-03-31 Long jumper gold medalist Bronwyn Thompson (28) weds Jason Chipperfield at Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane, Australia

Famous Deaths

  • 1926-09-21 Reginald Heber Roe, 1st Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland and 2nd Headmaster of Brisbane Grammar School, dies at 76