Perth in History

Historical Events

  • 1909-10-25 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Perth: Anthony Wilding of New Zealand wins his 2nd Australasian title; beats Ernie Parker of Australia 6–1, 7–5, 6–2
  • 1913-11-15 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Perth: Australian Ernie Parker beats NZ namesake Harry Parker 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
  • 1921-12-31 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Perth: Australian Rhys Gemmell beats countryman Alf Hedeman 7-5, 6-1, 6-4
  • 1962-11-22 7th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games open in Perth, Australia
  • 1967-10-22 Ian Brayshaw (W Aus v Vic, Perth) takes all 10 cricket wkts

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1989-01-01 1st Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Helena Suková & Miloslav Mečíř win inaugural event for Czechoslovakia; beat Australian pair Hana Mandlíková & Pat Cash 6-2, 6-4 for 2-0 victory

Tennis Player and Gold Medalist Miloslav Mecir
Tennis Player and Gold Medalist
Miloslav Mecir
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash
  • 1990-01-01 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario beats American Pam Shriver 6-3, 6-3 to clinch 2-1 win for Spain's first title
  • 1990-10-17 "Les Miserables" opens at Imperial Theatre, NY & His Majesty's Theatre, Perth
  • 1991-01-04 12 year old Chinese diver Fu Mingxia wins 10m platform gold medal at World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia; youngest world champion in the history of any aquatic event
  • 1991-01-04 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Goran Prpić beats American David Wheaton 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 for an unassailable 2-0 lead, (ends 2-1) and Yugoslavia's first title
  • 1991-02-01 Australian cricket fast bowler Craig McDermott sets up a 9 wicket, 5th Test win over England with a career best 8-97 in Perth
  • 1992-01-03 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Jakob Hlasek beats Karel Nováček of Czechoslovakia 6-4, 6-4 for a 2-0 lead (ends 2-1) and Switzerland's first title
  • 1992-02-02 David Boon's 13 Test Cricket century, 107 v India at Perth
  • 1993-01-08 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Michael Stich beats Emilio Sánchez of Spain 7-5, 6-3 for a 2-0 win, and Germany's first title
  • 1994-01-07 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Petr Korda defeats Bernd Karbacher of Germany 6-3, 6-3 for an unassailable 2-0 lead (ends 2-1) and the Czech Republic's first title

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1995-01-07 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Boris Becker beats Andrei Medvedev of the Ukraine 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 for a 2-0 win, and Germany's second title

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker

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1996-01-06 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Goran Ivanišević & Iva Majoli win Croatia's first title; at 1 rubber apiece Switzerland's Marc Rosset & Martina Hingis forced to retire at 3-6, 7-6, 4-5 in the deciding doubles rubber

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Iva Majoli
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Iva Majoli
Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • 1997-01-04 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Justin Gimelstob & Chanda Rubin clinch first title for the US; beat South African pair Wayne Ferreira & Amanda Coetzer 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 for a 2-1 victory

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1998-01-10 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Karina Habšudová & Karol Kučera beat French pair Mary Pierce & Cédric Pioline 6-3, 6-4 for a 2-1 win, and Slovakia's first title

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
Tennis Player Cedric Pioline
Tennis Player
Cedric Pioline
  • 1998-01-15 Australian schoolboy Ian Thorpe becomes youngest ever male to become a world swimming champion when he wins 400m freestyle aged 15 years, 3 months in Perth; also wins event at 2001 & 2003 World Championships
  • 1999-01-09 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Mark Philippoussis clinches Australia's unassailable 2-0 lead, (ends 2-1), with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Sweden's Jonas Björkman; Australia's first title
  • 2000-01-08 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Amanda Coetzer & Wayne Ferreira wrap up South Africa's first title (3-0) with an abbreviated 8-1 mixed doubles win over Tamarine Tanasugarn & Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand

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2001-01-06 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Roger Federer beats American Jan-Michael Gambill 6-4, 6-3 to clinch Switzerland's unassailable 2-0 lead, (ends 2-1)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

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2002-01-05 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Spain wins 2nd title; Arantxa Sánchez Vicario & Tommy Robredo beat American pair Monica Seles & Jan-Michael Gambill 6-4, 6-2 for a 2-1 victory

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles

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2003-01-04 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Serena Williams & James Blake beat Australian pair Alicia Molik & Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-2 for a 3-0 win, and 2nd American title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2004-01-10 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Lindsay Davenport & James Blake beat Slovakian pair Daniela Hantuchová & Karol Kučera 6-2, 6-3 for a 2-1 win, and 3rd American title
  • 2005-01-08 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Dominik Hrbatý beats Guillermo Coria of Argentina 6-4, 6-1 for an unassailable 2-0 lead, and 2nd Slovakian title
  • 2006-01-06 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Lisa Raymond & Taylor Dent beat Dutch pair Michaëlla Krajicek & Peter Wessels 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 for a 2-1 win and 4th American title
  • 2007-01-05 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Dmitry Tursunov beats Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-4, 7-5 to give Russia an unassailable 2-0 lead, and first title
  • 2008-01-04 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Americans Serena Williams & Mardy Fish beat Serbian pair Novak Đoković & Jelena Janković 7-6, 6-2 for an unassailable 2-0 lead, and the 5th US title
  • 2008-08-06 Access 31 TV stops broadcasting in Perth, Western Australia
  • 2009-01-09 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Dominik Hrbatý beats Russia's Marat Safin 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 for an unassailable 2-0 lead, and Slovakia's 3rd title

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2010-01-09 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: María José Martínez Sánchez & Tommy Robredo of Spain beat British pair Laura Robson & Andy Murray 7-6, 7-5 to clinch a 2-1 win; Spain's 3rd title

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • 2011-01-08 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands & John Isner beat Belgian pair Justine Henin & Ruben Bemelmans 6-1, 6-3 to clinch a 2-1 victory; 6th title for the United States
  • 2012-01-07 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Tomáš Berdych beats Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-6, 6-4 for an unassailable 2-0 lead; 2nd title for Czech Republic

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2013-01-05 25th Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Spain wins 4th title; Anabel Medina Garrigues & Fernando Verdasco beat high profile Serbian pair Ana Ivanović & Novak Đoković 6-4, 7-5 to clinch 2-1 victory

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 2014-01-04 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: France wins first title; Alizé Cornet & Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Poland's Agnieszka Radwańska & Grzegorz Panfil 6-0, 6-2 to clinch 2-1 victory
  • 2015-01-10 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Poland's Agnieszka Radwańska & Jerzy Janowicz beat American pair Serena Williams & John Isner 7-5, 6-3 to clinch a 2-1 win; earlier Radwańska defeats Williams 6-4, 6-7, 6-1
  • 2016-01-09 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Australian Nick Kyrgios beats Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine 6-3, 6-4 for an unassailable 2-0 lead and the home nation's second title
  • 2017-01-07 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: French pair Kristina Mladenovic & Richard Gasquet beat Americans Coco Vandeweghe & Jack Sock 4-1, 4-3 to clinch 2-1 win; 2nd French title
  • 2017-12-18 Australia regains cricket's Ashes against England, winning by an innings to take 3 game lead at the Wacca in Perth
  • 2018-01-06 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Swiss pair Roger Federer & Belinda Bencic clinch 2-1 win over Germany; beat Angelique Kerber & Alexander Zverev 4-3, 4-2; Switzerland's 3rd event success
  • 2018-03-25 First scheduled non-stop flight between Australia and the UK, leaves Perth for Heathrow airport in London, arrives after 17 hours
  • 2019-01-05 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Swiss pair Roger Federer & Belinda Bencic clinch 2-1 win over Germany; beat Angelique Kerber & Alexander Zverev 4-0, 1-4, 4-3; Switzerland's 4th event success
  • 2019-11-10 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Perth: French pair Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia beat Ash Barty and Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-4, 6-3 to clinch a 3-2 victory

Famous Birthdays

  • 1883-11-05 Ernie Parker, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1913), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 1918)
  • 1906-09-11 Roye England, creator and founder President of the Pendon Museum of Miniature Landscape and Transport, born in Perth, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1908-01-08 "Fearless" Nadia [Mary Ann Evans], Australian actress (Hunterwali), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1910-04-17 Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (Man of a Thousand Faces), born in Perth, Australia (d. 1999)
  • 1912-01-18 Wilhelm Herz, German motorcycle racer (first to 200mph), born in Lampertheim, Germany (d. 1998)
  • 1922-06-26 Campbell Adamson, British industrialist and CEO (Abbey National Pictures), born in Perth, Scotland (d. 2000)
  • 1942-01-14 Ian Brayshaw, Australian cricketer & footballer, born in South Perth, Australia
  • 1942-06-29 Mike Willesee, Australian television presenter (This Day Tonight), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1945-12-01 Ross Edwards, Australian cricket batsman (20 Tests @ 40.37, top score 170no; 9 ODIs), born in Perth Western Australia
  • 1946-07-19 Alan Gorrie, Scottish rock bassist and singer (Average White Band), born in Perth, Scotland
  • 1947-11-04 Rod Marsh, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (96 Tests, 355 dismissals; Australian selector), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1948-12-14 Kim Beazley, Australian politician (33rd Governor of Western Australia), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1950-12-12 William "Billy" Smith, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (New York Islanders), born in Perth, Ontario
  • 1951-11-01 Craig Serjeant, Australian cricket batsman (12 Tests; top score 124, 1977), born in Perth, West Australia
  • 1953-05-25 Jane Priest, Prince Charles' lover, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1954-02-09 Gina Rhinehart, Australian mining magnate (Australia's richest person), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1954-10-08 Carl Vine, Australian classical composer, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1955-04-23 Judy Davis, Australian actress (Barton Fink, Husbands & Wives), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1955-12-14 Jane Crafter, Australian-American golfer (1987 JC Penney Mixed Teams), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1956-06-12 Terry Alderman, Australian cricketer (prolific Australian medium-pacer 1981-91), born in Subiaco, Perth, Australia
  • 1956-12-29 Fred MacAulay, Scottish comedian, born in Perth, United Kingdom
  • 1958-09-06 Nigel Westlake, Australian musician and composer, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1959-03-27 Andrew Farriss, Australian rock keyboardist (INXS-Kiss the Dirt), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1961-08-20 Greg Egan, Australian science fiction and hard science author, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1961-09-06 Simon Reeve, Australian TV presenter and host (Million Dollar Minute), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1962-11-28 Karen Marsden, field hockey goalie (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1963-04-11 Elizabeth Smylie, tennis star (1987 Oklahoma City), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1963-10-30 Mike Veletta, Australian cricketer (West Aussie opening batsman, 8 Tests for Aust), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1964-10-29 Jackie Pereira, field hockey center/forward (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1967-02-25 Jenny Byrne, tennis star (1984 Futures-Wyong-AUS), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1967-08-21 Darren Bewick, AFL footballer, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1967-11-10 Jackie Fairweather, Australian triathlete (ITU World Championships gold 1996), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 2014)
  • 1969-02-07 Fiona Robinson-Hannan, Australian basketball player (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1970-04-24 Damien Fleming, Australian cricket pace bowler (hat-trick on Test debut), born in Bentley, Perth, Australia
  • 1970-05-01 Damon Diletti, Australian field hockey goal keeper (Olympic silver 1992; Champions Trophy gold 1999), born in Perth, West Australia
  • 1971-02-12 Shane Tonkin, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia

Person of interestEwan McGregor

1971-03-31 Ewan McGregor, Scottish actor (Trainspotting, Star Wars Episodes I, II, III), born in Perth, Scotland

  • 1972-08-16 Stan Lazaridis, Australian footballer, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1974-10-13 Tony Carbone, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1976-09-04 Helen Denman, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1977-03-31 Garth Tander, Australian auto racer (Bathurst 1000: 2000, 09, 11), born in Perth, WA
  • 1979-02-18 Julia Greville, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia

Person of interestHeath Ledger

1979-04-04 Heath Ledger, Australian-American Actor (Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 2008)

  • 1979-08-14 Paul Burgess, Australian athlete, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1979-10-04 Adam Voges, Australian cricket batsman (20 Tests; oldest [35] to score a century on Test debut 2015), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1981-01-15 Sean Lamont, Scottish rugby union footballer, born in Perth, United Kingdom
  • 1981-06-28 Michael Crafter, Australian musician (I Killed The Prom Queen), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1981-09-04 Richard Garcia, Australian footballer, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1985-04-18 Karl Reindler, Australian racing driver, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1989-07-01 Daniel Ricciardo, Australian auto racer (Monte Carlo GP 2018), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1996-05-27 Minjee Lee, Australian golfer (ANA Inspiration 2017 3rd, 5 LPGA Tour titles), born in Perth, West Australia
  • 1996-12-20 Hannah Green, Australian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2019), born in Perth, Western Australia

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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 Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke
23rd Prime Minister of Australia
Bob Hawke