Australian History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 752

  • 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
  • 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

BoatGreat White Fleet

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
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American naval ships leave Virginia on December 16, 1907, the first day of their two-year voyage
American naval ships leave Virginia on December 16, 1907, the first day of their two-year voyage

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1908-09-03 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs Australian Bill Lang in 6 rounds in Melbourne in a warmup fight for his famous title bout with Jack Johnson

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1908-11-12 Andrew Fisher assumes the position of prime minister for what turns out to be a short-lived second Labour government, Australia
  • 1908-12-26 African-American boxer Jack Johnson stops Canadian defending champion Tommy Burns in the 14th round in Sydney, Australia, to become the first black man to win world heavyweight title; Burns is favourite in 12th title defence but Johnson dominates before police stop the bout
  • 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

CrownRoyal Coronation

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
  • 1912-08-22 England defeat Australia to win the Triangular Tournament
  • 1913-02-20 King O'Malley drives in the first survey peg to mark commencement of work on the construction of Australian capital Canberra
  • 1913-03-12 Foundation stone of the Australian capital in Canberra laid
  • 1914-09-11 Australia invades New Britain, defeating a German contingent there.
  • 1914-09-17 Andrew Fisher becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time.

  • 1914-11-09 Off Cocos Island, near Sumatra, the Australian cruiser 'Sydney' sinks German cruiser 'Emden', which has been attacking ships in the Pacific
  • 1914-12-23 World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1915-07-01 Australia begins Commonwealth Lighthouse Service
  • 1915-07-01 Australian Survey Corps becomes part of Military Forces
  • 1915-08-07 WWI: Assault against Russell's Top at Gallipolis, Turkey - 232 Australians are killed
  • 1915-10-27 Andrew Fisher is replaced as Labour Prime Minister by William 'Billy' Hughes, who will advocate a more active role for Australians in the war
  • 1916-10-28 Australian government holds a national referendum seeking support for the proposal of compulsory conscription; it is rejected
  • 1916-11-13 Prime Minister of Australia Billy Hughes is expelled from the Labor Party over his support for conscription
  • 1917-02-17 In Australia, Nationalist Party takes over a coalition government
  • 1917-10-31 World War I: Battle of Beersheba in southern Palestine - "last successful cavalry charge in history" performed by the 4th Australian Light Horse
  • 1917-12-20 A second nationwide referendum on military conscription is rejected by the Australian public
  • 1918-02-21 Australians chase Turkish troop out of Jericho, Dutch Palestine
  • 1918-03-23 Alick Wickham dives 200' into Australia's Yarra River
  • 1918-06-26 The Australian steamer Wimmera is sunk by a mine laid north of Cape Maria van Diemen in 1917 by the German raider Wolf; 26 of its 151 passengers and crew were killed
  • 1918-08-29 Bapaume taken by Australian Corps and Canadian Corps in the Hundred Days Offensive
  • 1919-08-06 1st air flight over a major body of water in Australia (Harry Butler)
  • 1919-11-12 Ross & Keith Smith start a 1 month flight from London to Australia
  • 1919-12-13 Ross & Smith land in Australia from a flight from London
  • 1920-10-30 The Communist Party of Australia is founded in Sydney.
  • 1920-11-16 Australia's Qantas airways founded in Winton, Queensland as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited

  • 1920-12-07 NSW make 802 against South Australia, then Mailey takes 8-81
  • 1921-08-07 Dutch cyclist Piet Moeskops wins the 1st of 4 straight, and 5 total world sprint championships when he beats defending champion Bob Spears of Australia in Copenhagen
  • 1922-09-11 One of the Herald Sun of Melbourne, Australia's predecessor papers The Sun News-Pictorial is founded.
  • 1923-10-31 160 consecutive days of 100 degrees F begin at Marble Bar, Australia
  • 1924-09-13 19th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Philadelphia (5-0)
  • 1926-03-26 85th Grand National: Billy Watkinson victorious aboard 25/1 bet Jack Horner; first Australian jockey to win the race
  • 1927-05-09 Canberra replaces Melbourne as the capital of Australia, and the Australian Parliament convenes there for the first time.
  • 1928-02-07 1st solo flight from England to Australia takes off from Croydon, piloted by Australian aviator Bert Hinkler (arrives 15 ½ days later)
  • 1928-02-22 1st solo flight from England to Australia lands in Darwin, 15 ½ days after take off, piloted by Australian aviator Bert Hinkler
  • 1928-06-08 1st US-to-Australia flight lands (Sir Charles Kingford)
  • 1928-12-05 England defeats Australia by record 675 runs at Brisbane
  • 1929-10-22 James H Scullin forms Australia government
  • 1930-04-29 Telephone connection Britain-Australia goes into service

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1930-05-01 Cricket master batsman Don Bradman scores 236 for Australia v Worcestershire in his first 1st class innings in England

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1930-05-05 Amy Johnson takes off - first woman to fly solo from England to Australia

Aviator Amy Johnson
Aviator
Amy Johnson
  • 1930-05-24 Amy Johnson becomes the 1st woman to fly solo from England to Australia
  • 1930-05-24 Bradman scores 252* Australia v Surrey, 290 mins, 29 fours
  • 1930-06-30 Don Bradman scores 254 for Australia at Lord's v England, 320 mins, 25 fours
  • 1930-10-11 Collingwood Football Club in Melbourne, Australia, won the VFL premiership for the fourth consecutive year.
  • 1930-12-12 Start of the 1st Australia v West Indies Test (at Adelaide)
  • 1931-01-07 Guy Menzies flies the first solo non-stop trans-Tasman flight (from Australia to New Zealand) in 11 hours and 45 minutes, crash-landing on New Zealand's west coast.
  • 1931-01-16 Bradman scores 223 Australia v West Indies in 297 mins, 26 fours
  • 1931-01-22 Sir Isaac Isaacs is sworn in as the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia
  • 1931-02-14 Don Bradman scores 152 for Australia v West Indies, 154 minutes, 13 fours 2 fives
  • 1931-03-04 West Indies beat Australia for the 1st time, by 30 runs at SCG
  • 1931-07-23 Ashmore & Cartier Is in Indian Ocean transferred to Australia
  • 1931-12-11 Statute of Westminster gives complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland (Free State), and Newfoundland (not then part of Canada)
  • 1931-12-19 Joseph A Lyons (C) becomes premier of Australia
  • 1932-01-04 Bradman scores 167 for Australia v South Africa at the MCG
  • 1932-02-14 South Africa all out for 36 in 1st innings v Australia (Ironmonger 5-6)
  • 1932-11-02 The "Great Emu War" begins: Australian soldiers armed with Lewis Guns sought to cull the Emu population over crop destruction in Campion district, Western Australia
  • 1932-12-10 The "Great Emu War" ends: Emu's surprising resilience to bullets led to Emu victory over Australian military in Campion district, Western Australia
  • 1933-01-16 Cricket's Bodyline Tour: Australian batsman Bert Oldfield's skull fractured by delivery bowled by Englishman Harold Larwood during the third test in Adelaide
  • 1934-06-25 Hedley Verity takes 15 wickets v Australia (7-61 & 8-43)
  • 1934-08-18 Don Bradman (244) and Bill Ponsford (205 no) put on 451 in world record partnership for Australia on Day 1 of 5th Test win against England at the Oval; Ponsford out for 266
  • 1936-01-02 Australian master batsman Don Bradman scores 357 (424 minutes, 40 fours) for South Australia v Victoria in a Sheffield Shield match in Melbourne; his 5th 300+ score in first-class cricket
  • 1936-08-24 Australian Antarctic Territory created
  • 1936-11-14 Bradman scores 192 for South Australia v Victoria before a MCG crowd of 21000
  • 1936-12-09 Australia all out for 58 v England, Bradman out for a duck
  • 1937-03-03 Australia snatches series against England 3-2 after being 2-0 down
  • 1937-12-20 Bill O'Reilly takes 9-41 for NSW against South Australia
  • 1938-02-05 III British Empire Games open in Sydney, Australia
  • 1938-02-12 3rd British Empire Games close in Sydney, Australia
  • 1938-06-10 Charlie Barnett makes 98 by lunch v Australia at Trent Bridge
  • 1938-06-11 England declare at 8 for 658 v Australia at Trent Bridge
  • 1938-06-21 Bradman scores 101* in 77 minutes, Australia v Lancashire
  • 1938-08-23 England score 7-903 declared v Australia, Len Hutton scores 364
  • 1938-08-24 England beat Australia by an innings & 579 runs at The Oval
  • 1938-09-05 Davis Cup Final, Philadelphia: Don Budge beats Adrian Quist of Australia 8-6, 6-1, 6-2 to wrap up the tie for the United States 3-2
  • 1939-01-01 Sydney, Australia, swelters in 45 ˚C (113 ˚F) heat, a record for the city.
  • 1939-01-02 Master batsman Don Bradman scores 107 for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match against Victoria for his 4th consecutive century in first-class cricket
  • 1939-01-13 The Black Friday bush fires burn 20,000 square kilometres of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people.
  • 1939-03-30 First flight of the Australian C.A.C. CA-16 Wirraway military aircraft
  • 1939-09-03 World War II: Britain declares war on Germany after invasion of Poland. France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Canada
  • 1939-09-05 34th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Haverford (3-2)
  • 1939-12-20 Radio Australia begins overseas shortwave service
  • 1939-12-23 South Australia score 7-821 against Queensland
  • 1940-07-01 Australia refuses entry to Dutch Jewish refugees
  • 1940-12-09 South Australia all out for 47 v NSW, O'Reilly 5-11
  • 1940-12-25 Bradman out 1st ball for South Australia v Victoria before 6213
  • 1941-01-05 British Australian troops conquer Bardia, Libya
  • 1941-01-21 Australian and British troops attack Tobruk, Libya
  • 1941-01-22 British and Australian troops capture Tobruk from Italians
  • 1941-01-30 Australian troops conquer Derna, Libya

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 1,435

  • 1891-04-13 Maurice Buckley, Australian soldier and winner of the Victoria Cross, born in Melbourne, Victoria (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)
  • 1892-04-14 V. Gordon Childe, British archaeologist and prehistorian, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1957)
  • 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)
  • 1893-01-16 Daisy Kennedy, Australian violinist (d. 1981)

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
  • 1893-04-01 Cicely Courtneidge, Australian actress (Double Exposure), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1980)
  • 1893-07-15 Enid Bennett, Australian silent film actress (Skippy, Hairpins), born in York, Western Australia (d. 1969)
  • 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 (d. 1960)
  • 1893-12-25 Bert Bertram, Australian actor (How to Steal a Million, Shamus), born in Peterborough, Australia (d. 1991)
  • 1894-08-31 Albert Facey, Australian writer (A Fortunate Life), born in Maidstone, Victoria, Australia (d. 1982)

Person of interestRobert Menzies

1894-12-20 Robert Menzies, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (United Australia Party: 1939-41, Liberal: 1949-66) and its longest-serving, born in Jeparit, Victoria (d. 1978)

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, born in Launceston, Tasmania (d. 1974)
  • 1895-04-13 Arthur Fadden, 13th Prime Minister of Australia, born in Ingham, Queensland, Australia (d. 1973)
  • 1895-09-29 Louise Granville, Australian entertainer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1896-01-02 Sir Lawrence Wackett, Australian aircraft engineer (d. 1982)
  • 1896-11-16 Joan Lindsay, Australian author (Picnic at Hanging Rock), born in St Kilda East, Victoria, Australia (d. 1984)
  • 1897-02-09 Charles Edward Kingsford-Smith, pioneer Australian aviator
  • 1897-03-13 William Herald, Australian swimmer (Olympic-1920), born in Glebe, New South Wales (d. 1976)
  • 1897-11-20 Lores Bonney, Australian aviator, 1st female solo flight Australia to UK, born in Pretoria, South Africa (d. 1994)
  • 1897-11-20 Margaret Sutherland, Australian composer (Haunted Hills; The Young Kabbarli), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 1984)
  • 1897-12-01 Cyril Ritchard, Australian actor (Peter Pan, Hans Brinker), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1977)
  • 1898-02-10 Judith Anderson [Frances Margaret Anderson], Australian actress (Laura, Rebecca, Tycoon), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 1992)

Person of interestHoward Florey

1898-09-24 Howard Florey, Australian pathologist and pharmacologist who purified penicillin (Nobel 1945), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 1968)

Pathologist and Nobel Laureate Howard Florey
Pathologist and Nobel Laureate
Howard Florey
  • 1899-03-02 Pattie Maie Menzies, Australian dame
  • 1899-08-09 P.L. [Pamela Lyndon] Travers, Australian British writer (Mary Poppins), born in Maryborough, Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1899-09-24 William Dobell, Australian portrait artist, born in Cooks Hill, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1970)
  • 1900-01-07 John Brownlee, Australian tenor, born in Geelong, Victoria (d. 1969)
  • 1900-03-29 John McEwen, eighteenth Prime Minister of Australia (1967068), born in Chiltern, Australia (d. 1980)
  • 1901-05-15 Xavier Herbert, Australian author (d. 1984)
  • 1902-07-17 Christina Stead, Australia, novelist (Man Who Loved Children)
  • 1903-01-05 Harold Gatty, Australian aviator, navigator with Wiley Post, born in Campbell Town, Australia (d. 1957)

Person of interestAmy Johnson

1903-07-01 Amy Johnson, British pilot, first female pilot to fly alone Britain to Australia, born in Kingston upon Hull, England (d. 1941)

Aviator Amy Johnson
Aviator
Amy Johnson
  • 1903-07-27 Clive Martin Douglas, Australian composer, born in Rushworth, Australia (d. 1977)
  • 1903-11-01 Edward "Carji" Greeves, Australian Rules Football midfielder (winner inaugural Brownlow Medal 1924), born in Warragul, Victoria (d. 1963)
  • 1904-02-10 John Farrow, Australian director and actor (Botany Bay, Wake Island), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1963)
  • 1904-04-08 John Antill, Australian composer (Corroboree), born in Sydney (d. 1986)
  • 1904-05-29 Hubert Opperman, Australian road cyclist, politician (multi-distance world records), born in Rochester, Victoria (d. 1996)
  • 1904-12-28 Clabon W Allen, Australian/British astronomer
  • 1905-02-10 Max Schubert, a pioneering Australian winemaker
  • 1905-03-31 George Treweeke, Australian Rugby League second rower (Australia 7 Tests, South Sydney), born in Grahamstown, NSW
  • 1905-12-27 Esma Cannon, Australian-born actress (Sailor Beware!), born in Randwick, Australia (d. 1972)
  • 1906-09-11 Roye England, creator and founder President of the Pendon Museum of Miniature Landscape and Transport, born in Perth, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1907-01-06 David Fleay, Australian naturalist, born in Ballarat, Victoria (d. 1993)
  • 1908-01-08 "Fearless" Nadia [Mary Ann Evans], Australian actress (Hunterwali), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1908-02-23 William McMahon, Prime Minister of Australia (Liberal) (1971-72)
  • 1908-08-05 Harold Holt, Prime Minister of Australia (1966-67); supported US in Vietnam
  • 1908-10-09 Harry Hooton, Australian poet, born in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England (d. 1961)
  • 1909-01-29 Alan Marshal, Australian actor (White Cliffs of Dover, Lydia), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1961)
  • 1909-02-17 Marjorie Lawrence, Australia, soprano (Venus-Tannhäuser)
  • 1909-03-26 Chips Rafferty [John William Pilbean Goffage], Australian actor (Wake in Fright, Desert Rats), born in Broken Hill, New South Wales (d. 1971)
  • 1909-04-09 Robert Helpmann, Australian actor, choreographer and dancer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Don Quixote), born in Mount Gambier, South Australia (d. 1986)
  • 1909-05-27 Isador Goodman, South African-Australian composer, born in Cape Town, Saouth African (d. 1982)
  • 1909-06-20 Errol Flynn, Australian actor (Captain Blood, Robin Hood), born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (d. 1959)
  • 1909-12-11 Ronald McKie, Australian author (The Mango Tree), born in Toowoomba, Queensland (d. 1991)
  • 1910-01-11 Sir Shane Paltridge, Australian politician (d. 1966)
  • 1910-04-17 Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (Man of a Thousand Faces), born in Perth, Australia (d. 1999)
  • 1910-04-18 Sylvia Fisher, Australian operatic soprano (Albert Herring Opera), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1910-06-26 Charles Spry, Australian soldier and security chief, born in Brisbane, Queensland (d. 1994)
  • 1910-10-01 José Enrique Moyal, Australian mathematical physicist (d. 1998)
  • 1911-01-11 Nora Heysen, Australian artist (d. 2003)
  • 1911-02-16 Hal Porter, Australia, writer (Tilted Cross, Paper Chase)
  • 1911-03-26 Bernard Katz, German-born Australian biophysicist (Nobel Prize 1970), born in Leipzig, German Empire
  • 1911-04-04 Max Dupain, Australian photographer, born in Ashfield, Australia (d. 1992)
  • 1911-09-09 John Gorton, Australian politician (d. 2002)
  • 1911-09-16 Wilfred Burchett, Australian communist and writer (Catapult to Freedom), born in Clifton Hill, Melbourne (d. 1983)
  • 1911-12-31 Dal Stivens, Australian novelist, born in Blayney, Australia (d. 1997)
  • 1912-02-07 Russell Drysdale, Australian Artist {d. 1981}
  • 1912-03-27 Robert Watson Hughes, Scottish-Australian composer, born in Levan, Inverclyde, Scotland (d. 2007)
  • 1912-03-28 A. Bertram Chandler, Anglo-Australian mariner and sci-fi author (Empress of Outer Space), born in Aldershot, England (d. 1984)
  • 1912-05-24 Joan Hammond, Australian operatic soprano, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1996)
  • 1912-05-28 Patrick White, Australia, novelist (Happy Valley, Nobel 1973)
  • 1912-07-20 George Johnston, Australian journalist and novelist (d. 1970)
  • 1912-12-29 Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian composer (Triad), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1990)
  • 1913-01-15 Miriam Hyde, Australian composer, born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2005)
  • 1913-01-19 Rex Ingamells, Australian poet (d. 1955)
  • 1913-02-20 Mary Durack, Australian author and historian (Kings in Grass Castles and Keep Him My Country), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 1994)
  • 1913-02-23 Edward Fiennes-Clinton, Australian-born 18th Earl of Lincoln, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1913-05-09 Victor Smith, Admiral (Australian Chiefs of Staff)
  • 1913-07-23 Coral Browne, Australian actress (Ruling Class, Time Express), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1991)
  • 1913-12-30 Elyne Mitchell, Australian author (d. 2002)
  • 1914-03-28 Dick Norris, Australian entomologist, born in Geraldton, Western Australia (d. 2003)
  • 1914-08-15 Peter Nicholson Gunn, Australian writer (The Churches of Rome), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1914-09-07 Graeme Bell, Australian pianist and composer, born in Richmond, Victoria, Australia (d. 2012)
  • 1914-09-24 Sir John Kerr, Australian politician and the Governor General who dismissed the Whitlam Government, born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1991)
  • 1914-10-04 Jim Cairns, Australian politician (d. 2003)
  • 1914-12-29 Albert Tucker, Australian artist, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1999)
  • 1915-03-17 William "Bill" Roycroft, Australian equestrian 3 day (Olympic bronze 1976), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2011)
  • 1915-04-19 Dorian Le Gallienne, Australian composer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1963)
  • 1915-06-20 Dick Reynolds, Australian rules footballer and coach (d. 2002)
  • 1915-08-14 B.A. Santamaria, Australian political activist and journalist, born in Melbourne (d. 1998)
  • 1916-01-06 Vincent Serventy, Australian writer and conservationist, born in Armadale, Australia (d. 2007)
  • 1916-04-26 Morris West, Australian novelist (Shoes of the Fisherman), born in St Kilda, Victoria (d. 1999)
  • 1916-05-24 Roden Cutler, Australian diplomat and Governor (New South Wales), born in Manly, New South Wales (d. 2002)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 410

  • 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 Football midfielder (winner inaugural Brownlow Medal 1924), dies at 59
  • 1963-07-29 Dorian Le Gallienne, Australian composer, dies at 48
  • 1963-10-10 Roy Cazaly, Australian rules footballer, dies at 70
  • 1964-02-27 Orry-Kelly, Australian costume designer (b. 1897)
  • 1964-10-19 Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and essayist (Henry Handel Richardson: A Study), dies at 79
  • 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, 8th Prime Minister of Australia, dies at 84
  • 1967-12-17 Harold Holt, Australian prime minister (Liberal, 1966-67), presumed to have drowned 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)
  • 1969-07-08 Charmian Clift, Australian writer and essayist, dies at 45
  • 1969-10-02 Katharine Susannah Prichard, Australian novelist (Black Opal), dies at 85
  • 1970-05-09 Percy Brier, Australian composer, dies at 84
  • 1970-05-13 William Dobell, Australian portrait artist, dies at 70
  • 1970-05-21 E. L. Grant Watson, Australian biologist (b. 1885)
  • 1970-07-02 Jessie Street, Australian suffragette and aboriginal rights fighter, dies at 81
  • 1970-07-22 George Johnston, Australian journalist and novelist (b. 1912)
  • 1970-12-12 Doris Blackburn, Australian politician (Member of the Australian Parliament for Bourke), dies at 81
  • 1971-05-27 Chips Rafferty [John William Pilbean Goffage], Australian actor (Wake in Fright, Desert Rats), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • 1971-07-30 Kenneth Slessor, Australian poet (b. 1901)
  • 1972-10-18 Esma Cannon, Australian-born actress (Sailor Beware!), dies at 66
  • 1973-04-05 John Coleman, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)
  • 1973-04-21 Arthur Fadden, 13th Prime Minister of Australia, dies at 79
  • 1973-07-29 Norm Smith, Australian rules footballer and coach (b. 1915)
  • 1974-04-06 Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and businessman (b.1895)
  • 1974-06-20 Horace Lindrum, Australian snooker and billiards player, dies at 62
  • 1975-09-27 Jack Lang, Australian politician (b. 1876)
  • 1976-05-21 Harold Blair, Australian tenor and Aboriginal activist, dies at 51
  • 1977-04-30 Clive Martin Douglas, Australian composer, dies at 73
  • 1977-08-29 Brian McGuire, Australian racing driver, killed while practicing at Brands Hatch at 31
  • 1977-12-18 Cyril Ritchard, Australian actor (Peter Pan, Hans Brinker), dies at 80
  • 1978-01-25 Tango Duke, dies in Australia at 42; oldest known thoroughbred horse

Person of interestRobert Menzies

1978-05-15 Robert Menzies, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (1939-41, 1949-66) and its longest-serving, dies of a heart attack at 83

12th Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies
12th Australian Prime Minister
Robert Menzies
  • 1979-01-13 Marjorie Lawrence, Australian soprano (b. 1907)
  • 1980-02-19 Bon Scott [Ronald Belford Scott], Australian rock musician (lead singer and lyricist of AC/DC), dies at 33
  • 1981-01-07 Eric Robinson, Australian politician (b. 1926)
  • 1981-01-14 John O'Grady, Australian writer (Nino Culotta) (b. 1907)
  • 1982-01-05 Edmund Herring, Australian military commander, Lieutenant Governor of Victoria (b. 1892)
  • 1982-12-02 Isador Goodman, South African-Australian composer, dies at 73
  • 1983-01-08 Ron Frazer, Australian actor (b. 1924)
  • 1983-01-28 Frank Forde, 15th Prime Minister of Australia (the shortest-serving prime minister in Australia's history-8 days), dies at 92
  • 1983-03-31 Christina Stead, Australian writer (b. 1902)
  • 1983-09-27 Wilfred Burchett, Australian communist and writer (Catapult to Freedom), dies at 72
  • 1984-06-06 A. Bertram Chandler, Anglo-Australian mariner and sci-fi author (Empress of Outer Space), dies at 72
  • 1984-11-10 Xavier Herbert, Australian author (b. 1901)
  • 1984-12-23 Joan Lindsay, Australian author (Picnic at Hanging Rock), dies at 88
  • 1985-01-07 Mary Hardy, Australian radio and television presenter (b. 1931)
  • 1985-01-11 Sir William McKell, Premier of New South Wales, Governor-General of Australia (b. 1891)
  • 1985-08-09 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1927)
  • 1985-08-31 Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Australian biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1899)
  • 1986-09-28 Robert Helpmann, Australian actor, choreographer and dancer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Don Quixote), dies at 77
  • 1986-10-05 Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (b. 1947)
  • 1986-10-21 Lionel Murphy, Australian politician and judge, dies at 64
  • 1986-11-07 Tracy Pew, Australian musician (The Birthday Party) (b. 1957)
  • 1986-12-29 John Antill, Australian composer (Corroboree), dies at 82
  • 1987-01-16 Bertram Wainer, Australian pro-abortion campaigner (b. 1928)
  • 1988-03-31 William McMahon, 20th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1908)
  • 1988-05-01 Ben Lexcen, Australian yacht designer (Australia II 1983 America's Cup), dies of heart disease at 52
  • 1988-08-17 Victoria Shaw, Australian-American actress (Alvarez Kelly, Westworld), dies at 53
  • 1989-01-10 Colin Winchester, Australian Assistant Police Commissioner, murdered (b. 1933)
  • 1990-01-09 Sir Edward McTiernan, Australian jurist, lawyer and politician (b. 1892)
  • 1990-06-25 Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian composer (Triad), dies at 77
  • 1990-09-30 Patrick White, Australian writer (Nobel 1973), dies
  • 1991-01-14 Gordon Bryant, Australian politician (b. 1914)
  • 1991-03-01 Frank Esler-Smith, English-Australian rock keyboardist (Air Supply), dies at 42
  • 1991-03-24 Sir John Kerr, Australian politician and the Governor General who dismissed the Whitlam Government, dies at 76
  • 1991-04-19 Stanley Hawes, British-born Australian film producer, director and administrator (b. 1905)
  • 1991-05-02 Ronald McKie, Australian author (The Mango Tree), dies at 81
  • 1991-05-29 Coral Browne, Australian actress (Ruling Class, Time Express), dies of cancer at 77
  • 1991-06-24 Sumner Locke Elliott, Australian-born American novelist (b. 1917)
  • 1991-07-04 Victor Chang, Australian physician (b. 1936)
  • 1991-10-12 Sheila Florance, Australian actress (Cactus), dies of cancer at 75
  • 1991-10-28 George Treweeke, Australian Rugby League second rower (7 Tests, South Sydney), dies at 86
  • 1991-10-31 Bert Bertram, Australian actor (How to Steal a Million, Shamus), dies of cancer at 97
  • 1992-01-06 Elaine McKenna, Australian actress (Peg Martin-Cell Block H), dies
  • 1992-07-09 Kelvin Coe, Australian ballerina (A'sch Ballet/Bolshoi Ballet), dies
  • 1992-07-27 Max Dupain, Australian photographer, dies at 81
  • 1992-11-28 Sidney Nolan, Australian painter and illustrator (Ned Kelly), dies at 75
  • 1993-01-04 Charles Bridgford, Australian politician
  • 1993-01-09 Sir Paul Hasluck, Governor-General of Australia (b. 1905)
  • 1993-07-02 Sir Edward Dunlop, Australian war hero (b. 1907)
  • 1993-09-05 John Truscott, Australian set designer (Camelot), dies at 57
  • 1994-02-08 Ken Hall, Australian director and producer (Kokoda front line), dies at 92
  • 1994-02-24 Lores Bonney, Australian aviator, 1st female solo flight Australia to UK, dies at 96
  • 1994-03-08 John Ewart, Sydney Australia, dies of cancer at 55
  • 1994-05-14 Leonard Teale, Australian actor/reciter (Homicide), dies
  • 1994-05-28 Charles Spry, Australian soldier and security chief, dies at 83
  • 1994-06-02 David Stove, Australian philosopher (b. 1927)
  • 1994-09-05 John Newman, Australian state politician (Labor), murdered at 47 by local club owner and political opponent Phuong Ngo who had run against Newman as an independent
  • 1994-12-16 Mary Durack, Australian author and historian (Kings in Grass Castles and Keep Him My Country), dies at 81
  • 1994-12-29 Frank Thring, Australian actor (El Cid, Ben-Hur), dies at 68