Australian History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 780

  • 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

Great 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

Boxing 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

  • 1908-11-12 Andrew Fisher assumes the position of prime minister for what turns out to be a short-lived second Labour government, Australia

Boxing Title Fight

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

Royal 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

  • 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

Sports History

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

Historic Event

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

  • 1930-05-24 Amy Johnson becomes the 1st woman to fly solo from England to Australia
  • 1930-05-24 21 year old Australian cricket master batsman Don Bradman scores 252 not out in a tour match for Australia v Surrey at Kennington Oval, London
  • 1930-06-30 Australian cricket maestro Don Bradman sets up a 7 wicket victory with a patient 254 in 2nd Test v England at Lord's; 'The Don' hits 25 fours off 376 balls
  • 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 Australian cricket batting prodigy Don Bradman scores 223 v West Indies in 3rd Test in Brisbane; most runs scored by a player in a Test match in Australia in one day
  • 1931-01-22 Sir Isaac Isaacs is sworn in as the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia
  • 1931-03-04 West Indies beat Australia for the 1st time, by 30 runs at SCG
  • 1931-07-23 Ashmore & Cartier Islands 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
  • 1932-02-12 49 year old Australian cricket spin bowler Bert Ironmonger captures 5-6 as South Africa dismissed for 36 in 5th Test in Melbourne; Australia wins by an innings & 72 runs; series 5-0
  • 1932-05-23 Australian cyclist Hubert Opperman sets paced world records 1,384km in 24 hours, and 1,609km (1,000 miles) in 28 hours, 55 minutes, 39 seconds at Melbourne Motordrome
  • 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 for England 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 cricket Test win against England at the Oval
  • 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
  • 1936-02-27 Dutch swimmer Willy den Ouden sets new women's world 100m freestyle record (1:04.6) in Amsterdam; lasts 22 years until broken in 1956 by Dawn Fraser of Australia
  • 1936-08-24 Australian Antarctic Territory created
  • 1936-11-14 More than 21,000 watch Don Bradman score 192 for South Australia v Victoria in a drawn Sheffield Shield match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • 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 Australian cricket spin bowler Bill O'Reilly takes career best 9-41 for NSW in a Sheffield Shield match against South Australia at Adelaide Oval
  • 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 cricket team declare at 8 for 658 v Australia at Trent Bridge
  • 1938-06-21 Bradman scores 101* in 77 minutes, Australia v Lancashire
  • 1938-07-28 Don Bradman scores 202 Australia v Somerset, 225 mins, 32 fours
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1939-12-20 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 Cricket master batsman Don Bradman is dismissed for a Xmas Day first ball duck (0) for South Australia v Victoria in a Sheffield Shield match at the Adelaide Oval
  • 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
  • 1941-11-20 German "auxiliary cruiser" (armed merchant raider) Kormoran sinks near Australia

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 1,455

  • 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 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)
  • 1892-04-14 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 concert violinist, born in Burra-Burra (now Burra), Australia (d. 1981)

Raymond Dart

1893-02-04 Raymond Dart, Australian paleoanthropologist (Australopithecus africanus), born in Brisbane, Queensland (d. 1988) [1]

  • 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)

Robert 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)

  • 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)

Howard Florey

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

  • 1899-03-02 Pattie Maie Menzies, Australian dame
  • 1899-06-18 James Ralph Darling, English Australian teacher and head of the Australian Broadcasting Commission, born in Tonbridge, England (d. 1995)
  • 1899-08-09 P.L. [Pamela Lyndon] Travers, Australian British writer (Mary Poppins), born in Maryborough, Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1899-09-03 Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Australian virologist (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for tissue grafting), born in Traralgon, Victoria (d. 1985)
  • 1899-09-24 William Dobell, Australian portrait artist, born in Cooks Hill, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1970)
  • 1900-01-07 John Brownlee, Australian operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1937-57), born in Geelong, Victoria (d. 1969)
  • 1900-03-29 John McEwen, 18th Prime Minister of Australia (1967-68), born in Chiltern, Australia (d. 1980)
  • 1901-05-15 Xavier Herbert, Australian author (d. 1984)
  • 1901-06-01 Tom Gorman, Australian rugby league centre and captain (10 Tests; Queensland 34 games), born in Charters Towers, Australia (d. 1978)
  • 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)

Amy 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)

  • 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; New Guinea Patrol), 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)
  • 1907-02-17 Marjorie Lawrence, Australian-American operatic soprano (Wagner; Interrupted Melody), born in Deans Marsh, Australia (d. 1979)
  • 1908-01-08 "Fearless" Nadia [Mary Ann Evans], Australian actress (Hunterwali), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1908-02-23 William McMahon, 20th Prime Minister of Australia (Liberal: 1971-72), born in Redfern, New South Wales (d. 1988)
  • 1908-08-05 Harold Holt, Australian politician, Prime Minister of Australia (1966-67); supported US in Vietnam, disappeared swimming, presumed drowned while PM, born in Stanmore, New South Wales (d. 1967)
  • 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)
  • 1909-03-26 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 pianist and composer (New Guinea Fantasy), born in Cape Town, South Africa (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)
  • 1910-07-28 Clive Caldwell, Australian fighter pilot who shot down 28.5 aircraft during WWII, born in Lewisham, Australia (d. 1994)
  • 1910-10-01 José Enrique Moyal, Australian mathematical physicist (d. 1998)
  • 1911-01-11 Nora Heysen, Australian artist (d. 2003)
  • 1911-01-13 Johannes Bjelke-Petersen, Australian politician, Premier of Queensland (1968-87), born in Dannevirke, New Zealand (d. 2005)
  • 1911-02-16 Hal Porter, Australian writer (Tilted Cross, Paper Chase), born in Albert Park, Australia (d. 1984)
  • 1911-03-26 Bernard Katz, German-born Australian biophysicist (Nobel Prize 1970), born in Leipzig, German Empire
  • 1911-04-22 Max Dupain, Australian photographer ("Sunbaker"), born in Ashfield, Australia (d. 1992)
  • 1911-09-09 John Gorton, Australian politician, 19th Prime Minister of Australia (1968-71), born in Wellington New Zealand (disputed) (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 Dame Joan Hood Hammond, Australian operatic soprano, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1996)
  • 1912-05-28 Patrick White, Australian novelist and playwright (Happy Valley, Nobel Prize for Literature 1973), born in London, England (d. 1990)
  • 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)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 441

  • 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 centre (9 Tests; NSW; Eastern Suburbs; ARL 'Immortal'; Dally M Medal) and rugby union utility (2 caps), dies from heart failure at 76
  • 1960-04-10 Arthur Benjamin, Australian composer (Devil Take Her), dies at 66
  • 1960-10-30 Alfred Hill, Australian-New Zealand composer and conductor (Hinemoa), dies at 90
  • 1961-02-03 Viscount Dunrossil, Gov-Gen of Australia (1959-61), dies at 67
  • 1961-02-20 Percy Grainger, Australian-American concert pianist and composer (Hill Songs; Country Gardens), 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 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 and geologist, 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 operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1937-57) dies at 69
  • 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
  • 1977-12-18 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
  • 1978-06-22 Tom Gorman, Australian rugby league centre and captain (10 Tests; Queensland 34 games), dies at 77
  • 1979-01-13 Marjorie Lawrence, Australian soprano (b. 1907)
  • 1980-02-19 (Ronald) "Bon" Scott, Australian rock musician, singer, and lyricist (AC/DC -"It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)"), dies of acute alcohol poisoning at 33
  • 1980-04-26 Cicely Courtneidge, Australian-born British actress (Double Exposure), dies at 87
  • 1980-11-20 John McEwen, 18th Prime Minister of Australia (1967-68), dies at 80
  • 1981-01-01 Hephzibah Menuhin, American-Australian concert pianist, dies at 60
  • 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
  • 1984-04-13 Christopher Wilder, Australian serial killer, dies at 39
  • 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 virologist (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for tissue grafting), dies at 85
  • 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; New Guinea Patrol), dies at 82
  • 1987-01-16 Bertram Wainer, Australian pro-abortion campaigner (b. 1928)
  • 1988-03-31 William McMahon, 20th Prime Minister of Australia (Liberal: 1971-72), dies in his sleep at 80
  • 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 and playwright (Nobel Prize for Literature 1973), dies at 78
  • 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
  • 1991-12-28 Cassandra Harris, Australian actress (For Your Eyes Only), dies of cancer at 39
  • 1992-01-06 Elaine McKenna, Australian actress (Peg Martin-Cell Block H), dies
  • 1992-07-09 Kelvin Coe, Australian ballet dancer (Australian Ballet; Bolshoi Ballet), dies of AIDS related illness at 45
  • 1992-07-27 Max Dupain, Australian photographer ("Sunbaker"), dies at 81
  • 1992-11-28 Sidney Nolan, Australian painter and illustrator (Ned Kelly), dies at 75