Australian History Timeline (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 848

  • 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
  • 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
  • 1941-12-07 Australian bombers land on Timor/Ambon
  • 1941-12-17 Dutch & Australian troops land on Portuguese Timor
  • 1942-01-03 American-British-Dutch-Australian (ABDA) Command forms
  • 1942-01-23 Battle of Rabaul: Japanese attack Australian air base in Rabaul, New Britain
  • 1942-02-16 Bangka Island massacre: Japanese soldiers machine-gun 22 Australian Army nurses and 60 Australian and British soldiers and crew members from two sunken ships. Only one nurse and two soldiers survive.
  • 1942-02-19 About 150 Japanese warplanes attack the Australian city of Darwin

Historic Event

1942-03-11 General MacArthur leaves Corregidor (Bataan) for Australia

  • 1942-03-17 General Doug MacArthur arrives in Australia to become supreme commander
  • 1942-05-04 Battle of Coral Sea begins (1st naval battle fought solely in air) between Japanese, US and Australian navies and air forces
  • 1942-10-09 Statute of Westminster 1931 passed by the Australian parliament, formalises Australian autonomy
  • 1942-10-26 Fourth day of battle at El Alamein: Australian breakthrough
  • 1942-10-27 5th day of battle at El Alamein: heavy battles/Australian advance
  • 1942-10-30 8th day of battle at El Alamein: new Australian assault
  • 1942-11-23 Japanese bombing of Port Darwin, Australia
  • 1942-12-11 Australian Dutch guerrilla troops evacuated to Timor near Australia
  • 1943-02-06 1st Spitfire in action above Darwin, Australia, Mu Ki-46 shot down
  • 1943-03-03 Battle of the Bismarck Sea: Australian and American air forces devastate Japanese navy convoy
  • 1943-05-14 Sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur off the coast of Queensland, by a Japanese submarine
  • 1943-09-11 US & Australian troops join in Salamaua, New Guinea
  • 1945-05-01 Australian & Dutch troops land on Tarakan
  • 1945-06-09 -10] Australian troops land in Brunei Bay, North Borneo
  • 1945-08-08 England & Australian Services draw 4th Victory Test

Historic Event

1945-08-31 The Liberal Party of Australia is founded by Robert Menzies

  • 1945-11-13 Australian Services draw 1st Victory Test against India

Sports History

1945-12-31 Before the biggest Adelaide Oval crowd of the season, batting maestro Don Bradman scores his first post-WWII century; 112 for South Australia v Australian Services

  • 1946-05-01 Start of 3 year Pilbara strike of Indigenous Australians.
  • 1946-11-13 Bradman scores 106 for an Australian XI v the MCC
  • 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
  • 1947-07-22 -8°F (-13°C), Charlotte Pass, NSW (Australian record)
  • 1947-10-25 Bradman scores 156 for South Australia v India, 152 mins, 22 fours
  • 1947-11-01 UN trusteeship for Nauru granted to Australia, NZ & UK
  • 1947-12-26 British transfer Heard & McDonald Islands (Indian Ocean) to Australia
  • 1948-05-15 Australia scores 721 runs in one day v Essex, world record
  • 1948-07-27 Australia set 404 to win v England at Headingley
  • 1949-01-26 Australia's Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 comes into force granting Australian citizenship and nationality to all people born or naturalised in Australia including First Nations people

US Masters Golf

1950-04-09 14th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jimmy Demaret becomes the first 3-time Masters champion by 2 strokes ahead of Australian Jim Ferrier

  • 1950-06-08 Sir Thomas Blamey becomes the only Field Marshal in Australian history.
  • 1951-09-01 US, Australia and New Zealand sign the ANZUS mutual defense treaty
  • 1951-09-02 Australia, NZ & US sign ANZUS-pact
  • 1951-10-03 CBS-TV airs the first coast-to-coast telecast of a prize fight; Australian light-heavyweight Dave Sands outpoints American Carl 'Bobo' Olson in 10 rounds at Chicago Stadium

Historic Event

1952-02-06 Queen Elizabeth II succeeds King George VI to the British throne and proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms including Canada, Australia and New Zealand

  • 1952-10-03 1st British nuclear test during Operation Hurricane at Monte Bello Island, Australia, UK becomes the world's third nuclear nation
  • 1953-06-13 Alec Bedser takes 14-99 (7-55 & 7-44) v Australia
  • 1953-10-14 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field, Australia
  • 1953-10-26 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field, Australia
  • 1953-12-31 42nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
  • 1954-03-08 Herb McKinley sets quarter mile record of 0:46.8 in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1954-04-24 Australia & USSR break diplomatic relations
  • 1954-05-01 Preston North End defender Joe Marston becomes the first Australian to play in an FA Cup Final, a 3-2 loss to WBA
  • 1954-06-21 Australian middle distance runner John Landy runs world record mile (3:58.0) and 1500m (3:41.8+) in Turku, Finland

Sports History

1954-08-07 Englishman Roger Bannister beats Australia’s John Landy in the mile at the Empire Games in Vancouver; first time 2 men run sub-4 minute mile in the same race

  • 1954-12-28 43rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Sydney (3-2)
  • 1955-05-18 Atkinson & Depeiaza take West Indies from 6-187 to 6-494 in day v Australia
  • 1955-05-19 Atkinson & Depeiaza make 347 stand for 7th wkt WI v Australia
  • 1955-06-15 Australia score 8-758 v West Indies at Kingston, their best ever
  • 1955-11-03 Australia takes control of Cocos Islands
  • 1955-11-23 Britain transfers the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean to Australia
  • 1955-12-28 44th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (5-0)
  • 1956-05-16 Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Monte Bello Is Australia
  • 1956-09-10 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia
  • 1956-09-17 Television is first broadcast in Australia.
  • 1956-10-04 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
  • 1956-10-10 Fazal Mahmood takes 13-114 for match v Australia in Karachi
  • 1956-10-11 1st Pakistan v Australia Test 95 runs scored on 1st day
  • 1956-10-11 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia
  • 1956-10-17 Pakistan defeat Australia by nine wickets at 1st attempt
  • 1956-10-22 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
  • 1956-11-22 XVI Summer Olympic Games open in Melbourne, Australia; first to be staged in Southern Hemisphere and Oceania, as well as first to be held outside Europe and North America
  • 1956-11-26 Australian sprinter Betty Cuthbert wins the coveted 100m gold medal in 11.5 at the Melbourne Olympics; takes sprint double winning 200m final four days later
  • 1956-11-26 USSR coxless pairs scull rower Viktor Ivanov wins Olympic silver medal; in his excitement he drops his medal, it sinks in Lake Wendouree (Victoria, Australia) and is later recovered by a local teenager
  • 1956-11-28 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty of Australia retains her 80m hurdles Olympic title in OR 10.7s beating German Gisela Birkemeyer by just 0.2s at the Melbourne Games
  • 1956-11-30 Australian Betty Cuthbert takes Olympic sprint double when she runs OR equalling 23.4s to win the 200m gold medal at the Melbourne Games; beats Christa Stubnick in repeat of 100m final 4 days earlier
  • 1956-11-30 Jon Henricks swims world record 55.4 to win the men's 100m at the Melbourne Olympics; rare Australian 1-2-3 with John Devitt and Gary Chapman taking the minor medals
  • 1956-12-01 Australian women's 4 x 100m relay team of Norma Croker, Betty Cuthbert, Fleur Mellor & Shirley Strickland de la Hunty run world record 44.65 to win the gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics; Cuthbert's 3rd gold of the Games
  • 1956-12-01 Legendary Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser sets world record 1:02.0 to win the women's 100m freestyle at the Melbourne Olympics; first of Fraser's 3 consecutive gold medals in the event
  • 1956-12-03 Australian 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of Kevin O'Halloran, John Devitt, Murray Rose & Jon Henricks swim world record 8:23.6 to take the gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics; Rose's 2nd of 3 gold at the Games
  • 1956-12-04 Australian swimmer Murray Rose sets world record 4:27.3 to claim the 400m gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics; Rose later also wins 1,500m gold
  • 1956-12-06 Australian swimmer David Theile sets world record 1:02.2 to win the 100m backstroke gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics
  • 1956-12-06 Australian women's 4 × 100m freestyle relay team of Dawn Fraser, Faith Leech, Sandra Morgan & Lorraine Crapp swim world record 4:17.1 and beat powerful US team to win the gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics
  • 1956-12-07 Australian swimmer Murray Rose claims his 3rd gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics when he wins the 1,500m in 17:58.9; also wins 400m & 4 x 200m relay
  • 1956-12-08 XVI Summer Olympic Games close in Melbourne, Australia; start of an Olympic tradition - amidst international tensions, athletes mingle together, parade into and around MCG arena for final appearance to close the Games
  • 1956-12-27 45th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (5-0)
  • 1957-09-14 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia
  • 1957-09-25 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia
  • 1957-10-09 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
  • 1957-12-28 46th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
  • 1958-02-22 Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets 6 world records in 2 days
  • 1958-10-01 Britain transfers Christmas Island (south of Java) to Australia
  • 1958-12-31 47th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Brisbane (3-2)
  • 1959-01-30 Australia 1-200 1st day 4th Test v England, Adelaide Oval

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 1,595

  • 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)
  • 1914-10-04 Jim Cairns, Australian politician (d. 2003)
  • 1914-10-24 Dave Dallwitz, South Australian jazz and classical pianist, bandleader, composer, and visual artist, born in Freeling, South Australia (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)
  • 1915-04-09 Bob Quinn, Australian Football Hall of Fame rover (All Australian captain 1947; SA captain 1945-47; Magarey Medal 1938, 45; Port Adelaide FC), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2008)
  • 1915-04-19 Dorian Le Gallienne, Australian composer (Four Holy Sonnets of John Donne; Jinker Ride), 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)
  • 1915-11-04 Alistair Cameron Crombie, Australian historian of science, born in Brisbane, Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1915-11-04 Lloyd James Austin, Australian linguist and literary scholar, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1994)
  • 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)
  • 1916-07-11 Gough Whitlam, Australian politician (Prime Minister, 1972-1975), born in Kew, Melbourne (d. 2014)
  • 1916-09-25 Jessica Anderson, Australian novelist (Tirra Lirra By The River; The Impersonators), born in Gayndah, Queensland, Australia (d. 2010)

Peter Finch

1916-09-28 Peter Finch, British-Australian radio, stage, and BAFTA and Academy Award-winning screen actor (Network; The Nun's Story; Raid on Entebbe), born in South Kensington, London, England (d. 1977)

  • 1916-10-16 George Turner, Australian author (d. 1997)
  • 1917-03-21 Frank Hardy, Australian author (d. 1994)
  • 1917-04-22 Sidney Nolan, Australian painter and illustrator (Ned Kelly), born in Carlton, Victoria, Australia (d. 1992)
  • 1917-05-03 James Penberthy, Australian composer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1999)
  • 1917-09-07 John Cornforth, Australian-British chemist (Nobel Prize 1975), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1917-10-17 Sumner Locke Elliott, Australian-born American novelist (d. 1991)
  • 1918-01-16 Clem Jones, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Australia (d. 2007)
  • 1918-05-04 Thomas Mead, Australian politician and journalist, born in Randwick, Australia (d. 2004)
  • 1918-08-13 John Bunting, Australian diplomat and senior civil servant, born in Ballarat, Victoria (d. 1995)
  • 1918-10-08 Ron Randell, Australian actor (Loves of Carmen, I am a Camera), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2005)
  • 1919-04-20 Richard Hillary, Australian Spitfire pilot and author (The Last Enemy), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1943)
  • 1919-07-29 Robert Marsden Hope, Australian Justice and Royal Commissioner, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1999)
  • 1919-08-23 Robert Crichton-Brown, Australian businessman and CEO (Rothmans International), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1919-10-07 Sir Zelman Cowen, Australian politician
  • 1920-01-12 Prof Jerzy Zubrzycki, Polish-born Australian sociologist, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 2009)
  • 1920-02-03 Tony Gaze, Australian racing driver
  • 1920-03-16 Reginald "Leo" McKern, Australian actor (Blue Lagoon, Help, Mouse that Roared), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2002)
  • 1920-06-08 Gwen Harwood, Australian poet (The Lion's Bride), born in Taringa, Brisbane, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1920-07-29 Neville Jeffress, Australian founder of Media Monitors Australia (d. 2007)
  • 1920-11-03 Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Australian Aboriginal political activist and writer (We Are Going), born in Minjerribah, Queensland, Australia (d. 1993)
  • 1921-01-07 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), born in Seddon, Victoria (d. 1996)
  • 1921-01-25 Russell Reading Braddon, Australian author, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1921-04-13 Maxwell Henley Harris, Australian poet and publisher (Gift of Blood), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1921-05-28 Tom Uren, Australian politician, Australian heritage and conservation campaigner, born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1921-06-03 Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete and influential swimming coach, born in Melbourne (d. 2016)
  • 1922-01-05 Admiral Sir Anthony Synnot, Chief of the Australian Defence Force, born in Corowa, Australia (d. 2001)
  • 1922-01-15 Sir Eric Willis, Australian politician, born in Murwillumbah, Australia (d. 1999)
  • 1922-02-22 Felix Werder, German-born Australian composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1922-03-28 Neville Bonner, the first Indigenous Australian to become a member of the Parliament of Australia, born in Ukerebagh Island, New South Wales (d. 1999)
  • 1922-04-26 Margaret Scott, South African ballet dancer and founder (Australian Ballet School), born in Johannesburg, Union of South Africa (d. 2019)
  • 1922-06-10 Bill Kerr, South African-born Australian actor (Hancock's Half Hour), born in Cape Town (d. 2014)
  • 1922-08-30 Lionel Murphy, Australian politician, born in Kensington, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1986)
  • 1922-09-30 Alan Stretton, Australian general
  • 1923-01-03 Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Australian actor, pilot and radio announcer, born in Coogee, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2009)
  • 1923-01-17 Carol Raye [Kathleen Corkery], British-born Australian actress (Number 96, Blankety Blanks), born in London, England
  • 1923-06-04 Elizabeth Jolley, British-born Australian writer (Palomino), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2007)
  • 1923-06-24 Margaret Olley, Australian still-life and interiors painter, born in Lismore, Australia (d. 2011)
  • 1923-08-04 Reg Grundy, Australian media and television mogul (Neighbours, Prisoner), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2016)
  • 1923-08-30 Charmian Clift, Australian writer and essayist, born in Kiama, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1969)
  • 1923-10-25 Don Banks, Australian orchestral, jazz, and film score composer, born in South Melbourne, Australia (d. 1980)
  • 1923-12-12 Ken Kavanagh, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1924-01-05 Dr Gilbert Bogle, Australian scientist who died in the Bogle-Chandler case (1963)
  • 1924-02-29 David Beattie, New Zealand judge, Governor-General of NZ (1980-85), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2001)
  • 1924-06-24 Brian Bevan, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1991)
  • 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)
  • 1924-10-10 James Clavell, British-American author (The Asian Saga), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1994)
  • 1925-03-20 David Warren, Australian scientist and inventor (Flight Data Recorder; Cockpit Voice Recorder - "the black box"), born in Groote Eylandt, Australia (d. 2010)
  • 1925-07-06 Ruth Cracknell, Australian actress (Mother and Son), born in Maitland (d. 2002)
  • 1925-07-18 Shirley Strickland, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 80m hurdles 1952, 56; 4 x 100m relay 1956), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2004)
  • 1925-07-28 Bruce Matthews, Australian newspaper executive who worked for Rupert Murdoch, born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1996) [1]
  • 1925-08-25 Thea Astley, Australian novelist and short-story writer, born in Queensland, Australia (d. 2004)
  • 1925-11-17 Charles Mackerras, Australian conductor, born in Schenectady, New York
  • 1925-11-17 Sir Charles Mackerras, Australian conductor, born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1926-04-02 Jack Brabham, Australian auto racer and team owner (World F1 champion 1959-60, 66), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2014)
  • 1926-05-11 Frank Thring, Australian actor (El Cid, Ben-Hur), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1994)
  • 1926-09-16 Eric Gross, Austrian-Australian pianist, composer (Na shledanou v Praze (Good-bye in Prague); Moonscape), conductor, and educator (University of Sydney, 1960-91), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2011)
  • 1926-10-18 Thomas Millar, Australian historian and political scientist, born in Kalamunda, Western Australia (d. 1994)
  • 1926-11-07 Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano, known as 'La Stupenda' (Metropolitan Opera debut 1961), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1926-12-01 Keith Michell, Australian actor and theater director (6 Wives of Henry VIII), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2015)
  • 1926-12-23 Ron Gowans, Australian jazz saxophonist, born in Sydney (d. 2009)
  • 1927-01-21 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1985)
  • 1927-05-02 Raymond "Ray" Barrett, Australian actor (The Troubleshooters, Gillette Summer Sports Reel), born in Brisbane, Queensland (d. 2009)
  • 1927-06-13 Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, born in Kempsey, New South Wales (d. 2003)
  • 1927-07-06 Alan Leslie "Fluff" Freeman, Australian-born British disc jockey and radio personality (Pick of the Pops), born in New South Wales, Australia (d. 2006)
  • 1927-08-24 David Ireland, Australian author (The Unknown Industrial Prisoner), born in Lakemba, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1927-09-06 Keith Humble, Australian composer, born in Geelong, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1927-09-15 David Stove, Australian philosopher, (d. 1994)
  • 1928-02-29 Terry Lewis, Australian police commissioner

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 518

  • 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
  • 1992-03-27 Gerry Duggan, Irish-Australian character actor dies at 81
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1993-09-16 Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Australian Aboriginal political activist and writer (We Are Going), dies at 72
  • 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
  • 1994-04-30 Geoffrey Roberts, English wine merchant (championed Australian and Californian wines), dies at 46
  • 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
  • 1994-09-29 Don Watson, Australian race car driver, dies in an accident at a practice for the Bathurst 1000 at 43
  • 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
  • 1994-12-30 Lloyd James Austin, Australian linguist and literary scholar, dies at 79
  • 1994-12-31 Leigh Bowery, Australian performance artist and designer, dies of AIDS at 33
  • 1995-01-13 Maxwell Henley Harris, Australian poet and publisher (Critics), dies at 73
  • 1995-01-27 Geoffrey Parsons, Australian/British pianist, dies at 65
  • 1995-03-05 Gregg Hansford, Australian motorcycle and touring car racer, dies at 42
  • 1995-03-23 Russell Reading Braddon, Australian author, dies at 74
  • 1995-05-23 Keith Humble, Australian composer, dies at 67
  • 1995-08-17 Ted Whitten, Australian rules footballer, dies at 62
  • 1995-08-27 Dick Bentley, Australian comedian and actor (The Glums), dies at 88
  • 1995-08-30 Dame Pattie Maie Menzies, Australian, dies at 96
  • 1995-10-04 Peter Nicholson Gunn, Australian writer (The Churches of Rome), dies at 81
  • 1995-10-26 John Sangster, Australian jazz composer (The Hobbit Suite), dies at 66
  • 1995-12-05 Gwen Harwood, Australian poet (The Lion's Bride), dies at 75
  • 1996-01-26 Stevie Plunder, Australian musician (b. 1963)
  • 1996-02-09 Alistair Cameron Crombie, Australian historian of science, dies at 80
  • 1996-04-18 Hubert Opperman, Australian road cyclist, politician (multi-distance world records), dies of heart failure at 91
  • 1996-04-23 P. L. Travers, Australian-English writer (Mary Poppins), dies at 96
  • 1996-06-29 Alexander George Ogston, British biochemist, and educator (professor at Australian National University, 1959-70; president of Trinity College - Oxford, 1970-78), dies at 85
  • 1996-08-01 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), dies at 75
  • 1996-08-20 Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (Olympic Gold 1972), dies at 42
  • 1996-08-25 Sylvia Fisher, Australian operatic soprano (Albert Herring Opera), dies at 86
  • 1996-10-23 Lin Onus, Australian Aboriginal artist (Michael and I are just slipping down to the pub for a minute), dies at 47
  • 1996-10-24 Bruce Matthews, Australian newspaper executive who worked for Rupert Murdoch, dies at 71 [1]
  • 1996-11-26 Dame Joan Hood Hammond, Australian operatic soprano, dies at 84
  • 1997-01-17 Bert Kelly, Australian politician (b. 1912)
  • 1997-06-08 George Turner, Australian author (b. 1916)
  • 1997-06-16 Dal Stivens, Australian author, dies at 85
  • 1997-06-30 Larry O'Day, Australian wrestler, dies of cancer at 53

Michael Hutchence

1997-11-22 Michael Hutchence, Australian rock singer and actor (INXS), commits suicide at 37

  • 1998-02-25 B.A. Santamaria, Australian political activist and journalist, dies at 82
  • 1998-03-25 Max Green, Australian lawyer (b. 1952)
  • 1998-09-04 Elizabeth Kata, Australian writer, A Patch of Blue (b. 1912)
  • 1999-01-10 Sir Edward Williams, Australian judge (b. 1921)
  • 1999-01-16 Jim McClelland, Australian solicitor, politician, Minister, Royal Commissioner, judge (b. 1915)
  • 1999-01-22 Graham Staines, Australian missionary (b. 1941)
  • 1999-02-02 David McComb, Australian singer-songwriter, and guitarist (The Triffids, 1976-89; The Blackeyed Susans, 1989–93), dies after unsuccessful heart transplant at 38
  • 1999-02-05 Neville Bonner, the first Indigenous Australian to become a member of the Parliament of Australia, dies at 76
  • 1999-06-06 Anne Haddy, Australian actress (b. 1930)
  • 1999-08-03 Rodney William "Rod" Ansell, Australian bushman and inspiration for "Crocodile Dundee", dies following a shootout with police officers at 44
  • 1999-09-23 Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (Man of a Thousand Faces), dies at 89
  • 1999-10-09 Morris West, Australian novelist (Shoes of the Fisherman), dies at 83
  • 1999-10-12 Robert Marsden Hope, Australian Justice and Royal Commissioner, dies at 80
  • 2000-01-01 Colin Vaughan, Australian political journalist, dies at 68
  • 2000-02-12 Andy Lewis, Australian musician (b. 1967)
  • 2001-06-19 John Heyer, Australian documentary filmmaker (b. 1916)
  • 2001-07-07 Edward Fiennes-Clinton, Australian-born 18th Earl of Lincoln, dies at 88
  • 2001-08-29 (Graeme) "Shirley" Strachan, Australian singer (Skyhooks - "Ego Is Not A Dirty Word";"Jukebox in Siberia"), TV host (Shirl's Neighbourhood), and carpenter (Our House), dies as pilot in a helicopter crash at 49
  • 2001-10-13 Peter Doyle, Australian pop singer (The New Seekers - "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing") dies of throat cancer at 52
  • 2002-01-11 Struan Sutherland, Australian medical researcher (b. 1936)
  • 2002-01-16 Robert Hanbury Brown, British-Australian astronomer and physicist (b. 1916)
  • 2002-02-22 Roden Cutler, Australian diplomat and Governor (New South Wales), dies at 85
  • 2002-03-04 Elyne Mitchell, Australian author (b. 1913)
  • 2002-04-30 Leslie Manville, Australian economist, dies at 100
  • 2002-05-13 Ruth Cracknell, Australian actress (Mother and Son), dies at 76
  • 2002-05-19 John Gorton, Australian politician, 19th Prime Minister of Australia (1968-71), dies at 90
  • 2002-06-05 Gwen Plumb, Australian actress (The Young Doctors), dies at 89
  • 2002-07-23 Reginald "Leo" McKern, Australian actor (Blue Lagoon, Help, Mouse that Roared), dies of health complications at 82
  • 2002-08-25 Dorothy Hewett, Australian writer (b. 1923)
  • 2002-09-02 Dick Reynolds, Australian rules footballer and coach, dies at 87
  • 2002-12-09 Mary Hansen, Australian guitarist and singer (Stereolab), dies at 36
  • 2003-02-12 Vali Myers, Australian painter, dies at 72
  • 2003-02-27 John Lanchbery, British-Australian composer and conductor (Royal Ballet, 1959-72; Australian Ballet, 1972-77; American Ballet Theatre, 1978-80), dies at 79
  • 2003-03-02 Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer, dies at 71
  • 2003-03-24 Dave Dallwitz, South Australian jazz and classical pianist, bandleader, composer, and visual artist, dies at 88
  • 2003-04-20 Bernard Katz, German-born Australian biophysicist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1970), dies at 82