Australian History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 660

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

12th Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies
12th Australian Prime Minister
Robert Menzies
  • 1945-11-13 Australian Services draw 1st Victory Test against India
  • 1946-05-01 Start of 3 year Pilbara strike of Indigenous Australians.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1946-11-13 Bradman scores 106 for an Australian XI v the MCC

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1946-12-01 Australia compile 645 v India at the Gabba (Bradman 187)
  • 1946-12-26 35th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Melbourne (5-0)
  • 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
  • 1947-12-30 36th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (4-1)
  • 1948-01-24 Australia all out 674 v India (Bradman 201, Hassett 198*)
  • 1948-05-15 Australia scores 721 runs in one day v Essex, world record
  • 1948-06-15 Bradman is out for a duck, but Australia win test match anyway
  • 1948-07-27 Australia set 404 to win v England at Headingley
  • 1948-09-06 37th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (5-0)
  • 1949-08-28 38th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (4-1)

  • 1950-06-08 Sir Thomas Blamey becomes the only Field Marshal in Australian history.
  • 1950-08-26 39th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (4-1)
  • 1951-09-01 US, Australia and New Zealand sign the ANZUS mutual defense treaty
  • 1951-09-02 Australia, NZ & US sign ANZUS-pact
  • 1951-12-27 40th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Sydney (3-2)
  • 1952-01-03 Australia beat W Indies by one wicket at the MCG, last stand 38

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952-01-25 Test debut of Australian Richie Benaud, v West Indies at the SCG

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • 1952-10-03 1st British nuclear test at Monte Bello Island in Australia
  • 1952-12-31 41st Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (4-1)
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 a mile in less than 4 minutes in the same race

Middle-Distance Runner Roger Bannister
Middle-Distance Runner
Roger Bannister

Sport awardTennis Open

1954-09-06 US Men's National Championship: Vic Seixas beats Australian Rex Hartwig 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • 1954-12-28 43rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Sydney (3-2)
  • 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
  • 1956-05-16 Laker takes 10-88 for Surrey v Australians at the Oval
  • 1956-07-27 Jim Laker takes 9-37 in Australia's 1st innings at Manchester
  • 1956-07-31 Laker takes 10-53 in Australia's 2nd innings, 19-90 for match
  • 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
  • 1956-12-08 16th Olympic games close at Melbourne, Australia
  • 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
  • 1959-02-05 Australia regain the Ashes with a 10 wicket victory at Adelaide
  • 1959-03-17 Australia & USSR restore diplomatic relations
  • 1959-04-21 Alf Dean using a rod & reel hooks a 2,664lb, 16' 10" great white shark off the coast of Ceduna, Australia
  • 1959-08-31 48th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (3-2)
  • 1959-09-23 Australia's first passenger roll on/roll off diesel ferry, the MS Princess of Tasmania makes her maiden voyage across Bass Strait
  • 1959-12-20 Jasu Patel takes 9-69, India v Australia at Kanpur
  • 1960-01-14 The Reserve Bank of Australia is established
  • 1960-07-24 PGA Championship, Firestone CC: Jay Hebert wins his only major title by 1 stroke from Australian Jim Ferrier
  • 1960-08-27 Australian swimmer John Devitt controversially wins the 100m freestyle gold medal at the Rome Olympics; recorded same time 55.2 as silver medallist American Lance Larson
  • 1960-08-29 Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser wins blue ribband 100m freestyle gold medal at the Rome Olympics; retains title won in Melbourne 1956; will win unprecedented 3rd consecutive 100m gold in Tokyo 1964
  • 1960-08-30 US women's 4 x 100m medley relay team swims world record 4:41.1 to beat Australia and win the gold medal at the Rome Olympics; Lynn Burke, Patty Kempner, Carolyn Schuler & Chris von Saltza
  • 1960-09-01 US 4 x 100m medley relay team swims world record 4:05.4 to beat Australia and win the gold medal at the Rome Olympics; Frank McKinney, Paul Hait, Lance Larson & Jeff Farrell

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 1,414

  • 1920-03-16 Reginald "Leo" McKern, Australian actor (Blue Lagoon, Help, Mouse that Roared), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2001)
  • 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 writer (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
  • 1921-04-13 Maxwell Henley Harris, Australian poet/publisher (Gift of Blood)
  • 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 (d. 2001)
  • 1922-01-15 Sir Eric Willis, Australian politician (d. 1999)
  • 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, founder (Australian Ballet School)
  • 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, Australian writer (d. 2007)
  • 1923-06-24 Margaret Olley, Lismore Australia, painter
  • 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)
  • 1923-12-12 Ken Kavanagh, Australian racing driver
  • 1924-01-05 Dr Gilbert Bogle, Australian scientist who died in the Bogle-Chandler case (1963)
  • 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)
  • 1925-07-06 Ruth Cracknell, Australian actress (Mother and Son), born in Maitland (d. 2002)
  • 1925-07-18 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty, Australian 100m dash (Olympic bronze 1948), born in Guildford, Australia (d. 2004)
  • 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
  • 1926-04-02 Jack Brabham, Australian auto racer and team owner (F1 champ 1959-60, 66), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 2014)
  • 1926-05-11 Frank Thring, Australian actor (El Cid, Ben-Hur), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1994)
  • 1926-11-07 Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano (Met Opera), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1926-12-01 Keith Michell, American actor and theatre director (6 Wives of Henry VIII), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2015)
  • 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
  • 1928-05-30 Pro Hart, Australian artist (d. 2006)
  • 1928-07-22 Georg Dreyfus, German-born Australian composer, born in Elberfeld
  • 1928-08-08 Don Burrows, Australian musician
  • 1928-08-10 Gus Mercurio, American-born Australian actor (The Blue Lagoon, Crocodile Dundee II), born in West Bend, Wisconsin (d. 2010)
  • 1928-08-12 Charles Blackman, Australian artist
  • 1928-08-27 Peter Richard Tahourdin, English-Australian composer, born in Bramdean, Hampshire (d. 2009)
  • 1929-02-09 Clement Meadmore, Australian-born sculptor (d. 2005)
  • 1929-02-16 Peter NF Porter, Australian/British author/poet (Chair of Babel)
  • 1929-02-27 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (d. 2008)
  • 1929-03-28 Paul England, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2014)
  • 1929-04-02 Catherine Gaskin, Irish-Australian romantic novelist (Fiona, Coporation Wife), born in Dundalk Bay, County Louth, Ireland (d. 2009)
  • 1929-06-10 Ian McCahon Sinclair, Australian politician
  • 1929-07-27 Marc Wilkinson, Australian composer, born in Paris
  • 1929-10-01 Ken Arthurson, Australian rugby league identity
  • 1929-10-31 Eddie Charlton, Australian snooker player, born in Merewether, Australia (d. 2004)

Person of interestBob Hawke

1929-12-09 Bob Hawke, 23rd Australian Prime Minister (Labor: 1983-91), born in Bordertown, South Australia

23rd Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke
23rd Australian Prime Minister
Bob Hawke

Person of interestRod Taylor

1930-01-11 Rod Taylor, Australian actor (The Birds, Time Machine), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2015)

Actor Rod Taylor
Actor
Rod Taylor
  • 1930-01-11 Ron Mulock, Australian politician
  • 1930-02-28 Bruce Dawe, Australian poet
  • 1930-03-30 Rolf Harris, Australian/British cartoonist and entertainer, born in Bassendean, Western Australia
  • 1930-05-16 Brian Davies, Brisbane, Australia, Rugby League player, (d. 2012)

Person of interestMalcolm Fraser

1930-05-21 Malcolm Fraser, Prime Minister of Australia (Liberal, 1975-83), born in Toorak, Victoria

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • 1930-05-30 David Evatt Tunley, Australian composer, born in Australia
  • 1930-08-02 Vali Myers, Australian painter, born in Canterbury, Sydney (d. 2003)
  • 1930-09-29 Richard Bonynge, Australian conductor (Aust Orch Sydney-1976), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1930-10-01 Frank Gardner, Australian racing driver
  • 1931-01-04 Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia 1996-2001
  • 1931-01-05 Joan Coxsedge, Australian politician
  • 1931-01-11 Betty Churcher, director of the National Gallery of Australia
  • 1931-01-14 Frank Costigan, Australian lawyer
  • 1931-01-30 Shirley Hazzard, Australian-born author (Transit of Venus), born in Sydney (d. 2016)
  • 1931-03-05 Barry Tuckwell, Australian horn player (London Symph Orch 1955-68), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Person of interestRupert Murdoch

1931-03-11 Rupert Murdoch, Australian-born American media mogul (NY Post, News of the World, FOX-TV), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • 1931-07-23 Richard Searby, Australian lawyer and deputy-chairman (News Corp Ltd-Australia)
  • 1931-09-13 Marjorie Jackson, Australian sprinter (Olympic gold 1952) and 33rd Governor of South Australia, born in Coffs Harbour, Australia
  • 1931-10-31 David Lumsdaine, Australian composer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1932-01-07 Joe Berinson, Australian politician
  • 1932-08-24 Richard Graham Meale, Australian composer, born in Sydney
  • 1933-01-01 Norman Yemm, Australian actor
  • 1933-01-02 Ed Casey, Australian politician (d. 2006)
  • 1933-07-27 Ted Whitten, Australian rules footballer, born in Footscray, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1933-08-14 Bryce Courtenay, Australian novelist (The Power of One), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2012)
  • 1933-09-14 Zoe Caldwell, Australian actress (Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1933-10-05 Diane Cilento, Australian actress (Agony & Ecstasy, Wicker Man), born in Brisbane, Queensland (d. 2011)
  • 1933-12-19 Kevan Gosper, Australian athlete
  • 1933-12-26 Ugly Dave Gray, Australian television personality
  • 1934-01-06 Harry M. Miller, Australian entrepreneur
  • 1934-02-14 Marlene Matthews, Australia, sprinter (Olympic 2 bronze-1956)
  • 1934-02-15 Graham Kennedy, Australian actor (d. 2005)
  • 1934-02-17 Barry Humphries, Australian comedian, actor and author known for his stage alter egos (Dame Edna Everage, Sir Les Patterson), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1934-03-08 Ron Taylor, Australian cinematographer (Those Amazing Animals), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2012)
  • 1934-03-20 David Malouf, Australian author
  • 1934-04-16 Robert Stigwood, Australian producer (Saturday Night Fever, Grease), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2016)
  • 1934-06-20 Brian Barder, British high commissar (Australia)
  • 1934-09-11 Norma Croker, Australian sprinter, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1934-09-15 Fred Nile, Australian politician
  • 1934-10-09 Jill Ker Conway, Australian-American author, first female president of Smith College, born in Hillston, Australia (d. 2018)
  • 1935-01-09 Brian Harradine, Australian independent Senator

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 377


Person of interestMichael Hutchence

1997-11-22 Michael Hutchence, Australiann rocker (INXS) and actor, commits suicide at 37

INXS rocker Michael Hutchence
INXS rocker
Michael Hutchence
  • 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 musician (The Triffids) (b. 1962)
  • 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
  • 1999-10-12 Robert Marsden Hope, Australian Justice and Royal Commissioner, dies at 80
  • 2000-01-01 Colin Vaughan, Australian political journalist (b. 1931)
  • 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), TV and radio star (b. 1952)
  • 2001-10-13 Peter Doyle, Australian pop singer (The New Seekers) (b. 1949)
  • 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 war hero (b. 1916)
  • 2002-03-04 Elyne Mitchell, Australian author (b. 1913)
  • 2002-05-13 Ruth Cracknell, Australian actress (Mother and Son), dies at 76
  • 2002-05-19 John Gorton, nineteenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1911)
  • 2002-06-05 Gwen Plumb, Australian actress (b. 1912)
  • 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 (b. 1915)
  • 2002-12-09 Mary Hansen, Australian guitarist and singer (Stereolab) (b. 1966)
  • 2003-01-02 Eric Jupp, British-Australian pianist, composer, arranger (b. 1922)
  • 2003-02-12 Vali Myers, Australian painter, dies at 72
  • 2003-03-02 Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer (b. 1931)
  • 2003-04-20 Bernard Katz, German-born Australian biophysicist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1970), dies at 82
  • 2003-06-21 Jason Moran, Australian criminal (b. 1967)
  • 2003-08-23 Jack Dyer, Australian rules footballer (b. 1913)
  • 2003-09-19 Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 76
  • 2003-10-12 Jim Cairns, Australian politician (b. 1914)
  • 2003-11-19 Ian Geoghegan, Australian racing driver (b. 1940)
  • 2003-12-17 Ed Devereaux, Australian actor (b. 1925)
  • 2004-01-03 Des Corcoran, Premier of South Australia (b. 1928)
  • 2004-01-22 Thomas Mead, Australian politician and journalist, dies at 85
  • 2004-02-11 Shirley Strickland, Australian athlete (b. 1925)
  • 2004-02-17 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty, Australian 100m dash (Olympic bronze 1948), dies at 78
  • 2004-03-23 Rupert Hamer, Australian politician (b. 1916)
  • 2004-08-17 Thea Astley, Australian novelist and short-story writer, dies at 78
  • 2004-10-11 Keith Miller, Australian sportsman (b. 1919)
  • 2004-11-08 Peter Mathers, English-born Australian novelist (b. 1931)
  • 2004-11-08 Eddie Charlton, Australian snooker player, dies at 75
  • 2004-12-26 Troy Broadbridge, Australian rules footballer, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1980)
  • 2005-01-08 Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster (b. 1952)
  • 2005-01-11 Miriam Hyde, Australian composer (b. 1913)
  • 2005-01-17 Charlie Bell, Australian fast food executive (b. 1960)
  • 2005-01-24 June Bronhill, Australian singer (b. 1929)
  • 2005-03-04 Una Hale, Australian soprano (b. 1922)
  • 2005-03-15 Bob Bellear, Australian judge (b. 1944)
  • 2005-03-26 Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Split Enz and Crowded House) (b. 1959)
  • 2005-04-19 Clement Meadmore, Australian sculptor (b. 1929)
  • 2005-04-23 Al Grassby, Australian immigration minister (b. 1928)
  • 2005-05-25 Graham Kennedy, Australian television personality (b. 1934)
  • 2005-06-11 Ron Randell, Australian actor (Loves of Carmen, I am a Camera), dies at 86
  • 2005-07-17 Joe Vialls, Australian writer (b. 1944)
  • 2005-09-09 John Wayne Glover, English-born Australian serial killer, commits suicide in prison at 72
  • 2005-12-02 Van Tuong Nguyen, Australian drug smuggler (hanged) (b. 1980)
  • 2005-12-05 Kevin "Big Kev" McQuay, Australian businessman (b. 1949)
  • 2005-12-26 Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (b. 1937)
  • 2006-01-01 Dawn Lake, Australian TV comedienne (b. 1927)
  • 2006-01-03 Steve Rogers, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1954)
  • 2006-01-09 Andy Caldecott, Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1964)
  • 2006-03-22 Kurt von Trojan, Australian sci-fi author (b. 1937)
  • 2006-03-28 Kevin Pro Hart, Australian artist (b. 1928)
  • 2006-05-06 Grant McLennan, co-founder of Australian band The Go-Betweens (b. 1958)
  • 2006-05-07 Richard Carleton, Australian news reporter (b.1943)
  • 2006-08-15 Rick Bourke, Australian rugby league player
  • 2006-08-16 Alex Buzo, Australian playwright and author (b. 1944)
  • 2006-09-04 Colin Thiele, Australian author and educator (b. 1920)

Person of interestSteve Irwin

2006-09-04 Steve Irwin, Australian naturalist and TV personality (The Crocodile Hunter), attacked and killed by a stingray at 44

Naturalist and TV Star Steve Irwin
Naturalist and TV Star
Steve Irwin
  • 2006-09-08 Peter Brock, Australian racecar driver (b. 1945)
  • 2006-09-14 Esme Melville, Australian actress (b. 1918)
  • 2006-10-03 Peter Norman, Australian track star (b. 1942)
  • 2006-11-11 Belinda Emmett, Australian actress (Home and Away), dies at 32
  • 2006-12-21 Scobie Breasley, Australian jockey (b. 1914)
  • 2007-01-01 Leonard Fraser, Australian serial killer (b. 1951)
  • 2007-01-02 Richard Newton, Australian-born technology pioneer and professor (b. 1951)
  • 2007-01-04 Ben Gannon, Australian theatre film and television producer (b. 1952)
  • 2007-01-12 Sir James Killen, Australian politician (b. 1925)
  • 2007-02-13 Elizabeth Jolley, Australian writer (b. 1923)
  • 2007-02-28 Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs), dies at 61
  • 2007-04-12 Kevin Crease, Australian TV anchor (b. 1936)
  • 2007-04-21 Lobby Loyde, Australian guitarist and songwriter (b. 1941)
  • 2007-07-11 Glenda Adams, Australian author (b. 1939)
  • 2007-07-12 Stan Zemanek, Australian radio personality (b.1947)
  • 2007-07-27 Lucky Grills, Australian actor (b. 1928)
  • 2007-10-01 Chris Mainwaring, Australian rules footballer (b. 1965)
  • 2007-10-23 John Ilhan, Australian entrepreneur, Crazy John's mobile phones (b. 1965)
  • 2007-11-02 Charmaine Dragun, Australian journalist (b. 1978)
  • 2007-11-06 George Grljusich, Australian sports broadcaster (b. c1939)
  • 2007-11-27 Bernie Banton, Australian asbestos campaigner (b. 1946)
  • 2007-12-03 James Kemsley, Australian cartoonist and actor (b. 1948)
  • 2008-01-05 Clinton Grybas, Australian sports commentator (b. 1975)
  • 2008-01-08 George Moore, Australian champion jockey (b. 1923)