Australian History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 785

  • 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

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
  • 1946-12-02 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
  • 1946-12-28 1st Davis Cup, Melbourne, Australia: Jack Kramer & Ted Schroeder give US unassailable 3-0 lead; beat Australians John Bromwich & Adrian Quist 6-2, 7-5, 6-4; ends 5-0
  • 1947-07-22 -8°F (-13°C), Charlotte Pass, NSW (Australian record)
  • 1947-09-01 Davis Cup, Forest Hills, NY: USA retains title as Ted Schroeder outlasts Australian Dinny Pails 6-3, 8-6, 4-6, 9-11, 10-8 4-1 for a 3-1 lead; ends 4-1
  • 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
  • 1948-09-05 Davis Cup, Forest Hills, NY: 3 straight titles for US as Gardnar Mulloy & Bill Talbert beat Australians Colin Long & Bill Sidwell 8-6, 9-7, 2-6, 7-5 for unassailable 3-0 lead; ends 5-0
  • 1949-08-28 38th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (4-1)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 1951-10-03 CBS-TV airs the first coast-to-coast telecast of a prize fight; Australian light-heavyweight Dave Sands outpoints Carl 'Bobo' Olson in 10 rounds at Chicago Stadium
  • 1951-12-27 40th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Sydney (3-2)

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 the United Kingdom George VI
King of the United Kingdom
George VI
  • 1952-10-03 1st British nuclear test during Operation Hurricane at Monte Bello Island, Australia, UK becomes the world's third nuclear nation
  • 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 sub-4 minute mile in the same race

Middle-Distance Runner Roger Bannister
Middle-Distance Runner
Roger Bannister
  • 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
  • 1956-09-10 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
  • 1956-11-28 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
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 1,484

  • 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)
  • 1915-04-09 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, 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)
  • 1916-10-16 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, 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, 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, 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)
  • 1925-07-06 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
  • 1926-04-02 Jack Brabham AO, OBE, 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)
  • 1926-11-07 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)
  • 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)
  • 1928-06-16 John Cuneo, Australian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1972), born in Bulimba, Queensland, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 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)
  • 1928-12-29 John Kennedy Sr., Australian Rules Football coach (Australian Football Hall of Fame legend; VFL Premiership 1961, 71, 76; Hawthorn FC; North Melbourne FC), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 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)
  • 1929-04-29 Peter Sculthorpe, Australian composer (Kakadu), born in Launceston, Tasmania (d. 2014)
  • 1929-05-17 John Davies, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1952; WR 200m breaststroke 2:34.4 1952), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1929-06-10 Ian McCahon Sinclair, Australian politician
  • 1929-06-15 Geoffrey Penwill Parsons, Australian piano player, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1929-07-27 Marc Wilkinson, Australian composer, born in Paris
  • 1929-10-01 Ken Arthurson, Australian rugby league halfback, coach, administrator (NSWRL, ARL, Manly-Warringah chairman), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1929-10-31 Eddie Charlton, Australian snooker player (World #3 1976-81; Pot Black 1972, 73, 80), born in Merewether, Australia (d. 2004)

Person of interestBob Hawke

1929-12-09 Bob Hawke, Australian politician and 23rd Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1983-91), born in Bordertown, South Australia (d. 2019)

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

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 442

  • 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
  • 1994-05-14 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
  • 1994-12-30 Lloyd James Austin, Australian linguist and literary scholar, dies at 79
  • 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
  • 1995-08-30 Dame Pattie Maie Menzies, Australian, dies at 96
  • 1995-10-04 Peter Nicholson Gunn, Australian writer (The Churches of Rome), dies at 81

Person of interestRaymond Dart

1995-11-22 Raymond Dart, Australian paleoanthropologist (Australopithecus africanus), dies at 95

Paleoanthropologist Raymond Dart
Paleoanthropologist
Raymond Dart
  • 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
  • 1996-08-01 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 (b. 1911)

Person of interestMichael 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; d 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), TV and radio star (b. 1952)
  • 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)
  • 2002-05-13 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 (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, 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
  • 2003-03-02 Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer, dies at 71
  • 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
  • 2004-02-17 Shirley Strickland, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 80m hurdles 1952, 56; 4 x 100m relay 1956), 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 cricketer (one of Australia's best ever all-rounders), dies at 84
  • 2004-11-08 Peter Mathers, English-born Australian novelist (b. 1931)
  • 2004-11-08 Eddie Charlton, Australian snooker player (World #3 1976-81; Pot Black 1972, 73, 80), 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, dies at 52
  • 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 Johannes Bjelke-Petersen, Australian politician, Premier of Queensland (1968-87), dies at 94
  • 2005-04-23 Al Grassby, Australian immigration minister, dies at 78
  • 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)