Australian History Timeline (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 848

  • 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
  • 1959-12-12 Jack Brabham finishes 4th in season-ending US Grand Prix at Sebring to become first Australian F1 World Drivers Championship winner; takes title by 4 points from Briton Tony Brooks
  • 1960-01-14 The Reserve Bank of Australia is established
  • 1960-08-14 Australian driver Jack Brabham clinches his second consecutive F1 World Drivers Championship by winning the Portuguese Grand Prix at Boavista
  • 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
  • 1960-09-02 American Mike Troy swims 200m butterfly world record 2:12.8 to win the gold medal from Australian Neville Hayes at the Rome Olympics
  • 1960-09-03 US women's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Joan Spillane, Shirley Stobs, Carolyn Wood & Chris von Saltza swim world record 4:08.9 to beat Australia by 2.4 seconds and win gold medal at Rome Olympics
  • 1960-09-06 Australian middle distance runner Herb Elliott breaks his own world record in winning the 1,500m at the Rome Olympics in 3:35.6
  • 1960-10-08 3rd Rugby League World Cup: Great Britain beats Australia 10-3
  • 1960-11-20 Australian driver Jack Brabham finishes 4th in season-ending US Grand Prix at Riverside Raceway to retain his F1 World Drivers Championship by 9 points from Bruce McLaren of New Zealand
  • 1960-12-28 49th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (4-1)
  • 1961-01-30 Outstanding West Indian spin bowler Lance Gibbs takes hat-trick (Ken Mackay, Wally Grout, Frank Misson) in drawn 4th Test v Australia in Adelaide
  • 1961-07-08 Fred Trueman takes 5-0 in 24 balls to rip through Aussies
  • 1961-12-28 50th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Melbourne (5-0)
  • 1962-09-15 Australia's 1st entry in America's Cup yacht race (US wins)
  • 1962-09-28 Paddington tram depot fire destroys 65 trams in Brisbane, Australia.
  • 1962-11-22 7th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games open in Perth, Australia
  • 1962-12-28 51st Davis Cup: Australia beats Mexico in Brisbane (5-0)
  • 1963-01-12 Spin bowler Bobby Simpson takes 5-57 for Australia v England
  • 1963-09-18 USSR orders 58.5 million barrels of cereal from Australia
  • 1964-02-10 Australian destroyer HMAS Voyager sinks after colliding with aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, killing 82
  • 1964-02-29 Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser records the fastest 100m freestyle of her brilliant career; smashes her own world record 58.9s in Sydney; goes on to win her 3rd straight gold in the event at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-04-03 Beatles hold top 6 spots on Sydney Australia record charts
  • 1964-05-30 Beatles 1961 record of "Cry for a Shadow" is #1 in Australia

Music History

1964-06-14 Drummer Ringo Starr re-unites with the Beatles in Melbourne, Australia, after recovering from tonsillitis

  • 1964-07-28 England all out 611 in reply to Australia's 8-656 Match a draw
  • 1964-09-28 53rd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Cleveland (3-2)
  • 1964-10-13 Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser wins her third consecutive Olympic 100m freestyle gold medal at the Tokyo Games; Olympic record 59.05s
  • 1964-10-15 Australian swimmer Ian O'Brien sets world record 2:27.8 to beat Soviet Georgy Prokopenko by 0.4s and win men's 200m breaststroke gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-15 US women's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Sharon Stouder, Donna de Varona, Lillian Watson & Kathy Ellis swims world record 4:03.8 to beat Australia by 3.1s and win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-17 Australian athlete Betty Cuthbert takes her 4th career Olympic gold medal as she wins the women's 400m at the Tokyo Games in Olympic record 52.0
  • 1964-10-18 Australian swimmer Kevin Berry sets world record 2:06.6 to beat American Carl Robie by 0.9s and win the men's 200m backstroke gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-19 American sprinter Edith McGuire runs an Olympic record 23.0 to win the women's 200m gold medal in Tokyo; minor place medallists Irena Szewińska of Poland and Australian Marilyn Black both record 23.1
  • 1964-10-19 In a blanket finish in the 80m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics, Germany's Karin Balzer and Teresa Cieply of Poland both record 10.5s with Pam Kilborn of Australia 10.6; Balzer is awarded the gold medal
  • 1964-10-26 Eric Edgar Cooke becomes last person in Western Australia to be executed.
  • 1965-03-01 Australian swimming authorities suspend triple Olympic gold medal winning sprinter Dawn Fraser for 10 years for misconduct at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics
  • 1965-04-29 Australian government announces it would send troops to Vietnam
  • 1965-05-06 Bill Lawry (210) & Bob Simpson (201) complete record opening stand of 382 in Australia's 1st innings, drawn 4th Test v West Indies in Bridgetown
  • 1965-07-14 Australian Ronald Clarke runs world record 10k (27:39.4)
  • 1965-10-03 Dual Melbourne Cup winning Australian jockey Pat Glennon rides French colt Sea Bird to victory in the Prix de l'Arc De Triomphe to claim an impressive double after the thoroughbred's English Derby win
  • 1965-11-08 Vietnam War: US, Australian and New Zealand forces launch Operation Hump, a search-and-destroy operation near Bien Hoa in South Vietnam
  • 1966-01-26 The Beaumont Children go missing from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia.
  • 1966-01-31 Bill Lawry (119) & Bob Simpson (225) complete match-winning 244 opening stand in Australia's 1st innings, 4th Test v England in Adelaide
  • 1966-02-14 Australian currency is decimalised, and decimal currency postage stamps introduced
  • 1966-09-04 Australian Jack Brabham clinches his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with a 6th place in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza
  • 1966-10-02 Australian Robert 'Nat' Young puts on a dominating performance to win the World Surfing Championship at Ocean Beach, San Diego; Joyce Hoffman of Capistrano Beach, California takes women's title
  • 1966-10-15 Australia bans Troggs' "I Can't Control Myself" as "terribly obscene"
  • 1966-10-23 Australian Jack Brabham is first to win F1 World Drivers Championship and International Cup for Constructors Championship in the same year; 2nd in season ending Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez

Davis Cup

1966-12-28 55th Davis Cup, Melbourne: Australian Roy Emerson beats Ramanathan Krishnan of India 6-0, 6-2, 10-8 for an unassailable 3-1 lead; ends 4-1

  • 1967-02-03 Ronald Ryan, the last person to be executed in Australia, is hanged in Pentridge Prison, Melbourne
  • 1967-05-27 Australians vote in favor of a constitutional referendum granting the Australian government the power to make laws to benefit Indigenous Australians and count them in the national census
  • 1967-05-29 Australian Paul McManus water skis barefoot for 1:30:19
  • 1967-12-03 Australian Derek Clayton runs world marathon record 2:09:36.4 at the Fukuoka Marathon in Japan
  • 1967-12-17 Harold Holt, Prime Minister of Australia, vanishes in mysterious circumstances while swimming near Melbourne
  • 1967-12-19 Prime Minister of Australia Harold Holt is officially presumed dead.
  • 1967-12-28 56th Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Brisbane (4-1)
  • 1968-01-24 Operation Coburg, an Australian and New Zealand military action during the Vietnam War, begins
  • 1968-01-31 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) declares independence from Australia

Music Single

1968-05-11 Irish actor Richard Harris releases single "MacArthur Park"; it becomes a million-seller topping the charts in Canada and Australia, and peaking at #2 in US and #4 in UK

  • 1968-06-10 4h Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats France 20-2
  • 1968-06-24 Australia all out for 78 v England at Lord's
  • 1968-10-14 6.8 earthquake wrecks Australian town of Meckering, rupturing all nearby major roads and railways
  • 1968-10-15 Australian Ralph Doubell runs a world record 1:44.40 to beat Kenyan Wilson Kiprugut and win the men's 800m at the Mexico City Olympics

World Record

1968-10-17 US men's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Zac Zorn, Stephen Rerych, Ken Walsh & Mark Spitz swim world record 3:31.7 to outclass the Soviet Union & Australia and win the gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics

  • 1968-10-18 A rare Australian 1-2 in track & field; Maureen Caird in Olympic record 10.39s beats teammate Pam Kilborn by 0.07s to win the 80m hurdles at the Mexico City Games
  • 1968-10-18 Polish sprinter Irena Szewińska runs a world record 22.58s to beat Australian Raelene Boyle by 0.16s and win the 200m gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics
  • 1968-10-19 Australian swimmer Michael Wendon sets world record 52.2s to win the blue ribband men's 100m freestyle gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics
  • 1968-10-19 The West German crew beats Australia by just 0.9s to win the men's eights rowing gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics
  • 1968-10-24 Australian swimmer Michael Wendon wraps up the Mexico City Games sprint double when he wins the men's 200m freestyle gold medal in Olympic record 1:55.2
  • 1968-12-28 57th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (4-1)

Historic Event

1969-01-02 Australian Rupert Murdoch gains control of the 'News of the World'

  • 1969-01-29 Sheahan & Connolly hang on for exciting draw Australia v West Indies
  • 1969-05-30 Australian Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:08:33.6) at Antwerp, Belgium; record disputed (short course)
  • 1969-06-02 Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne slices US destroyer USS Frank E Evans in half, killing 74 (South Vietnam)
  • 1969-12-14 Bishen Bedi takes 7-98 (career-best) v Australia at Calcutta
  • 1970-01-06 Australian boxer Johnny Famechon retains his WBC featherweight title with a 14th-round knockout of Fighting Harada in Tokyo; re-match of questionable 15-round decision in 1969 in his first title defence
  • 1970-01-22 Test debut of Barry Richards, South Africa v Australia, Cape Town
  • 1970-01-23 Australia's 1st amateur radio satellite (Oscar 5) launched (California)
  • 1970-02-06 Graeme Pollock completes 274 v Australia at Durban
  • 1970-03-10 South Africa complete 4-0 series drubbing of Australia
  • 1970-04-21 The Principality of Hutt River (previously Hutt River Province) secedes from Australia - it remains unrecognised by Australia or other nations

Music History

1970-09-03 Bill Haley & His Comets reject $30,000 for 15 date tour of Australia

  • 1970-09-28 Intrepid (US) beats Gretel II (Australia) in 22nd America's Cup
  • 1970-11-08 5th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 12-7
  • 1970-12-11 Start of the 1st Test match at the WACA, Australia v England
  • 1971-01-05 1st one-day international, Australia v England at the MCG

Historic Event

1971-08-18 New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake announces in Parliament that New Zealand’s combat force would be withdrawn from Vietnam before the end of the year, coinciding with a similar announcement by the Australian government

  • 1971-09-01 Australian John Newcombe becomes 1st male top-seed to lose in US Open 1st round when beaten by eventual finalist Jan Kodeš 6-2, 6-7, 6-7, 3,-6
  • 1971-10-02 Homing pigeon averages a record 133kph in an 1100km race in Australia
  • 1972-01-26 Aboriginal Tent Embassy protest for land rights begins on the lawn of Parliament House, Canberra, Australia. Longest continuous protest for indigenous rights in the world.
  • 1972-08-24 Dennis Amiss scores 1st one-day int century, 103 v Australia
  • 1972-08-28 Australian teenage swimmer Shane Gould sets a world record 2:23.07 to beat German Kornelia Ender in the 200m individual medley at the Munich Olympics; her first of 3 gold medals at the Games
  • 1972-08-29 Sandy Neilson wins the blue ribband women's 100m freestyle gold medal in 58.59 at the Munich Olympics beating fellow American Shirley Babashoff and Shane Gould of Australia

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 1,594

  • 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)
  • 1928-11-17 John Sangster, Australian jazz composer (The Hobbit Suite), born in Sandringham, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 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 Porter, Australian-British author and poet (Chair of Babel), born in Brisbane, Australia (d. 2010)
  • 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)
  • 1929-04-23 Len Barnard, Australian jazz drummer ("The Naked Dance"; Galapagos Duck), born in Melbourne Australia (d. 2005)
  • 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 Sinclair, Australian politician (Leader of the National Party), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 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
  • 1929-09-15 Eva Burrows, Austrian Salvation Army officer, 13th General of The Salvation Army, born in Newcastle, Australia (d. 2015)
  • 1929-09-27 Ken McCaffery, Australian rugby league centre (12 Tests; North Sydney; Queensland), broadcaster (9 Network) and administrator (North Sydney DRLFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 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)

Bob Hawke

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

Rod Taylor

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

  • 1930-01-11 Ron Mulock, Australian politician
  • 1930-02-28 Bruce Dawe, Australian poet
  • 1930-02-28 Diane Holland, British actress and dancer (Crossroads - "Sarah"; Hi-de-Hi! - "Yvonne"), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2009)
  • 1930-03-30 Rolf Harris, Australian-British comedian, actor, painter, singer-songwriter ("Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport"), television personality, and convicted sex offender, born in Bassendean, Western Australia
  • 1930-04-12 John Landy, Australian athlete (2nd man to run sub-4 min mile; WR mile (3:58.0) and 1500m (3:41.8+) 1954; Olympic bronze 1956), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2022)
  • 1930-05-16 Brian Davies, Rugby League player, born in Brisbane, Australia (d. 2012)

Malcolm Fraser

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

  • 1930-05-30 David Evatt Tunley, Australian composer, born in Australia
  • 1930-07-30 Bobby Dimond, Australian rugby league winger (24 Tests; NSW, Western Suburbs), born in Dapto, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 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 auto racer (European F5000 1971; British Touring Car Championship 1967-68, 73), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1931-01-04 Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia 1996-2001
  • 1931-01-05 Joan Coxsedge, Australian politician, born in Ballarat, Australia
  • 1931-01-11 Betty Churcher, director of the National Gallery of Australia
  • 1931-01-14 Frank Costigan, Australian lawyer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2009)
  • 1931-01-30 Shirley Hazzard, Australian-born author (Transit of Venus), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2016)
  • 1931-03-05 Barry Tuckwell, Australian horn player (London Symphony, 1955-68), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Rupert Murdoch

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

  • 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 (Annotations of Auschwitz), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1931-11-21 Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2003)
  • 1931-12-18 Norm Provan, Australian rugby league second rower (14 Tests; St. George RLFC NSWRL Premiers 1956-66; 13th Immortal) and coach (St. George, Parramatta, Cronulla), born in Urana, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1932-01-07 Joe Berinson, Australian politician
  • 1932-08-24 Richard Graham Meale, Australian composer (Three Miró Pieces; Voss), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2009)
  • 1932-12-26 Don Furner, Australian rugby league forward (1 Test) and coach (Australia 15 Tests; Eastern Suburbs, Canberra Raiders), born in Condobolin, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1933-01-02 Ed Casey, Australian politician (d. 2006)
  • 1933-03-20 Ian Walsh, Australian rugby league hooker, captain and coach (25 Tests; St. George), born in Bogan Gate, New South Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1933-03-23 Norman Yemm, Australian actor (Oklahoma!), born in Elsternwick, Australia (d. 2015)
  • 1933-06-18 Colin Brumby, Australian composer (Fibonacci Variations), conductor (Queensland Opera, 1968-71), and educator, born in Melbourne (d. 2018)
  • 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)
  • 1933-08-23 Don Talbot, Australian swimming coach and sport administrator (coach national swim teams - Canada, United States, Australia), born in Barnsley, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 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)
  • 1933-11-07 George Tibbits, Australian composer, born in Boulder, Western Australia (d. 2008)
  • 1933-12-19 Kevan Gosper, Australian athlete
  • 1933-12-26 Ugly Dave Gray, Australian television personality
  • 1934-01-06 Harry M. Miller, Australian entrepreneur, born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2018)
  • 1934-02-15 Graham Kennedy, Australian actor "the King of Australian television", born in Melbourne, Australia (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-British music entrepreneur (RSO Records), stage (Jesus Christ Superstar) and film (Saturday Night Fever; Grease; Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band) producer, born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2016)
  • 1934-06-20 Brian Barder, British high commissar (Australia)
  • 1934-07-14 Marlene Matthews, Australian sprinter (Olympics 2 bronze-1956), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1934-09-10 Larry Sitsky, Australian composer, born in Tianjin. China
  • 1934-09-11 Norma Croker, Australian sprinter, born in Brisbane, Australia (d. 2019)
  • 1934-09-15 Fred Nile, Australian politician and minister, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 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 politician, born in Quorn, Australia (d. 2014)
  • 1935-03-05 Philip K Chapman, Australian astronaut (Apollo 14 support), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1935-03-10 Graham Farmer, Australian rules footballer
  • 1935-05-13 Nigel Butterley, Australian pianist, composer (The True Samaritan), educator, and radio broadcaster, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2022) [1]
  • 1935-05-25 Victoria Shaw, Australian-American actress (Alvarez Kelly, Westworld), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1988)
  • 1935-07-24 Pat Oliphant, Australia, cartoonist (7 Pres: The Art of Oliphant)
  • 1935-08-08 John Laws, Australia radio personality
  • 1935-09-05 Helen Gifford, Australian composer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1935-10-07 Thomas Keneally, Australian writer (Schindler's List), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1935-11-18 Rodney Hall, Australian author
  • 1935-12-13 Arthur Summons, Australian rugby union fly-half (10 Tests; Gordon RFC) and rugby league five-eighth (9 Tests; Western Suburbs RLFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1936-01-07 Ben Cropp, Australian shark hunter and photographer, born in Buka Island, Papua New Guinea
  • 1936-01-08 Robert May, Baron May of Oxford, Australian-born British scientist, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1936-01-10 Burnum Burnum, Australian Aboriginal activist, actor, author and dreamer, born in Dignams Creek, Australia (d. 1997)
  • 1936-01-22 Noel Kelly, Australian rugby league hooker (25 Tests; Queensland, NSW, Western Suburbs) and coach (Western Suburbs, North Sydney), born in Ipswich, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1936-02-16 Murray Weideman, Australian rules football CHF (Collingwood VFL premiers 1953, 58 [c]; B&F 1957, 61, 62; Victoria 1956-60) and coach (Collingwood 1975-76), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1936-02-20 Tony Brown, Australian rugby league five-eighth (10 Tests; Newtown RLFC, Penrith RLFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2022)
  • 1936-02-27 Ron Barassi, Australian rules footballer, born in Castlemaine, Australia
  • 1936-03-19 Ben Lexcen, Australian yacht designer (Australia II 1983 America's Cup), born in Boggabri, Australia (d. 1988)
  • 1936-06-18 Ian Spurling, Australian born ballet designer (The Royal Ballet), born in South Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1936-07-25 Glenn Murcutt, Australian architect (winner of Pritzker Architecture Prize 2002), born in London
  • 1936-11-16 John Moore, Australian politician (Minister of Defence 1998-2001), born in Rockhampton, Queensland
  • 1936-11-21 Victor Chang, Australian physician (d. 1986)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 301 - 400 of 517

  • 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
  • 2004-11-08 Eddie Charlton, Australian snooker player (World #3 1976-81; Pot Black 1972, 73, 80), dies at 75
  • 2004-11-08 Peter Mathers, English-born Australian novelist (b. 1931)
  • 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 stage and opera singer, dies at 75
  • 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, dies at 78
  • 2005-04-23 Johannes Bjelke-Petersen, Australian politician, Premier of Queensland (1968-87), dies at 94
  • 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
  • 2005-11-04 Len Barnard, Australian jazz drummer ("The Naked Dance"; Galapagos Duck), dies at 76
  • 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, dies at 78
  • 2006-01-03 Steve Rogers, Australian rugby league centre (24 Tests; NSW; Cronulla-Sutherland), dies after swallowing combination of prescription drugs and alcohol at 51
  • 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 television news journalist, dies of a heart attack, while covering press conference of Beaconsfield Mine collapse, at 62
  • 2006-08-15 Rick Bourke, Australian rugby league player (Cronulla ), dies of cancer at 52
  • 2006-08-16 Alex Buzo, Australian playwright and author (b. 1944)
  • 2006-09-04 Colin Thiele, Australian author and educator (b. 1920)

Steve Irwin

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

  • 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, dies of heart attack at 55
  • 2007-01-02 A. Richard Newton, Australian-born technology pioneer & professor, dies at 55
  • 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, British-born Australian writer (Palomino), dies at 83
  • 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 [John Lyde], Australian rock guitarist and songwriter (The Purple Heart; Wild Cherries; Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs), dies at 65
  • 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 Football wing (All Australian 1991, 96; West Coast Eagles), dies from drug overdose at 41
  • 2007-10-23 (Mustaf) "John" Ilhan, Turkish-Australian entrepreneur (Crazy John's mobile phones), dies of a hereditary heart condition at 42
  • 2007-11-02 Charmaine Dragun, Australian journalist (b. 1978)
  • 2007-11-06 George Grljusich, Australian sports broadcaster, dies at 68
  • 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)

Heath Ledger

2008-01-22 Heath Ledger, Australian-American Actor (Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight), dies of a drug overdose at 28

  • 2008-02-25 Ashley Cooper, Australian race car driver (b. 1980)
  • 2008-04-08 John Button, Australian politician (Button car plan), dies at 74
  • 2008-04-30 John Cargher, Australian radio broadcaster (b. 1919)
  • 2008-05-09 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer & coach, dies at 79
  • 2008-05-10 Jessie Jacobs, Australian Actress (b. 1990)
  • 2008-07-25 Jeff Fehring, Australian rules footballer (b. 1955)
  • 2008-08-05 Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer-songwriter ("Armstrong"; "Close The Door Lightly"), dies of pneumonia, at 79
  • 2008-08-12 (June) "Christie" Allen, British-Australian pop singer (Goosebumps), dies of pancreatic cancer at 54
  • 2008-08-13 Roy Prosser, Australian rugby union prop (25 caps; Northern Suburbs), dies at 66
  • 2008-08-27 Mark Priestley, Australian actor (b. 1976)
  • 2008-09-12 Bob Quinn, Australian Football Hall of Fame rover (All Australian captain 1947; SA captain 1945-47; Magarey Medal 1938, 45; Port Adelaide FC), dies at 93
  • 2008-09-23 Peter Leonard, Australian journalist and newsreader, dies of cancer at 66
  • 2008-12-10 Dorothy Porter, Australian poet (The Monkey's Mask), librettist, (The Eternity Man), and lyricist (The Fiery Maze), dies of breast cancer at 54
  • 2009-01-13 Nancy Bird Walton, Australian aviator (b. 1915)
  • 2009-02-07 Brian Naylor (broadcaster), Australian television presenter (b. 1931)
  • 2009-05-15 Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Australian actor, pilot and radio announcer, dies at 86
  • 2009-07-28 Peter Richard Tahourdin, English-Australian composer, dies at 80
  • 2009-08-21 Dean Turner, Australian rock musician (Magic Dirt), dies of cancer at 37
  • 2009-08-29 Frank Gardner, Australian auto racer (European F5000 1971; British Touring Car Championship 1967-68, 73), dies at 77
  • 2009-09-08 Raymond "Ray" Barrett, Australian actor (The Troubleshooters, Gillette Summer Sports Reel), dies at 82
  • 2009-10-22 Don Lane, American-born Australian television personality (b. 1933)
  • 2009-10-31 Ron Gowans, Australian jazz saxophonist, dies of cancer at 83
  • 2009-11-23 Richard Graham Meale, Australian composer (Three Miró Pieces; Voss), dies at 77
  • 2009-12-30 Rowland S. Howard, Australian guitarist (The Birthday Party) (b. 1959)
  • 2010-01-08 Monica Maughan, Australian actor (b. 1933)
  • 2010-04-19 Carl Williams, Australian criminal (b. 1970)
  • 2010-04-23 Peter Porter, Australian-British author and poet (Chair of Babel), dies at 81
  • 2010-05-25 Alan Hickinbotham, Australian businessman, football player, & football coach (b. 1925)
  • 2010-06-07 Adriana Xenides, Australian TV personality (b. 1956)
  • 2010-07-09 Jessica Anderson, Australian novelist (Tirra Lirra By The River; The Impersonators), dies following a stroke at 93
  • 2010-07-14 Sir Charles Mackerras, Australian conductor, dies of cancer at 84
  • 2010-07-19 David Warren, Australian scientist and inventor (Flight Data Recorder; Cockpit Voice Recorder - "the black box"), dies at 85