Australian History Timeline (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 848

  • 1972-08-30 Australian teenage swimmer Shane Gould with a world record 4:19.04 for the 400m, wins her second of 3 gold medals at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972-08-31 Australian swimmer Gail Neall with a world record 5:02.97 wins the 400m individual medley gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972-09-01 Australian swimmer Shane Gould wins the 200m freestyle in world record 2:03.56 at the Munich Olympics; her 3rd gold medal & 3rd world record of the Games
  • 1972-09-02 East German sprinter Renate Stecher sets world record 11.07 to beat Raelene Boyle of Australia for the women's 100m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972-09-02 French track cyclist Daniel Morelon successfully defends his Olympic sprint title beating Australian John Nicholson for the gold medal in Munich
  • 1972-09-03 American swimmer Keena Rothhammer has to swim world record 8:53.68 to beat Australian wonder-kid Shane Gould in the 800m at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972-09-07 East German sprinter Renate Stecher runs a world record equalling 22.40 in the 200m final to repeat her 100m win over Australia's Raelene Boyle at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972-11-11 Rugby League World Cup, Stade de Gerland, Lyon, France: Australia and Great Britain draw 10-10; Great Britain awarded the Trophy
  • 1972-12-05 Australia Labour party wins parliamentary election
  • 1973-02-16 West Indies v Australia at Kingston, 1st time since 1955 without Gary Sobers
  • 1973-08-05 15 year old Australian swimmer Stephen Holland smashes Mike Burton's 1,500m world record by a massive 14.78 seconds (15:37.8) in Brisbane
  • 1973-12-01 Australia grants self-government to Papua New Guinea
  • 1974-09-27 Australian National Gallery buys W de Kooning's "Woman V" for $850,000
  • 1974-12-25 Cyclone Tracy virtually destroys Darwin, Australia
  • 1975-01-09 Australia beat England by 171 runs in 4th Test to regain Ashes
  • 1975-01-19 Triple J begins broadcasting in Sydney, Australia.
  • 1975-03-01 Colour television transmissions begin in Australia.

Music Concert

1975-09-09 Paul McCartney & Wings begin their "Wings Over The World" tour in Southampton, England; 65 concerts in Europe, Australia, Canada, and United States, runs through October of 1976

  • 1975-09-16 Papua New Guinea gains independence from Australia (National Day)
  • 1975-11-11 Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam removed from office by Governor General Sir John Kerr - 1st elected PM removed in 200 yrs

Historic Event

1975-11-11 Liberal leader Malcolm Fraser sworn in as caretaker Prime Minister of Australia after sacking of the Whitlam Government by Governor General John Kerr

  • 1975-11-12 7h Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats England 25-0
  • 1975-12-08 Radio station 4ZZZ begins transmitting in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia at 105.7 FM; frequency changes to 102.1 FM in 1978
  • 1975-12-13 Australian Federal Election - Liberals with coalition under Malcolm Fraser win largest ever parliamentary majority
  • 1976-01-05 Greg Chappell scores 182* for Australia at SCG against West Indies

Sports History

1976-01-27 Viv Richards scores his 1st Test century against Australia

  • 1976-02-05 Australia complete 5-1 series drubbing of West Indies
  • 1976-05-19 Gold ownership legalized in Australia
  • 1976-06-11 Australian band AC/DC begin their 1st headline tour of Britain
  • 1977-01-18 Australia's worst rail disaster occurs in Sydney, killing 83 people

Music History

1977-02-27 Swedish pop group ABBA arrives in Australia for the first time, sparking "ABBA-mania"

  • 1977-06-25 8th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 13-12
  • 1977-09-18 Courageous (US) sweeps Australia (Aust) in 24th America's Cup
  • 1977-12-17 Bobby Simpson scores 176 Australia v India at the WACA, aged 41
  • 1978-02-03 Australia beat India 3-2 on 6th day of final test, after India are all out for 445 chasing 493 to win
  • 1978-04-02 Jamaican batsman Basil Williams scores 100 on debut for the West Indies in Australia's 3 wicket 3rd Test victory in Georgetown, Guyana
  • 1978-07-01 Northern Territory of Australia becomes self-governing
  • 1978-10-21 Australian civilian pilot Frederick Valentich vanishes in a Cessna 182 over the Bass Strait south of Melbourne, after reporting contact with an unidentified aircraft.
  • 1979-02-15 Paul Shirley (21) of Australia, sucked a lifesaver for 4 hrs 40 mins
  • 1979-03-15 Sarfraz takes 9-86 at MCG as Australia lose 7-5 to lose the Test

Album Release

1979-05-08 The Cure release their debut album "Three Imaginary Boys" (Boys Don't Cry in US, Australia)

  • 1979-07-11 US Skylab enters atmosphere over Australia and disintegrates
  • 1980-08-17 Azaria Chamberlain disappears, likely taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history
  • 1980-09-28 Australian Williams driver Alan Jones clinches his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by winning the Canadian Grand Prix at Île Notre-Dame Circuit
  • 1980-10-05 Australian Williams driver Alan Jones wins the United States East Grand Prix to claim his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 13 points from Nelson Piquet of Brazil
  • 1981-01-08 India all out 63 in one-day international v Australia
  • 1981-01-26 Sandeep Patil scores memorable 174 v Australia at Adelaide Oval
  • 1981-02-11 Australia all out 83 v India at MCG chasing 143 to win
  • 1981-07-21 Australia set 130 to win, all out 111 at Headingley Willis 8-43

Sports History

1981-08-15 Ian Botham scores a century in 86 balls v Australia at Old Trafford

  • 1981-11-14 Pakistan all out 62 v Australia at WACA, Lillee 5-18
  • 1981-12-06 Rob de Castella of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:18
  • 1982-06-23 Himmy, of Australia, weighs in at domestic cat record 20.7 kg (45 lb)
  • 1982-09-20 Jalaluddin takes a one-day hat-trick Pakistan v Australia
  • 1982-09-30 12th Commonwealth Games open in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1983-01-07 Australia regain the Ashes with a 2-1 series win v England
  • 1983-02-16 The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia claim the lives of 75 people in one of Australia's worst ever fires

Election of Interest

1983-03-05 Australian Labor leader Bob Hawke defeats sitting Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser in a general election

  • 1983-03-05 NSW beat Western Australia by 54 runs to win Sheffield Shield

Album Release

1983-06-16 Ringo Starr releases album "Old Wave" album in West Germany; soon after releases follow in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Mexico, and Brazil

  • 1983-09-26 Australia II wins America's Cup yacht race - 1st non-US winner
  • 1983-10-31 Ron Grant completes a 217 day, 8,316 mile run around Australia
  • 1983-12-28 72nd Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2)
  • 1984-01-05 Greg Chappell scores 182* for Australia in his last Test innings
  • 1984-04-19 Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia's national anthem, with green and gold the national colors
  • 1984-06-08 Homosexuality is declared legal in the state of New South Wales, Australia
  • 1984-08-03 17 year old Australian swimmer Jon Sieben stages a withering finish to upset hot favourite Michael Gross of West Germany in 200m butterfly at Los Angeles Olympics, world record (1:57.04)
  • 1984-09-28 1st floodlit ODI outside of Australia (India v Aust, New Delhi)
  • 1985-01-02 Leg-spin bowler Bob "Dutchy" Holland takes 4/90 for match figures of 10/144 as Australia beats the West Indies by innings in 5th Test in Sydney; Windies take series, 3-1
  • 1985-02-17 1st day/night game at the MCG, Australia v England
  • 1985-08-20 Hanspeter Beck of South Australia, finishes a 3,875 mile, 51 day trip from Western Australia to Melbourne on a unicycle
  • 1985-10-04 Henry G Perry completes 157 day, 14,021 mile bicycle tour of Australia
  • 1985-10-06 Marita Koch of E Germany sets 400m woman's record (47.6) in Australia
  • 1985-10-15 Shelley Taylor of Australia makes fastest swim ever around Manhattan Island, doing it in 6 hours 12 minutes 29 seconds

Sports History

1985-11-03 French McLaren driver Alain Prost wins his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship, finishing 4th in the Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins title by 20 points from Italian Michele Alboreto

Sports History

1985-11-09 Richard Hadlee takes 9-52 New Zealand v Australia at the Gabba

  • 1986-04-21 90th Boston Marathon: Rob de Castella first Australian winner in 2:07:51; Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway claims women's title in 2:24:55
  • 1986-04-24 Film "Crocodile Dundee" starring Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski premieres in Australia (highest grossing film of the year in the US)
  • 1986-10-26 French McLaren driver Alain Prost retains his Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with victory in season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins title by 2 points from Nigel Mansell
  • 1986-12-28 75th Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2), helped by Pat Davis ranked 412th in the world
  • 1987-02-04 Stars & Stripes beats Australia's Kookaburra 3, sweeps America's Cup

Sports History

1987-11-15 Brazilian Williams driver Nelson Piquet retires from Australian Grand Prix at Adelaide with break trouble but wins his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 12 points from Nigel Mansell

Sports History

1987-12-14 Allan Border scores 205 vs NZ to become Australia's top rungetter

  • 1987-12-30 Australia hang on for draw v New Zealand at MCG, 1 wkt left 17 runs short
  • 1988-01-26 Australian 200th anniversary parade of tall ships in Sydney Harbour
  • 1988-04-30 World Exposition, Expo 88 opens in Brisbane Australia

Historic Event

1988-05-09 Australia's new parliament house is opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Canberra

  • 1988-08-22 Australia unveils 1st platinum coin (Koala)
  • 1988-09-19 Australian swimmer Duncan Armstrong sets world record 1:47.25 to win the 200m freestyle gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; beats Anders Holmertz of Sweden by 0.64
  • 1988-09-23 East German swimmer Uwe Dassler sets world record 3:46.95 to win 400m freestyle gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; edges Australian Duncan Armstrong by 0.2s
  • 1988-09-23 Portuguese world champion Rosa Mota runs 2:25:40 to score a famous Olympic marathon win over Australian Lisa Martin at the Seoul Games
  • 1988-09-28 Australian Debbie Flintoff-King wins the 400m hurdles gold at the Seoul Olympics in 53.17, just 0.01 ahead of Tatyana Ledovskaya of the Soviet Union
  • 1988-09-29 US men's basketball team beats Australia 78-49 to take the bronze medal at the Seoul Olympics; last time US represented by a team that doesn't feature NBA players
  • 1988-10-09 9th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats New Zealand 25-12

Sports History

1988-11-13 Brazilian McLaren driver Ayrton Senna finishes 2nd in the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide to win his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins title by 3 points from Alain Prost

  • 1988-12-06 Merv Hughes takes 13 wickets v WI at the WACA but Australia lose
  • 1988-12-29 Victorian Post Office Museum in Australia closes
  • 1989-01-26 Test debut of Mark Taylor, Australia v West Indies, Sydney
  • 1989-02-01 The Western Australian towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder amalgamate to form the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
  • 1989-02-16 William Hayden becomes Governor-General of Australia

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 1,594

  • 1937-01-16 Lorraine Bayly, Australian actress, born in Narrandera, Australia
  • 1937-02-04 John Devitt, Australian swimmer (2 Olympic gold 1956, 1960), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1937-02-21 Ron Clarke AO, MBE, Australian athlete (17 x WRs, 5,000m, 10,000m, 20,000m; 2, 3, 6, 10 miles) and politician (mayor Gold Coast), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2015)
  • 1937-02-27 Donald MacKay, CEO (Scottish Enterprise), born in Griffith, Australia (d. 1977)
  • 1937-03-25 Scot Palmer, Australian sports journalist (The Sun, Sunday Press, Seven Network; President Football Writers Association), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2022)
  • 1937-06-01 Colleen McCullough, Australian author (Tim, Indecent Obsession, The Thorn Birds), born in Wellington, NSW, Australia (d. 2015)
  • 1937-06-11 J. Robin Warren, Australian pathologist (Nobel 2005), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1937-08-15 Janet Mead, Australian Catholic nun and pop-rock singer (The Lord's Prayer), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2022)
  • 1937-09-04 Dawn Fraser, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 100m freestyle 1956, 60, 64), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1937-11-13 Kamahl [Kandiah Kamalesvaran], Australian singer (Elephant Song), born in Kuala Lumpur
  • 1937-12-17 Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (d. 2005)
  • 1938-01-06 Prof Adrienne Clarke, Australian botanist, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1938-01-12 Lewis Fiander, Australian actor, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2016)
  • 1938-01-31 Daevid Allen [Christopher David], Australian musician and performance artist (Soft Machine, Gong), born in Melbourne (d. 2015)
  • 1938-02-25 Herb Elliott, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m [WR 3:35.6] 1960; WR mile 3:54.5 1958), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1938-04-20 Betty Cuthbert, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 200m, 4x100m 1956; 400m 1964), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2017)
  • 1938-04-22 Alan Bond, Australian businessman and yachting syndicate owner (America's Cup 1983), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1938-06-12 Tom Oliver, English-Australian actor (Number 96), born in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire, England
  • 1938-06-18 Kevin Murray, Australian rules footballer
  • 1938-06-19 Ian Smith, Australian actor
  • 1938-07-16 Max Wiltshire, Welsh rugby union lock (4 Tests; Aberavon RFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1938-07-23 Bert Newton, Australian radio, television, and stage personality (Good Morning Australia; Logie Award ceremonies; 20-1), born in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1938-07-28 Robert Hughes, Australian art critic and writer (Barcelona), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2012)
  • 1938-08-07 Helen Caldicott, Australian physician and anti-war activist, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1938-10-02 Lloyd Turner, journalist (Daily Express), born in Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1938-11-26 Rodney Jory, Australian physicist, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1938-12-04 Yvonne Minton, Australian-British soprano, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1938-12-28 John Gleeson, Australian rugby league five eighth (10 Tests; Queensland 25 games; Wynnum-Manly, Brothers RLFC), born in Chinchilla, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1939-01-03 Janice Crosio, Australian politician
  • 1939-01-06 Murray Rose, Australian Olympic swimmer (4x oly gold), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom (d. 2012)
  • 1939-01-29 Germaine Greer, Australian feminist and author (Female Eunuch), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1939-04-12 Johnny Raper, Australian rugby league lock (33 Tests, 6 World Cup games; Newtown RLFC, St. George RLFC; Inaugural RL "Immortal") and coach (St. George, RLFC, Cronulla RLFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2022)
  • 1939-04-14 Jennifer Fowler, British classical composer, born in Bunbury, Australia
  • 1939-05-12 Reg Gasnier, Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame centre and captain (36 Tests; 3 World Cups; St. George RLFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2014)
  • 1939-07-12 Phillip Adams, Australian humanist and broadcaster (Late Night Live), born in Maryborough, Victoria

John Howard

1939-07-26 John Howard, 25th Prime Minister of Australia (1996-2007), born in Earlwood, New South Wales, Australia

  • 1939-08-12 Pam Ryan-Kilborn, Australia, hurdler (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1939-09-05 George Lazenby, Australian actor (OHMSS-James Bond), born in Goulburn, Australia
  • 1939-10-07 Clive James, Australian television presenter, poet writer, born in Kogarah, Australia (d. 2019)
  • 1939-10-08 Paul Hogan, Australian actor (Crocodile Dundee, Lightning Jack), born in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1939-12-30 Glenda Adams, Australian author (d. 2007)
  • 1940-01-05 Athol Guy, Australian singer (The Seekers), born in Colac, Australia
  • 1940-02-27 Bill Hunter, Australian actor, born in Ballarat, Australia (d. 2011)
  • 1940-03-28 Tony Barber, English-Australian television personality, born in Oldham, Lancashire
  • 1940-04-16 Paul Cox, Dutch-born Australian director (Lonely Hearts), born in Venlo, the Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • 1940-06-23 Diana Trask, Australia, singer (Sing Along With Mitch)
  • 1940-08-31 Jack Thompson [John Payne], Australian actor (Breaker Morant, The Man from Snowy River), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1940-10-15 Peter C. Doherty, Australian immunologist and veterinary surgeon (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine1996), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1941-02-07 Peter Foxhall, Australian evangelist
  • 1941-03-02 John Cornell, Australian screenwriter (Paul Hogan Show; Crocodile Dundee), and director (Crocodile Dundee II), born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1941-04-07 Cornelia Frances [Zulver], British-Australian actress (Home and Away), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2018)
  • 1941-04-08 Murray Khouri, New Zealand classical clarinet player (Australia Ensemble), writer, and broadcaster, born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2018)
  • 1941-04-24 John Williams, Australian classical guitarist, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1941-05-18 Lobby Loyde [John Lyde], Australian rock guitarist and songwriter (The Purple Heart; Wild Cherries; Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs), born in Longreach, Queensland (d. 2007)
  • 1941-05-18 Miriam Margolyes, British-Australian character actress (Babe; Romeo and Juliet), born in Oxford, England
  • 1941-06-08 George Pell, Australian Catholic Cardinal and treasurer of the Vatican, convicted, and then acquitted, of child sex abuse, born in Ballarat, Australia
  • 1941-06-23 Roger McDonald, Australian author
  • 1941-07-31 Heather McKay, Australian squash player (British Open 1962-77, inaugural women's World Open 1976), born in Queanbeyan, NSW
  • 1941-09-02 Graeme Langlands, Australian rugby league fullback, captain and coach (24 Tests; St. George RLFC; ARL "Immortal"), born in Wollongong, Australia (d. 2018)
  • 1941-10-25 Helen Reddy, Australian-American rock vocalist ("I Am Woman"; "You And Me Against The World"), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1941-11-04 Richard James Gill, Australian conductor and music educator, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2018)
  • 1942-01-01 Judy Stone, Australian pop singer
  • 1942-01-03 John Marsden, Australian lawyer, and gay rights activist, born in Lismore, Australia (d. 2006)
  • 1942-01-17 Ita Buttrose, Australian journalist & businesswoman, born in Potts Point, Australia
  • 1942-01-21 Martin Sharp, Australian cartoonist, album cover artist songwriter (Cream), and filmmaker, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1942-02-16 Bob Hammond AM, Australian rules key defender (AFL Hall of Fame; North Adelaide; SA) and coach (Sydney Swans 1984), born in Perth, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1942-02-18 Roy Prosser, Australian rugby union prop (25 caps; Northern Suburbs), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2008)
  • 1942-02-21 Peter Leonard, Australian journalist and newsreader, born in Yass, New South Wales (d. 2008)
  • 1942-02-24 Colin Bond, Australian racing driver
  • 1942-02-24 David K Williamson, Australian screenplay/playwright (Removalists)
  • 1942-05-21 John Konrads, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 1500m freestyle, bronze 400m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle 1960; 26 individual world records), born in Riga, Latvia (d. 2021)
  • 1942-06-06 Sandra Morgan, Australian 4x100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1956), born in Tamworth, New South Wales
  • 1942-06-29 Mike Willesee, Australian television presenter (This Day Tonight), born in Perth, Australia (d. 2019)
  • 1942-07-07 Carmen Duncan, Australian actress
  • 1942-07-12 Billy Smith, Australian rugby league halfback (26 Tests; St. George), born in Fremantle, Western Australia
  • 1942-07-20 Ron Bowden, Australian politician
  • 1942-07-23 Sallyanne Atkinson, Australian politician (Lord Mayor of Brisbane 1985-91), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1942-07-25 Bruce Woodley, Australian folk-pop singer-songwriter ("Red Rubber Ball"; "Cloudy"; "I Am Australian"), guitarist, and banjo player (The Seekers - "Georgy Girl"; "I'll Never Find Another You"), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1942-10-18 Larry Pickering, Australian newspaper cartoonist
  • 1942-10-21 Allan Grice, Australian racing driver
  • 1943-01-09 Robert Drewe, Australian author, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1943-03-10 Robert Allworth, Australian composer (A Different Time, A Different Place), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2017)
  • 1943-03-19 Vern Schuppan, Australian racing driver
  • 1943-05-07 Peter Carey, Australian author (True History of the Kelly Gang), born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria
  • 1943-05-17 Johnny Warren, Australian Footballer (d. 2004)
  • 1943-07-03 Judith Durham, Australian folk-pop singer (The Seekers - "Georgy Girl"; "A World of Our Own"), born in Essendon, Victoria, Australia (d. 2022)
  • 1943-07-11 Richard Carleton, Australian television news journalist, born in Bowral, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2006)
  • 1943-07-26 Roger Smalley, British-Australian pianist, conductor, and composer (Gloria Tibi Trinitas), born in Swinton, Lancashire, England (d. 2015)
  • 1943-08-07 Lana Cantrell, Australian singer (Those Were the Days), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1943-09-26 Tim Schenken, Australian racing driver, born in Gordon, Sydney, Australia
  • 1943-10-02 Henri Szeps, Australian actor (Mother & Son), born in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1943-12-23 Ross Edwards, Australian composer (Dawn Mantras), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1943-12-23 Stephen Wallace, Australian director (For Love Affair, Hunger, Mail Order Bride), born in New South Wales, Australia
  • 1943-12-25 Trevor Lucas, Australian folk singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Fairport Convention), born in Bungaree, Victoria (d. 1989)
  • 1944-01-03 Blanche d'Alpuget, Australian novelist, biographer and second wife of Bob Hawke
  • 1944-01-07 Tony Whitlam, Australian lawyer & judge, born in Sydney, Australia

Paul Keating

1944-01-18 Paul Keating, 24th Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1991-96), born in Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia

  • 1944-02-03 Trisha Noble, Australian singer and actress
  • 1944-02-09 Derryn Hinch, Australian media personality
  • 1944-02-10 Peter Allen, Australian pop singer-songwriter, painist and performer ("I Go to Rio"; Legs Diamond), born in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1992)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 401 - 500 of 517

  • 2010-09-23 Malcolm Douglas, Australian conservationist (b. 1941)
  • 2010-10-06 David Rowbotham, Australian poet and journalist, dies at 86
  • 2010-10-10 Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano, known as 'La Stupenda' (Metropolitan Opera debut 1961), dies at 83
  • 2010-11-22 Frank Fenner, Australian microbiologist (b. 1914)
  • 2010-12-07 Gus Mercurio, American-born Australian actor (The Blue Lagoon, Crocodile Dundee II), dies at 82
  • 2011-03-12 [Augustus] Owsley Stanley III, American audio engineer and LSD cook who worked with the Grateful Dead, dies in a car crash in Australia at 76
  • 2011-03-19 Kym Bonython, Australian radio broadcaster, jazz musician, speedway promoter, dies at 90
  • 2011-04-17 Eric Gross, Austrian-Australian pianist, composer (Na shledanou v Praze (Good-bye in Prague); Moonscape), conductor, and educator (University of Sydney, 1960-91), dies at 84
  • 2011-05-05 Claude Choules, British-Australian sailor and last surviving combat veteran of both World War I and World War II, dies at 110
  • 2011-05-08 Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (WBA, WBC, The Ring bantamweight title 1968-69; first Indigenous Australian to win a world title), dies at 62
  • 2011-05-16 Bob Davis, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)
  • 2011-05-29 William "Bill" Roycroft, Australian equestrian 3 day (Olympic bronze 1976), dies at 96
  • 2011-07-13 Allan Jeans, Australian football player and coach (b. 1933)
  • 2011-07-17 David Ngoombujarra, Australian actor (b. 1967)
  • 2011-07-26 Margaret Olley, Australian still-life and interior painter, dies at 88
  • 2011-08-05 Zyzz [Aziz Shavershian], Kurdish-Russian-Australian bodybuilder and model, dies of heart attack in a sauna at 22
  • 2011-09-17 Colin Madigan, Australian architect (National Gallery of Australia), dies at 90
  • 2011-10-06 Diane Cilento, Australian actress (Agony & Ecstasy, Wicker Man), dies at 78
  • 2012-03-20 Jim Stynes, Irish Australian rules footballer, dies from cancer at 45
  • 2012-04-15 Murray Rose, Australian Olympic gold winning swimmer, dies from leukemia at 73
  • 2012-04-19 Greg Ham, Australian rock saxophonist and flutist (Men At Work - "Who Can It Be Now"), dies under mysterious circumstances at 58
  • 2012-06-13 Graeme Bell, Australian pianist and composer, dies at 97
  • 2012-08-06 Robert Hughes, Australian art critic and writer (Barcelona), dies at 74
  • 2012-09-09 Ron Taylor, Australian shark expert and cinematographer, dies from myeloid leukemia at 78
  • 2012-11-14 Brian Davies, Australia Rugby League player, dies at 82
  • 2012-11-22 Bryce Courtenay, South African-born Australian novelist, dies from stomach cancer at 79
  • 2013-04-04 Ian Walsh, Australian rugby league hooker, captain, coach (25 Tests; St. George), dies at 80
  • 2013-04-21 Chrissy Amphlett, Australian singer- songwriter (Divinyls - "I Touch Myself"), dies of breast cancer at 53
  • 2013-07-11 Robert Crichton-Brown, Australian businessman and CEO (Rothmans International), dies at 93
  • 2013-07-25 Mike Shipley, Australian audio engineer, and record producer of rock and country music (Paper Airplane), dies of an apparent suicide at 56
  • 2013-10-09 Mark "Chopper" Read, Australian criminal and crime author (Chopper: From the Inside), dies from liver cancer at 58
  • 2013-12-01 Martin Sharp, Australian cartoonist, album cover artist songwriter (Cream), and filmmaker, dies of emphysema at 71
  • 2013-12-08 John Cornforth, Australian-British chemist (Nobel Prize 1975), dies at 96
  • 2014-04-29 Gailene Stock, Australian ballerina, teacher, and dance school director, dies of cancer at 68
  • 2014-05-11 Reg Gasnier, Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame centre and captain (36 Tests; 3 World Cups; St. George RLFC), dies at 74
  • 2014-05-19 Jack Brabham, Australian auto racer and team owner (World F1 champion 1959-60, 66), dies of liver disease at 88
  • 2014-08-08 Peter Sculthorpe, Australian composer (Kakadu), dies at 85
  • 2014-08-28 Bill Kerr, South African-born Australian actor (Hancock's Half Hour), dies at 92
  • 2014-10-21 Gough Whitlam, Australian politician (Prime Minister, 1972-1975), dies at 98
  • 2014-11-01 Jackie Fairweather, Australian triathlete (ITU World Championships gold 1996), commits suicide at 46

Rod Taylor

2015-01-07 Rod Taylor, Australian actor (Time Machine, The Birds), dies at 84

  • 2015-01-26 Tom Uren, Australian politician, Australian heritage and conservation campaigner, dies at 93
  • 2015-01-29 Colleen McCullough, Australian author (Tim, Indecent Obsession, The Thorn Birds), dies at 77
  • 2015-02-03 Norman Yemm, Australian actor (Oklahoma!), dies at 81
  • 2015-03-13 Daevid Allen [Christopher David], Australian musician and performance artist (Soft Machine, Gong), dies of cancer at 77
  • 2015-06-05 Alan Bond, Australian businessman and yachting syndicate owner (America's Cup 1983), dies from heart failure at 77
  • 2015-06-17 Ron Clarke AO, MBE, Australian athlete (17 x WRs, 5,000m, 10,000m, 20,000m; 2, 3, 6, 10 miles) and politician (mayor Gold Coast), dies from kidney failure at 78
  • 2015-07-03 Phil Walsh, Australian Rules Football wing, coach (Adelaide Crows), dies - murdered by son at 55
  • 2015-08-18 Roger Smalley, British-Australian pianist, conductor, and composer (Gloria Tibi Trinitas), dies at 72
  • 2015-11-20 Keith Michell, Australian actor and theater director (6 Wives of Henry VIII), dies at 88
  • 2015-12-27 Stevie Wright, British-born Australian singer with the Easybeats ("Friday On My Mind"), dies at 68
  • 2016-01-04 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,, dies at 81
  • 2016-05-06 Reg Grundy, Australian media and television mogul (Neighbours, Prisoner), dies at 92
  • 2016-06-18 Paul Cox, Dutch-born Australian director (Lonely Hearts), dies at 76
  • 2016-08-02 Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete and influential swimming coach, dies at 95
  • 2016-11-28 Allan Zavod, Australian classical and jazz pianist and composer, dies of brain cancer at 71
  • 2016-12-05 Shirley Hazzard, Australian-born author (Transit of Venus), dies at 85
  • 2017-02-26 Robert Allworth, Australian composer (A Different Time, A Different Place), dies at 74
  • 2017-08-06 Betty Cuthbert, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 200m, 4x100m 1956; 400m 1964), dies from dementia at 79
  • 2017-08-07 Janet Seidel, Australian jazz pianist, vocalist, arranger, and educator, dies of ovarian cancer at 62
  • 2017-10-22 George Young, Scottish-Australian musician, songwriter and record producer (the Easybeats, Flash and the Pan), dies at 70
  • 2017-11-18 Gillian Rolton, Australian equestrian (Summer Olympics 1992, 1996- gold), dies from endometrial cancer at 61
  • 2018-01-03 Colin Brumby, Australian composer (Fibonacci Variations), conductor (Queensland Opera, 1968-71), and educator, dies at 84
  • 2018-01-17 Jessica Falkholt, Australian actress (Hope Morrison-Home and Away, dies at 29, three days after a car crash which also killed both her parents
  • 2018-01-20 Graeme Langlands, Australian rugby league fullback, captain and coach (24 Tests; St. George RLFC; ARL "Immortal"), dies from dementia and Alzheimer's disease at 76
  • 2018-05-04 Cathy Godbold, Australian actress (The Saddle Club, Home and Away), dies of brain cancer at 43
  • 2018-05-09 Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, Australian heroin smuggler (Bali Nine), dies of stomach cancer at 34
  • 2018-05-28 Cornelia Frances [Zulver], British-Australian actress (Home and Away), dies from bladder cancer at 77
  • 2018-06-01 Jill Ker Conway, Australian-American author, first female president of Smith College, dies at 83
  • 2018-09-02 Conway Savage, Australian piano and organ player (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), dies from a brain tumor at 58 [1]
  • 2018-10-27 Murray Khouri, New Zealand classical clarinet player (Australia Ensemble), writer, and broadcaster, dies at 77
  • 2018-10-28 Richard James Gill, Australian conductor and music educator, dies from cancer at 76
  • 2018-11-09 Sisto Malaspina, Australian cafe owner (Pellegrini's) who started Melbourne coffee culture, dies in terror attack at 74
  • 2019-02-24 Margaret Scott, South-African ballet dancer and founder (Australian Ballet School), dies at 96
  • 2019-03-01 Mike Willesee, Australian television presenter (This Day Tonight), dies at 76

Bob Hawke

2019-05-16 Bob Hawke, Australian politician and 23rd Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1983-91), dies at 89

  • 2019-09-26 Martin Wesley-Smith, Australian composer, dies at 74
  • 2019-11-24 Clive James, Australian television presenter, poet and critic, dies at 80
  • 2020-02-24 Don Furner, Australian rugby league forward (1 Test) and coach (Australia 15 Tests; Eastern Suburbs, Canberra Raiders), dies at 87
  • 2020-03-24 John Davies, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1952; WR 200m breaststroke 2:34.4 1952), dies at 90
  • 2020-05-16 Arthur Summons, Australian rugby union fly-half (10 Tests; Gordon RFC) and rugby league five-eighth (9 Tests; Western Suburbs RLFC), dies at 84
  • 2020-05-30 Bob Hammond AM, Australian rules key defender (AFL Hall of Fame; North Adelaide; SA) and coach (Sydney Swans 1984), dies from Parkinson's disease at 78
  • 2020-05-30 Bobby Dimond, Australian rugby league winger (24 Tests; NSW, Western Suburbs), dies at 89
  • 2020-06-02 John Cuneo, Australian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1972), dies at 91
  • 2020-06-14 Noel Kelly, Australian rugby league hooker (25 Tests; Queensland, NSW, Western Suburbs) and coach (Western Suburbs, North Sydney), dies from a stroke at 84
  • 2020-06-25 John Kennedy Sr., Australian Rules Football coach (Australian Football Hall of Fame legend; VFL Premiership 1961, 71, 76; Hawthorn FC; North Melbourne FC), dies at 91
  • 2020-07-08 Alex Pullin, Australian snowboarder (World C'ship gold snowboard cross 2011, 13), dies from drowning at 32
  • 2020-08-07 Gennadi Touretski, Russian swimming coach (Soviet Union, Australia national teams; Alexander Popov, Michael Klim, Ian Thorpe), dies at 71
  • 2020-09-29 Helen Reddy, Australian-American rock vocalist ("I Am Woman"; "You And Me Against The World"), dies at 78 [1]
  • 2020-11-03 Don Talbot, Australian swimming coach and sport administrator (coach national swim teams - Canada, United States, Australia), dies from dementia complications at 87
  • 2021-02-06 Ken McCaffery, Australian rugby league centre (12 Tests; North Sydney; Queensland), broadcaster (9 Network) and administrator (North Sydney DRLFC), dies at 91
  • 2021-02-17 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), dies at 85
  • 2021-02-25 Jim Johnson, Australian jockey (Melbourne Cup: Gatum Gatum 1963, Rain Lover 1968, 69), dies at 92
  • 2021-03-15 Doug Parkinson, Australian pop and rock singer (Focus - "Dear Prudence"), dies at 74
  • 2021-04-07 Tommy Raudonikis, Australian rugby league halfback (20 Tests; Rothmans Medal 1972; Wests, Newtown) and coach (Wests, NSW), dies from cancer at 70
  • 2021-04-25 John Konrads, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 1500m freestyle, bronze 400m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle 1960; 26 individual world records), dies at 78
  • 2021-04-28 Anita Lane, Australian rock singer-songwriter (The Bad Seeds - "From Her To Eternity"), dies at 61
  • 2021-05-23 Bob Fulton, Australian rugby league five eighth (35 Tests; Manly, Warrington, Easts; RL Immortal) and coach (39 Tests Australia; Manly, Easts), dies from cancer at 73
  • 2021-06-07 Tim Pickup, Australian rugby league five eighth (11 Tests; North Sydney, Canterbury), RL executive (Adelaide Rams) and boxing manager (Jeff Harding), dies from dementia at 72