Australian History (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 785

  • 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.
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • 1975-11-12 7h Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats England 25-0
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Musician Robert Smith
Musician
Robert Smith
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

23rd Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke
23rd Prime Minister of Australia
Bob Hawke
Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • 1983-03-05 NSW beat Western Australia by 54 runs to win Sheffield Shield
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Formula 1 Racing Driver Alain Prost
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Alain Prost

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • 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
  • 1986-10-26 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Auto Racer Nigel Mansell
Auto Racer
Nigel Mansell

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Cricketer Allan Border
Cricketer
Allan Border
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

  • 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 Portuguese world champion Rosa Mota runs 2:25:40 to score a famous Olympic marathon win over Australian Lisa Martin at the Seoul Games
  • 1988-09-23 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
  • 1988-09-28 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Racing Driver Alain Prost
Formula 1 Racing Driver
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
  • 1989-08-13 2 hot-air balloons crash at Alice Springs, Australia, 13 killed
  • 1989-11-05 French McLaren driver Alain Prost withdraws early in wet Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide but wins his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 16 points from teammate Ayrton Senna
  • 1989-12-16 Geoff Marsh completes 355* for WA against South Australia
  • 1989-12-28 Earthquake at Newcastle Australia, 11 die
  • 1990-01-19 Test debut of Mushtaq Ahmed, v Australia at Adelaide
  • 1990-05-04 Pakistan beat Australia by 36 runs to win Austral-Asia Cup, Sharjah
  • 1990-07-01 In Victoria, Australia, helmetless bike riding becomes illegal
  • 1990-11-04 Ayrton Senna retires with gearbox trouble during the season-ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins by 7 points from Alain Prost; McLaren-Honda wins Constructors title for 3rd straight year
  • 1991-01-04 12 year old Chinese diver Fu Mingxia wins 10m platform gold medal at World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia; youngest world champion in the history of any aquatic event
  • 1991-01-15 Elizabeth II signs letters patent that allows Australia to institute its own Victoria Cross, the first Commonwealth realm to do so

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1991-03-31 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Australian Steve Elkington birdies final hole to win by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Fuzzy Zoeller

Golfer and PGA Champion Steve Elkington
Golfer and PGA Champion
Steve Elkington

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 1,483

  • 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 1996), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1941-02-07 Peter Foxhall, Australian evangelist
  • 1941-04-07 Cornelia Frances [Zulver], British-Australian actress (Home and Away), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2018)
  • 1941-04-24 John Williams, Australian classical guitarist, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 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), born in Wollongong, New South Wales (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]
  • 1942-01-01 Judy Stone, Australian pop singer
  • 1942-01-03 John Marsden, Australian lawyer, gay activist (d. 2006)
  • 1942-01-17 Ita Buttrose, Australian journalist & businesswoman, born in Potts Point, Australia
  • 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)
  • 1942-02-24 David K Williamson, Australian screenplay/playwright (Removalists)
  • 1942-02-24 Colin Bond, Australian racing driver
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1942-10-18 Larry Pickering, Australian newspaper cartoonist
  • 1942-10-21 Allan Grice, Australian racing driver
  • 1943-01-09 Robert Drewe, Australian author, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1943-03-07 Carole Peel, Australian softball asst coach (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 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 singer (The Seekers), born in Essendon, Victoria
  • 1943-07-26 Roger Smalley, British-Australian composer, born in Swinton, Lancashire (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
  • 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

Person of interestPaul Keating

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

24th Prime Minister of Australia Paul Keating
24th Prime Minister of Australia
Paul Keating
  • 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)
  • 1944-03-18 Dick Smith, Australian Adventurer and Businessman
  • 1944-04-21 Adrian Hurley, Australian basketball coach
  • 1944-05-07 Alison Bauld, Australian composer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1944-06-29 Sisto Malaspina, Australian cafe owner (Pellegrini's) who started Melbourne coffee culture, born in Marche region, Italy
  • 1944-06-30 Glenn Shorrock, Australian rock vocalist (Little River Band), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1944-07-04 Ray Meagher, Australian actor (Home and Away), born in Roma, Queensland, Australia
  • 1944-07-22 Dennis Firestone, Australian racing driver
  • 1944-08-21 Peter Weir, Australian director/writer (Witness, Dead Poets Society), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1944-08-27 Barry Conyngham, Australian composer (Gardener Of Time; Kangaroo Island), born in Sydney
  • 1945-01-01 Peter Duncan, Australian politician
  • 1945-02-26 Peter Brock, Australian motorsports champion, born in Richmond, Australia (d. 2006)
  • 1945-03-28 Johnny Famechon, Australian boxer (WBC featherweight champion), born in Paris, France
  • 1945-06-10 Martin Wesley-Smith, Australian composer, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1945-06-12 Terry Anderson, American rapid fire pistol shooter (Olympic-80, 96), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1945-08-02 Alex Jesaulenko, Australian rules footballer, born in Salzburg, Austria
  • 1945-08-02 Eric Simms, Australian rugby league fullback (8 Tests; NSWRL points record [1,841] stood until 1983; South Sydney), born in Karuah, Australia
  • 1945-09-17 Bruce Spence, New Zealand-Australian actor (Mad Max 2), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1945-12-13 Brian McGuire, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1977)
  • 1945-12-15 Thaao Penghlis, Australian actor (Mission Impossible, Tony-Days of Our Life), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1945-12-30 Vernon Wells, Australian actor
  • 1946-02-19 Peter Hudson, Australian rules footballer
  • 1946-03-10 Mike Hollands, Australian animator
  • 1946-03-29 Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs), born in Manchester (d. 2007)
  • 1946-04-10 Anne Boyd, Australian classical composer (As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams), and educator, born in Sydney
  • 1946-05-21 David Hill, Australian TV-reporter and owner (Fox Sports)
  • 1946-06-03 Tristan Rogers, Australia, actor (Robert Scorpio-General Hospital)
  • 1946-07-06 Peter Singer, Australian philosopher (specialises in applied ethics and approaches ethical issues from a secular, utilitarian perspective), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1946-07-09 Bon Scott [Ronald Belford Scott], Australian rock musician (lead singer and lyricist of AC/DC), born in Forfar, Scotland (d. 1980)
  • 1946-07-14 John Wood, Australian actor
  • 1946-08-01 Fiona Stanley, Australian epidemiologist (Telethon Institute for Child Health Research), born in Little Bay, Sydney, Australia
  • 1946-08-06 Dusty Rhodes, Australian baseball coach (Olympics 1996)
  • 1946-09-16 Mike Reynolds, Australian politician (Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland 2006-09), born in Manly, New South Wales
  • 1946-10-17 Drusilla Modjeska, Australian writer and editor
  • 1946-10-28 John Hewson, Australian politician
  • 1946-11-02 Alan Jones, Australian auto racer, commentator (World Formula 1 champion, 1980), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1946-11-06 George Young, Scottish-Australian rock guitarist (Easybeats, AC/DC), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2017)
  • 1946-12-21 Kevin Peek, Australian guitarist, born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1947-02-01 Normie Rowe, Australian singer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1947-02-13 Kevin Bloody Wilson [Dennis Bryant], Australian musical comedian, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1947-03-11 Geoffrey Hunt, Australia, world-champion squash player
  • 1947-04-13 Mike Chapman, Australian songwriter and record producer (Chinn & Chapman), born in Nambour, Australia
  • 1947-05-15 Graeham Goble, Australian rock guitarist (Little River Band - Reminiscing), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1947-05-21 Jonathan Hyde, Australian-born actor (Titanic), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1947-06-03 Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (d. 1986)
  • 1947-09-28 Bob Carr, Australian politician
  • 1947-10-29 Helen Coonan, Australian politician (Senator for New South Wales), born in Mangoplah, Australia
  • 1947-11-02 David Anthony Ahern, Australian composer, born in Sydney
  • 1947-12-01 Bob Fulton, Australian rugby league five eighth (35 Tests; Manly, Warrington, Easts; RL Immortal) and coach (39 Tests Australia; Manly, Easts), born in Warrington, England (d. 2021)
  • 1947-12-24 Kevin Sheedy, coach of Australian Football League club Essendon FC, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1948-01-25 Ros Kelly, Australian politician, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1948-03-02 Jeff Kennett, Australian politician
  • 1948-03-04 Lindy Chamberlain, Australian author

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 401 - 442 of 442

  • 2014-11-01 Jackie Fairweather, Australian triathlete (ITU World Championships gold 1996), commits suicide at 46

Person of interestRod Taylor

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

Actor Rod Taylor
Actor
Rod Taylor
  • 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
Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • 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, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, dies 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 composer, 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-born British-resident music entrepreneur and film producer (Saturday Night Fever, Grease), 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
  • 2016-12-05 Shirley Hazzard, Australian-born author (Transit of Venus), dies at 85
  • 2017-08-06 Betty Cuthbert, Australian athlete, 100m/200m/400m dash (Olympic gold 1956, 64), dies at 79
  • 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
  • 2018-01-17 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), 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]
  • 2018-11-09 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

Person of interestBob Hawke

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

23rd Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke
23rd Prime Minister of Australia
Bob Hawke
  • 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 Bobby Dimond, Australian rugby league winger (24 Tests; NSW, Western Suburbs), dies at 89
  • 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
  • 2020-06-02 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