Australian History Timeline (Part 7)

Historical Events

Events 601 - 700 of 848

  • 2004-08-21 South Africa clinch their 2nd Tri Nations Rugby Series on points differential with a 23-19 win over Australia in Durban; Wallabies score 3 tries to 2, but Percy Montgomery lands 5 goals for Springboks
  • 2004-08-21 The Australian women's 4 x 100m medley relay team of Giaan Rooney, Leisel Jones, Petria Thomas & Jodie Henry smashes the world record to take gold in 3:57.32 at the Athens Olympics
  • 2004-08-23 Winning pitcher Lisa Fernadez (4-0) leads the US to the softball gold medal at the Athens Olympics, beating Australia 5-1
  • 2004-08-25 Cuba beats Australia 6-2 to win the baseball gold medal at the Athens Olympics; Japan takes bronze; US did not qualify
  • 2004-08-27 Australia wins its first ever Olympic men's field hockey gold medal with a 2-1 win a.e.t. against the Netherlands in Athens
  • 2004-08-28 The US women's basketball team goes through the Athens Olympics undefeated to win its 5th Olympic gold medal, beating Australia 74-63 in the final
  • 2004-09-09 Bomb explodes outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, killing 10 people
  • 2005-09-03 After beating South Africa the previous weekend, New Zealand clinch their 6th Tri Nations Rugby Series with a 34-24 win over Australia in Auckland; All Blacks winger Doug Howlett crosses for 3 tries
  • 2005-12-11 Cronulla riots: thousands of white Australians demonstrate against ethnic violence, resulting in a riot against anyone thought to be Lebanese (and many who were not) in Cronulla Sydney. These are followed by ethnic attacks on Cronulla.
  • 2006-01-01 Sydney, Australia swelters through its hottest New Year's Day then on record with the temperature peaking at 45 degrees celsius, sparking bush fires and power outages
  • 2006-03-15 18th Commonwealth Games open in Melbourne, Australia
  • 2006-03-20 Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country's banana crop.
  • 2006-12-22 Australian archaeologist Sue O'Connor finds first evidence of modern humans in Jerimalai cave, near Lene Hara cave in East Timor
  • 2007-03-23 Burnley Tunnel catastrophe occurs in Melbourne, Australia
  • 2007-03-24 The Australian Labor Party is reinstated after the New South Wales state elections.
  • 2007-03-31 In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million people take part in the first Earth Hour.

World Record

2007-04-01 American super swimmer Michael Phelps smashes his own world record in the 400m individual medley (4:06.22) to win his record 7th gold medal at the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia

  • 2007-06-08 Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia is hit by the State's worst storms and flooding in 30 years resulting in the death of nine people and the grounding of trade ship, the MV Pasha Bulker
  • 2007-07-01 England bans smoking in all public indoor spaces: with the ban already in force in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this means it is illegal to smoke in indoor public places anywhere in the UK. Australia implements a similar ban.

Sports History

2007-07-21 New Zealand beats Australia, 26-12 at Eden Park, Auckland to win their 3rd consecutive Tri Nations Rugby Series; flyhalf Dan Carter lands 7 penalties for the All Blacks

  • 2007-10-25 The first Airbus A380 passenger flight, operating for Singapore Airlines, with flight number SQ 380, flying scheduled service between Singapore and Sydney, Australia.

Election of Interest

2007-11-24 Australians elect the Kevin Rudd-led centre-left Australian Labor Party at the federal election, ending the eleven-year tenure of the John Howard-led centre-right Liberal/National coalition government.

  • 2008-02-13 Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes an historic apology to Indigenous Australians, especially to the Stolen Generations who suffered forced child removal and assimilation [1]
  • 2008-08-06 Access 31 TV stops broadcasting in Perth, Western Australia
  • 2008-08-13 Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice wraps up the medley double at the Beijing Olympics when she swims world record 2:08.45 to win the 200m I/M gold medal
  • 2008-08-14 Australian women's 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of Stephanie Rice, Bronte Barratt, Kylie Palmer & Linda Mackenzie swims world record 7:44.31 to beat China and take the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2008-08-14 French swimmer Alain Bernard wins the coveted 100m freestyle gold medal at the Beijing Olympics beating Eamon O'Sullivan of Australia by 0.11
  • 2008-08-15 American breaststroker Rebecca Soni avenges her defeat to Leisel Jones of Australia in the 100m when she swims world record 2:20.22 to beat Jones in 200m at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2008-08-15 German swimmer Britta Steffen beats Australian Libby Trickett by 0.04 to win the blue ribband 100m freestyle gold medal at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2008-08-17 Australian women's 4 x 100m medley relay team of Emily Seebohm, Leisel Jones, Jessicah Schipper & Libby Trickett upset the United States to win the gold medal in world record 3:52.69 at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2008-08-22 Steven Hooker wins the men's pole vault with 5.96m at the Beijing Olympics; Australia's first gold medal in men's athletics since 1968
  • 2008-08-23 Australian diver Matthew Mitcham wins the men's 10m platform gold medal with final dive at the Beijing Olympics; prevents Chinese from winning every diving event; achieves highest score for an individual dive in Olympic history (112.10)

Olympic Gold

2008-08-23 The star-studded American women's basketball team led by the likes of Lisa Leslie, Sue Bird & Diana Taurasi win the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics with a convincing 92-65 win over Australia

  • 2008-09-13 New Zealand beats Australia, 28-24 in Brisbane to clinch their 4th straight Tri Nations Rugby Series; flyhalf Dan Carter scores a try and lands 4 conversions for the All Blacks
  • 2008-10-27 The banking group BNP Paribas states that Australia is in a risky position with regards to the global financial crisis as foreign liabilities accounted for 60% of the nation's GDP
  • 2008-11-22 13th Rugby League World Cup: New Zealand beats Australia 34-20
  • 2009-02-07 Bushfires in Victoria left 173 dead in the worst natural disaster in Australia's history.
  • 2009-03-14 Canterbury winger Hazem El Masri becomes highest point scorer in Australian Rugby League history; 33rd minute penalty in Bulldogs' 34-12 win over Manly at ANZ Stadium, Sydney takes him to 2,178; Andrew Johns, 2,176
  • 2009-04-03 Australia formally adopts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • 2010-01-03 Phil Taylor successfully defends his PDC World Darts title with a 7–3 victory over Simon Whitlock of Australia in the final in London; Taylor's 13th PDC and 15th overall world championship
  • 2010-05-09 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: South African Tim Clark fires a final round 67 for his first PGA Tour victory, 1 stroke ahead of Robert Allenby of Australia
  • 2010-08-01 Australian Stuart Appleby finishes with an 11-under-59 to win the Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs, to become only the 5th player and first non-American to break 60 on the PGA Tour
  • 2010-11-13 Australian rock band Powderfinger, perform their last concert at the Brisbane River Stage
  • 2011-04-10 75th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Charl Schwartzel of South Africa birdies the final 4 holes to win his first major title, 2 strokes ahead of Australian pair Adam Scott and Jason Day

Film Premiere

2011-04-17 "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, premieres in Sydney, Australia

  • 2011-07-24 98th Tour de France won by Cadel Evans of Australia; first and only Australian to win the event
  • 2011-08-27 Australia claims final Tri Nations Rugby Series with 25-20 win over New Zealand in Brisbane; Argentina's Pumas join competition the following year; series rebranded The Rugby Championship
  • 2011-10-27 Royal Australian Navy announces discovery of wreck of a World War II submarine (likely Japanese) in Simpson Harbour, Papua New Guinea during Operation RENDER SAFE
  • 2012-02-04 Tens of thousands of people are stranded by floods in the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland
  • 2012-03-06 9,000 residents are evacuated from Wagga Wagga, Australia, as the Murrimbidgee River threatens to overflow
  • 2012-03-22 Australia's most wanted man, Malcolm Naden, is captured after seven years on the run in Gloucester, New South Wales
  • 2012-06-12 An Australian coroner's report rules that a dingo was responsible for the death of a baby in 1980
  • 2012-06-21 A boat of 200 asylum seekers headed to Australia capsizes and 110 survivors are rescued
  • 2012-12-14 Australian Joel Parkinson wins the 2012 ASP World Tour
  • 2013-01-08 130 wildfires across Australia’s east coast force thousands to evacuate their homes
  • 2013-01-25 Tropical cyclone Oswald makes landfall in Queensland, Australia, causing mass flooding
  • 2013-04-14 77th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Adam Scott wins his first major title and becomes first Australian Masters champion with a 2nd hole sudden death playoff win against Ángel Cabrera
  • 2013-06-26 Kevin Rudd defeats Julia Gillard in a leadership battle to become Australian Prime Minister
  • 2013-07-06 British & Irish Lions Rugby Union team thrash Australia, 41-16 in Sydney for a 2-1 series win, their first against the Wallabies since 1997
  • 2013-09-07 Tony Abbott becomes Prime Minister of Australia after a Liberal-National Coalitions wins the election
  • 2013-09-28 Hawthorn defeats Fremantle to win the 2013 Australian Rules Premiership
  • 2013-11-30 14th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats New Zealand 34-2
  • 2014-01-28 Peter Cosgrove is named the next Governor-General of Australia
  • 2014-02-09 Australian National University scientists discover the oldest known star at 13.6 billion years old
  • 2014-06-30 Australian entertainer Rolf Harris is convicted of indecent assault in London, England

Sports History

2014-10-05 Russell Crowe owned South Sydney Rabbitohs beat Canterbury Bulldogs, 30-6 to break 43 year drought and win National Rugby League (Australia) Premiership

  • 2014-11-30 Australia experiences its hottest spring and second-hottest November recorded
  • 2014-12-03 Australian Rugby star David Pocock is arrested after protesting against a coal mine under construction in an Australian national forest
  • 2015-01-31 Australia defeats South Korea in football to win the 2015 AFC Asian Cup
  • 2015-05-17 Melbourne Victory FC defeats Sydney FC to win the Australian A-League
  • 2015-07-03 Adelaide Crows Australian Rules Football coach Phil Walsh is murdered by his son Cy at his Somerton Park home
  • 2015-08-08 Australia clinches first Rugby Championship with 27-19 win over New Zealand in Sydney; All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw equals Irishman Brian O'Driscoll's record for most capped international player (141)
  • 2015-09-03 Chris the sheep breaks the world record for biggest shorn fleece 40kg (88lb) near Canberra, Australia

Historic Event

2015-09-14 Malcolm Turnbull ousts Tony Abbott as Australian Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Liberal Party

  • 2015-10-03 Host nation England crashes out of Rugby World Cup in pool stage; loses to Australia, 33-13 at Twickenham; Bernard Foley scores 2 tries and kicks 4 penalties & 3 conversions for the Wallabies
  • 2015-10-31 8th Rugby World Cup Final, Twickenham, London: All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter lands 4 penalties and 2 conversions as New Zealand defeats Australia, 34-17
  • 2015-11-02 Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull scraps Knights and Dames from Australia's honours system
  • 2015-11-15 Holly Holm defeats UFC Champion Ronda Rousey in an upset in Melbourne, Australia
  • 2016-05-15 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: World #1 and reigning PGA Champion Jason Day of Australia leads wire-to-wire to win by 4 strokes ahead of Kevin Chappell
  • 2016-08-06 Australian women's 4 × 100m freestyle relay team of Emma McKeon, Brittany Elmslie, Bronte Campbell & Cate Campbell sets a new world record 3:30.65 to win gold ahead of US and Canada at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-08 Australia beats New Zealand 24-17 to win the inaugural women's sevens rugby gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics

Olympic Gold

2016-08-09 American swimmer Katie Ledecky wins her second gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 1:53.73 in the women's 200m freestyle ahead of Sarah Sjöström of Sweden and Australian Emma McKeon

  • 2016-08-10 18 year old Australian Kyle Chalmers creates huge upset when he swims a junior world record 47.58 to win the blue ribband men's 100m freestyle gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-19 Chloe Esposito of Australia sets Olympic record overall score of 1,372 points to win the women's modern pentathlon in Rio de Janeiro. Élodie Clouvel of France second (1,356 points), Oktawia Nowacka of Poland third (1,349)
  • 2016-09-21 Genomic study finding Australian Aboriginal oldest known civilisation on earth published in "Nature"
  • 2016-10-25 4 killed on a theme park ride at Dreamworld, in Queensland, Australia

Historic Event

2017-01-28 US President Donald Trump and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull have a contentious phone call over deal for US to take 1,250 refugees

  • 2017-02-21 Plane crashes into shopping centre in Essendon, Melbourne, Australia killing the five people on board
  • 2017-03-25 Largest banana split ever, at 8,040 metres long, is made in Innisfail, Australia
  • 2017-03-28 World's largest dinosaur footprint at 1.7 metres found in Kimberley, Western Australia
  • 2017-06-29 Vatican treasurer Cardinel George Pell charged with historic sexual offenses in Victoria, Australia

Sports History

2017-07-02 Home town underdog Jeff Horn upsets Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines on points in a highly controversial WBO welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia

  • 2017-07-15 Australian Justine Damond killed by Minneapolis police officer after calling 911 for a disturbance
  • 2017-07-19 Archaeological dig in Kakadu National Park extends Aboriginal peoples time in Australia to 65,000 to 80,000 years ago
  • 2017-07-29 Terrorist plot to bring down a plane averted in Sydney, Australia, 4 arrested
  • 2017-08-14 Parliamentary citizenship scandal deepens in Australia after Barnaby Joyce, Deputy PM revealed to be a New Zealand citizen
  • 2017-08-17 Anti-immigrant One Nation party leader Pauline Hansen is widely criticized for wearing a burqa into the Australian parliament
  • 2017-09-13 Actress Rebel Wilson awarded $4.56 million in damages in libel case against Bauer Media in Melbourne, largest defamation payout in Australia
  • 2017-11-15 Australian postal vote on same-sex marriage revealed - 61% vote yes

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 601 - 700 of 1,588

  • 1950-08-24 Frank Murray, Australian field hockey national coach (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • 1950-10-02 Philip Wilson, Australian Catholic bishop, jailed for concealing sexual abuse, born in Cessnock, Australia
  • 1950-11-11 Ed Ordynski, Australian rally driver
  • 1950-11-25 Alexis Wright, Australian author
  • 1950-12-02 Amin Saikal, Afghan-Australian academic (politics, history, political economy and international relations of the Middle East and Central Asia), born in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 1950-12-18 Gillian Armstrong, Australian director (My brilliant Career, Little Women), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1951-01-03 Gary Nairn, Australian politician
  • 1951-01-26 David Briggs, Australian rock guitarist (Little River Band, 1976-81 - "Lonesome Loser"), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1951-04-06 Ralph Cooper, Australian drummer (Air Supply - "All Out of Love")
  • 1951-04-18 Ricardo Fortaleza, Australian-Filipino boxer, born in Malate, Manila, Philippines
  • 1951-05-05 Rex Goh, Singaporean-Australian rock guitarist (Air Supply -"The One That You Love"), born in Singapore
  • 1951-06-24 Raelene Boyle, Australian sprinter (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1951-06-26 Tony Currenti, Italian-Australian drummer (AC/DC), born in Fiumefreddo di Sicilia, Catania, Italy
  • 1951-06-28 Mick Cronin, Australian rugby league centre (33 Tests; NSW 25 games; Parramatta RLFC 216 games), and coach (Parramatta RLFC 1990-93), born in Kiama, Australia

Geoffrey RushGeoffrey Rush (71 years old)

1951-07-06 Australian actor (Shakespeare in Love, The King's Speech), born in Toowoomba, Queensland

  • 1951-08-05 John Jarratt, Australian actor, director and producer (Picnic at Hanging Rock), born in Wollongong, Australia
  • 1951-08-06 Daryl Somers, Australian television personality
  • 1951-09-09 Alexander Downer, Australian politician
  • 1951-09-29 Maureen Caird, Australian hurdler (youngest to win individual Olympic Gold at 17 in 1968), born in Cumberland, Australia
  • 1951-09-30 Barry Marshall, Australian physician, (1995 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovery bacterium Helicobacter pylori causes peptic ulcers), born in Kalgoorlie, Australia
  • 1951-11-02 Lindy Morrison, Australian drummer (The Go-Betweens - "Cattle and Cane"), born in Queensland, Australia
  • 1951-12-18 Andy Thomas, Australian American astronaut (STS 77, STS 89/91), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1952-01-02 (Graeme) "Shirley" Strachan, Australian singer (Skyhooks - "Ego Is Not A Dirty Word";"Jukebox in Siberia"), TV host (Shirl's Neighbourhood), and carpenter (Our House), born in Malvern, Victoria, Australia) (d. 2001)
  • 1952-01-11 Bille Brown, Australian actor and playwright
  • 1952-01-11 Michael Forshaw, Australian politician
  • 1952-01-25 Peter Tatchell, Australian-born British politician, journalist and human rights campaigner (Peter Tatchell Foundation), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1952-02-06 Richard Charsworth, Australian women field hockey head coach (Olympics 1996), born in Subiaco, Australia
  • 1952-03-01 Leigh Matthews, Australian Football Hall of Fame rover (Hawthorne FC), coach (Collingwood 1990 premiers; Brisbane 2001-03 premiers) and broadcaster (7 Network; 3AW), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1952-03-20 Geoff Brabham, Australian auto racer (IMSA GT Championship 1988-91), born in Sydney, NSW
  • 1952-03-30 Peter Knights, Australian footballer and coach
  • 1952-04-04 Gregg Hansford, Australian motorcycle and touring car racer, born in Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1952-04-15 Kym Gyngell, Australian comedian, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1952-05-05 Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2005)
  • 1952-10-26 Andy Richards, British-Australian session and touring keyboard player ("Relax"; "Careless Whisper"), and producer, born in London, England
  • 1952-11-18 Peter Beattie, Australian politician
  • 1953-01-05 Mike Rann, Australian politician, born in Sidcup, United Kingdom
  • 1953-01-09 Morris Gleitzman, British-Australian children's author, born in Sleaford, United Kingdom
  • 1953-01-29 Lynne McGranger, Australian actress (Home and Away), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1953-02-18 Derek Pellicci, English-born Australian rock drummer (Little River Band - "Help Is On The Way"), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1953-04-16 Peter Garrett, Australian environmentalist, activist, former politician (Labour Party), and musician (Midnight Oil), born in Wahroonga, Sydney
  • 1953-05-20 Robert Doyle, Australian politician
  • 1953-05-24 Nell Campbell [Laura], Australian actress (Rocky Horror), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1953-05-25 Jane Priest, Australian model who kissed Prince Charles on the beach, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1953-06-22 Bruce McAvaney, Australian sports broadcaster
  • 1953-06-29 Colin Hay, Scottish-Australian guitarist and singer (Men At Work - "Who Can It Be Now?"), born in Saltcoats, Scotland
  • 1953-07-20 Marcia Hines, American-born Australian singer (Marcia Shines), born in Boston, Massachessetts
  • 1953-07-21 Jeff Fatt, Chinese Australian actor
  • 1953-07-27 Yahoo Serious [Greg Gomez Pead], Australian comedian, born in Cardiff, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1953-07-31 Ted Baillieu, Australian Politician, Premier of Victoria (2010-13), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1953-08-05 Samantha Sang [Cheryl Lau Sang], Australian pop singer (Emotion), born in Melbourne
  • 1953-09-11 Renée Geyer, Australian singer ("It's A Man's Man's World"; "Stares and Whispers"), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1953-09-14 Judy Playfair, Australian swimmer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1953-09-27 Greg Ham, Australian rock saxophonist and flutist (Men At Work - "Who Can It Be Now?"), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2012)
  • 1954-01-17 Susan Kiefel, Australian lawyer & judge, born in Cairns, Australia
  • 1954-02-09 Gina Rhinehart, Australian mining magnate (Australia's richest person), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1954-02-17 Brian Houston, New Zealand-Australian founder of megachurch Hillsong, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1954-03-26 Dorothy Porter, Australian poet (The Monkey's Mask), librettist, (The Eternity Man), and lyricist (The Fiery Maze), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2008)
  • 1954-04-16 John Bowe, Australian racing driver, born in Devonport, Tasmania
  • 1954-05-13 Johnny Logan [Seán Sherrard], Irish celtic-pop singer and songwriter ("Hold Me Now"), born in Frankston, Australia
  • 1954-05-19 Phil Rudd, Australian rock drummer (AC/DC - Rock 'n Roll Damnation), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1954-05-27 Pauline Hanson, Australian politician
  • 1954-06-15 Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (Olympic Gold 1972), born in Wollongong, Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1954-09-01 Riccardo "Ric" Formosa, Italian-Australian guitarist (Little River Band, 1975-76), session musician, arranger and classical composer, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1954-09-13 Steve Kilbey, English-Australian singer-songwriter and bass player (The Church), born in Welwyn Garden City, England
  • 1954-09-27 Ray Hadley, Australian radio broadcaster
  • 1954-10-01 Rodney William "Rod" Ansell, Australian bushman and inspiration for "Crocodile Dundee", born in Murgon, Queensland (d. 1999)
  • 1954-10-08 Carl Vine, Australian classical composer, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1954-10-18 Liz Burch, Australian actress

Malcolm TurnbullMalcolm Turnbull (68 years old)

1954-10-24 Australian politician, Prime Minister (2015-18), born in Sydney, Australia

  • 1954-11-16 Dick Gross, Australian politician
  • 1954-11-17 Mark "Chopper" Read, Australian criminal and crime author (Chopper: From the Inside), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1954-11-20 Steve Rogers, Australian rugby league centre (24 Tests; NSW; Cronulla-Sutherland), born in Gold Coast, Australia (d. 2006)
  • 1954-11-30 George McArdle, Australian rock bassist (Little River Band), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1955-01-13 Paul Kelly, Australian singer-songwriter (The Messengers), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1955-02-15 Bev Francis, Australia, world women's power-lifting champion
  • 1955-04-23 Judy Davis, Australian actress (Barton Fink, Husbands & Wives), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1955-05-22 Iva Davies, Australian rock guitarist and vocalist (Icehouse), born in Wauchope, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1955-05-28 Janet Seidel, Australian jazz pianist, vocalist, arranger, and educator, born in Cummins, South Australia (d. 2017)
  • 1955-05-31 Tommy Emmanuel, Australian-American acoustic guitarist (Stevie's Blues), born in Muswellbrook, New South Wales
  • 1955-06-17 Gail Jones, Australian author (Dreams of Speaking), born in Harvey, Western Australia
  • 1955-09-29 Mark Mitchell, Australian actor (Larger than Life, Con the Fruiterer), bon in Melbourne Australia
  • 1955-10-05 Adair Ferguson, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1955-12-07 John Watkins, Australian politician (Deputy Premier of New South Wales), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1955-12-20 Ed Kuepper, Australian guitarist and singer-songwriter (The Saints), born in Bremen, Germany
  • 1955-12-27 Brad Murphey, Australian racing driver
  • 1956-01-01 Martin Plaza [Murphy], Australian new wave singer-songwriter (Mental As Anything - "Live It Up"; solo - "Concrete and Clay"), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1956-02-13 Yiannis Kouros, Greek-Australian runner, born in Tripoli, Greece
  • 1956-02-29 Jonathan Coleman, Anglo-Australian entertainer
  • 1956-03-02 Mark Evans, Australian rock bassist (AC/DC), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1956-03-03 Stephanie McCallum, Australian concert pianist and educator, born in Sydney
  • 1956-04-28 Jimmy Barnes [Swan], Scottish-Australian rock and blues singer-songwriter ("For the Working Class Man"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1956-05-03 Gillian Rolton, Australian equestrian (Summer Olympics 1992, 1996- gold), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2017)
  • 1956-05-12 Glenn Robbins, Australian comedian (Kath & Kim), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1956-05-18 James Moginie, Australian rock musician, and songwriter (Midnight Oil - "Beds Are Burning"; "Blue Sky Mine"), born 64) Kalamunda, Western Australia, Australia
  • 1956-06-28 Noel Mugavin, Australian rules football player, born in Koroit, Victoria
  • 1956-07-17 Julie Bishop, Australian Liberal Party politician and Minister for Foreign Affairs (2013-present), born in Lobethal, South Australia
  • 1956-08-22 Jeffrey Lloyd, South African jockey based in Australia, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1956-10-06 Mike Shipley, Australian audio engineer, and record producer of rock and country music (Paper Airplane), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1956-10-26 Stephen Gumley, Australian businessman (1st CEO of Australian Defence Materiel Organisation)
  • 1956-11-23 Shane Gould, Australian freestyle swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1972), born in Sydney, Australia

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