Today in Australian History

Sub-Topics: Christmas Island - Cocos (Keeling) Islands - New South Wales - Norfolk Island - Northern Territory - Queensland - South Australia - Tasmania - Victoria - Western Australia

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 428

1616-10-25 - VOC-ship "The Eendracht" discovers Dirk-Hartogeiland, Australia
1697-02-04 - Three Dutch East India Company ships anchor at Dirk-Hartogeiland, Australia
1770-04-19 - Captain James Cook 1st sights Australia
1770-04-28 - Capt James Cook aboad Endeavor lands at Botany Bay in Australia
1770-06-11 - Capt James Cook discovers Great Barrier Reef off Australia
1770-08-22 - James Cook's expedition lands on the east coast of Australia.
1788-01-18 - The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay to setup a penal colony
1788-01-26 - Captain Arthur Phillip and British colonists hoist the English flag at Sydney Cove, New South Wales, now celebrated as Australia Day
1804-03-04 - The Battle of Vinegar Hill, colony of New South Wales (Australia), when Irish convicts (some of whom had been involved in Ireland's Battle of Vinegar Hill in 1798) led the colony's only significant convict uprising.
1808-01-26 - Rum Rebellion, the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in Australia.
1813-05-11 - In Australia, William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth, lead an expedition westwards from Sydney. Their route opens up inland Australia for continued expansion throughout the 19th century.
Captain/Explorer James CookCaptain/Explorer James Cook 1813-05-31 - In Australia, Lawson, Blaxland and Wentworth, reached Mount Blaxland, effectively marking the end of a route across the Blue Mountains.
1815-05-24 - George Evans discovers Lachlan River, Australia
1829-04-25 - Charles Fremantle arrives in the HMS Challenger off the coast of modern-day Western Australia prior to declaring the Swan River Colony for the United Kingdom.
1829-05-02 - After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of the HMS Challenger, declares the Swan River Colony in Australia.
1834-03-18 - Six farm labourers from Tolpuddle, Dorset, England are sentenced to be transported to Australia for forming a trade union.
1834-10-28 - The Battle of Pinjarra occurs in the Swan River Colony in present-day Pinjarra, Western Australia. Between 14 and 40 Aborigines are killed by British colonists.
1835-08-30 - Melbourne, Australia is founded.
1836-01-12 - HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reach Sydney Australia
1836-03-06 - HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin reach King George's Sound, Australia
1836-03-14 - HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leaves Australia
1836-07-27 - Adelaide, South Australia founded
1837-11-21 - Thomas Morris of Australia skips rope 22,806 times
1838-01-01 - 1st official horse race in South Australia-Adelaide
1838-06-10 - Myall Creek Massacre in Australia: 28 Aboriginal Australians are murdered.
1850-07-07 - Scottish explorer Edward Eyre reaches Albany, W-Australia
Naturalist Charles DarwinNaturalist Charles Darwin 1851-08-22 - Gold fields discovered in Australia
1852-10-11 - The University of Sydney, Australia's oldest university, is inaugurated in Sydney.
1854-12-03 - Eureka Stockade: In what is claimed by many to be the birth of Australian democracy, more than 20 goldminers at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia are killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences.
1856-10-24 - Constitution of South Australia adopted
1859-05-17 - Australian Rules Football first 'laws of the game' published
1859-06-06 - Australia: Queensland is established as a separate colony from New South Wales (Queensland Day).
1861-05-13 - The Great Comet of 1861 is discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia.
1863-07-06 - Northern Territory passes from New South Wales to South Australia
1865-01-25 - CSS Shenandoah arrives in Melbourne, Australia
1865-07-31 - The first narrow gauge mainline railway in the world opens at Grandchester, Australia.
1874-09-01 - Sydney General Post Office opens in Australia
1875-02-24 - The SS Gothenburg hits the Great Barrier Reef and sinks off the Australian east coast, killing approximately 100, including a number of high profile civil servants and dignitaries.
1877-03-19 - Australia beat England by 45 runs in very 1st Test match
1879-09-23 - Baldwin steam motors tram 1st tried in Sydney Australia
1879-09-28 - Sydney Australia inaugurates steam motor tram route
1880-02-02 - SS Strathleven arrives in London with 1st Australian frozen mutton
1880-06-28 - Ned Kelly the Australian bushranger captured at Glenrowan.
1880-11-11 - Australian Bushranger Ned Kelly is hanged at Melbourne Gaol
1884-09-04 - Britain ends its policy of penal transportation to New South Wales in Australia.
1886-11-22 - Victoria Street Cable Tram route begins in Melbourne, Australia
1887-01-21 - Brisbane receives a daily rainfall of 465 millimetres (18.3 inches), a record for any Australian capital city.
1888-02-24 - Louisville, Ky becomes 1st government in US to adopt Australian ballot
1889-01-16 - 128°F (53°C), Cloncurry, Queensland (Australian record)
1892-06-11 - The Limelight Department, one of the world's first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia.
1895-01-30 - C J Eady (Tas) 1st Australian to score twin centuries (v Vic)
1896-02-24 - Victoria all out for 43 vs South Australia, Jones 6-15 Jarvis 4-27
1898-03-02 - Australia complete a 4-1 series annihilation of England
1899-01-22 - Leaders of six Australian colonies meet in Melbourne to discuss confederation.
1899-02-02 - The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital (Canberra) between Sydney and Melbourne.
1899-06-30 - Jack Hearne takes a hat-trick Eng v Australia at Headingley
1900-07-09 - Australia accepts its constitution
1900-09-17 - Commonwealth of Australia proclaimed
1900-12-18 - The Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook Narrow-gauge (2 ft 6 in or 762 mm) Railway (now the Puffing Billy Railway) in Victoria, Australia is opened for traffic.
1901-01-01 - Australia declares independence from federation of UK colonies
1901-01-08 - New South Wales score 918 all out vs South Australia in 560 minutes
1901-01-09 - NSW (918) defeat S Australia (157 & 156) by innings & 605
1901-05-09 - Australia opens its 1st parliament in Melbourne
1902-07-12 - Australian parliament agrees to female suffrage
1902-07-26 - Australia beat England by 3 runs at Old Trafford
1902-08-01 - Mine accident in Wollongong, Australia (100 die)
1902-08-13 - England beat Australia by one wicket at The Oval Famous victory
1903-09-24 - Alfred Deakin succeeds Edmund Barton as Australia premier
1903-10-05 - Sir Samuel Griffith is appointed the first Chief Justice of Australia and Sir Edmund Barton and Richard O'Connor are appointed as foundation justices.
1903-10-06 - The High Court of Australia sits for the first time.
1904-01-05 - England beat Australia at the MCG, Rhodes 7-56 & 8-68
1904-04-27 - The Australian Labor Party becomes the first such party to gain national government, under Chris Watson.
1904-08-18 - Chris Watson resigns as Prime Minister of Australia and is succeeded by George Reid.
1905-07-06 - Alfred Deakin becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the second time.
1906-09-01 - British New Guinea becomes Australian Papua New Guinea
1906-09-01 - Papua placed under Australian administration
1907-12-13 - George Gunn scores 119 on Test debut v Australia SCG
1908-01-07 - England beat Australia by one wicket at the MCG
1909-06-02 - Alfred Deakin becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time.
1911-01-01 - South Australia transfers Northern Territory to federal government
1911-01-13 - South Africa's 1st win over Australia, at Adelaide
1912-08-22 - England defeat Australia to win the Triangular Tournament
1913-03-12 - Foundation stone of the Australian capital in Canberra laid
1914-09-11 - Australia invades New Britain, defeating a German contingent there.
1914-09-17 - Andrew Fisher becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time.
1914-12-23 - World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt.
1915-07-01 - Australia begins Commonwealth Lighthouse Service
1915-07-01 - Australian Survey Corps becomes part of Military Forces
1915-08-07 - Assault up Russell's Top at Gallipolis, 232 Australians die
1916-11-13 - Prime Minister of Australia Billy Hughes is expelled from the Labor Party over his support for conscription.
1918-02-21 - Australians chase Turkish troop out of Jericho, Dutch Palestine
1918-03-23 - Alick Wickham dives 200' into Australia's Yarra River
1918-08-08 - Canada/Australian/British breakthrough with 600 tanks at Amiens
1918-08-29 - Bapaume taken by Australian Corps and Canadian Corps in the Hundred Days Offensive
1919-08-06 - 1st air flight over a major body of water in Australia (Harry Butler)
1919-11-12 - Ross & Keith Smith start a 1 month flight from London to Australia
1919-12-13 - Ross & Smith land in Australia from a flight from London
1920-10-30 - The Communist Party of Australia is founded in Sydney.
1920-11-16 - Australia's Qantas airways founded in Winton, Queensland as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited
1920-12-07 - NSW make 802 against South Australia, then Mailey takes 8-81

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 1,021

1774-03-16 - Matthew Flinders, English navigator/cartographer (coast Australia)
1774-06-02 - William Lawson, explorer of New South Wales, Australia (d. 1850)
1790-08-13 - William Wentworth, Australian explorer and politician (d. 1872)
1792-06-16 - Sir Thomas Mitchell, Australian explorer (d. 1855)
1795-04-28 - Charles Sturt, England, explorer (Australia)
1800-06-01 - Edward Deas Thomson, Australian politician (d. 1879)
1815-05-27 - Henry Parkes, British journalist/premier of Australia
1815-09-07 - John McDouall Stuart, Australian explorer (d. 1866)
1818-03-22 - John Ainsworth Horrocks, English-born explorer of South Australia (d. 1846)
1826-06-24 - George Goyder, surveyor-general of South Australia (d. 1898)
1826-08-06 - Thomas Alexander Browne, Australian writer (d. 1915)
1830-01-02 - Henry Kingsley, English/Australian writer
1834-01-05 - William John Wills, English explorer of Australia, member of the Burke and Wills expedition (d. 1861)
1839-04-18 - Henry Clarence Kendall, New South Wales Australia, poet (Bell Birds)
1842-01-15 - Blessed Mary McKillop, Australian candidate for sainthood (d. 1909)
1843-01-11 - Charles Yelverton O'Connor, Irish-Australian engineer (d. 1902)
1844-09-10 - Abel Hoadley, Australian confectioner (d. 1918)
1848-02-17 - Louisa Lawson, Australian suffragist and writer (d. 1920)
1849-01-18 - Edmund Barton, 1st PM of Australia (1900-03)
1852-02-29 - Frank Gavan Duffy, Australian judge (d. 1936)
1856-01-14 - J. F. Archibald, Australian journalist and publisher (d. 1919)
1856-03-08 - Tom Roberts, Australian artist (d. 1931)
1856-08-03 - Alfred Deakin, 2nd Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1919)
1857-01-06 - Hugh Mahon, Irish-born Australian politician (d. 1931)
1859-01-15 - Archibald Peake, Premier of South Australia (d. 1920)
1859-05-19 - Nellie Melba, [Heal Mitchell], Australian soprano (Peach Melba)
1860-12-07 - Joseph Cook, 6th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1947)
1861-05-19 - Dame Nellie Melba, Australian opera singer (d. 1931)
1862-08-29 - Andrew Fisher, 5th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1928)
1862-09-25 - Billy Hughes, seventh Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1952)
1863-01-28 - Ernst William Christmas, Australian painter (d. 1918)
1863-06-18 - George Essex Evans, Australian poet (d. 1909)
1864-02-17 - Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson, NSW Australia, poet (Waltzing Matilda)
1865-04-16 - Henry George Chauvel, Australian general (d. 1945)
1865-08-02 - John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist (d. 1955)
1866-01-02 - Prof Gilbert Murray, Australian classical scholar (d. 1957)
1866-03-15 - Matthew Charlton, Australian politician (d. 1948)
1866-04-11 - Bernard O'Dowd, Australian poet (d. 1953)
1867-04-09 - Chris Watson, third Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1941)
1867-06-17 - Henry Lawson, Australian poet (d. 1922)
1870-01-03 - Henry Handel Richardson, Australia, novelist (Richard Mahoney)
1870-01-14 - Sir George Pearce, Australian politician (d. 1952)
1870-10-10 - Louise Mack, Australian writer (d. 1935)
1872-01-24 - Ethel Turner, Australian author (d. 1958)
Olympic Runner Teddy FlackOlympic Runner Teddy Flack (1873-11-05) 1873-11-05 - Teddy Flack [Edwin], London, Australian athlete, double Olympic gold medallist in 1896, (d. 1935)
1875-12-03 - Max Meldrum, Scottish-born Australian painter (d. 1955)
1876-09-07 - C.J. Dennis, Australian poet and writer (d. 1938)
1876-09-18 - James Scullin, 9th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1953)
1876-10-04 - Hugh McCrae, Australian writer (d. 1958)
1877-01-17 - May Gibbs, Australian children's author (d. 1969)
1878-10-13 - Patrick Joseph Hartigan, Australian Roman Catholic priest (d. 1952)
1879-05-03 - Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman (d. 1950)
1879-09-15 - Joseph Lyons, 10th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1939)
1879-12-27 - Robert Greig, Australia, actor (Horse Feathers)
1880-08-08 - Earle Page, Australian politician (d. 1961)
1881-01-13 - Essington Lewis, Australian industrialist (d. 1961)
1881-07-03 - Leon Errol, Australian actor (Ziegfeld Follies, What a Blonde!)
1881-10-28 - Vin Coutie, Australian footballer
1882-03-23 - C Montague Shaw, Adelaide Australia
1882-12-31 - Martin O'Meara, Australian soldier (d. 1935)
1883-03-16 - Ethel Anderson, Australian poet (d. 1958)
1883-04-12 - Dally Messenger, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1959)
1883-04-15 - Stanley Bruce, eighth Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1967)
1883-12-04 - Katharine Susannah Prichard, Australian author (d. 1969)
1883-12-26 - Frank Debenham, Australian geographer/geologist
1884-02-08 - Reginald Baker, Australian athlete and actor (d. 1953)
1884-03-18 - Bernard Cronin, Australian author and journalist (d. 1968)
1885-01-08 - John Curtin, Victoria, Australian PM (Labor, 1941-45)
1885-08-18 - Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and essayist (d. 1964)
1885-08-28 - Vance Palmer, Australian author (d. 1959)
1885-09-22 - Ben Chifley, Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1951)
1886-08-12 - Sir Keith Murdoch, Australian journalist and newspaper owner (d. 1952)
1887-09-29 - Billy Bevan, Orange Australia, actor (White Sin)
1888-02-02 - Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (d. 1969)
1888-07-06 - Annette Kellerman, Sydney Australia, swimmer (Million Dollar Mermaid)
1888-11-29 - Joe Slater, Australian Rules footballer (d. 1917)
1889-09-18 - Doris Blackburn, Australian politician (d. 1970)
1889-11-09 - Snub Pollard, Melbourne Australia, actor (Don't Shove, Arizona Days)
1889-11-23 - Harry Sunderland, Australian rugby league identity (d. 1964)
1890-02-11 - David Drummond, Australian politician (d. 1965)
1890-07-18 - Frank Forde, 15th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1983)
1890-07-28 - Marie Lohr, Sydney Australia, actress (Pygmalion, Small Hotel)
1891-02-23 - Harold Horder, Australian Rugby League player (d. 1978)
1891-04-13 - Maurice Vincent Buckley, Australian winner of the Victoria Cross (d. 1921)
1891-06-18 - Mae Busch, Australian actress (d. 1946)
1892-03-17 - Benjamin Drake Van Wissen, Australian Engineer (d. 1984)
1893-01-10 - Albert Jacka, Australian soldier, first Australian World War I Victoria Cross winner (d. 1932)
1893-01-13 - Roy Cazaly, Australian rules footballer (d. 1963)
1893-01-16 - Daisy Kennedy, Australian violinist (d. 1981)
1893-02-04 - Raymond Dart, Australian paleoanthropologist (Australopithecus)
1893-04-01 - Cicely Courtneidge, Sydney Australia, actress (Double Exposure)
1893-07-15 - Enid Bennett, Australia, silent film actress (Skippy, Hairpins)
1893-08-10 - Viscount Dunrossil, Scotland, Gov Gen of Australia (1959-61)
1893-09-18 - Arthur Benjamin, Sydney Australia, composer (Jamaican Rumba)
1894-08-31 - Albert Facey, Australian writer (d. 1982)
1894-12-20 - Robert Menzies, Australian PM (1939-41, 1949-66)
1895-01-07 - Sir Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and co-founder of QANTAS (d. 1974)
1895-04-13 - Arthur Fadden, thirteenth Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1973)
1895-09-29 - Louise Granville, Sydney Australia, entertainer
1896-01-02 - Sir Lawrence Wackett, Australian aircraft engineer (d. 1982)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 22 of 22

1976-07-11 - Singer Andy Gibb (18) weds Kim Reeder in Australia
1984-02-14 - Singer Elton John marries Renate Blauel in Sydney Australia
1984-10-27 - "Jessie's Girl" singer Rick Springfield (35) weds Barbara Porter in Australia
1990-05-05 - "Crocodile Dundee" actors Paul Hogan (50) weds Linda Kozlowski (32) at their newly built $3 million mansion at Faraway Possum Creek in New South Wales, Australia
1991-05-31 - Oldest bride - Minnie Munro, 102, weds Dudley Reid, 83, in Australia
1996-11-14 - King of Pop Michael Jackson (38) weds Debbie Rowe (38) in Sydney, Australia
2002-12-31 - Actress Rachel Griffiths (34) weds Australian artist Andrew Taylor (35) at Star of the Sea Chapel in Gardenvale, Australia
2003-01-01 - "Lord of The Rings" actress Miranda Otto (35) weds actor Peter O'Brien (44) at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia
2003-01-11 - "The Sixth Sense" actress-singer Toni Collette (30) weds musician Dave Galafassi in a Buddhist ceremony near Sydney, Australia
2003-04-07 - Academy Award "Gladiator" actor Russell Crowe (39) weds singer Danielle Spencer (32) at his 560-acre cattle farm in Nana Glen, New South Wales, Australia
2003-12-31 - "Torn" singer and actress Natalie Imbruglia (28) weds "Silverchair" singer Daniel Johns (24) at Thala Beach Lodge in Port Douglas, Australia
Musician Daniel JohnsMusician Daniel Johns (2003-12-31) 2004-12-31 - Australian pop diva Natalie Imbruglia (28) weds "Silverchair" frontman Daniel Johns (24) on a beach ceremony in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
2005-08-20 - "24" actress Sarah Wynter (32) weds "Details" magazine editor-in-chief Dan Peres in Sydney, Australia
2005-12-17 - Australian country singer Kasey Chambers (29) weds singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson in Avoca, New South Wales
2006-01-28 - London Broncos rugby football player Craig Gower (27) weds TV personality and model Amanda Flynn (24) in Sydney, Australia
2006-03-31 - Long jumper gold medalist Bronwyn Thompson (28) weds Jason Chipperfield at Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane, Australia
2006-03-31 - 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Jana Pittman (23) weds track and field athlete Chris Rawlinson (33) at Morning Star Estate on Mornington Peninsula in Australia
2006-06-19 - "Lost" actress Emilie de Ravin (24) weds actor Josh Janowicz (24) in Melbourne, Australia
2006-06-25 - Actress Nicole Kidman (45) weds country music singer-songwriter Keith Urban (44) at Cardinal Ceretti Memorial Chapel in Manly, Australia
2007-02-17 - "Home and Away" actress Ada Nicodemou (29) weds Chrys Xipolitas at St. Andrew's Greek church in Redfern, Australia
2007-02-17 - Australian TV presenter Natalie Gruzlewski (30) weds pro surfer Luke Egan at St. Augustine's Catholic Church
2007-03-10 - Noteable singer and stage performer Matt Hetherington (36) weds Australian television presenter Melissa Kotsos at the Morning Star Estate on Mt. Eliza

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 287

1813-01-03 - Bennelong, Australian aboriginal interlocutor between his tribe and the British settlers (b. c. 1764)
1814-07-19 - Matthew Flinders, English cartographer (Australia coast), dies at 40
1820-06-19 - Joseph Banks, English natural historian (Cook/Australia), dies
1846-09-23 - John Ainsworth Horrocks, English-born explorer of South Australia (b. 1818)
1850-06-16 - William Lawson explorer of New South Wales, Australia (b. 1774)
1853-01-01 - Gregory Blaxland, Australian explorer (b. 1778)
1864-01-15 - Isaac Nathan, UK-Australian composer (b. 1792)
1866-06-05 - John McDouall Stuart, Australian explorer (b. 1815)
1868-04-21 - Henry James O'Farrell, Australian would-be assassin of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh
1876-05-24 - Henry Kingsley, English/Australian writer, dies at 46
1879-07-16 - Edward Deas Thomson, Australian politician (b. 1800)
1882-08-01 - Henry Clarence Kendall, Australian poet, dies of tuberculosis at 43
1883-01-05 - Charles Tompson, first Australian published poet (b. 1806)
1884-02-23 - Tambo Tambo, Australian aboriginal/US circus attaction, dies at 23
1898-11-02 - George Goyder, English-born surveyor-general of South Australia (b. 1826)
1901-01-10 - Sir James Dickson, Premier of Queensland, Australian Minister for Defence (b. 1832)
1906-04-20 - Australian wombat; oldest known marsupial, dies in London Zoo at 26
1907-01-14 - Sir James Fergusson, British politician, and governor of South Australia, New Zealand and Bombay (b. 1832)
1907-11-14 - Andrew Inglis Clark, Australian politician (b. 1848)
1908-02-29 - John Hope, 1st Marquess of Linlithgow, first Governor-General of Australia (as Lord Hopetoun)
1909-11-10 - George Essex Evans, Australian poet (b. 1863)
1915-03-11 - Thomas Alexander Browne, Australian writer (b. 1826)
1915-05-19 - John Simpson Kirkpatrick stretcher bearer with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I (b. 1892)
1916-08-07 - Charles E Manning, Australian judge/major, dies in battle at 36
1918-07-29 - Ernest William Christmas, Australian painter (b. 1863)
1918-09-12 - George Reid, fourth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1845)
1919-10-07 - Alfred Deakin, second Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1856)
1920-01-07 - Edmund Barton, 1st Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1849)
1921-01-27 - Maurice Vincent Buckley, Australian soldier (b. 1891)
1922-01-10 - Frank Tudor, Australian Labor Opposition leader (b. 1866)
1926-01-12 - Sir Austin Chapman, Australian politician (b. 1864)
1928-10-22 - Andrew Fisher, fifth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1862)
1929-01-13 - H. B. Higgins, Australian politician and judge (b. 1851)
1931-02-23 - Nellie Melba, [Helen Mitchell], Australian soprano, dies
1931-10-08 - Sir John Monash, Australian soldier general (b. 1865)
1932-01-17 - Albert Jacka, VC, Australian soldier (b. 1893)
1935-10-11 - Steele Rudd, Australian author (b. 1868)
1935-12-20 - Martin O'Meara, Australian soldier (b. 1882)
1936-01-02 - Sir Francis Newdegate, Governor of Tasmania, Western Australia (b. 1862)
1938-06-22 - C.J. Dennis, Australian writer and poet (b. 1876)
1939-03-28 - Francis Matthew John Baker, Australian politician (b. 1903)
1939-04-07 - Joseph Lyons, tenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1879)
1941-02-05 - Banjo Paterson, Australian poet, author of "Walzing Matilda" (b. 1864)
1941-04-14 - Jack Edmonson, Australian corporal in Tobruk (Victoria Cross), dies
1941-11-18 - Chris Watson, third Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1867)
1943-01-03 - Sir Walter James, Premier of Western Australia (b. 1863)
1943-01-08 - Richard Hillary, Australian Spitfire pilot and author (b. 1919)
1945-07-05 - John Curtin, 14th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1885)
1947-07-30 - Joseph Cook, 6th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1860)
1948-04-09 - George Carpenter, Australian Salvation Army general (b. 1872)
1950-08-08 - Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman (b. 1879)
1951-01-02 - Sir William Campion, Governor of Western Australia (b. 1870)
1952-10-28 - Billy Hughes, seventh Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1862)
1952-12-27 - Patrick Joseph Hartigan, Australian Roman Catholic priest (b. 1878)
1953-01-28 - James Scullin, 9th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1876)
1953-09-01 - Bernard O'Dowd, Australian poet (b. 1866)
1953-12-02 - Reginald Baker, Australian athlete and actor (b. 1884)
1955-05-10 - John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist (b. 1865)
1955-06-06 - Max Meldrum, Scottish-born Australian painter (b. 1875)
1955-12-30 - Rex Ingamells, Australian poet (b. 1913)
1957-01-11 - Sir Robert Garran, Australian lawyer and early leading expert in Australian constitutional law (b. 1867)
1958-02-17 - Hugh McCrae, Australian writer (b. 1876)
1958-04-08 - Ethel Turner, Australian author (b. 1872)
1958-08-04 - Ethel Anderson, Australian poet (b. 1883)
1958-10-14 - Douglas Mawson, Australian Antarctic explorer (b. 1882)
1958-11-30 - Hubert Wilkins, Australian polar explorer (b. 1888)
1959-07-15 - Vance Palmer, Australian author (b. 1885)
1959-11-24 - Dally Messenger, Australian rugby player (b. 1883)
1961-02-03 - Viscount Dunrossil, Gov-Gen of Australia (1959-61), dies at 67
1961-02-20 - Percy Aldridge Grainger, Australian/US composer/pianist, dies at 78
1961-12-20 - Earle Page, eleventh Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1880)
1962-01-16 - Frank Hurley, Australian photographer (b. 1885)
1963-04-15 - Edward "Carji" Greeves, Australian rules footballer (b. 1903)
1963-10-10 - Roy Cazaly, Australian rules footballer (b. 1893)
1964-02-27 - Orry-Kelly, Australian costume designer (b. 1897)
1964-10-19 - Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and essayist (b. 1885)
1965-06-13 - David Drummond, Australian politician (b. 1890)
1965-11-23 - Franc Debenham, Australian geographer/geologer, dies at 81
1967-08-25 - Stanley Bruce, eighth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1883)
1967-12-17 - Harold Holt, Australian premier (1966-67), drowns at 59
1968-01-14 - Dorothea Mackellar, Australian poet (My Country) (b. 1885)
1968-06-09 - Bernard Cronin, Australian author and journalist (b. 1884)
1969-01-10 - John Brownlee, Australian tenor (b. 1900)
1969-05-14 - Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (b. 1888)
1969-05-26 - Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)
1970-05-21 - E. L. Grant Watson, Australian biologist (b. 1885)
1970-07-02 - Jessie Street, Australian civil rights activist, dies
1970-07-22 - George Johnston, Australian journalist and novelist (b. 1912)
1970-12-12 - Doris Blackburn, Australian politician (b. 1889)
1971-07-30 - Kenneth Slessor, Australian poet (b. 1901)
1973-04-05 - John Coleman, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)
1973-04-21 - Arthur Fadden, thirteenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1894)
1973-07-29 - Norm Smith, Australian rules footballer and coach (b. 1915)
1974-04-06 - Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and businessman (b.1895)
1974-06-22 - Horace Lindrum, Australian snooker and billiards player (b. 1912)
1975-09-27 - Jack Lang, Australian politician (b. 1876)
1977-08-29 - Brian McGuire, Australian racing driver (b. 1945)
1978-01-25 - Tango Duke, dies in Australia at 42; oldest known thoroughbred horse
1978-05-14 - Robert Menzies, twelfth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1894)
1978-05-15 - Sir Robert Menzies, twelfth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1894)


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