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Jan 07    Former Prime Minister Sir Edmund Barton dies

Jan 22    Melbourne: Farmers form Australian Country Party

March    Warrnambool: Fletcher Jones tailoring company established

Aug 10   Warragul: Official opening of Princes Highway

Oct 30  Sydney: The Communist Party of Australia formed

Nov 16   Queensland: Qantas registered in Winton

Dec 03  Perth: First successful flight from Melbourne to Perth


Mar 07  Commonwealth Health Department established

Mar 12   Perth: Edith Cowan becomes first woman elected to an Australian parliament

Aug 11    Melbourne: Essendon Airport opens

Dec 31  Melbourne: 44 hour week to become standard

Sydney: Mascot Airport opens

Hobart: Opening of Cadbury factory in Claremont



Jan 17    Sydney: First Archibald Prize won by William McInnes for portrait of architect H. Desbrowe Annear

Apr 04  Melbourne: Colin Campbell Ross hanged after protesting his innocence to the murder of
                                    12-year-old Alma Tirtschke in Gun Alley

Jun 30   Melbourne: The Industrial Court of Appeal rejects concept of equal pay for women

Sep 02   Sydney: Author Henry Lawson dies

Sep 11     Melbourne: tabloid newspaper The Sun News-Pictorial launched

Nov 02  Queensland: First Qantas flight with regular service between Charleville and Cloncurry


Feb 09    Melbourne: Stanley Bruce becomes Prime Minister after Billy Hughes is forced to retire

Apr 04    Sydney: The Country Women's Association (CWA) holds its first annual conference

Aug 28    Canberra: Work begins on construction of Parliament House

Sep 01     Cessnock: 21 men die in an explosion and fire at the Bellbird Colliery

Oct 10    London: Exhibition of Australian art,including works by Arthur Streeton and Norman Lindsay,

Oct 14    Melbourne: 2 people drown in Melbourne's worst floods since 1891

Nov 04  Melbourne: Hooligans loot the city during Police strike

Dec 01   Townsville to Mt Isa railway completed in Queensland

Dec 10  London: QLDer Daphne Mayo first women to receive a gold medal for sculpture from the Royal Academy



Jan 30    Canberra: First cabinet meeting held in the capital

Apr 04   Perth: Mary Holman becomes first woman ALP member of parliament in Australia

Jun 04    Sydney: First human voice successfully transmitted from London to Australia from Marconi's station

Jun 15     Power switched to Melbourne for the first time from the State Electricity Commission's Yallourn Power Station

Dec 05  Sydney: First Woolworth's store opens in the Imperial Arcade



Mar 26    Sydney: Foundation stone of North Shore section of Harbour Bridge laid

Mar 31    Geelong: Ford Motor Company of Canada buys 100-acre site for 2 auto plants

Aug 30   Melbourne: Federal Police Force established

Oct 01   Greater Brisbane inaugurated as a single municipal authority under Brisbane City Council

Oct 12    Northern Territory: Official opening of wireless station at Wave Hill

Oct 31   Sydney: NSW Labor Premier Jack Lang takes over Sydney Radio Station 2KY



Jan 04    44-hour week introduced in NSW

Feb 15    Vic: 31 people die in bushfires in the Yarra Valley and Gippsland. 

Jun 22    Melbourne: The Council for Scientific Research (CSIR) formed

Sep 03   The Canberra Times first published

Sep 13    Sydney: 27 people die in the state's worst rail disaster 

Nov 01   General Motors opens assembly plants in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth

Dec 20  Sydney: First section of the electric underground railway opens between Central Station and St James



Mar 24    Melbourne: Final sitting of Federal Parliament before the move to Canberra

Mar 25    Sydney: Child Endowment Scheme introduced

May 09   Canberra: Duke of York officially opens Parliament House

May 26   Perth: Royal Commission finds police reponsible for murder of seven Aborigines near Dala on June 26

Oct 27   Melbourne: Squizzy Taylor and rival gangster Snowy Cutmore kill each other in a shootout

Nov 11    Melbourne: Foundation stone laid for Shrine of Remembrance

Nov 03  Sydney: 37 die as steamer Tahiti collides with the ferry Greycliffe in Sydney Harbour

Dec 34  Melbourne: VIC batsman William Ponsford makes world's highest score 437 in cricket against QLD



Feb 22   Darwin: Australian airman Bert Hinkler completes first solo flight from England to Australia

Mar 31   Victoria: First Australian Grand Prix motor race held at Phillip Island

Jun 09  Brisbane: Charles Kingsford Smith and companions complete last leg of flight from America to Australia

Aug 29  Port Kembla: Australian Iron and Steel Ltd's blast furnace begins production

Sep 02  Sydney: St Mary's Cathedral opens after 60 years of construction

Sep 28  Melbourne: Violence breaks out over use of outside labour to break Waterside Workers strike

Oct 22  Former Prime Minister Andrew Fisher dies



Jan 17      Adelaide: 800 waterside workers attack non-union workers at the dock

Feb 01    Timber workers strike nationally over increase of working hours from 44 to 48 per week

Apr 08   Launceston: 14 people feared drowned in floods after torrential rain. 

Jul 04    Melbourne: Hoyts convert 20 suburban theatres for 'talkies'

Jul 27     Sydney: 3-0 series win for Australia against All Blacks in the Rugby Union test

Aug 02  Adelaide: Rail link from Alice Springs completed

Sep 30  Western Australia celebrates its centenary

Sep 30  Melbourne: Demonstration of Logie Baird's television

Oct 17   Canberra: James Scullin to become first Australian-born Prime Minister

Dec 06  NSW: 8,000 miners converge on Rothbury in protest over use of 'scab' labour to break 10-month strike.

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