1937 in Australia

1937 in Australia

Infobox Australian year
monarch = George VI
governor-general = Alexander Hore-Ruthven, 1st Earl of Gowrie
pm =Joseph Lyons
population = 6,835,536
australian =
elections =Federal, VIC, TAS
"See also:"
1936 in Australia,
other events of 1937,
1938 in Australia and the
Timeline of Australian history.


*Monarch – King George VI
*Governor-GeneralAlexander Hore-Ruthven, 1st Earl of Gowrie
*Prime MinisterJoseph Lyons

tate Premiers

*Premier of New South WalesBertram Stevens
*Premier of QueenslandWilliam Forgan Smith
*Premier of South AustraliaRichard L. Butler
*Premier of TasmaniaAlbert Ogilvie
*Premier of VictoriaAlbert Dunstan
*Premier of Western AustraliaJohn Willcock

tate Governors

*Governor of New South WalesJohn Loder, 2nd Baron Wakehurst (from April 8)
*Governor of QueenslandSir Leslie Orme Wilson
*Governor of South AustraliaSir Winston Dugan
*Governor of TasmaniaSir Ernest Clark
*Governor of VictoriaWilliam Vanneck, 5th Baron Huntingfield
*Governor of Western Australia – "none appointed"


*February 9Cairns is hit by a tropical cyclone.
*February 15 – An explosion kills 13 men at the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi, Victoria.
*February 20 – A general election is held in Tasmania. The incumbent Labor government lead by Albert Ogilvie is returned to power.
*March 1Bernard O'Reilly locates the wreckage of an Airlines of Australia Stinson airliner, VH-UHH "City of Brisbane", in the McPherson Range in southern Queensland. Two survivors are rescued, five others did not survive.
* April 20 – Regular airmail services begin between Australia and the USA.
* October 23 – The ACTU calls on the government to boycott trade with Japan, following the Japanese invasion of China.

Arts and literature

*June 24 – The Commonwealth Literature Censorship Board replaces the Book Censorship Advisory Committee, and temporarily lifts the ban on "Ulysses" by James Joyce.


*March 3 – Captained by Don Bradman, Australia defeats England in the Fifth Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, retaining The Ashes.
*September 25Geelong become premiers of the 1937 VFL season, defeating Collingwood 18.14 (122) to 12.18 (90).
*November 19Hubert Opperman completes an epic bicycle ride from Fremantle, Western Australia to Sydney, taking 13 days, 10 hours and 11 minutes.


*January 16Lorraine Bayly, actor
*January 21Michael Beahan, Labor Senator for Western Australia
*January 25John Watson, Liberal Senator for Tasmania
*February 4John Devitt, Olympic swimmer
*February 19Lee Harding, science fiction writer
*February 19Colin Ridgway, NFL American footballer (d. 1993)
*February 21Ron Clarke, Olympic athlete
*March 3Kevin O'Halloran, Olympic swimmer
*April 7Louise Faulkner, missing woman
*April 19Lindsay Fox, businessman
*May 27Peter Pinne, writer and composer
*June 1Colleen McCullough, novelist
*June 11Robin Warren, Nobel Prize-winning pathologist
*July 26Alan Cadman, politician
*July 26Guy Green, Governor of Tasmania (1995–2003)
*August 28Tony Marchant, Olympic track cyclist
*September 1Ian Callinan, High Court judge
*September 4Dawn Fraser, Olympic swimmer
*September 17Gary Chapman, Olympic swimmer
*October 3John Hodges, Minister for Immigration (1982–1983)
*October 10Bruce Devlin, golfer
*November 21John Kerin, politician
*December 12Michael Jeffery, Governor-General of Australia
*December 12Judy Tegart, tennis player
*December 17Kerry Packer, businessman (d. 2005)


*February 14Walter Burley Griffin (b. 1876), architect of Canberra (died in India)
*March 18Walter Wilson Froggatt (b. 1858), geologist and economic entomologist
*June 9Charles Chewings (b. 1859), geologist and anthropologist
*July 10Thomas Brentnall (b. 1846), accountant and musician
*July 22Ted McDonald (b. 1891), cricketer and Australian Rules footballer (Essendon, Fitzroy)
*July 28Sir George Hyde (b. 1877), head of the Royal Australian Navy
*August 14Bruce Smith (b. 1851), politician
*August 28George Prendergast (b. 1854), Premier of Victoria (1924)
*September 28William Ramsay Smith (b. 1859), anthropologist
*October 2Sir Granville Ryrie (b. 1865), soldier
*November 4Alfred Walter Campbell (b. 1868), neurologist
*November 6William Moore (b. 1868), art and drama critic
*November 17Jack Worrall (b. 1860), cricketer and Australian Rules footballer
*November 19Rayner Hoff (b. 1894), sculptor
*November 27Walter Howchin (b. 1845), geologist
*December 11Godfrey Irving (b. 1867), soldier and Chief of the General Staff (1915)
*December 16Sir Murray Bourchier (b. 1881), soldier and Deputy Premier of Victoria

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