1936 in Australia

1936 in Australia

Infobox Australian year
monarch = George V, then Edward VIII, then George VI
governor-general = Isaac Isaacs, then Alexander Hore-Ruthven
pm =Joseph Lyons
population = 6,778,372
australian =
elections =Western Australia
"See also:"
1935 in Australia,
other events of 1936,
1937 in Australia and the
Timeline of Australian history.


*Monarch – King George V (until January 20), then King Edward VIII (until December 11), then King George VI
*Governor-GeneralSir Isaac Isaacs (until January 23), then Alexander Hore-Ruthven, 1st Baron 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 AustraliaPhilip Collier (until August 20), then John Willcock

tate Governors

*Governor of New South WalesAlexander Hore-Ruthven, 1st Baron Gowrie (until January 22), then Sir David Anderson (from August 6)
*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"


*January 15Torres Strait Islanders begin a four-month general maritime strike, in an effort to take control their own affairs and gain fairer treatment.
*January 20King George V dies, and is succeeded as King of Australia by his son, Edward VIII.
*February 1 – Special patrol officers are appointed to safeguard Aboriginal welfare in the Northern Territory.
*February 24 – A special conference of the Australian Labor Party re-admits former Premier of New South Wales, Jack Lang, after a five year expulsion.
*March 12Western Australia makes voting compulsory in state elections.
*March 25 – A submarine communications cable between Victoria and Tasmania commences operation.
*July 1Australian National Airways is registered as a company.
*July 8 – The Federal Government announces an increase in military training strength, in response to the rise of fascism in Europe.
*September 7 – The last known Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) dies at Hobart Zoo.
*November 10 – The High Court of Australia rules in the case of "R v Burgess; Ex parte Henry", that the Commonwealth government's power to regulate interstate trade and commerce did not extend to intrastate trade and commerce.
*December 11King Edward VIII abdicates from the throne of the United Kingdom, and is succeeded as King of Australia by his brother George VI.
*December 16 – A Brisbane to Adelaide air race is held to commemorate South Australia's centenary. Ivy May Pearce makes national headlines as the youngest entrant who recorded the fastest time of any woman pilot, heavily handicapped and just two seconds behind the eventual winner. In this race she even beat Reg Ansett, founder of Ansett Airlines. Ivy went on to win many air races.


*January 8Robert May, Baron May of Oxford, scientist and life peer of the United Kingdom
*January 23Brian Howe, politician
*February 2John Hyde, politician
*February 13Judith Rodriguez, poet
*February 17Barry Jarman, cricketer
*February 24John Baker, soldier and Chief of the Defence Force (d. 2007)
*February 27Ron Barassi, Australian rules football player and coach
*February 28Robin Klein, author
*June 16Charles Perkins, Aboriginal activist (d. 2000)
*June 29Eddie Mabo, indigenous land rights campaigner (d. 1992)
*August 10Frank Ford, politician
*August 16Lindsay Gaze, basketballer
*October 13Robert Ingpen, graphic designer and illustrator
*November 4Brian Gibson, Senator for Tasmania
*November 5Robert J. O'Neill, military historian
*November 16John Moore, Minister for Defence (1998–2001)
*December 11Maggie Tabberer, fashion model and media personality


*January 15Henry Forster, 1st Baron Forster (b. 1866), Governor-General of Australia (1920–1925)
*February 22John Allan (b. 1866), Premier of Victoria (1924–1927)
*March 23Oscar Asche (b. 1871), actor, writer and producer
*June 10John Bowser (b. 1856), Premier of Victoria (1917–1918)
*June 10Arthur Henry Shakespeare Lucas (b. 1853), schoolmaster and scientist
*July 29Sir Frank Gavan Duffy (b. 1852), Chief Justice of Australia (1931–1935)
*September 7 – "Benjamin", the last Tasmanian Tiger in captivity in 1936 in Hobart
*October 3William Webster (b. 1860), politician
*October 28Newton Moore (b. 1870), Premier of Western Australia (1906–1910, died in London)
*November 6Sir Littleton Groom (b. 1867), politician

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