1921 in Australia

1921 in Australia

Infobox Australian year
year = 1921
monarch = George V
governor-general = Henry Forster
pm =Billy Hughes
population = 5,455,136
australian =
elections =Western Australia, Victoria, South Australia
"See also:"
1920 in Australia,
other events of 1921,
1922 in Australia and the
Timeline of Australian history.


*Monarch – King George V
*Governor-General – Henry Forster
*Prime MinisterBilly Hughes

tate premiers

*Premier of New South WalesJohn Storey (until October 5), then James Dooley (from October 10 until December 20), then George Fuller (for 7 hours on December 20), then James Dooley
*Premier of QueenslandTed Theodore
*Premier of South AustraliaHenry Barwell
*Premier of TasmaniaWalter Lee
*Premier of VictoriaHarry Lawson
*Premier of Western AustraliaJames Mitchell

tate governors

*Governor of New South Wales – Sir Walter Davidson
*Governor of QueenslandSir Matthew Nathan
*Governor of South AustraliaSir William Weigall
*Governor of TasmaniaSir William Allardyce
*Governor of VictoriaGeorge Rous, 3rd Earl of Stradbroke (from February 21)
*Governor of Western AustraliaSir Francis Newdegate


*March 7 – The Commonwealth Department of Health is formed.
*March 12Edith Cowan becomes the first female parliamentarian in Australia, when she is elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council.
*March 22New South Wales MP Percy Brookfield is shot and killed when he tackles a crazed gunman at the train station in Riverton, South Australia.
*March 31 – The Royal Australian Air Force is established. [http://www.defence.gov.au/raaf/history/airforce_history/interwar.htm The Inter-war years 1921 to 1939] , Australian Defence Force.]
*May 9 – Australia assumes responsibility for administration of the Territory of New Guinea, following a League of Nations mandate divesting Germany of its colonies as required by the Treaty of Versailles.
*August 30 - A general election is held in Victoria. Harry Lawson of the Nationalist Party is returned as premier, although in a minority government.
*October 26 – The first group of Barnardo's Boys arrived in Sydney.
*November 13 – The cartoon character Ginger Meggs makes his first appearance, in a "Sunday Sun" comic strip "Us Fellers" drawn by cartoonist Jimmy Bancks.
*December 30 – Twelve-year-old Alma Tirtschke is raped and murdered in Melbourne, in what becomes known as the Gun Alley Murder.
*December 31Walter Burley Griffin is removed as director of construction for Canberra after disagreements over his supervisory role.

cience & Technology

Arts and literature

* William McInnes wins the inaugural Archibald Prize for portraiture



* "Sister Olive" wins the Melbourne Cup
* New South Wales wins the Sheffield Shield
* In Test Cricket, Australia defeated England in The Ashes series
* A Le Fevre wins the Australian Open Championship in golf


*January 3Vasey Houghton, politician and conservationist (d. 2001)
*January 9Bunney Brooke, actor ("Number 96") (d. 2000)
*February 16Bill Knott, NSW politician
*March 4Walter Campbell, Governor of Queensland (d. 2004)
*March 12Norman Foster, politician (d. 2006)
*March 29Sam Loxton, cricketer
*April 1Harold James Frith, ornithologist
*April 13Max Harris, writer ("Angry Penguins") (d. 1995)
*May 13George Petersen, Labor politician (d. 2000)
*May 28Tom Uren, Labor politician
*June 3Forbes Carlile, swimming coach and Olympic pentathlete
*June 19Patricia Wrightson, children's author
*July 22Ronald N. Bracewell, physicist and radio astronomer (d. 2007)
*July 31John Makepeace Bennett, computer scientist
*August 20Jack Wilson, cricketer (d. 1985)
*November 21Betty Wilson, cricketer
*November 24Allan Ashbolt, journalist (d. 2005)
*December 26Donald Horne, journalist and writer (d. 2005)


*January 14Edward Hamersley (b. 1935 or 1936), WA politician
*January 27Maurice Vincent Buckley (b. 1891), soldier and Victoria Cross recipient
*March 14Gustave Barnes (b. 1877), artist
*May 21Oswald Watt (b. 1878), aviator
*June 6William Mark Forster (b. 1846), philanthropist
*June 18G. H. Gibson (b. 1846), writer and satirist
*July 2Edwin Evans (b. 1849), cricketer
*July 12Harry Hawker (b. 1889), aviation pioneer
*July 26Howard Vernon (b. 1845), actor
*August 1T. J. Ryan (b. 1876), Premier of Queensland (1915–1919)
*August 23Frank Hann (b. 1846), explorer
*September 13James Hebblethwaite (b. 1857), poet
*October 5John Storey (b. 1869), Premier of New South Wales (1920–1921)
*October 30James Murdoch (b. 1856), Scottish journalist
*November 6Robert Logan Jack (b. 1845), geologist
*November 17John McLaren (b. 1886), cricketer
*December 24William Curran, cricketer

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