1919 in Australia

1919 in Australia

Infobox Australian year
year = 1919
monarch = George V
governor-general = Ronald Munro-Ferguson
pm = Billy Hughes
population = 5,193,104
australian =
elections =Federal, Tasmania
"See also:"
1918 in Australia,
other events of 1919,
1920 in Australia and the
Timeline of Australian history.


*Monarch – King George V
*Governor-GeneralSir Ronald Munro-Ferguson
*Prime MinisterBilly Hughes

tate premiers

*Premier of New South WalesWilliam Holman
*Premier of QueenslandT.J. Ryan (until October 22), then Ted Theodore
*Premier of South AustraliaArchibald Peake
*Premier of TasmaniaWalter Lee
*Premier of VictoriaHarry Lawson
*Premier of Western AustraliaSir Henry Lefroy (until April 17), then Sir Hal Colebatch (until May 17), then James Mitchell

tate governors

*Governor of New South WalesWalter Davidson
*Governor of QueenslandHamilton Goold-Adams
*Governor of South AustraliaSir Henry Galway
*Governor of TasmaniaFrancis Newdegate
*Governor of VictoriaSir Arthur Stanley
*Governor of Western AustraliaWilliam Ellison-Macartney


*March 1 – "The Potts", believed to be the world's longest running cartoon strip drawn by the same artist, is first published in "The Sun News-Pictorial".
*June 1 – A mutiny occurs on board the Royal Australian Navy battlecruiser HMAS "Australia" shortly after it arrives in Fremantle, Western Australia.
*June 28 – The Treaty of Versailles is signed in France, bringing Australia's involvement in World War I to an end.
*October 18Sir Adrian Knox is appointed Chief Justice of the High Court.
*October 28 – The "Treaty of Peace (Germany) Act 1919" receives Royal Assent, confirming Australia's membership as a sovereign nation in the new League of Nations, and indicating Australia's independence from the United Kingdom.
*December 10 – Keith and Ross Smith, piloting a Vickers Vimy, reach Darwin at the end of the first England to Australia flight.
*December 19 – A federal election is held. The incumbent Nationalist Party of Billy Hughes defeats the Australian Labor Party of Frank Tudor.
*December 24 – The Electrical Trades Union of Australia is federally registered under the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Act, 1904.
* The worldwide Spanish flu epidemic continues, eventually claiming almost 12,000 lives in Australia

cience & Technology

Arts and literature

*September 10J. F. Archibald, founding editor of the "The Bulletin" dies, bequeathing money which would be used to award the Archibald Prize for portraiture.


* October 4 – "The Sentimental Bloke" premieres in Melbourne. [ [http://www.afc.gov.au/newsandevents/at_archive/screeningsevents/sent_bloke/newspage_156.aspx The Sentimental Bloke restored to its former glory] , Australian Film Commission.]


*November 11 – "Artilleryman" wins the Melbourne Cup


*January 6Geoffrey Bingham, author and Anglican minister
*February 3Bill Alley, cricketer (d. 2004)
*February 16Keith Carmody, cricketer (d. 1977)
*February 22Mary Maguire, actress (d. 1974)
*March 1Reg Sprigg, geologist (d. 1994)
*March 25William Wade, NSW politician
*March 28Tom Brooks, cricketer (d. 2007)
*April 10Vernon Wilcox, politician (d. 2004)
*May 1Lance Barnard, Deputy Prime Minister (d. 1997)
*May 15Thomas Drake-Brockman, politician (d. 1992)
*May 22Peter Howson, politician
*May 28Olga Masters, writer (d. 1986)
*June 24Fabian "Fabe" McCarthy, rugby union footballer
*September 14Gil Langley, cricketer (d. 2001)
*October 6Abe Saffron, Sydney crime figure (d. 2006)
*October 7Zelman Cowen, Governor General of Australia
*November 5Thomas O'Dwyer, cricketer (d. 2005)
*November 19Margaret Whitlam, wife of Gough Whitlam
*December 7Wilfred Arthur, World War II fighter ace (d. 2000)
*December 10Jean Lee, last woman executed in Australia (d. 1951)
*December 17Geraldine Halls (pen name: Charlotte Jay), mystery novelist (d. 1996)
*December 29Malcolm Mackay, politician (d. 1999)


*February 4Richard Bowyer Smith (b. 1837), inventor
*March 20Sir Edward Charles Stirling (b. 1848), anthropologist
*June 8Henry Briggs (b. 1844), WA politician
*June 21Sir Thomas à Beckett (b. 1836), solicitor and judge
*July 25Nat Gould (b. 1857), British novelist
*July 25Samuel McCaughey (b. 1835), pastoralist
*July 30Sir Simon Fraser (b. 1832), politician
*August 4Dave Gregory (b. 1845), cricketer
*September 10J.F. Archibald (b. 1856), publisher and journalist
*September 12John Mark Davies (b. 1840), Victorian politician
*September 24Frank Laver (b. 1869), cricketer
*October 7Alfred Deakin (b. 1856), Prime Minister of Australia
*October 25William Kidston (b. 1849), Premier of Queensland (1906–1907, 1908–1911)
*November 2Mephan Ferguson (b. 1843), manufacturer
*December 20Sir Philip Fysh (b. 1835), Premier of Tasmania (1877–1878, 1887–1892)
*December 25Sir Edwin Thomas Smith (b. 1830), SA politician

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