1926 in Australia

1926 in Australia

Infobox Australian year
year = 1926
monarch = George V
governor-general = John Baird
pm =Stanley Bruce
population = 6,056,360
australian =
elections =Queensland
"See also:"
1925 in Australia,
other events of 1926,
1927 in Australia and the
Timeline of Australian history.


*Monarch – King George V
*Governor-GeneralHenry Forster, 1st Baron Forster of Lepe (until October 8) then John Baird, 1st Viscount Stonehaven
*Prime MinisterStanley Bruce

tate premiers

*Premier of New South WalesJack Lang
*Premier of QueenslandWilliam McCormack
*Premier of South AustraliaJohn Gunn (until August 28), then Lionel Hill
*Premier of TasmaniaJoseph Lyons
*Premier of VictoriaJohn Allan
*Premier of Western AustraliaPhilip Collier

tate governors

*Governor of New South WalesSir Dudley de Chair
*Governor of Queensland – "none appointed"
*Governor of South AustraliaSir Tom Bridges
*Governor of TasmaniaSir James O'Grady
*Governor of VictoriaGeorge Rous, 3rd Earl of Stradbroke (until April 7), then Arthur Somers-Cocks, 6th Baron Somers (from June 28)
*Governor of Western AustraliaSir William Campion


*April 19 – The High Court of Australia finds in the case of "Clyde Engineering Co Ltd v Cowburn" that the Forty-Four Hours Week Act 1925 (NSW) was incompatible with Commonwealth legislation.
*September 3 – "The Canberra Times" is first published.
*September 4 – A federal referendum is held, containing two questions: Industry and Commerce and Essential Services. Neither question is passed.
*September 13 – Twenty-six people are killed in the Murulla railway accident.

* Helen Wayth wins the first Miss Australia Quest
* Ballerina Anna Pavlova tours Australia

cience and technology

*June 22 – The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is founded, the precursor to today's CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation).

Arts and literature

* William McInnes wins the Archibald Prize



*September 18South Sydney Rabbitohs defeat University, becoming premiers of the New South Wales Rugby Football League season 1926.
*September 25Melbourne defeat Collingwood 17.17 (119) to 9.8 (62) at the VFL grand final, becoming premiers of the 1926 VFL season.
*November 2 – "Spearfelt" wins the Melbourne Cup.
* New South Wales wins the Sheffield Shield


* January 7Joe Marston, soccer player
* February 4Dave Sands, boxer
* February 6Bruce Ruxton, former soldier and president of the RSL
* February 8Tony Street, politician
* February 16Rayene Stewart Simpson, soldier and Victoria Cross recipient
* March 6Ray O'Connor, Premier of Western Australia (1982–1983)
* March 15Thelma Keane, wife of cartoonist Bil Keane and inspiration for the "Mommy" character in "The Family Circus" (d. 2008)
* April 2Jack Brabham, racing driver
* May 11Frank Thring, actor (d. 1994)
* June 25Kep Enderby, Esperantist and politician
* July 4Stuart Thomas Butler, nuclear physicist (d. 1982)
* July 12Al Grassby, politician, Minister for Immigration
* July 31Jack Pollard, sports writer and cricket historian (d. 2002)
* August 5Doug McClelland, politician
* September 8Keith Adams, adventurer
* September 18Deirdre Jordan, academic and educator
* October 11Neville Wran, Premier of New South Wales (1976–1986)
* October 20Peter Durack, politician, Attorney-General
* November 7Joan Sutherland, opera singer
* November 15Ivor Greenwood, politician, Attorney-General (d. 1976)
* November 26Tom Hughes, politician, Attorney-General
* December 31Billy Snedden, politician, Leader of the Liberal Party (d. 1987)


*January 9William Henry Warren (b. 1852), engineer
*January 12Sir Austin Chapman (b. 1864), politician
*April 27Ada Cambridge (b. 1844), author
*April 30Sir Tim Coghlan (b. 1856), NSW state statistician
*May 11Hugh Dixson (b. 1841), businessman and philanthropist
*May 15Joseph James Fletcher (b. 1850), biologist
*May 21H. V. McKay (b. 1865), inventor of the Sunshine harvester
*June 4Fred Spofforth (b. 1853), cricketer
*June 23Henry Lowther Clarke (b. 1850), Anglican archbishop of Melbourne
*June 28William Archibald (b. 1850), South Australian politician
*September 14Charles Hedley (b. 1862), naturalist
*October 3Samuel James Mitchell (b. 1852), first Supreme Court of NT judge
*December 11Sir William McMillan (b. 1850), politician
*December 11Gottlieb Schuler (b. 1854), journalist
*December 13William Spence (b. 1846), trade union leader and politician

See also

* 1926
* 1920s


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