1940 in Australia

1940 in Australia

Infobox Australian year
monarch = George VI
governor-general = Alexander Hore-Ruthven, 1st Earl of Gowrie
pm =Robert Menzies
population = 7,039,490
australian =
elections =Federal, VIC
"See also:"
1939 in Australia,
other events of 1940,
1941 in Australia and the
Timeline of Australian history.


*Monarch – King George VI
*Governor-GeneralAlexander Hore-Ruthven, 1st Baron Gowrie
*Prime MinisterRobert Menzies

tate Premiers

*Premier of New South WalesAlexander Mair
*Premier of QueenslandWilliam Forgan Smith
*Premier of South AustraliaThomas Playford
*Premier of TasmaniaRobert Cosgrove
*Premier of VictoriaAlbert Dunstan
*Premier of Western AustraliaJohn Willcock

tate Governors

*Governor of New South WalesJohn Loder, 2nd Baron Wakehurst
*Governor of QueenslandSir Leslie Orme Wilson
*Governor of South AustraliaSir Malcolm Barclay-Harvey
*Governor of TasmaniaSir Ernest Clark
*Governor of VictoriaSir Winston Dugan
*Governor of Western Australia – "none appointed"


*February 28 – The Australian 7th Division is formed.
*March 16 – A state election is held in Victoria. The Country Party lead by Albert Dunstan is returned to government.
*June 14 – The Volunteer Defence Corps is formed, a militia force based on the British Home Guard.
*July 6 – The Story Bridge is opened in Brisbane.
*July 19 – The Australian cruiser HMAS "Sydney" takes part in the sinking of the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni
*August 1 – The first of sixty Bathurst class corvettes, HMAS "Bathurst", is launched in Sydney.
*August 13 – An RAAF Lockheed Hudson crashes near Canberra, killing three members of Cabinet and the Chief of the General Staff.
*September 3 – The heavy cruiser HMAS "Australia" takes part in Operation Menace off Dakar.
*September 6 – The British prison ship HMT "Dunera" docks in Sydney, carrying refugees and prisoners of war considered a danger to British security, for internment in Hay and Tatura.
*October 26Double-decker buses replace the last cable trams in Melbourne.

cience & Technology

Arts and literature

* Max Meldrum wins the Archibald Prize with his portrait of "Dr J Forbes McKenzie"


* "Forty Thousand Horsemen", directed by Charles Chauvel and starring Chips Rafferty, is released


* "Old Rowley" wins the Melbourne Cup
* "Beaulivre" wins the Caulfield Cup
* "Beau Vite" wins the Cox Plate
* New South Wales wins the Sheffield Shield


* January 5Athol Guy, musician
* January 19Paul Calvert, Liberal Senator for Tasmania
* February 17Marilyn Jones, ballet dancer
* February 22Neil Brown, politician
* February 27Bill Hunter, actor
* March 1Robin Gray, Premier of Tasmania (1982–1989)
* March 8Don Barker, actor
* March 19Andrew Taylor, poet
* March 20Paul Neville, politician
* April 12Jack Hibberd, playwright
* April 16Marion Halligan, writer
* April 26Ian Geoghegan, race car driver (d. 2003)
* June 15Ken Fletcher, tennis player (d. 2006)
* June 23Diana Trask, country music singer
* June 25Judy Amoore, athlete
* June 29Ken Done, artist
* August 3Judith Troeth, Liberal Senator for Victoria
* August 16Bruce Beresford, film director
* August 18Jan Owen, poet
* August 31Jack Thompson, actor
* September 9Hugh Morgan, businessman
* September 13Kerry Stokes, chairman of the Seven Network
* September 15Allan Andrews, NSW politician
* September 21John Pochee, jazz musician
* October 3Diana Warnock, radio broadcaster and politician
* October 4Ian Kiernan, environmentalist, 1994 Australian of the Year
* October 5Bob Cowper, cricketer
* October 15Peter Doherty, medical researcher, Nobel Prize recipient
* October 19Ian Causley, politician
* November 1John Bell, actor and theatre director
* November 4John Sanderson, Governor of Western Australia (2000–2005)
* November 12John Dowd, NSW politician
* December 7Robin Miller, aviator and nurse (d. 1975)


*February 3John Henry Michell, mathematician
*March 8Michael Kelly (b. 1850), Catholic Archbishop of Sydney (1911–1940)
*April 16Herbert James Carter (b. 1858), entomologist
*June 22Monty Noble (b. 1873), cricketer
*June 23Hugh Denis Macrossan (b. 1881), Queensland politician and judge
*July 6Michael O'Connor (b. 1865), WA politician
*July 22Sir George Fuller (b. 1861), Premier of New South Wales (1921)
*July 30Arthur Merric Boyd (b. 1862), painter
*July 30Archibald Watson (b. 1849), surgeon and professor of anatomy
*August 13Geoffrey Street (b. 1894), politician
*August 13Henry Gullett (b. 1878), politician
*August 13James Fairbairn (b. 1897), politician
*August 13Sir Brudenell White (b. 1876), Chief of the General Staff
*September 9Percy Abbott (b. 1869), politician
*September 11Issy Smith (b. 1890), soldier and Victoria Cross recipient
*September 22Robert Blackwood
*October 2Albert Green, politician
*October 14Helen de Guerry Simpson (b. 1897), novelist
*October 25Thomas Waddell (b. 1854), Premier of New South Wales (1904)
*October 31Frank Anstey (b. 1865), politician
*November 2Colin Rankin (b. 1869), soldier, politician, cane farmer and company director
*November 3James Fowler, politician
*November 23Stanley Argyle (b. 1867), Premier of Victoria (1932–1935)

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