1906 in Australia

1906 in Australia

Infobox Australian year
year = 1906
monarch = Edward VII
governor-general = Henry Northcote, 1st Baron Northcote
pm = Alfred Deakin
population = 4,059,083
australian =
elections = Federal, South Australia, Tasmania

"See also:" 1905 in Australia, other events of 1906, 1907 in Australia, Timeline of Australian history.


*Monarch – King Edward VII
*Governor GeneralHenry Northcote, 1st Baron Northcote
*Prime MinisterAlfred Deakin

tate premiers

*Premier of New South WalesJoseph Carruthers
*Premier of South AustraliaThomas Price
*Premier of QueenslandArthur Morgan (to January 19), then William Kidston
*Premier of TasmaniaJohn Evans
*Premier of Western AustraliaCornthwaite Rason (to May 7), then Newton Moore
*Premier of VictoriaThomas Bent

tate governors

*Governor of New South WalesSir Harry Rawson
*Governor of South AustraliaSir George Ruthven Le Hunte
*Governor of QueenslandFrederic Thesiger, 3rd Baron Chelmsford (from November 30)
*Governor of Tasmania – Sir Gerald Strickland
*Governor of Western AustraliaAdmiral Sir Frederick Bedford
*Governor of VictoriaMajor General Sir Reginald Talbot


*January 27 – A cyclone damages Cairns and Innisfail in Queensland.
*February 6 – The world's first surf lifesaving club is formed at Bondi Beach.
*May 5 - The first electric trams begin running in Melbourne from St Kilda to Brighton.
*June 16 – The town of Roma, Queensland becomes the first town in Australia to be lit and powered by natural gas, however the gas reserve only lasts ten days.
*July 16 – The Australian Army Cadet Corps is formed.
*September 1 – Control of British New Guinea is formally transferred to Australia from Britain.
*December 12Australian federal election, 1906: The government of Prime Minister Alfred Deakin is returned to power, however voter turn-out is low.

cience and technology

*July 12 – The first wireless radio transmission is made from the Australian mainland between Point Lonsdale, Victoria and Devonport, Tasmania.


*December 26 – The national premiere of "The Story of the Kelly Gang", generally regarded as the world's first feature length film, takes place at the Athenaeum Hall in Melbourne.


*January 26New South Wales wins the Sheffield Shield.
*April 26May 2 – The 1906 Intercalated Games are held in Athens, Greece – Australia wins three bronze medals.
*September 22Carlton wins the VFL grand final, beating Fitzroy 15.4 (94) to 6.9 (45).
*November 6 – "Poseidon" wins the Melbourne Cup.


*January 18Hedley Bunton, missionary (d. 1997)
*January 19Rachel Cleland, community worker (d. 2002)
*February 5Alexander Spence, soldier
*April 4Harry Oakman, Belgian-born horticulturalist (d. 2002)
*May 16Ernie McCormick, cricketer (d. 1991)
*July 17Dunc Gray, Olympic cyclist (d. 1996)
*August 12Harry Hopman, tennis player and coach (d. 1985)
*August 22Lotus Thompson, silent film actress (d. 1963)
*August 31Edwin Sherbon Hills, geologist (d. 1986)
*October 2Thomas Hollway, Premier of Victoria (d. 1971)
*November 21Tom Clarke, VFL footballer for Essendon
*November 30Mabel Miller, lawyer and politician (d. 1978)
*December 3Frank Packer, media proprietor and father of Kerry Packer (d. 1974)
*December 9Douglas Nicholls, Aboriginal pastor and Governor of South Australia
*December 22Clive Turnbull, Tasmanian author and journalist (d. 1975)


*January 1Hugh Nelson, Premier of Queensland (b. 1835)
*January 4Jessie Rooke, Tasmanian temperance campaigner and suffragette (b. 1845)
*January 14Henry Yelverton, politician (b. 1854)
*March 5Hugh Ramsay, artist (b. 1877)
*March 7Frederick William Haddon, journalist (b. 1839)
*March 14George Selth Coppin, actor and politician (b. 1819)
*April 10Sir Adye Douglas, 17th Premier of Tasmania (b. 1815)
*April 16William Farrer, agronomist and wheat breeder (b. 1845)
*August 6George Marsden Waterhouse, 6th Premier of South Australia (b. 1824)
*August 8William Purkiss, West Australian politician (b. 1844)
*September 3Sir Samuel Davenport, South Australian politician (b. 1818)
*October 6James Bonwick, writer (b. 1817)
*October 31Charles Troedel, printer (b. 1836)
*November 2Henry Brand, 2nd Viscount Hampden, Governor of New South Wales (b. 1841)

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