1907 in Australia

1907 in Australia

Infobox Australian year
year = 1907
monarch = Edward VII
governor-general = Henry Northcote, 1st Baron Northcote
pm = Alfred Deakin
population = 4,122,201
australian =
elections =Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland
"See also:" 1906 in Australia, Other events of 1907, 1908 in Australia, Timeline of Australian history.


*Monarch – King Edward VII
*Governor-General – The Right Hon. Henry Northcote, 1st Baron Northcote
*Prime MinisterAlfred Deakin

tate premiers

*Premier of New South WalesJoseph Carruthers (until October 2), then Charles Wade
*Premier of South AustraliaThomas Price
*Premier of QueenslandWilliam Kidston (until November 19), then Robert Philp
*Premier of TasmaniaJohn Evans
*Premier of Western AustraliaNewton Moore
*Premier of VictoriaThomas Bent

tate governors

*Governor of New South WalesAdmiral Sir Harry Rawson
*Governor of South Australia – Sir George Ruthven Le Hunte
*Governor of QueenslandFrederic Thesiger, 3rd Baron Chelmsford
*Governor of Tasmania – Sir Gerald Strickland
*Governor of Western AustraliaAdmiral Sir Frederick Bedford
*Governor of VictoriaMajor-General Sir Reginald Talbot


*January 19 – A tropical cyclone hits Cooktown, Queensland, killing six people.
*February 4Angus & Robertson booksellers is incorporated as a public company.
*February 21 – The Bondi Surf Bather's Lifesaving Club is formed at Bondi Beach, Sydney, the first of its kind in the world.
*March 15 – A general election is held in Victoria. The CLP government of Thomas Bent is returned.
*April 25Tasmania adopts the Hare-Clark single transferable vote system, and introduces postal voting.
*May 8Carlton & United Breweries is formed by the merger of six major Melbourne breweries.
*July 16 – The Federal Government announces it will spend £2500 a year to encourage British immigration to Australia.
*October 24Chris Watson resigns as leader of the Australian Labor Party.
*November 8 – Justice H. B. Higgins hands down the Harvester Judgment, enshrining in law a minimum wage for Australian workers. [Robbins, Bill: [http://www.smh.com.au/text/articles/2007/11/11/1194766506302.html Australia's first workplace revolution] , November 12 2007.]
*December 2 – The Victorian Railways A2 class locomotive begins operating in Victoria.

cience and technology

*July 2Trunk telephone cables connecting Sydney and Melbourne are completed.
*July 10 – The first telephone call between Sydney and Melbourne is made.
*March 7 – The Murrumbidgee Irrigation Scheme commences in southern New South Wales.

Arts and literature

*October 23 – The First Australian Exhibition of Women's Work is held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne.


*November 2 – A film adaptation of "Robbery Under Arms" is released.


*July 16Australasia, a team consisting of players from Australia and New Zealand, wins the 1907 International Lawn Tennis Challenge (now known as the Davis Cup. Norman Brookes becomes the first Australian to win the Men's Singles at Wimbledon.
*August 8 – The New South Wales Rugby Football League is formed in Sydney, introducing the sport of rugby league to Australia.
*November 5 – "Apologue" wins the Melbourne Cup.
*CricketNew South Wales wins the Sheffield Shield


*January 6David Fleay, naturalist (d. 1993)
*February 14Alan Hulme, politician and Postmaster-General (d. 1989)
*February 17Marjorie Lawrence, singer (d. 1979)
*April 4Robert Askin, Premier of New South Wales (d. 1981)
*June 3Robert William Rankin, Royal Australian Navy office (d. 1942)
*July 2Leo O'Brien, cricketer (d. 1997)
*July 12Edward "Weary" Dunlop, surgeon and prisoner-of-war during World War II (d. 1993)
*July 21A. D. Hope, poet and essayist (d. 2000)
*July 25Bill Shankland, all-round sportsman (d. 1998)
*August 12Boy Charlton, swimmer (d. 1975)
*August 15Brian Grieve, botanist (d. 1997)
*September 8William Wentworth, politician (d. 2003)
*October 1Harry Collier, VFL footballer for Collingwood (d. 1994)
*October 9John O'Grady, writer (d. 1981)
*November 18Gwen Meredith, author, playwright and radio writer (d. 2006)
*November 19Adrien Albert, medicinal chemist (d. 1989)
*November 29Douglas Menzies, former Justice of the High Court of Australia (d. 1974)


*January 16Rev. Dr John Gibson Paton, Protestant missionary to the New Hebrides (b. 1824)
*January 31John See, former Premier of New South Wales (1901–1904) (b. 1844)
*February 22Henry Chamberlain Russell, astronomer and meteorologist (b. 1836)
*April 14Charles Henry Bromby, Anglican bishop of Tasmania (b. 1814)
*April 18Walter Padbury, pioneer and philanthropist (b. 1820)
*June 12 John Dennant, geologist and educational administrator (b. 1839)
*June 14Bob McLeod, cricketer (b. 1868)
*July 8John Horgan, politician (b. 1834)
*July 24 David Scott Mitchell, founder of the Mitchell Library (b. 1836)
*November 14Andrew Inglis Clark, Tasmanian politician (b. 1848)
*November 21Harry Boyle, cricketer (b. 1847)
*November 22Henry Clarke, businessman and politician (b. 1822)
*December 29 Lorimer Fison, anthropologist (b. 1832)


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