1911 in Australia

1911 in Australia

Infobox Australian year
year = 1911
monarch = George V
governor-general = William Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley, then Thomas Denman, 3rd Baron Denman
pm = Andrew Fisher
population = 4,489,545
australian =
elections = Victoria, WA
"See also:"
1910 in Australia,
other events of 1911,
1912 in Australia and the
Timeline of Australian history.


*Monarch – King George V
*Governor-GeneralWilliam Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley then Thomas Denman, 3rd Baron Denman
*Prime MinisterAndrew Fisher

tate premiers

*Premier of New South WalesJames McGowen
*Premier of QueenslandWilliam Kidston (until February 7), then Digby Denham
*Premier of South AustraliaJohn Verran
*Premier of TasmaniaElliott Lewis
*Premier of VictoriaJohn Murray
*Premier of Western AustraliaFrank Wilson (until October 7), then John Scaddan

tate governors

*Governor of New South WalesFrederic Thesiger, 3rd Baron Chelmsford
*Governor of South AustraliaAdmiral Sir Day Bosanquet
*Governor of QueenslandSir William MacGregor
*Governor of TasmaniaMajor General Sir Harry Barron
*Governor of Western AustraliaSir Gerald Strickland
*Governor of VictoriaSir Thomas Gibson-Carmichael


*January 1 – The Australian Capital Territory is established through the Seat of Government (Administration) Act 1910.
*January 1 – The Northern Territory is politically separated from South Australia and transferred to Commonwealth control.
*January 1Universal military training scheme comes into effect.
*March 3 – The city of Palmerston in the Northern Territory is renamed Darwin in honour of Charles Darwin.
*March 23 – The steamer SS "Yongala" sinks in a cyclone off the coast of Townsville, Queensland killing 122 people.
*April 26 – A federal referendum is held containing two questions: one on Trade and Commerce and the other on Nationalisation of Monopolies. Neither is carried.
*May 30 – The Supreme Court of the Northern Territory is established.
*June 1 – The University of Queensland opens.
*July 10King George V grants the title of Royal Australian Navy to Australia's naval forces.
*June 27 – The Royal Military College, Duntroon opens.
*October 3 – A state election is held in Western Australia. The Labor Party lead by John Scaddan defeats the incumbent government of Frank Wilson.
*October 6Compulsory voting is introduced for Australian federal elections.
*December 2 – The Australasian Antarctic Expedition, lead by Douglas Mawson, leaves Hobart to begin an expedition to Antarctica.
*December 22 – The Commonwealth Bank of Australia is established by the Commonwealth Bank Act 1911.

cience and technology

Arts and literature



*September 30Essendon become premiers of the 1911 VFL season, defeating Collingwood 5.11 (41) to 4.11 (35).
*November 7 – "The Parisian" wins the Melbourne Cup.


*January 7Mervyn Waite (d. 1985), cricketer
*January 11Nora Heysen (d. 2003), artist
*January 21Dick Garrard (d. 2003), Olympic wrestler
*February 2Jack Pizzey (d. 1968), Premier of Queensland (1968)
*February 16Hal Porter (d. 1984), author and playwright
*March 1Ian Mudie (d. 1976), poet
*March 12Ainslie Roberts (d. 1993), artist
*March 13Dorothy Tangney (d. 1985), first female Senator
*March 18Deverick John Cronin (d. 1979), Australian rules football player
*April 14Reginald Swartz (d. 2006), soldier and politician
*April 22Max Dupain (d. 1992), photographer
*April 25Leonard Long, artist
*June 4Alan Walker (d. 2002), theologian
*June 21Chester Wilmot (d. 1954), war correspondent
*July 5Haydn Bunton, Sr (d. 1955), Australian Rules footballer (Fitzroy)
*July 7Keith Jones, surgeon
*August 27Bluey Wilkinson (d. 1940), speedway rider
*September 9John Gorton (d. 2002), 19th Prime Minister of Australia (1968–1971)
*September 16Wilfred Burchett (d. 1983), journalist and alleged KGB agent
*September 21Afferbeck Lauder (Alastair Ardoch Morrison, d. 1998), author of "Let's Talk Strine"
*September 22George Bennett, Australian Rules footballer
*September 29Charles Court (d. 2007), Premier of Western Australia (1974–1982)
*October 14Marcus Loane, Anglican Archbishop of Sydney and Primate of Australia
*November 1Samuel Warren Carey (d. 2002), geologist
*November 8Robert Gillman Allen Jackson (d. 1991), United Nations administrator


*February 18Billy Murdoch (b. 1854), cricketer
*March 4William Randell (b. 1824), politician and pioneer
*March 18Richard Baker (b. 1842), politician
*May 6Thomas Edward Spencer (b. 1845), writer
*July 9Douglas Fry (b. 1872), artist
*July 13Allan McLean (b. 1840), Premier of Victoria (1899–1900)
*August 16Patrick Cardinal Moran (b. 1830), Archbishop of Sydney
*September 13James Rutherford (b. 1827), transit pioneer
*September 23John Arthur Barry (b. 1850), journalist and writer
*October 5William Astley (b. 1854), short story writer ("Price Warung")
*October 6Sir John Charles Hoad (b. 1856), soldier
*October 8Lee Batchelor (b. 1865), politician

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