1967 in Australia

1967 in Australia

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other events of 1967,
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Timeline of Australian history.

Infobox Australian year
year = 1967
monarch = Queen Elizabeth II
governor-general = Richard Casey
pm = Harold Holt, then John McEwen
population = 11,912,253
australian = The Seekers
elections = Half-senate, referendum


*Queen of AustraliaQueen Elizabeth II
*Governor-GeneralRichard Casey
*Prime MinisterHarold Holt (until December 19), then John McEwen

tate premiers

*Premier of New South WalesRobert Askin
*Premier of South AustraliaFrank Walsh (until June 1), then Don Dunstan
*Premier of QueenslandFrank Nicklin
*Premier of TasmaniaEric Reece
*Premier of Western AustraliaDavid Brand
*Premier of VictoriaHenry Bolte

tate governors

*Governor of New South WalesSir Roden Cutler
*Governor of South AustraliaLt General Sir Edric Bastyan
*Governor of QueenslandSir Alan Mansfield
*Governor of TasmaniaLt General Sir Charles Gairdner
*Governor of Western AustraliaMajor General Sir Douglas Kendrew
*Governor of VictoriaMajor General Sir Rohan Delacombe



*January 18 – The Prime Minister of South Vietnam Nguyen Cao Ky begins a controversial visit to Australia. He is welcomed by supporters of South Vietnam but is then constantly heckled by anti-war protesters, and Harold Holt is forced to deny that Ky and his supporters are corrupt and were responsible for murdering his predecessor, President Ngo Dinh Diem. [http://australianscreen.com.au/titles/australian-visit/ Australian Visit (1967)] ABC News (accessed 2007-12-15)]


*First student intake at Macquarie University. [http://www.bio.mq.edu.au/school/centres/museum/ Macquarie University Biological Sciences Museum] (accessed 2007-12-15)]
*February 3Ronald Ryan becomes the last man hanged in Australia, executed for the murder of a prison guard, which he committed while escaping from prison in December 1965.Australian Dictionary of Biography|last= Richards |first= Ryan |authorlink= |year= 2002 |id= A160185b |title= Ryan, Ronald Joseph (1925 - 1967) |accessdate= 2007-12-15]
*February 7Black Tuesday in Tasmania – massive bushfires devastate much of the Tasmanian capital of Hobart and surrounding areas. [http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/naturaldisasters/ Natural disasters in Australia - Culture and Recreation Portal (Australian Government)] (accessed 2007-12-15)]
*February 8Gough Whitlam defeats Dr Jim Cairns and Frank Crean to replace the retiring Arthur Calwell as leader of the federal Australian Labor Party. [http://primeministers.naa.gov.au/meetpm.asp?pmId=21&pageName=before#5 Australia's Prime Ministers - National Archives of Australia] (accessed 2007-12-15)]


*March 1 – The Royal Australian Navy replaces the British White Ensign flag on all its ships with the Australian White Ensign. [http://www.ausflag.com.au/flags/naval1911.html Ausflag - Australian Naval Ensign] (accessed 2007-12-15)]
*March 1Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visits Australia. [http://www.naa.gov.au/naaresources/Publications/research_guides/guides/royalty/chapter09.htm National Archives of Australia - Royalty and Australian Society: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh] (accessed 2007-12-15)]
*March 8La Trobe University is officially opened. [http://www.latrobe.edu.au/about/history.html History of the University - La Trobe University] (accessed 2007-12-15)]
*March 13 - Bessie Rischbieth protested against the Mounts Bay reclamation project on the Swan River and the building of the Narrows Bridge and dies.Australian Dictionary of Biography|last= Lutton |first= Nancy |authorlink=|year= 1988|id= A110404b |title= Rischbieth, Bessie Mabel (1874 - 1967) |accessdate= 2007-12-15 ]


*April 4 – The Australian government announces it will not ban the oral contraceptive pill, maintaining that the risk of thrombosis is "very slight". [http://www.abc.net.au/time/series.htm '97 Series] Australian Broadcasting Corporation (accessed 2007-12-15)]
*April 7 – Australian military adviser Major Peter John Badcoe is killed in action in Vietnam during an operation in Huong Tra District with the 1st ARVN Division Reaction Company. [http://www.aattv.iinet.net.au/badcoe.htm Maj P.J. BADCOE, VC (Post.)] (accessed 2007-12-15)]
*April 12 – Australian Roman Catholic bishops publicly declare their opposition to the war in Vietnam. [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2005/is_4_36/ai_104635097 Catholic Peace Fellowship] (accessed 2007-12-15)]
*April 29 – A majority in the New England region of New South Wales voted against the creation of a new state in the referendum. [http://www.abc.net.au/newengland/about.htm About ABC New England North West NSW] (accessed 2007-12-15)]


*May 25 – The report by the Tasmanian Hydro Electric Commission on the Gordon Power scheme was tabled in parliament and the Government of Tasmania sought approval for $100 million funding. [http://lakepedder.org/resources/reports/lpcomenq/future.htm Interim Report - The Future of Lake Pedder] , Lake Pedder Committee of Enquiry, 29 September 1997.]
*May 27Indigenous Australians (technically only the Aboriginal race - see Australian referendum, 1967 (Aboriginals)) are given the right to be counted in the national census after a national referendum and legislation changing citizenship laws, but voters reject a third referendum question about breaking the nexus between the sizes of the Senate and the House of Representatives. [http://www.abc.net.au/messageclub/duknow/stories/s888141.htm Didj "u" Know - Stories of the 1967 Referendum] (accessed 2007-12-15)]
*May 29 – The new Australian 5-dollar note goes into circulation. [http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/featurearticlesbyCatalogue/9AC14A2C1A1A1671CA2569DE00296986?OpenDocument THE AUSTRALIAN NOTE ISSUE - Australian Bureau of Statistics] (accessed 2007-12-15)]


*June 1Don Dunstan succeeds Frank Walsh as Premier of South Australia, after Walsh retires under pressure from his party. [http://www.abc.net.au/news/features/obits/dunstan/default.htm ABC News Obituary - Don Dunstan] (accessed 2007-12-15)]
*June 25 – Sydney underworld figure Richard Gabriel Reilly is murdered. [http://www.milesago.com/Almanac/1967.htm MILESAGO 1967 Almanac] (accessed 2007-12-15)]
*June 29 – The Tasmanian Government passes a Bill revoking the national park status of Lake Pedder, allowing the Hydro Electric Commission to construct a dam flooding the lake.


*July 1 – The postcode system of postal address coding is introduced throughout Australia. [http://www.auspost.com.au/BCP/0,1467,CH2070%257EMO19,00.html Australia Post - Our History] (accessed 2007-12-16)]


*August 1Qantas Airways drops the word 'Empire' from its name. [http://www.qantas.com.au/info/about/history/details15 About Qantas - Our Company: History] (accessed 2007-12-16)]


*September 9 – Proposed changes to Queensland laws governing public demonstrations results in 3,500 people protesting in the streets of Brisbane. Queensland Police arrest 114 people. [http://books.google.com/books?id=FSqDDn5Ws2cC&pg=PA25&lpg=PA25&dq=1967+queensland+public+demonstrations&source=web&ots=oA2zzuVOxg&sig=I5r4-_zd-2IZ9KVlIE9Qi3LkjHo The Meagre Harvest: The Australian Women's Movement 1950s-1990s] "Google Books" by Gisela (accessed 2007-12-16)]
*September 16 – The U.S. Naval Communication Station North West Cape near Exmouth, Western Australia is declared operational. [http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/ahdb/search.pl?mode=place_detail&place_id=103552 Australian Heritage Database: Naval Communication Station Harold E Holt ( Area A )] (accessed 2007-12-16)]
*September 28 - amendments to the South Australian Licensing Act came into effect ending the era of the Six o'clock swill in Australia


*October 1 – The NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service is established. [http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws.nsf/Content/npws_40th_anniversary NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service 40th anniversary] (accessed 2007-12-16)]
*October 20 – Australia unlinks the Australian dollar from British currency, when the British government makes a decision to devalue the pound sterling. [http://www.indexfx.com/aud.html IndexFOREX Australian Dollar currency profile] (accessed 2007-12-16)]


*December 14 – South Australia's Simpson Desert Conservation Park and Queensland's Simpson Desert National Park are proclaimed. [http://www.parks.sa.gov.au/simpson_cp/about/index.htm Simpson Desert Conservation Park History] (accessed 2007-12-16)]
*December 17Prime Minister Harold Holt disappears while swimming in heavy surf at Cheviot Beach, near Portsea, Victoria. [http://www.harold-holt.net/ The Harold Holt Murder] (accessed 2007-12-16)]
*December 19 – Following the disappearance of Holt, Country Party leader John McEwen is sworn in as interim Prime Minister pending the election of a new government leader by the Coalition parties.Australian Dictionary of Biography|last= Lloyd |first= C. J. |authorlink= |year= 2000|id= A150245b |title= McEwen, Sir John (1900 - 1980) |accessdate= 2007-12-16]
*December 20John McEwen announced he will not serve in a government led by Liberal Party deputy leader William McMahon, Harold Holt's presumed successor, triggering a leadership crisis for the Coalition.

Unknown and general dates

* General Motors Holden exports its 100,000th car and launches its first compact sedan, the Torana.
* Sydney is rocked by a series of brutal underworld killings as rival gangs battle for control of the city's lucrative gambling and prostitution rackets
* Bomber aircraft from No. 2 Squadron RAAF Canberra are deployed to Phan Rang airbase in South Vietnam
*Federal Cabinet decides to drop the word 'British' from the cover of Australian passports, and agrees that it will have to amend the Nationality and Citizenship Act to change the designation 'British subject' on the inside of passports.
*Australia Square Tower, Australia's first true skyscraper, is completed. [ [http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/14/1084289865200.html Top of the town] , "The Sydney Morning Herald", May 15 2004.]

cience and technology

*March 17Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station is opened near Canberra. [http://members.pcug.org.au/~jsaxon/space/book/Epilog.htm Honeysuckle Creek - Epilogue] (accessed 2007-12-16)]

*AprilDung beetles released between Broome, Western Australia and Townsville, Queensland by the CSIRO in an attempt to control the buffalo fly. [http://www.abc.net.au/science/k2/trek/4wd/dung2.htm Dung Beetle - Part 2] Australian Broadcasting Corporation (accessed 2007-12-16)]

*May 1 – Health authorities begin the first national polio immunisation campaign using the new Sabin oral vaccine developed by Dr Jonas Salk. [http://foodsafetymatters.gov.au/polio/gp/acute_poliomyelitis/polio_in_Australia.pdf Polio in Australia] (accessed 2007-12-16)]

*November 29 – Australia's first satellite, WRESAT, is launched on an American Redstone rocket from Woomera, South Australia. [http://homepage.powerup.com.au/~woomera/wresat.htm Wresat - Australia's First Satellite] (accessed 2007-12-16)]


Arts and literature

* July 26 - The Groop wins Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds
* July 30 – Melbourne's La Mama Theatre opens.
* 1 November - National Gallery of Australia established by the Commonwealth Government with an announcement by prime minister Harold Holt that the Government would construct the building
* November – The song "Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)" sung by Johnny Farnham is released.
* December - National Gallery of Victoria building designed by Roy Grounds opens
* Thomas Keneally's novel "Bring Larks and Heroes" wins the Miles Franklin Award
* Joan Lindsay's "Picnic at Hanging Rock" is published
* Judy Cassab's portrait of Margo Lewers wins the Archibald Prize
* Museum of the Riverina established in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales


* "Interaction: Moving and Painting" (dir. Gil Brealy) wins the AFI Award for Best Film
* "Journey Out of Darkness" (dir. James Trainor)
* "The Pudding Thieves" (dir. Brian Davies)
* "Robbery" (dir. Peter Yates)
* "Shades Of Puffing Billy" (dir. Antonio Colacino)
* "Wheels Across A Wilderness" (dir. Malcolm Leyland)
* "Forgotten Cinema" (dir. Anthony Buckley), the influential documentary about the rise and fall of the Australian feature film industry


*April 10 – The ninth Logie Awards are held on board the TSS "Fairstar" cruise ship. Graham Kennedy wins his third Gold Logie.
*April 10 – "This Day Tonight", Australia's first national nightly TV current affairs program, premieres on ABC-TV, hosted by Bill Peach.
*June 25 – The ABC participates in the historic "Our World" broadcast, the world's first live, international, satellite television production.
*July 5 – The Seven Network premieres a new situation comedy series "My Name's McGooley, What's Yours?" starring Gordon Chater, John Meillon and Judy Farr, and the Nine Network premiered the spy drama "Hunter", starring Tony Ward.
*July 15ATV0 broadcasts the first colour television program in Australia when it televises the horse racing from Pakenham, Victoria.
*August 28 – The popular ABC soap opera "Bellbird" begins its ten-year run.
*September 11 – The children's television show "Adventure Island" begins airing on the ABC.


Athletics (track and field)

*March 27 – Bill Howard from Wodonga won the Stawell Gift starting from 5 3/4 yards in a time of 11.6 seconds [http://www.stawellgift.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=20&Itemid=42 Australia Post Stawell Gift] (accessed 2007-12-16)]
*June 28Judy Pollock breaks Ann Packer's world record (2:04.3) in the women's 800 metres, clocking 2:01.0 at a meet in Helsinki, Finland. [http://www.geocities.com/geetee/bios/pollock.html Judy Pollock: Athletics Gold] (accessed 2007-12-16)]
*September 9 - Derek Clayton wins his first men's national marathon title, clocking 2:21:58 in Adelaide. [http://www.time-to-run.com/marathon/athletes/clayton.htm Derek Clayton - Hall of Fame entry] (accessed 2007-12-16)]

Australian rules football

*September 23Richmond defeats Geelong 16.18 (114) to 15.15 (105) in front of 109,396 people to win the 1967 Victorian Football League Grand Final [http://stats.rleague.com/afl/seas/1967.html#fin AFL Tables - 1967 Season Scores] (accessed 2007-12-16)]
*Ross Smith of St Kilda wins the 1967 Brownlow Medal [http://stats.rleague.com/afl/brownlow/brownlow1967.html AFL Tables -1967 Brownlow Medal] (accessed 2007-12-16)]
*Sturt Football Club won the 1967 South Australian National Football League grand final, defeating Port Adelaide 13.10 (88) to 10.17 (77) [http://www.fullpointsfooty.net/1967_to_1971.htm 1967 - 1971 Full Points Footy] (accessed 2007-12-16)]
*Perth defeats East Perth 18.12 (120) to 15.12 (102) in front of 42,625 people to win the Western Australian National Football League grand final
*North Hobart wins the Tasmanian National Football League, defeating Glenorchy 11.12 (78) to 8.16 (64)


*The Australian cricket team, captained by Bob Simpson toured South Africa in 1966–67, losing the Test series 3–1 [http://content-www.cricinfo.com/baggygreen/engine/series/60417.html Australia in South Africa test series, 1966-1967] (accessed 2007-12-16)]
* Victoria win the 1966–67 Sheffield Shield [http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/australia/content/story/260057.html#champs A history of the Sheffield Shield - List of Winners] (accessed 2007-12-16)]


*Peter Thomson won the Australian Open
*Peter Thomson won the Australian PGA Championship, played at the Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne

Motor racing

*Jack Brabham was named 1966 Australian Man of the Year and the Queen awarded him Order of the British Empire
*Jackie Stewart driving for the British Racing Motors team won the Australian Grand Prix held at Warwick Farm Racecourse
*Harry Firth and Fred Gibson won the Bathurst 500 driving a Ford XR Falcon GT. This was Firth's fourth Bathurst victory

Rugby league

*September 16South Sydney defeats Canterbury Bankstown 12-10 in front of 56,358 people to win the 1967 New South Wales Rugby League Grand Final.
*The Penrith Panthers and the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks are introduced into the New South Wales Rugby League competition.
*Brothers defeats Northern Suburbs 6-2 to win the 1967 Brisbane Rugby League premiership.

Rugby union

*The All Blacks defeat Australia 29-9 to retain the Bledisloe Cup.


*The first Squash racquets international championship is held and won by Australia. [http://www.worldsquash.org/uploads/mens_team_pen.pdf World Men's Team Championship] - ISRF (accessed 2007-12-15)]


*July 8John Newcombe wins the men's singles at Wimbledon, defeating Germany's Wilhelm Bungert 6-3 6-1 6-1.
*September 10John Newcombe wins the men's singles at the US Open, defeating the USA's Clark Graebner 6-4 6-4 8-6.
*Roy Emerson defeats Arthur Ashe 6-4 6-1 6-4 in the men's singles final at the Australian Open.
*Nancy Gunter defeats Lesley Turner Bowrey 6-1, 6-4 in the women's singles final at the Australian Open.


*November 18 – "Dame Pattie", Australian challenger for the America's Cup was defeated by the American defender "Intrepid" which won the series 4-0.
*December 30 – "Pen Duick III" (France) won line honours in the 1967 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in a time of 4:04:10:31. "Rainbow II" (New Zealand) is the overall winner.


* March 3 – The Duke of Edinburgh laid a foundation stone for a new Western Stand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which was completed in 1968 (known as the Ponsford Stand after 1986).
* November 7Red Handed, ridden by Roy Higgins and trained by Bart Cummings wins the 1967 Melbourne Cup in a time of 3:20:40.
* The Manchester United football team tours Australia.


* 3 February – Aurelio Vidmar, soccer player
* 3 April – Mark Skaife, racing driver
* 11 April – Lachlan Dreher, field hockey goalkeeper
* 17 April – Barnaby Joyce, politician
* 2 May – Kerryn McCann, athlete
* May 5 – Danny Kah, ice speed skater
* May 14 – Shaun Creighton, long-distance runner
* 30 May – Rechelle Hawkes, field hockey player
* 31 May – Stephen Silvagni, Aussie rules footballer
* 20 June – Nicole Kidman, actress
* June 24 – Tracey Belbin, field hockey player and coach
* 3 July – Michael McKenzie, freestyle swimmer
* July 5 – Robert J. Kral, composer
* 17 July – Peter Lonard, golfer
* August 9 – Lars Kleppich, sailor
* 8 September – James Packer, businessman
* October 4 – Nick Green, rower
* October 26 – Keith Urban, New Zealand-born country music singer
* 1 November – Tina Arena, singer
* November 29 – Sean Carlin, hammer thrower
* 16 December – Miranda Otto, actress


* 4 January - Ezra Norton (b. 1897), newspaper proprietor
* 3 FebruaryRonald Ryan (b. 1925), last person hanged in Australia
* 3 February - Eric Edgley (b. 1899), theatre performer and impresario
* 7 FebruaryDavid Unaipon (b. 1872), Aboriginal author and inventor
* 9 FebruaryFred Hoysted (b. 1883), racehorse trainer
* 13 MarchBessie Rischbieth (b. 1874), feminist and social activist
* 14 March - Ernest Henry Burgmann (b. 1885), Anglican bishop and social critic
* 29 MarchD'Arcy Niland (b. 1917), author of "The Shiralee"
* 7 AprilPeter John Badcoe (b. 1934), soldier and Victoria Cross winner
* 24 AprilRobert Richards (b. 1885), Premier of South Australia
* 24 April - Eric Baume (b. 1900), journalist, author and broadcaster - first "beast" on the talk show "Beauty and the Beast"
* 13 MayLance Sharkey (b. 1898), Communist activist
* 15 May - Jessie Traill (b. 1881), artist
* 17 DecemberGerald Patterson (b. 1895), tennis player
* 18 JuneClive Latham Baillieu, 1st Baron Baillieu (b. 1889), Businessman and public servant
* 2 JulyIvo Whitton (b. 1893), golfer
* 4 JulyRay Parer (b. 1894), aviator
* 6 JulyJoseph Maxwell (b. 1896), soldier and Victoria Cross winner
* 26 JulyRobert Tudawali (b. c1929), Indigenous actor
* 30 July - Arthur Stace (b. 1885), pavement scribe known as Mr Eternity
* 15 AugustDave McNamara (b. 1887), Australian rules footballer
* 25 AugustStanley Bruce (b. 1883), eighth Prime Minister of Australia
* 25 AugustRobert George (b. 1896), Governor of South Australia
* 13 OctoberKerr Grant (b. 1878), physicist and education administrator
* 3 NovemberJustin Simonds (b. 1890), Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne
* 13 November - Helen Mayo (b. 1878), pioneer in women's and children's health
* 16 November - Ernest Durack (b. 1882), New South Welsh politician
* 17 DecemberHarold Holt (b. 1908), seventeenth Prime Minister of Australia
* 29 DecemberEric Woodward (b. 1899), Governor of New South Wales
* 31 DecemberArthur Mailey (b. 1886), cricketer

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