1950's Australia's timeline

Timeline created by qwert7890
In History
  • Period: to

    1950'S Australia

  • Frank Sedgman Defeats Ken Mcgregor

    Frank Sedgman Defeats Ken Mcgregor
  • Petrol Rationing ends

    Petrol Rationing ends
  • Filming starts in Australia

    Filming starts in Australia
    Chips Rafferty starts forming Australia's filming company
  • Communist Party Outlawed

    Communist Party Outlawed
    Menzies introduces legislation to outlaw communist party.
  • Butter Rationing Ends

    Butter Rationing Ends
  • Australia's Worst Air disaster

    Australia's Worst Air disaster
    28 people die in ANA Skymaster crash South-East of Perth.
  • Australian Troops sent to Korean war

    Australian Troops sent to Korean war
  • Australia's 2nd Davis Cup

    Australia's 2nd Davis Cup
    Win awarded to Frank Sedgman 1st, Ken Mcgreogr 2nd, and John Bromwich 3rd.
  • Communist Party Raided

    Communist Party Raided
    Commonwealth Police raid communist party
  • Joan Sutherland wins Mobil

    Joan Sutherland wins Mobil
    Coloratura Soprano Joan Sutherland wins mobil quest.
  • Myxomotosis successfuly trialed

    Myxomotosis successfuly trialed
    CSIRO reports successful trial of myxomotosis.
  • Communist Ban Unconstitutional

    Communist Ban Unconstitutional
    Communist ban declared unconstitutional.
  • Fashion

    Fashion
    The latest womans fashions are short dresses over full skirts and stiff petticoats.
  • School of Air Opens

    School of Air Opens
    Official opening of School of Air.
  • Ben Chiffley dies

    Ben Chiffley dies
    Former President Ben Chiffley dies.
  • National ServiceStarts

    National ServiceStarts
  • ANZUS treaty signed

    ANZUS treaty signed
  • Australian Boxer World Champion

    Australian Boxer World Champion
    Boxer Jimmy Carruthers becomes Boxing World Champion.
  • Australia Retains Davis Cup

    Australia Retains Davis Cup
    Australia retains the davis cup after beating the US
  • Train Crash

    Train Crash
    10 people killed and 137 injured at train crash at Benalah.
  • Australia wins 6 Olympic Gold Medals

    Australia wins 6 Olympic Gold Medals
    Women win 4 Olympic gold medals while Men win 2.
  • William Morris Hughes Dies

    William Morris Hughes Dies
    Former Prime minister William Morris Hughes dies
  • Lang Hangcock discovers iron ore

    Lang Hangcock discovers iron ore
    Lang Hangcock discovers iron ore inHamersly Range.
  • Korean war ends

    Korean war ends
    Australian Troops come back from Korean war .
    258 killed in action
    977 wounded
    4 missing
  • British test bombs

    British test bombs
    first 2 atomic bombs droppped at Woomera by British.
  • Operation Totem

    Operation Totem
    British drop another atomic bomb at Woomera , known as operation totem.
  • Oil Discovered

    Oil Discovered
    Oil is discovered in the Exmulf Gulf
  • Queen Elizibeth Arrives

    Queen Elizibeth Arrives
    Queen Elizibeth arrives with Prince Phillip for Royal tour.
  • Australiana Flag raised

    Australiana Flag raised
    Australiana Flag raised in Princess Elizibeth Land making it the worlds most Southern settlement.
  • George Howard breaks law

    George Howard breaks law
    George Howard breaks white mans law which prohibits aborigines to be on hotel premises.
  • John Landy breaks record

    John Landy breaks record
    John Landy breaks record by running 1 mile in 3min and 58 sec.
  • World Premier of Jedda

    World Premier of Jedda
    World Premier of Charles Chauvel's film Jedda
  • NSW hotels adopt extended hours

    NSW hotels adopt extended hours
    NSW is now the 4th state to accepted extended hours they are now open untill 10pm as oposed to the earlier 6pm of other states.
  • Arrival of 1,000,000 post war migrant

    Arrival of 1,000,000 post war migrant
    The arrival of Australia's i millionth post war migrant

    Barbara Porrit.
  • Town of Elizibeth officially opened

    Town of Elizibeth officially opened
  • Summer of the 17th Doll opens in theatre

    Summer of the 17th Doll opens in theatre
    Summer of the 17th Doll by Ray Lawler opens in theatre
  • Australian Troops in Malaysia

    Australian Troops in Malaysia
    Australian troops take part in Malaysia's first action against communist guerillas.
  • Circular Quay loop opens

    Circular Quay loop opens
    The circular quay loop of the underground tunells opens in Sydney.
  • Shearers Strike

    Shearers Strike
    Shearers strike when wages are decreased by 5%.
  • Sir Eugene Goosens leaves Australia

    Sir Eugene Goosens leaves Australia
    Sir Eugene Goosens leaves Australia after being fined 100 pounds for importing prohibited goods, incident photographs and films.
  • Polia vaccine starts

    Polia vaccine starts
    Start of free mass vaccination program with Salk polio vaccine.
  • Australian premiere of A Town Like Alice

    Australian premiere of A Town Like Alice
  • Poker machines in clubs legalized

    Poker machines in clubs legalized
    Cabinet decides to legalise poker machines in clubs.
  • First television broadcast

    First television broadcast
    First television broadcast from TCN-9.
  • Operation Buffalo

    Operation Buffalo
    Britain explodes first of the Operation Buffalo series of 4 atomic texts.
  • Democratic Labor Party formed

    Democratic Labor Party formed
  • Shearers' strike ends

    Shearers' strike ends
    Shearers' strike ends when the wage rate is increased.
  • ABC's first broadcast

    ABC's first broadcast
    Inauguration of the the ABC's first television broadcast by Prime Minister Menzies.
  • 16th Olympic Games

    16th Olympic Games
    The Duke of Edinburgh opens the 16th Olympic Games.
  • First drive in Cinema

    First drive in Cinema
    Sydney's first drive-in cinemas open at French's Forest and Chullora.
  • Woman's day launched

    Woman's day launched
    The Fairfax Group launches the magazine Woman's Day .
  • Sydney Opera House comp. won

    Sydney Opera House comp. won
    Joern Utzon wins Sydney Opera House design competition.
  • Equal Pay for Female workers Begins

    Equal Pay for Female workers Begins
    Australia's union movement steps up campaign for equal pay for women workers.
  • First Tonight show

    First Tonight show
    First In Melbourne Tonight Show (IMT) starring Graham Kennedy on .
  • Hungarian refugees arrive

    Hungarian refugees arrive
  • Operation Antler

    Operation Antler
    Britain conducts first of three "Operation Antler" nuclear weapons tests.
  • Remains of bounty found

    Remains of bounty found
    Remains of The Bounty found off Pitcairn Island .
  • Operation Antler Ends

    Operation Antler Ends
    Britain explodes its first balloon-borne atomic bomb, the last in the "Operation Antler" series
  • Severe drought

    Severe drought
    Severe drought throughout Australia. Government prepares to import wheat from Canada to meet shortfalls.
  • Formation of the National Civic Council,

    Formation of the National Civic Council,
    Formation of the National Civic Council, chaired by Mr B.A. Santamaria, which grew out of the organisation known as "The Movement", pledging to fight communist influence in trade unions.
  • New shows

    New shows
    Quiz show Pick a Box starts on TV, They're a Weird Mob, by Nino Culotta (John O'Grady) published, also Voss by Patrick White and On the Beach by Nevi Shute.
  • QANTAS international services commence

    QANTAS international services commence
  • Greek Riot

    Greek Riot
    Thousands of Greek men riot when the bridal ship Castel Felice is 9 hours late.
  • 200,000 turn out to greet the Queen Mother

     200,000 turn out to greet the Queen Mother
  • 2UE publishes first Australian Top 40 chart

     2UE publishes first Australian Top 40 chart
  • Australia's biggest reservoir is completed

    Australia's biggest reservoir is completed
    Australia's biggest reservoir, Lake Eucumbene, is completed
  • New Record

    New Record
    New world record for the mile as runner Herb Elliott clocks in at 3 mins 54.5 secs
  • Sir Douglas Mawson dies

    Sir Douglas Mawson dies
    Antarctic explorer, Sir Douglas Mawson, dies at the age of 76
  • wreck found

    wreck found
    The 27-year-old wreckage of the Southern Cloud passenger plane is discovered in the Snowy Mountains
  • Menzies Government wins fifth term

    Menzies Government wins fifth term
  • Biggest building in Australia opens

    Biggest building in Australia opens
    ICI Building opens in Melbourne. It is the tallest building in Australia .The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) opens
  • Filming On the Beach

    Filming On the Beach
    Actors Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner arrive to film On the Beach
  • Darwin becomes a city

    Darwin becomes a city
  • Opening of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl

    Opening of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl
  • Australia's population reaches 10M

    Australia's population reaches 10M
  • Reserve Bank

    Reserve Bank
    The Reserve Bank formed to take over the central banking function of the Commonwealth Bank
  • Snowy starts

    Snowy starts
    The Snowy Mountain Scheme's first big power station, Tumut 1, begins operation
  • Billy Graham has 150k people turn out

    Billy Graham has 150k people turn out
    150,000 people turn out to see American evangelist Billy Graham
  • Sir Ian Clunies-Ross dies

    Sir Ian Clunies-Ross dies
    Sir Ian Clunies-Ross, chairman of the CSIRO, dies aged 60
  • Albert Namatjira dies

    Albert Namatjira dies
    Artist Albert Namatjira, aged 57, dies after a heart attack following influenza
  • St george win season

    St george win season
    St George finish the season unbeaten as they defeat Manly in the Rugby League Grand Final
  • Antipodeans first exhibition

    Antipodeans first exhibition
    The Antipodeans hold their first exhibition. The artists include Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, John Brack, David Boyd, Robert Dickerson, John Percival and Clifton Pugh