Australia in the 20th Century

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WWI

1914 - 1918

Nationalist Party is formed

1915

QANTAS founded

1920

Country Party founded

1920

Edith Cowan becomes first woman elected to an Australian Parliament

1921

Stanley Melbourne Bruce becomes PM

1923

Compulsary voting introduced

1924

The Great Depression

1929 - 1932

James Scullin becomes PM

1929

Phar Lap wins the Melbourne cup

1930

The United Australia party is formed

1931

Jack Lang (Premier of NSW) is sacked by the governor

1932

Joseph Lyons becomes PM

1932

Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened

1932

The ABC is formed

1932

Charles Kingsford Smith killed in air crash

1935

Aboriginal 'Day of mourning'

1938

Robert Menzies becomes PM (first term)

1939

WWII

1939 - 1945

John Curtin becomes PM

1941

HMAS Sydney sunk in the Indian Ocean with the loss of 645 men

1941

Japan attacks Pearl Harbour

1941

Darwin bombed by the Japanese

1942

Ben Chifley becomes PM

1945

Japan surrenders to end WWII in the Pacific

1945

United Nations Organisation is formed

1945

Australia's first car (the Holden) produced

1948

Robert Menzies becomes PM (second term)

1949

War breaks out in Korea

1950

ANZUS treaty is signed

1951

Queen Elizabeth II ascends the throne of England

1952

Petrov spy scandel

1954

SEATO is formed

1954

Television comes to sydney

1956

Olympic games in Melbourne

1956

Australian troops sent to Vietnam

1962

Aborigines included in the censusfor the first time

1962

Harold Holt becomes PM

1966

US President Lyndon Johnson visits Australia

1966

Aborigines in QLD, WA and NT get the right to vote

1967

Gough Whitlam becomes PM

1972

Robert Hawke becomes PM

1983

Parliament House in Canberra opened

1988