Australia in the 20th Century

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Nationalist Party is formed

1915

End of WWl

1918

QANTAS founded

1920

Edith Cowan becomes first woman elected to Australian Parliament

1921

Stanley Melbourne Bruce becomes PM

1923

Compulsory voting introduced

1924

Great Depression begins

1929

James Scullin becomes PM

1929

Phar Lap wins the Melbourne cup

1930

The United Australia Party is formed

1931

Television comes to Sydney

1931

Joseph Lyons becomes PM

1932

Jack Lang is sacked by Governor

1932

Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened

1932

The ABC is formed

1932

Charles Kiksford Smith killed in air crash

1935

Aboriginal 'Day of Mourning'

1938

Robert Menzies becomes PM

1939

WWll Breaks out

1939

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

1941

Japan attacks Pearl Harbour

1941

John Curtin becomes PM

1941

Darwin bombed by the Japanese

1942

Japan surrenders to end WW11 in the Pacific

1945

Ben Chifley becomes PM

1945

United Nations Organisation is formed

1945

Australia's first car produced (Holden)

1948

Robert Menzies becomes PM (second term)

1949

War breaks out in Korea

1950

ANZUS treaty is signed

1951

Queen Elizabeth 11 ascends the throne of England

1952

Petrov spy scandal

1954

SEATO is formed

1954

Olympic games in Melbourne

1956

Aborinines in Qld, WA & NT get the right to vote

1962

Australia's troops sent to Vietnam

1962

Harold Holt becomes PM

1966

US President Lyndon Johnson visits Australia

1966

Aborigines included in the census for the first time

1967

Country party founded

1970

Gough Whitlam becomes PM

1972

Robert Hawke becomes PM

1983

Parliament House in Canberra opened

1988