When Harold Holt was Prime Minister

6th of January 1966 - 17th of December 1967


Australian forces engage in their first major battle in Vietnam


Australian forces engage in their first major battle in Vietnam at the Battle of Long Tan, inflicting heavy losses on NLF troops

First local car manufacture to install seat belts


General Motors Holden becomes the first local car manufacturer to instal seat belts as standard equipment in all its new vehicles.

longer hotel hours


Victoria extends hotel trading hours from 6pm to 10pm, ending the infamous "Six O'Clock Swill". Driving with a blood alcohol level over 0.05% becomes a criminal offence

Libreal government


the Liberal government of Harold Holt scores a massive victory in the 1966 federal election, and is returned to power with the largest majority in the federal parliament's 65-year history

The Liberal Reform Group is founded


he Liberal Reform Group (which later evolves into the Australian Party) is founded

Vietnam war still continues


The Vietnam war started in 1959 and ended on April 30th, 1975.

Beaumont children disappear


Jane Nartare Beaumont (aged 9), Arnna Kathleen Beaumont (aged 7), and Grant Ellis Beaumont (aged 4) were three siblings known as The Beaumont Children who disappeared from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia on Australia Day 1966.
Their case resulted in one of the largest police investigations in Australian criminal history and remains Australia's most infamous cold case.



the Australian Dollar replaces the Australian pound