Australia in the 20th Century

Events

End of WW1 (P)

1918

QANTAS founded (E & S)

1920

Country Party founded (P)

1920

Edith Cowan becomes first woman elected to Australian Parliament (P)

1921

Stanley Melbourne Bruce becomes PM (P)

1923

Compulsory voting introduced (P)

1924

Great Depression Begins (S & E)

1929

James Scullin becomes PM (P)

1929

Phar Lap wins the Melbourne cup (S)

1930

The United Australia Party is formed (P)

1931

Jack Lang (Premier of NSW) is sacked by the Govener (P)

1932

Joseph Lyons becomes PM (P)

1932

The ABC is formed (S)

1932

Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened (S & E)

1932

Charles Kingsford Smith killed in air crash (S)

1935

Aboriginal 'Day of Mourning' (P & S)

1938

WWII breaks out (P)

1939

Robert Menzies becomes PM (first term) (P)

1939

Japan attacks Pearl Harbour (P)

1941

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

1941

John curtin becomes PM (P)

1941

Darwin bombed by the Japanese (P)

1942

Ben Chifley becomes PM (P)

1945

United Nations Organisation is formed (P&S)

1945

Japan surrenders to end WWII in the Pacific (P)

1945

Olympic games in Melbourne (S)

1946

Australia's first car (the Holden) produced (E)

1948

Robert Menzies becomes PM (second term) (P)

1949

War breaks out in Korea (P)

1950

ANZUS treaty signed (P & S)

1951

Queen Elizabeth II ascends the thrown of England (P)

1952

Petrov spy scandal (P & S)

1954

SEATO is formed (P & S)

1954

Television comes to Sydney (E&S)

1954

Aborigines in QLD, WA & NT get the right to vote (P)

1962

Australian troops sent to Vietnam (P)

1962

Harold Holt becomes PM (P)

1966

US President Lyndon Johnson visits Australia (S)

1966

Aborigines included in the census for the first time (P)

1967

Gough Whitlam becomes PM (P)

1972

Roert Hawke becomes PM (P)

1983

Parliament House in Canberra opens (P)

1988