Post World War one Australia

Events

end of WWI

1918

QANTAS founded

1920

Country/Nationals party founded

1920

Edith Cowan becomes first woman elected to Australian Parliament

1921

compulsory voting introduced

1924

Parliament house in Canberra opened

1927

great depression begins (PSE)

1929

James Scullin becomes PM (P)

1929

Phar Lap wins the Melbourne cup

1930

Joseph Lyons becomes PM (P)

1932

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

1932

Charles Kingsford Smith killed in air crash

1935

Aboriginal 'Day of Mourning'

1938

Robert Menzies becomes PM (first term)

1939

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

1941

John Curtin becomes PM (P)

1941

Japan attacks Pearl Harbour (PSE)

1941

Darwin bombed by the Japanese

1942

Ben Chifley becomes PM

1945

Japan surrenders to end WWII in the Pacific

1945

Australia's first car (the Holden) produced

1948

Robert Menzies becomes PM (second term)

1949

ANZUS treaty is signed

1951

Queen Elizabeth ii ascends the throne

1952

Petrov spy scandal

1954

Australian troops sent to Vietnam

1962

Aboriginals in Qld, Wa and NT get the right to vote

1962

Olympic games in Melbourne

1965

Harold Holt becomes Pm (P)

1966

Aboriginals included in census for the first time

1971

Gough Whitlam becomes PM

1972

Robert Hawke becomes PM

1983