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1948 in Australia

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Monarchy  George VI
Prime minister  Ben Chifley
Elections  TAS
Governor-General  William McKell
Population  7,708,761
1948 in Australia

Incumbents

  • Monarch – King George VI
  • Governor General – William McKell
  • Prime Minister – Ben Chifley
  • State Premiers

  • Premier of New South Wales – James McGirr
  • Premier of Queensland – Ned Hanlon
  • Premier of South Australia – Thomas Playford IV
  • Premier of Tasmania – Edward Brooker (until 25 February), then Robert Cosgrove
  • Premier of Victoria – Thomas Hollway
  • Premier of Western Australia – Ross McLarty
  • State Governors

  • Governor of New South Wales – Sir John Northcott
  • Governor of Queensland – Sir John Lavarack
  • Governor of South Australia – Sir Charles Norrie
  • Governor of Tasmania – Sir Hugh Binney
  • Governor of Victoria – Sir Winston Dugan
  • Governor of Western Australia – Sir James Mitchell (from 5 October)
  • Events

  • 23 January – De Havilland Australia conducts the first flight of its 3 engined Drover transport aircraft at Bankstown Airport.
  • 19 February – An Avro Lincoln bomber crashes at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland, killing 16 Royal Australian Air Force personnel.
  • 25 February – Robert Cosgrove is reinstated as Premier of Tasmania after being cleared of corruption charges on 22 February.
  • 8 May – Margaret McIntyre becomes the first woman elected to the Parliament of Tasmania. She is killed in a plane crash later in the year.
  • 29 May – A federal referendum is held, asking one question on Rents and Prices. It is not carried.
  • 1 July – The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme is introduced.
  • 21 August – A state election is held in Tasmania. The result is a hung parliament, but Robert Cosgrove and Labor retain power with the support of an independent, William Wedd.
  • 2 September – The Douglas DC-3 Lutana crashes near Nundle, New South Wales, killing all 13 on board.
  • 21 September – H.V. Evatt becomes President of the United Nations General Assembly.
  • 29 November – The first Holden car, the model 48-215, popularly known as the FX, rolls off the assembly line. The on-road cost was approximately £760.
  • 1 December – The body of an unidentified man is found on a beach in Adelaide in the Tamam Shud case.
  • 16 December – HMAS Sydney is commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy as its first aircraft carrier.
  • Arts and literature

  • William Dobell wins the Archibald Prize with his portrait of Margaret Olley
  • Sport

  • Morna takes line honours and Westward wins on handicap in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
  • Rimfire wins the Melbourne Cup
  • Births

  • 5 January – Wally Foreman, football commentator (died 2006)
  • 23 January – Glenn Wheatley, musician and manager
  • 25 January – Ros Kelly, politician
  • 10 February – Mike Pratt, politician
  • 2 March – Jeff Kennett, Premier of Victoria (1992–1999)
  • 13 March – Rick Amor, artist
  • 19 March – Vince Lovegrove, singer, journalist and band manager (died 2012)
  • 27 March – Rosemary Follett, Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (1989, 1991–1995)
  • 31 March – Graham Cornes, Australian rules footballer
  • 2 April – Jennifer Rowe, children's author
  • 29 April – Leslie Howard, musician
  • 15 May – Muriel Porter, Anglican laywoman
  • 28 May – Michael Field, Premier of Tasmania (1989–1992)
  • 11 June – Pat Wilson, singer and journalist
  • 21 June – Lionel Rose, boxer
  • 30 June – Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Aboriginal leader
  • 15 July – Richard Franklin, film director (died 2007)
  • 24 July – Joan London, writer
  • 7 August – Greg Chappell, cricketer
  • 19 August – Robert Hughes, actor
  • 20 August – John Noble, actor
  • 12 September – Max Walker, cricketer and VFL footballer
  • 18 September – Christopher Skase, fugitive businessman (died 2001)
  • 22 September – Denis Burke, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory (1999–2001)
  • 25 September – Vicki Viidikas, poet
  • 26 September – Olivia Newton-John, entertainer
  • 3 October – Rob Langer, cricketer
  • 4 October – Bob Morris, racing driver
  • 8 October – Warren Truss, leader of the National Party
  • 19 October – Meg Lees, Democrat senator for South Australia
  • 30 October – Garry McDonald, actor
  • 5 November – Malcolm Milne, Olympic skier
  • 6 November – Geoff Prosser, politician
  • 14 November – Ian Stanley, golfer
  • 15 November – James Kemsley, cartoonist (died 2007)
  • 22 November – Gary Dempsey, Australian rules footballer
  • 1 December – John Quigley, WA politician
  • 5 December – Cheryl Kernot, politician
  • 12 December – Kim Beazley, politician
  • 15 December – Cassandra Harris, actor (died 1991)
  • 29 December – Michael White, psychotherapist (died 2008)
  • Deaths

  • 12 February – Sir Isaac Isaacs (born 1855), Governor-General of Australia (1931–1936)
  • 23 March – Lou Cunningham (born 1889), politician
  • 24 March – Sydney Sampson (born 1863), politician
  • 9 April – George Carpenter (born 1872), General of the Salvation Army (1939–1946)
  • 15 April – Eric Harrison (born 1880), soldier and politician
  • 20 May – Marie Pitt (born 1869), poet
  • 8 June – Thomas Crawford (born 1865), politician
  • 18 June – Edward Brooker (born 1891), Premier of Tasmania (1947–1948)
  • 18 July – May Moss (born 1869), women's rights activist
  • 21 July – Francis Joseph Bayldon (born 1872), master mariner
  • 24 July – Stanley Goble (born 1891), Chief of the Air Staff
  • 31 July – Nigel Barker (born 1883), track and field athlete
  • 2 September – Margaret McIntyre (born 1886), politician (first woman elected to the Parliament of Tasmania)
  • 9 September – Francis Foster (born 1872), politician
  • 18 October – George Cann (born 1871), politician
  • 18 October – Philip Collier (born 1873), Premier of Western Australia (1924–1930)
  • 8 December – Matthew Charlton (born 1866), politician
  • References

    1948 in Australia Wikipedia


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