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1953 in Australia

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Monarchy  Elizabeth II
Population  8,815,362
Prime minister  Robert Menzies
1953 in Australia
Governor-General  William McKell, then William Slim
Elections  Senate, WA, NSW, SA, QLD

Incumbents

  • Monarch – Elizabeth II
  • Governor-General – William McKell (until 8 May), then Sir William Slim
  • Prime Minister – Robert Menzies
  • State Premiers

  • Premier of New South Wales – Joseph Cahill
  • Premier of Queensland – Vince Gair
  • Premier of South Australia – Thomas Playford IV
  • Premier of Tasmania – Robert Cosgrove
  • Premier of Victoria – John Cain I
  • Premier of Western Australia – Ross McLarty (until 23 February), then Albert Hawke
  • State Governors

  • Governor of New South Wales – Sir John Northcott
  • Governor of Queensland – Sir John Lavarack
  • Governor of South Australia – Sir Robert George (from 23 February)
  • Governor of Tasmania – Sir Ronald Cross, 1st Baronet
  • Governor of Victoria – Sir Dallas Brooks
  • Governor of Western Australia – Sir Charles Gairdner
  • Events

  • 20 March – The Television Act is passed by parliament, setting regulations for the broadcast of television in Australia, although television transmission did not commence until 1956.
  • 29 October – British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines Douglas DC-6, registration VH-BPE, en route from Sydney, crashes on approach to San Francisco, killing 19 people.
  • 4 December – Oil is discovered in the Exmouth Gulf off the coast of Western Australia.
  • Science and technology

    The first town to fluoridate the water supply in Australia was Beaconsfield, Tasmania.

    Contents

    Arts and literature

  • John Brack paints Men's Wear and The New House in Oakleigh, Victoria
  • Ivor Hele wins the Archibald Prize with his portrait of Sir Henry Simpson Newland
  • Michael Kmit loses the Blake Prize for Religious Art with his work The Evangelist John Mark
  • Sport

  • Athletics
  • 26 September – Roland Guy wins the men's national marathon title, clocking 2:24:48 in Sydney.
  • Cricket
  • South Australia wins the Sheffield Shield
  • Football
  • 23 May: Fitzroy go within ten minutes of a team score of 0.0 (0), which would have been a VFL first, against Footscray in appalling conditions. Allan Ruthven kicks a late goal to save them from this ignominy.
  • 1 August: Collingwood end Geelong’s record 26-game unbeaten streak, which still stand, when they win 10.15 (75) to 7.13 (55).
  • South Australian National Football League premiership: won by West Torrens
  • Victorian Football League premiership: Collingwood defeated Geelong 77-65
  • Rugby
  • Brisbane Rugby League premiership: Souths defeated Easts 21-4
  • New South Wales Rugby League premiership: South Sydney defeated St. George 31-12
  • Golf
  • Australian Open: won by Norman Von Nida
  • Australian PGA Championship: won by Ossie Pickworth
  • Horse Racing
  • My Hero wins the Caulfield Cup
  • Hydrogen wins the Cox Plate
  • Wodalla wins the Melbourne Cup
  • Motor Racing
  • The Australian Grand Prix was held at Albert Park and won by Doug Whiteford driving a Talbot-Lago
  • Tennis
  • Australian Open men's singles: Ken Rosewall defeats Mervyn Rose 6-0 6-3 6-4
  • Australian Open women's singles: Maureen Connolly defeats Julie Sampson Haywood 6-3 6-2
  • Davis Cup: Australia defeats the United States 3-2 in the 1953 Davis Cup final
  • Wimbledon: Lew Hoad and Ken Rosewall win the Men's Doubles
  • Yachting
  • Solveig IV takes line honours and Ripple wins on handicap in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
  • Births

  • 16 January – Vic Aanensen, Australian Rules football player
  • 5 February – Rod Jones, Australian novelist
  • 14 February – Greg Browning, field hockey player
  • 4 March – Ray Price, rugby league football player
  • 15 March – Randall Goff, water polo player
  • 17 March – Margaret Jackson, businesswoman
  • 16 April – Peter Garrett, singer and politician
  • 21 April – John Brumby, politician
  • 2 May – Chris Anderson – rugby league footballer and coach
  • 20 May – Robert Doyle, politician
  • 24 June – Michael Tuck, Australian Rules football player
  • 1 July – David Gulpilil, actor
  • 17 August – Noni Hazelhurst, actress
  • 26 August – General David Hurley, AC, DSC, Chief of the Defence Force (2011–present)
  • 11 September – Renée Geyer, singer
  • 27 September – Greg Ham, musician (Men at Work)
  • 25 November – Graham Eadie, rugby league footballer
  • 12 December – Martin Ferguson, politician
  • Deaths

  • 28 January – James Scullin, Prime Minister of Australia (born 1876)
  • 12 February – Hal Colebatch, Premier of Western Australia (born 1872)
  • 18 February – Denis Lutge, rugby footballer (born 1879)
  • 2 December – Reginald Baker (69), athlete, sports promoter and film actor (born 1884)
  • References

    1953 in Australia Wikipedia


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