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1954 in Australia

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Monarchy  Elizabeth II
Prime minister  Robert Menzies
Elections  Federal
Governor-General  William Slim
Population  8,986,530
1954 in Australia

Incumbents

  • Monarch – Elizabeth II
  • Governor-General – 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 – 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
  • Governor of Tasmania – Sir Ronald Cross, 1st Baronet
  • Governor of Victoria – Sir Dallas Brooks
  • Governor of Western Australia – Sir Charles Gairdner
  • Events

  • 3 February – Elizabeth II arrives in Sydney on her first visit as monarch
  • 13 February – Mawson Station in the Australian Antarctic Territory is established
  • During February, a cyclone hits the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales, killing 26
  • 3 April – Vladimir Petrov, a Soviet diplomat, defects to Australia, sparking the Petrov Affair
  • Shirley Bliss wins the Miss Australia Quest
  • On 31 October, the first Vickers Viscount aircraft delivered to Australia crashed at Mangalore Airport while on a training flight only days after its arrival in Australia, killing 3 of the 7 people on board.
  • Science and technology

  • The Australian Academy of Science is established.
  • Arts and literature

  • Ivor Hele wins the Archibald Prize with his portrait of Rt Hon R G Menzies, PC, CH, QC, MP
  • Charles Bannon wins the Blake Prize for Religious Art with his work Judas Iscariot
  • Overland literary magazine is founded, edited by Stephen Murray-Smith
  • Sport

  • Cricket
  • New South Wales wins the Sheffield Shield
  • Football
  • Brisbane Rugby League premiership: Wests defeated Brothers 35-18
  • New South Wales Rugby League premiership: South Sydney defeated Newtown 23-15
  • South Australian National Football League premiership: won by Port Adelaide
  • Victorian Football League premiership: Footscray defeated Melbourne 102-51
  • Golf
  • Australian Open: won by Ossie Pickworth
  • Australian PGA Championship: won by Kel Nagle
  • Horse Racing
  • Rising Fast wins the Caulfield Cup
  • Rising Fast wins the Cox Plate
  • Rising Fast wins the Melbourne Cup
  • Motor Racing
  • The Australian Grand Prix was held at Southport and won by Lex Davison driving a HWM Jaguar
  • Tennis
  • Australian Open men's singles: Mervyn Rose defeats Rex Hartwig 6-2 0–6 6-4 6-2
  • Australian Open women's singles: Thelma Coyne Long defeats Jenny Staley Hoad 6-3 6-4
  • Davis Cup: Australia is defeated by the United States 2–3 in the 1954 Davis Cup final
  • Wimbledon: Rex Hartwig and Mervyn Rose win the Gentlemen's Pairs
  • Wimbledon: Jaroslav Drobný defeats Ken Rosewall 13-11 4–6 6-2 9-7 in the Gentlemen's Singles
  • Yachting
  • Kurrewa IV takes line honours and Solveig IV wins on handicap in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
  • Births

  • 25 January – Kay Cottee, sailor
  • 26 January – Kim Hughes, cricketer
  • 27 April – Mark Holden, singer and media personality
  • 2 May – Don Cameron, water polo player and coach
  • 19 May – Phil Rudd, musician
  • 27 May – Pauline Hanson, politician
  • 30 June – Wayne Swan, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
  • 12 August – Rob Borbidge, Premier of Queensland
  • 2 September - Gai Waterhouse, horse trainer
  • 13 September – Steve Kilbey, musician
  • 20 September - James Moloney, author
  • 15 October – Steve Bracks, Premier of Victoria
  • 12 November – Paul McNamee, tennis player
  • 26 November – Jacki MacDonald, media personality
  • 28 November - John McMartin Pastor, ACC State President NSW, National Executive.
  • 29 November – Steve Rogers (died 2006), Rugby league footballer
  • Deaths

  • 19 September – Miles Franklin (born 1879), writer
  • 14 November – Inigo Jones (born 1872), meteorologist
  • 22 November – Roy Rene (born 1892), comedian
  • References

    1954 in Australia Wikipedia


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