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1972 in Australia

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Monarchy  Elizabeth II
Population  13,067,265
Governor-General  Paul Hasluck
Elections  Federal, TAS, QLD
1972 in Australia
Prime minister  William McMahon, then Gough Whitlam

Incumbents

  • Queen of Australia – Elizabeth II
  • Governor General – Sir Paul Hasluck
  • Prime Minister – William McMahon, then Gough Whitlam
  • State premiers

  • Premier of New South Wales – Sir Robert Askin
  • Premier of South Australia – Don Dunstan
  • Premier of Queensland – Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen
  • Premier of Tasmania – Angus Bethune, then Eric Reece
  • Premier of Western Australia – John Tonkin
  • Premier of Victoria – Sir Henry Bolte, then Rupert Hamer
  • Chief Minister of the Northern Territory – Marshall Perron
  • Events

  • 26 January – Aboriginal Tent Embassy was constructed in front of Parliament House (now old Parliament House).
  • 10 May – Law professor George Duncan is drowned in the Torrens River, Adelaide. Police establish that his death was a homophobic-related murder.
  • 3 June – Douglas Nicholls becomes the first Indigenous Australian to be knighted.
  • 29 July – Kerry Anne Wells earned Australia's first Miss Universe crown, in Dorado, Puerto Rico.
  • 6 October – Faraday School kidnapping – six pupils and their teacher are kidnapped for $1 million ransom in Victoria.
  • 15 November – First aircraft hijacking in Australia. Ansett Airlines Flight 232 from Adelaide to Alice Springs with 28 passengers and a crew of 4. Followed by gun battle at Alice Springs Airport.
  • 1 December – Belinda Green is crowned Miss World in London, becoming the second Australian winner of this pageant. Australia won the two most important beauty contest in this year.
  • 2 December – Gough Whitlam becomes Prime Minister of Australia.
  • Shane Gould is announced as Australian of the Year
  • The health warning, "Smoking is a Health Hazard" becomes compulsory on cigarette packets in Australia.
  • Arts and literature

  • Thea Astley's novel The Acolyte wins the Miles Franklin Award
  • Film

  • The Adventures of Barry McKenzie
  • Television

  • 13 March – Controversial soap opera Number 96 debuts on Network 0–10.
  • 16 November – The Aunty Jack Show premieres on ABC-TV in Sydney.
  • Sport

  • 16 September – Bernard Vine wins the men's national marathon title, clocking 2:28:21 in Richmond, Australia.
  • In the 1972 NSWRFL season's premiership final Manly-Warringah defeat Eastern Suburbs
  • In the Bulimba Cup final Brisbane defeat Toowoomba 55-2 at Lang Park
  • Piping Lane wins the Melbourne Cup
  • Western Australia wins the Sheffield Shield
  • American Eagle takes line and handicap honours in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
  • Shane Gould wins 3 gold medals for swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich
  • Australia draws Ashes Cricket Test Series 2-2 with England
  • Births

  • 5 February – Brad Fittler, rugby league footballer and coach
  • 6 February – Mark Ladbrook, track and field sprinter
  • 11 March – Adam Bandt, politician
  • 25 March – Nina Bonner, field hockey goalkeeper
  • 8 April – Katrina Powell, field hockey player
  • 30 May – Renita Farrell, field hockey player
  • 19 June – Poppy Montgomery, actress
  • 24 June – Robbie McEwen, cyclist
  • 24 June – Ian Rutledge, field hockey coach
  • 30 June – Stuart Rendell, hammer thrower
  • 6 July – Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria
  • 12 August – Allison Tranquilli, basketball player
  • 1 September – Louise Dobson, field hockey player
  • 20 September – Jenny Morris, field hockey player
  • 11 October – Claudia Black, actress
  • 1 November – Toni Collette, actress
  • 7 November – Melissa Bell, actress
  • 13 November – Samantha Riley, swimmer
  • 11 December – Del Kathryn Barton, artist
  • 22 December – Anthony Edwards, rower
  • 28 December – Patrick Rafter, tennis player
  • Deaths

  • 6 January – Olegas Truchanas (born 1923), conservationist and nature photographer
  • 22 January – Jack Cummings (born 1901), tennis player
  • 2 February – Matt Goggin (born 1936), Australian rules footballer (Geelong)
  • 15 February – Sir Kenneth Street (born 1890), Chief Justice of New South Wales
  • 29 February – Ernie Barber (born 1895), Australian rules footballer (South Melbourne)
  • 9 March – Roy Kendall (born 1899), politician and MI6 officer
  • 19 March –
  • George Bassett (born 1888), politician
  • Jack Carington Smith (born 1908), artist
  • 16 April – Frank O'Connor (born 1894), public servant
  • 2 May – Arthur Trebilcock (born 1907), Tasmanian cricketer
  • 7 July – Owen Dixon (born 1886), former Chief Justice of Australia
  • 21 August – Ernestine Hill (born 1899), author
  • 23 September – Peter O'Sullivan (born 1932), Australian rules footballer (Essendon, North Melbourne)
  • 4 November – Harry Rigby (born 1896), World War I flying ace
  • References

    1972 in Australia Wikipedia


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