George Connell Laycock1904–?
- George Connell Laycock
- Given names
- George Connell
|Birth|| 1904 30|
|Australian History|| 1904|
Note: A site at Dalgety, New South Wales chosen for the new national capital
Note: Chris Watson forms the first federal Labor (minority) government
|Australian History|| 1906 (Age 2)|
Note: Australia takes control of south-eastern New Guinea
|Australian History|| 1908 (Age 4)|
Note: Dorothea Mackellar publishes My Country
Note: The Dalgety proposal for the national capital is revoked, and Canberra is chosen instead
|Australian History|| 1909 (Age 5)|
Note: The first powered aeroplane flight in Australia is made.
|Australian History|| 1910 (Age 6)|
Note: Andrew Fisher forms the first federal majority Labor government.
|Australian History|| 1911 (Age 7)|
Note: The Royal Australian Navy is founded
Note: The Northern Territory comes under Commonwealth control, being split off from South Australia
Note: The first national census is conducted.
Note: Australian Capital Territory proclaimed.
|Australian History|| 1912 (Age 8)|
Note: Australia sends women to the Olympic Games for the first time
Note: Walter Burley Griffin wins a design competition for the new city of Canberra
|Australian History|| 1913 (Age 9)|
Note: Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth cross the Blue Mountains.
Note: Matthew Flinders refers to New South Wales by the name 'Australia'.
|Australian History|| 1913 (Age 9)|
Note: The foundation stone for the city of Canberra is put in place
|Australian History|| 1914 (Age 10)|
Note: Australian soldiers are sent to the First World War. This was first time Australians had fought under the Australian flag, as opposed to that of Britain's.
|Australian History|| 1915 (Age 11)|
Note: (25 APRIL)Australian soldiers land at Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey on 25 April.
Note: Jervis Bay Territory comprising 6,677 hectares surrendered and becomes part of the Australia Capital Territory.
Note: Surfing is first introduced to Australia
Note: Billy Hughes became Prime Minister
|Australian History|| 1916 (Age 12)|
Note: Hotels are forced to close at 6 p.m., leading to the beginning of the 'six o'clock swill'
Note: Australia suffers heavy casualties in the Western Front Battle of the Somme.
Note: The Returned Sailors� and Soldiers� Imperial League of Australia, the forerunner to the Returned and Services League of Australia is founded
Note: The Labor government under Billy Hughes splits over conscription. First referendum on conscription is rejected
|Australian History|| 1917 (Age 13)|
Note: Second referendum on conscription is rejected. Transcontinental railway linking Adelaide to Perth is completed.
Note: Australian 4th Light Horse Brigade launches last cavalry charge in modern warfare to capture Beersheba from the Ottoman Turks.
|Australian History|| 1918 (Age 14)|
Note: (08 AUG) Battle of Amiens
Note: Australian troops spearhead 8 August offensive against Hindenberg Line - the 'black day of the German Army'.
Note: On 12 August, Australian commander General Sir John Monash is knighted in the field of battle by King George V
Note: First World War ends - 60,000 Australians dead.
Note: The Darwin Rebellion takes place, with 1,000 demonstrators demanding the resignation of the Administrator of the Northern Territory, John A. Gilruth.
|Australian History|| 1919 (Age 15)|
Note: Prime Minister Billy Hughes signs Treaty of Versailles: the first signing of an international treaty by Australia. Australia obtains League of Nations mandate over German New Guinea.
|Australian History|| 1920 (Age 16)|
Note: The airline Qantas is founded
|Australian History|| 1921 (Age 17)|
Note: Edith Cowan becomes the first woman elected to an Australian parliament
|Australian History|| 1922 (Age 18)|
Note: The Smith Family charity is founded in Sydney
|Australian History|| 1923 (Age 19)|
Note: Vegemite is first produced
|Australian History|| 1926 (Age 22)|
Note: The first Miss Australia contest is held
|Australian History|| 1927 (Age 23)|
Note: The tenth parliament is formally opened in Canberra, finalising the move to the new capital
|Australian History|| 1928 (Age 24)|
Note: Bert Hinkler makes the first successful flight from Britain to Australia, and Charles Kingsford Smith makes the first flight from the United States to Australia. The Shrine of Remembrance is built.
|Australian History|| 1929 (Age 25)|
Note: Western Australia celebrates its centenary
Note: Labor returns to office under James Scullin. The Great Depression hits Australia.
|Australian History|| 1930 (Age 26)|
Note: Batsman Don Bradman scores a record 452 not out in one cricket innings
Note: Phar Lap wins his first Melbourne Cup
|Australian History|| 1931 (Age 27)|
Note: Sir Douglas Mawson charts 4,000 miles of Antarctic coastline and claims 42% of the icy mass for Australia
|Australian History|| 1932 (Age 28)|
Note: The Sydney Harbour Bridge opens
Note: The Labor government falls and Joseph Lyons becomes Prime Minister
|Australian History|| 1933 (Age 29)|
Note: Western Australia votes at a rerefendum to secede from the Commonwealth, but the vote is ignored by both the Commonwealth and British governments
|Australian History|| 1936 (Age 32)|
Note: The last Thylacine dies
|Australian History|| 1937 (Age 33)|
Note: The radio series Dad and Dave begins
|Australian History|| 1938 (Age 34)|
Note: Sydney hosts the Empire Games, the forerunner to the Commonwealth Games
|Australian History|| 1939 (Age 35)|
Note: (April) Prime Minister Lyons dies in office and is replaced by Robert Menzies and the first Menzies Government
Note: (September) Australia enters the Second World War following the German Invasion of Poland. The 2nd Australian Imperial Force is raised.
Note: The first flight is made by an Australian-made warplane, the Wirraway
Note: Victoria is devastated by the Black Friday bushfires
|Australian History|| 1940 (Age 36)|
Note: A team of scientists, under Howard Florey, develops penicillin
Note: Fascist Italy enters war, Royal Australian Navy engages Italian Navy in the early stages of the Battle of the Mediterranean.
|Australian History|| 1941 (Age 37)|
Note: 3 Divisions of the 2nd Australian Imperial Force join operations in the Mediterranean. After initial successes against Italy, 2nd AIF suffered defeat against the Germans in Greece, Crete, and North Africa.
Note: Apr-Aug, Australian garrison (Rats of Tobruk) halt advance of Hitler's panzers for the first time during the Siege of Tobruk.
Note: Menzies resigns and John Curtin becomes Prime Minister in the Curtin Government of 1941-45.
|Australian History|| 1942 (Age 38)|
Note: Feb, Fall of Singapore. 15,000 Australians become Prisoners of War of the Japanese
Note: 1942-43 - Japanese air raids - almost 100 attacks against sites in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland.
Note: The Royal Australian Navy and 6th and 7th Divisions of 2nd AIF are recalled from Mediterranean Theatre to participate in the anticipated Battle of Australia.
Note: 1942-3 - Sparrow Force engages in guerilla campaign in Battle of Timor
Note: Battle of the Coral Sea - United States and Royal Australian Navy halt advance of the Japanese towards Port Moresby (Australian Territory of Papua)
Note: Battle of Kokoda Trail - Australian soldiers halt Japanese march on Port Moresby
Note: Aug-Sep, Australian forces inflict the first defeat on the Imperial Japanese Army in the Battle of Milne Bay.
Note: Jul-Nov, Australia's 9th Division plays crucial role in the First and Second Battle of El Alamein, which turned the North Africa Campaign in favour of the Allies.
Note: National daylight saving is introduced as a war time measure.
Note: The UK Statute of Westminster is formally adopted by Australia. The Statute formally grants Australia the right to pass laws that conflict with UK laws.
|Australian History|| 1943 (Age 39)|
Note: Australia wins its first Oscar, with cinematographer Damien Parer honoured for Kokoda Front Line! documentary.
Note: 2,815 Australian Pows die constructing Japan's Burma-Thailand Railway
Note: 1943-44 - Australian forces engage Japan in New Guinea, Wau, and the Huon peninsula.
|Australian History|| 1944 (Age 40)|
Note: Cowra breakout, mass escape of Japanese prisoners of war occurs in NSW.
Note: Japanese inflict Sandakan Death March on 2,000 Australian and British prisoners of war - only 6 survive. The single worst war crime perpetrated against Australians.
Note: Australian forces battle Japanese garrisons from Borneo to Bougainville.
Note: The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme is introduced, providing subsidised medicine to all Australians
|Australian History|| 1945 (Age 41)|
Note: the Liberal Party of Australia is established with Robert Menzies as its first leader.
Note: Australian forces lead Battle of Borneo
Note: (7 May) Nazi Germany surrenders
Note: (July) Prime Minister Curtin dies and is replaced by Ben Chifley and the Chifley Labor Government
Note: (1 August) Japan Surrenders
Note: Australia becomes a founding member of the United Nations
Note: The Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race is held for the first time
|Australian History|| 1946 (Age 42)|
Note: Minister for Immigration Arthur Calwell introduces the major post-war immigration scheme
Note: Norman Makin, is voted in as the first President of the United Nations Security Council.
|Australian History|| 1948 (Age 44)|
Note: Minister for External Affairs, Dr. H.V. Evatt is elected President of the United Nations General Assembly.
Note: Australia becomes a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
|Australian History|| 1949 (Age 45)|
Note: Construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme begins
Note: All indigenous ex-servicemen and any Indigenous Australians who are eligible to vote in State Elections (NSW, VIC, SA and TAS) are given an unrestricted right to vote in Federal Elections.
Note: The Nationality and Citizenship Act is passed. Rather than being identified as subjects of Britain, the Act established Australian citizenship for people who met eligibility requirements.
Note: Menzies returns to power as leader of the new Liberal Party Menzies Government.
|Australian History|| 1950 (Age 46)|
Note: 1950-53 - Australian troops are sent to the Korean War to assist South Korea.
Note: Voters reject a referendum to change the Constitution to allow the Menzies Government to ban the Communist Party
|Australian History|| 1951 (Age 47)|
Note: Australia signs the ANZUS treaty with the United States and New Zealand
|Australian History|| 1952 (Age 48)|
Note: First nuclear test conducted in Australian territory by the United Kingdom off the coast of Western Australia.
|Australian History|| 1954 (Age 50)|
Note: Elizabeth II and Prince Philip make a royal visit; the Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov defects, leading to the Petrov Affair and another split in the Labor Party
|Australian History|| 1955 (Age 51)|
Note: Democratic Labor Party splits from Australian Labor Party over concerns of Communist influence in the labour movement
Note: Australia becomes involved in Malayan Insurgence
Note: Hotels in New South Wales no longer have to close at 6 p.m., ending the 'six o'clock swill'
|Australian History|| 1956 (Age 52)|
Note: Television in Australia is launched.
Note: Melbourne holds the Olympics
Note: performing artist Barry Humphries introduces Edna Everage to the Australian stage
|Australian History|| 1957 (Age 53)|
Note: The song 'Wild One' makes Johnny O'Keefe the first Australian rock'n'roller to reach the national charts.
Note: Slim Dusty's Australian country music hit Pub With No Beer becomes the first Australian song to attain international chart success.
|Australian History|| 1962 (Age 58)|
Note: Robert Menzies' Commonwealth Electoral Act provided that all Indigenous Australians should have the right to enrol and vote at federal elections, removing remaining restrictions applying in QLD, WA and NT.
Note: Malayan Insurgence ends
|Australian History|| 1964 (Age 60)|
Note: The Beatles tour Australia;
Note: 82 sailors die when HMAS Voyager sinks after being rammed by HMAS Melbourne;
Note: The editors of Oz magazine are charged with obscenity;
Note: PM Robert Menzies announces the reintroduction of compulsory military service for men aged from 18-25 years old;
Note: First troops sent to Vietnam War.
|Australian History|| 1965 (Age 61)|
Note: Indigenous Australians gain right to vote in state of Queensland
|Australian History|| 1966 (Age 62)|
Note: The ban on the employment of married women in the Commonwealth Public Service is lifted;
Note: Menzies retires as Australia's longest-serving Prime Minister and is succeeded by Harold Holt.
|Australian History|| 14 February 1966 (Age 62)|
Note: Decimalisation; on 14 February the Australian currency is changed to dollars and cents, with the Australian Dollar replacing the Australian pound.
|Australian History|| 1967 (Age 63)|
Note: Large areas of Hobart and south-eastern Tasmania are devastated by bushfires on 7 February that kill 62 people;
Note: Prime Minister Holt drowns and is succeeded by John Gorton;
Note: The constitution is changed to allow Aboriginal Australians to be included in the population count and for the federal government to legislate for them; Sydney is rocked by a series of brutal underworld killings;
Note: Talkback radio is introduced;
Note: British comedian Tony Hancock commits suicide in Sydney;
Note: Gough Whitlam becomes leader of the Labor Party;
Note: Ronald Ryan becomes the last person legally executed in Australia.
|Australian History|| 1968 (Age 64)|
Note: Australia signs the nuclear non-proliferation treaty; Aboriginal boxing champion Lionel Rose defeats Masahiko 'Fighting' Harada in Japan to become the world bantamweight champion; Australia's first liver transplant operation is performed in Sydney;
|Australian History|| 1969 (Age 65)|
Note: French conceptual artist Christo 'wraps' Little Bay in Sydney;
Note: Renowned author-artists Norman Lindsay and May Gibbs die;
Note: The Australian production of the rock musical Hair premieres in Sydney;
Note: Top pop groups The Easybeats and The Twilights break up; Tim Burstall directs2000 Weeks, the first all-Australian feature released since Charles Chauvel's Jedda in 1958
|Australian History|| 1970 (Age 66)|
Note: More than 200,000 people participate in the largest demonstrations in Australian history, against the Vietnam War
|Australian History|| 1971 (Age 67)|
Note: Neville Bonner becomes the first Aborigine to become an Australian Member of Parliament;
Note: John Gorton resigns and is succeeded by William McMahon
Note: The 1971 Springbok tour sparks protest all throughout Australia. Premier of Queensland Joh Bjelke-Petersen declares a state of emergency in QLD in response to escalating protest.
Note: Daylight Saving is introduced to New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and the Australian Capital Territory.
|Australian History|| 1972 (Age 68)|
Note: The Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission rules that women doing the same job as men have the right to be paid the same wage.
Note: Aboriginal Tent Embassy erected in response to the Coalition government's approval of exploration licences and mining tenements on reserves
Note: The first Labor government since 1949 is elected under the leadership of Gough Whitlam
Note: Australia recognizes the People's Republic of China
Note: Queensland abandons Daylight Saving.
|Australian History|| 1973 (Age 69)|
Note: The Sydney Opera House is opened
Note: The White Australian Policy (established 1901) is officially dismantled
Note: Vietnam War ends
Note: The federal voting age is dropped from 21 to 18
Note: Unionists save the historic 'The Rocks' area of Sydney from demolition by introducing 'Green Bans'
Note: Patrick White becomes the first Australian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature
|Australian History|| 1974 (Age 70)|
Note: Darwin is devastated by Cyclone Tracy
|Australian History|| 1975 (Age 71)|
Note: (November) A constitutional crisis occurs when Malcolm Fraser blocks supply, bringing the nation to a standstill until Governor-General John Kerr dismisses Prime Minister Gough Whitlam on the 11.11.75. Fraser wins elections and becomes Prime Minister
Note: The 'Privy Council (Appeals from the High Court) Act removes the right to appeal High Court decisions to the British Privy Council. Appeals to the Privy Council direct from State Supreme Courts remain until 1988.
Note: South Australia becomes the first state in Australia to legalise homosexuality between consenting adults in private.
Note: Whitlam government introduced the Aboriginal Land (NT) Bill into Parliament. The bill proposed land rights in the Northern Territory based on land claimed on grounds of need as well as traditional affiliation and traditional landowners maintaining control over mining and development.
|Australian History|| 1976 (Age 72)|
Note: The Australian Capital Territory legalises homosexuality between consenting adults in private.
|Australian History|| 1977 (Age 73)|
Note: Advance Australia Fair becomes Australia's official national anthem
Note: Granville rail disaster killed eighty-three people
|Australian History|| 1978 (Age 74)|
Note: The First Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras kicks off in Sydney
|Australian History|| 1979 (Age 75)|
Note: Australian women win the right to maternity leave
Note: Kakadu National Park and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are both proclaimed.
|Australian History|| 1980 (Age 76)|
Note: Baby Azaria Chamberlain disappears from a campsite at Uluru (Ayers Rock), reportedly taken by a dingo. The Coalition wins the 1980 Australian federal election.
|Australian History|| 1981 (Age 77)|
Note: A referendum is held in Tasmania to vote for whether or not the Franklin Dam should be built.
|Australian History|| 1982 (Age 78)|
Note: Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane. The National Gallery of Australia is opened.
|Australian History|| 1983 (Age 79)|
Note: Australia wins the America's Cup;
Note: Bob Hawke defeats Fraser and leads Labor back to government.
Note: The Australian Dollar is floated.
Note: The Ash Wednesday fires kill 71 people.
|Australian History|| 1984 (Age 80)|
Note: Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia's national anthem.
Note: The one dollar coin is introduced.
Note: Labor wins the 1984 Australian federal election.
Note: Medicare is established.
|Australian History|| 1985 (Age 81)|
Note: The government grants the freehold title of a large area of land in central Australia, including prominent landmarks Uluru and Kata Tjuta, to the Mutitjulu people, who in turn give them a 99-year lease.
Note: The last state to do so (New South Wales) abolishes capital punishment.
|Australian History|| 1986 (Age 82)|
Note: The Australia Act removes the right of appeal from State courts to the British Privy Council, making the High Court the final court of appeal in Australia. The Act also removes all remaining rights of the UK parliament to pass law for Australia. Anita Cobby murder in Sydney. Russell Street Bombing in Melbourne. Crocodile Dundee is released in Australia.
|Australian History|| 1987 (Age 83)|
Note: Hoddle Street Massacre kills 7 victims and injures 19,
Note: Queen Street Massacre kills 8 victims and injures 5.
Note: Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen resigns as Premier of Queensland after 19 years at the top.
|Australian History|| 1988 (Age 84)|
Note: Australia celebrates its bicentenary, with large celebrations and major funding for capital works projects. The new Parliament House opens. Federal referendums on 4-year parliamentary terms, recognition of local government and other issues are defeated. Brisbane hosts World Expo '88.
|Australian History|| 1989 (Age 85)|
Note: Newcastle Earthquake kills 13 people.
Note: ACT gains self-Government.
Note: The Kempsey bus crash and Grafton bus crash kill a total of 56 people.
Note: Queensland commences three-year trial of Daylight Saving.
Note: Rosemary Follett (Australian Labor Party) becomes the first Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory and the first woman to become head of government in an Australian state or territory.
|Australian History|| 1990 (Age 86)|
Note: Royal Australian Navy deployed in preparation for the First Gulf War.
Note: Carmen Lawrence becomes the first female premier of an Australian state.
Note: Labor wins the 1990 federal election.
|Australian History|| 1991 (Age 87)|
Note: Prime Minister Bob Hawke is replaced by Paul Keating.
Note: Seven people die in the Strathfield massacre.
Note: Prominent heart surgeon Victor Chang is gunned down.
Note: The Coode Island chemical storage facility in Melbourne explodes, leaving a toxic cloud hanging over the city for days.
|Australian History|| 1992 (Age 88)|
Note: The High Court delivers the Mabo Decision, which rules that indigenous native title does exist. This effectively extinguishes the concept of terra nullius.
Note: New South Wales Premier Nick Greiner resigns.
Note: Queensland holds a Referendum on Daylight Saving, which is defeated with a 54.5% 'no' vote.
|Australian History|| 1993 (Age 89)|
Note: Keating defeats John Hewson in the 1993 federal election;
Note: The Australian Greens stand candidates for the first time.
|Australian History|| 1995 (Age 91)|
Note: The Northern Territory legalises voluntary euthanasia, but it is overruled by the federal government when Liberal MP Kevin Andrews proposes the Euthanasia Laws Bill 1996
|Australian History|| 1996 (Age 92)|
Note: The High Court hands down the Wik Decision, which holds that indigenous native title can survive the granting of pastoral leases.
Note: Liberal John Howard becomes Prime Minister, defeating Paul Keating after a record 13 years of Labor government
Note: All Australian states and territories agree to introduce uniform gun laws following the deaths of 35 people in the Port Arthur massacre
|Australian History|| 1997 (Age 93)|
Note: Expelled Liberal MP Pauline Hanson forms the One Nation Party
Note: (1 May) Tasmania legalises homosexuality.
Note: (30 Jul) Eighteen people die when the Bimbadene and Carinya Lodges collapse at Thredbo Alpine Village at 11.30 p.m. on 30 July
|Australian History|| 1998 (Age 94)|
Note: A major strike results when Patrick Stevedores attempt to introduce non-union labour to reduce the influence of the Maritime Union of Australia
Note: The Australian Stock Exchange is demutualized and floated as a public company, becoming the world's first stock exchange to be listed on an exchange.
|Australian History|| 1999 (Age 95)|
Note: Both houses of the federal parliament pass a motion signifying both recognition of and regret at past treatment of indigenous Australians.
Note: Australia win the 1999 Rugby World Cup
Note: A referendum on changing to a republic is unsuccessful
Note: Australian soldiers are deployed to East Timor as part of the INTERFET peacekeeping force.
|Australian History|| 2000 (Age 96)|
Note: 27th Olympic Games held in Sydney.
Note: Howard Government introduces a Goods and Services Tax.
|Australian History|| 2001 (Age 97)|
Note: Australia celebrates centenary of Federation;
Note: (August) Tampa affair (August) and tightening of policies against illegal immigration;
Note: (11 Sep) Terrorist Attacks on the United States by Al Qaeda (John Howard invokes ANZUS Treaty);
Note: Howard defeats Kim Beazley in Federal Election
Note: Western Australia adopts a uniform Age of consent of 16.
Note: Australian forces deployed to War to topple Taliban for supporting Al Qaeda
|Australian History|| 2002 (Age 98)|
Note: 2002 Bali bombings, the deadliest act of terrorism in the history of Indonesia, killing 202 people, (including 88 Australians.
|Australian History|| 2003 (Age 99)|
Note: Australian military deployed to Iraq War to oust the Saddam Hussein regime for serial non-compliance with the 1991 Gulf War Peace Treaty.
Note: Northern Territory introdues uniform Age Of Consent set at 16 for everyone.
Note: New South Wales becomes the last State to have a Uniform Age of Consent at 16 for everyone.
Note: Australia hosts the Rugby World Cup, with the home side losing the final to England in Sydney
|Australian History|| 2004 (Age 100)|
Note: A bomb explodes outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, Asia.
Note: Federal Election: Howard Government (Liberal-National Coalition) wins fourth term and defeats Mark Latham led Australian Labor Party.
|Australian History|| 2005 (Age 101)|
Note: Sydney beachside suburb of Cronulla sees a protest against the alleged bashing of a beach lifeguard, developing into an alcohol-fuelled, racially-charged riot.
|Australian History|| 2006 (Age 102)|
Note: The Commonwealth Games are held in Melbourne.
Note: 2006-7 - Australian Forces are again deployed to East Timor to help stabilize the country.
|Australian History|| 2007 (Age 103)|
Note: Sydney hosts APEC summit.
Note: 2007-2010 - Australia avoids recession amidst Global Financial Crisis
Note: Federal Election: Kevin Rudd (Australian Labor Party) defeats John Howard (Liberal-National Coalition) and becomes Prime Minister.
|Australian History|| 2008 (Age 104)|
Note: Kevin Rudd leads bi-partisan Parliamentary apology to the Stolen Generation.
Note: Longest heatwave for an Australian Capital City recorded in Adelaide.
Note: Sydney hosts Catholic World Youth Day
Note: Quentin Bryce becomes first female Governor General of Australia.
Internal reference I5965Last change 13 November 1999
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