- Brian Laycock
- Given names
|Australian History|| 1948|
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|
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|
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|
Note: Australia signs the ANZUS treaty with the United States and New Zealand
|Australian History|| 1952|
Note: First nuclear test conducted in Australian territory by the United Kingdom off the coast of Western Australia.
|Australian History|| 1954|
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|
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|
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|
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.
|Death of a father|| 24 December 1962|
Erskineville, New South Wales, Australia
father - John Connell Laycock
|Australian History|| 1962|
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|
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|
Note: Indigenous Australians gain right to vote in state of Queensland
|Australian History|| 1966|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
Note: More than 200,000 people participate in the largest demonstrations in Australian history, against the Vietnam War
|Australian History|| 1971|
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|
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|
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|
Note: Darwin is devastated by Cyclone Tracy
|Australian History|| 1975|
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|
Note: The Australian Capital Territory legalises homosexuality between consenting adults in private.
|Australian History|| 1977|
Note: Advance Australia Fair becomes Australia's official national anthem
Note: Granville rail disaster killed eighty-three people
|Australian History|| 1978|
Note: The First Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras kicks off in Sydney
|Australian History|| 1979|
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|
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|
Note: A referendum is held in Tasmania to vote for whether or not the Franklin Dam should be built.
|Australian History|| 1982|
Note: Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane. The National Gallery of Australia is opened.
|Australian History|| 1983|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
Note: Keating defeats John Hewson in the 1993 federal election;
Note: The Australian Greens stand candidates for the first time.
|Australian History|| 1995|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
Note: 27th Olympic Games held in Sydney.
Note: Howard Government introduces a Goods and Services Tax.
|Australian History|| 2001|
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|
Note: 2002 Bali bombings, the deadliest act of terrorism in the history of Indonesia, killing 202 people, (including 88 Australians.
|Australian History|| 2003|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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.
|Australian History|| 2009|
Note: Black Saturday: Massive bushfires swept across Victoria, resulting in 173 fatalities.
|Australian History|| 2010|
Note: Kevin Rudd challenged and replaced as leader of the Labor Party by Julia Gillard;
Note: Gillard becomes the first female Prime Minister.
Note: Federal Election results in hung Parliament and narrow victory by Julia Gillard (ALP) over Tony Abbott (Lib-Nat Coalition);
Note: Liberal Ken Wyatt becomes the first Aborigine elected to the Australian House of Representatives
|Australian History|| 2011|
Note: State of Queensland affected by major flooding followed by Cyclone Yasi.
|Family with parents - View family|
John Connell Laycock
Birth 1907 22 Glebe, New South Wales, Australia
Death 24 December 1962 (Age 55) Erskineville, New South Wales, Australia
Internal reference I6014Last change 13 November 1999
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