| Birth of a son|
son - Clarence Norton
| Birth of a son|
son - Keith Norton
|Australian History|| 1878|
Note: First horse-drawn trams in Australia commenced operations in Adelaide.
|Australian History|| 1879|
Note: The first congress of trade unions is held.
|Australian History|| 1880|
Note: The bushranger Ned Kelly is hanged.
Note: Parliamentarians in Victoria become the first in Australia to be paid for their work.
|Australian History|| 1882|
Note: First water-borne sewerage service in Australia commenced operations in Adelaide.
|Australian History|| 1883|
Note: The opening of the Sydney-Melbourne railway
Note: Silver is discovered at Broken Hill
|Australian History|| 1887|
Note: An Australian cricket team is established, defeating England in the first Ashes series. First direct Inter-colonial passenger trains begin running between Adelaide and Melbourne.
|Australian History|| 1889|
Note: The completion of the railway network between Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
Note: Sir Henry Parkes delivers the Tenterfield Oration.
|Australian History|| 1890|
Note: The Australian Federation Conference calls a constitutional convention.
|Australian History|| 1891|
Note: A National Australasian Convention meets, agrees on adopting the name 'the Commonwealth of Australia' and drafting a constitution.
Note: The first attempt at a federal constitution is drafted.
Note: The Convention adopts the constitution, although it has no legal status
Note: A severe depression hits Australia
|Australian History|| 1892|
Note: Gold is discovered at Coolgardie, Western Australia.
|Australian History|| 1893|
Note: The Corowa Conference (the 'people's convention') calls on the colonial parliaments to pass enabling acts, allowing the election of delegates to a new constitutional convention aimed at drafting a proposal and putting it to a referendum in each colony.
|Australian History|| 1894|
Note: South Australia becomes the first Australian colony, and the second place in the world, to grant women the right to vote, as well the first Parliament in the world to allow women to stand for office.
|Australian History|| 1895|
Note: The premiers, except for those of Queensland and Western Australia, agree to implement the Corowa proposals.
Note: Waltzing Matilda is first sung in public, in Winton, Queensland
Note: Banjo Paterson publishes The Man from Snowy River
|Australian History|| 1896|
Note: The Bathurst Conference (the second 'people's convention') meets to discuss the 1891 draft constitution
|Australian History|| 1897|
Note: In two sessions, the Second National Australasian Convention meets (with representatives from all colonies except Queensland present). They agree to adopt a constitution based on the 1891 draft, and then revise and amend it later that year.
Note: Catherine Helen Spence became the first female political candidate for political office, standing for election as a representative for South Australia.
|Australian History|| 1898|
Note: The Convention agrees on a final draft to be put to the people.
Note: After much public debate, the Victorian, South Australian and Tasmanian referendums are successful; the New South Wales referendum narrowly fails. Later New South Wales votes 'yes' in a second referendum, and Queensland and Western Australia also vote to join.
|Australian History|| 1899|
Note: The decision is made to site the national capital in New South Wales, but not within 100 miles of Sydney.
Note: The Australian Labor Party holds office for a few days in Queensland, becoming the first trade union party to do so anywhere in the world.
Note: The first contingents from various Australian colonies are sent to South Africa to participate in the Second Boer War.
|Australian History|| 1900|
Note: Several delegates visit London to resist proposed changes to the agreed-upon constitution.
Note: The constitution is passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom as a schedule to the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, and is given royal assent
|Australian History|| 1901|
Note: (01 Jan) Australia becomes a federation on 1 January. Edmund Barton becomes Prime Minister; the 7th Earl of Hopetoun becomes Governor-General
Note: The first parliament met in Parliament House, Melbourne
Note: Immigration Restriction act was introduced- The White Australian Policy
Note: The Australian National Flag was flown for the first time
|Australian History|| 1902|
Note: The Franchise Act guarantees women the right to vote in federal elections (by this stage, most states had already done this). However, it excludes most non-European ethnic groups, including Aboriginal people, unless already registered to vote on State roles.
Note: King Edward VII approved the design of the Australian flag.
Note: Breaker Morant is executed for having shot Boers who had surrendered
|Australian History|| 1903|
Note: The High Court of Australia is established with Samuel Griffith as the first Chief Justice.
Note: The Defence Act gives the federal government full control over the Australian Army
Note: Alfred Deakin elected Prime Minister
|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|
Note: Australia takes control of south-eastern New Guinea
|Australian History|| 1908|
Note: Dorothea Mackellar publishes My Country
Note: The Dalgety proposal for the national capital is revoked, and Canberra is chosen instead
|Australian History|| 1909|
Note: The first powered aeroplane flight in Australia is made.
|Australian History|| 1910|
Note: Andrew Fisher forms the first federal majority Labor government.
| Birth of a daughter|
daughter - Irene May "Rene" Norton
|Australian History|| 1911|
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|
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|
Note: Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth cross the Blue Mountains.
Note: Matthew Flinders refers to New South Wales by the name 'Australia'.
|Australian History|| 1913|
Note: The foundation stone for the city of Canberra is put in place
|Australian History|| 1914|
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.
| Birth of a daughter|
| 18 January 1915|
daughter - Alma Elizabeth Norton
|Australian History|| 1915|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
Note: The airline Qantas is founded
|Australian History|| 1921|
Note: Edith Cowan becomes the first woman elected to an Australian parliament
|Australian History|| 1922|
Note: The Smith Family charity is founded in Sydney
|Australian History|| 1923|
Note: Vegemite is first produced
|Australian History|| 1926|
Note: The first Miss Australia contest is held
|Australian History|| 1927|
Note: The tenth parliament is formally opened in Canberra, finalising the move to the new capital
|Australian History|| 1928|
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|
Note: Western Australia celebrates its centenary
Note: Labor returns to office under James Scullin. The Great Depression hits Australia.
|Australian History|| 1930|
Note: Batsman Don Bradman scores a record 452 not out in one cricket innings
Note: Phar Lap wins his first Melbourne Cup
|Death of a wife|| about 1931|
wife - Alexandrina "Lexie" McKenzie
|Australian History|| 1931|
Note: Sir Douglas Mawson charts 4,000 miles of Antarctic coastline and claims 42% of the icy mass for Australia
|Australian History|| 1932|
Note: The Sydney Harbour Bridge opens
Note: The Labor government falls and Joseph Lyons becomes Prime Minister
|Australian History|| 1933|
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|
Note: The last Thylacine dies
|Australian History|| 1937|
Note: The radio series Dad and Dave begins
|Australian History|| 1938|
Note: Sydney hosts the Empire Games, the forerunner to the Commonwealth Games
|Australian History|| 1939|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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.
| Birth of a granddaughter|
| 17 September 1949|
Mooroopna, Victoria, Australia
granddaughter - Abina Margaret "Bina" Madill
|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|| about 1961|
Cause of death: In his sleep
|Family with Alexandrina "Lexie" McKenzie - View family|
George Henry Norton
Death about 1961
Alexandrina "Lexie" McKenzie
Death about 1931
Irene May "Rene" Norton
Death about 2003 (Age 92) Mooroopna, Victoria, Australia
4 years#2 daughter
Alma Elizabeth Norton
Birth 18 January 1915 Victoria, Australia
Death 20 February 2005 (Age 90) Mooroopna, Victoria, Australia
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