1889 in Australia
- Premier of New South Wales – Henry Parkes until 16 January, then George Dibbs 17 January-7 March, then Henry Parkes
- Premier of Queensland – Boyd Dunlop Morehead
- Premier of South Australia – Thomas Playford II until 27 June, then John Cockburn
- Premier of Tasmania – Philip Fysh
- Premier of Victoria – Duncan Gillies
- Governor of New South Wales – Lord Carrington
- Governor of Queensland – Henry Wylie Norman
- Governor of South Australia – Sir William Robinson until 5 March, then 9th Earl of Kintore
- Governor of Tasmania – Sir Robert Hamilton
- Governor of Victoria – Lord Loch
- Governor of Western Australia – Sir Frederick Broome
Arts and literature
- Beresford, Quentin. "Fysh, Sir Philip Oakley (1835–1919)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
- "THE BOOKMAKERS AND THE MELBOURNE CUP". North Eastern Ensign (Benalla, Vic. : 1872 - 1938). 15 November 1889. p. 2. Retrieved 14 May 2018.