1902 in Australia
|1902 in Australia|
|Governor-General||John Hope, 7th Earl of Hopetoun|
|Prime minister||Edmund Barton|
|Elections||South Australia, Victoria, Queensland|
In 1902 women were finally allowed to vote and stand in federal elections.
- Monarch – Edward VII
- Governor-General – John Hope, 7th Earl of Hopetoun
- Prime Minister – Edmund Barton
- Premier of New South Wales – John See
- Premier of South Australia – John Jenkins
- Premier of Queensland – Robert Philp
- Premier of Tasmania – Elliott Lewis
- Premier of Western Australia – George Leake (until 1 July), then Walter James
- Premier of Victoria – Alexander Peacock (until 10 June), then William Irvine
- Governor of New South Wales – Admiral Harry Rawson (from 27 May)
- Governor of South Australia – Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson (until 17 July)
- Governor of Queensland – Major General Sir Herbert Chermside (from 24 March)
- Governor of Tasmania – Captain Sir Arthur Havelock
- Governor of Western Australia – Sir Arthur Lawley (until 14 August)
- Governor of Victoria – Sir George Clarke
- 7 February – The Waterside Workers Federation is formed.
- April – Averaged over Australia, the driest month on record with only 3.74 millimetres (0.15 in). Over half the continent was absolutely rainless and less than 3 percent outside Tasmania had more than 10 millimetres (0.39 in).
- 31 May – The Second Boer War, in which Australia is involved, ends.
- 12 June – The Commonwealth Franchise Act granted most Australian women the right to vote and stand in federal elections.
- 31 July – A coal gas explosion kills 96 in the Mount Kembla mining disaster
- 1 August – New Idea magazine is first published.
- 3 November – Postmaster-General James Drake opens a submarine telegraph cable from Southport, Queensland to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, completing a British Empire communications line.
- 18 December – The mayors of Sydney and Melbourne are conferred the title of Lord Mayor
- 26 December – Brisbane is declared a city.
- 26 December – Ada Evans becomes the first female law graduate in Australia.
- As a culmination of the Federation Drought, this was by raw totals the driest calendar year averaged over Australia since 1890 with only 314.46 millimetres (12.38 in) (though by area-averaged mean decile it was only eleventh driest).
Arts and literature
- 15 January – Dan Dempsey (died 1960), rugby league footballer
- 25 February – Vince Gair (died 1980), politician
- 2 May – Alan Marshall (died 1984), writer
- 22 May – Leslie Herron (died 1973), Chief Justice of NSW
- 12 July – Vic Armbruster (died 1984), rugby league footballer
- 17 July – Christina Stead (died 1983), writer
- 28 July – Albert Namatjira (died 1959), painter
- Sorted rainfall over Australia for all months
- April 1902 rainfall totals
- Australian Bureau of Meteorology National Climate Centre; Annual Climate Summary 2000, p. 1
- Australian Bureau of Meteorology; Sorted annual rainfall over Australia
- Smith, Ian; “An assessment of recent trends in Australian rainfall”; in Australian Meteorological Magazine; issue 53 (2004); pp. 163-173