1968 in Australia
|1968 in Australia|
|Prime minister||John McEwen, then John Gorton|
|Elections||NSW, SA, WA|
- Monarch – Elizabeth II
- Governor-General – Lord Casey
- Prime Minister – John McEwen (until 10 January), then John Gorton
- Chief Justice – Sir Garfield Barwick
State and Territory Leaders
- Premier of New South Wales – Robert Askin
- Premier of Queensland – Frank Nicklin (until 17 January), then Jack Pizzey (until 31 July), then Gordon Chalk (from 1 August until 8 August), then Joh Bjelke-Petersen
- Premier of South Australia – Don Dunstan (until 17 April), then Steele Hall
- Premier of Tasmania – Eric Reece
- Premier of Victoria – Sir Henry Bolte
- Premier of Western Australia – David Brand
Governors and Administrators
- Governor of New South Wales – Sir Roden Cutler
- Governor of Queensland – Sir Alan Mansfield
- Governor of South Australia – Lieutenant General Sir Edric Bastyan (until 1 June), then Major General Sir James Harrison (from 4 December)
- Governor of Tasmania – General Sir Charles Gairdner (until 11 July), then Lieutenant General Sir Edric Bastyan (from 2 December)
- Governor of Victoria – Major General Sir Rohan Delacombe
- Governor of Western Australia – Major General Sir Douglas Kendrew
- Administrator of Nauru – Leslie King (until 30 January)
- Administrator of Norfolk Island – Reginald Marsh (until June), then Robert Dalkin (from July)
- Administrator of the Northern Territory – Roger Dean
- Administrator of Papua and New Guinea – David Hay
- 4 January – The search for the body of Prime Minister Harold Holt, who disappeared whilst swimming near Portsea, Victoria, is called off.
- 10 January – John Gorton is sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia after the disappearance of Harold Holt.
- 28 January – Members of English rock groups The Who and Small Faces are escorted by police from a plane at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, after the pilot diverts the flight citing the bands' behaviour.
- 1 April – American evangelist Billy Graham begins a tour of Australia.
- 17 April – A state election is held in South Australia. Steele Hall (Liberal and Country League) defeats Don Dunstan (ALP), and becomes Premier of South Australia.
- 8 April – Fluoridation of Sydney's water supply begins.
- 30 April – Jim Cairns unsuccessfully challenges Gough Whitlam for leadership of the Australian Labor Party.
- 1 May – The Duke of Edinburgh arrives in Australia for a ten-day visit.
- 5 May – Three Australian journalists are killed by the Viet Cong in Saigon.
- 21 May – Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visits Australia.
- 14 June – Journalist Simon Townsend, future host of Simon Townsend's Wonder World, is granted exemption from military service after lodging a fifth appeal against his imprisonment and court martial for conscientious objection.
- 18 June – The first stage of the Warringah Freeway opens in Sydney.
- 24 June – British comedian Tony Hancock commits suicide in his Sydney hotel room.
- 2 July – Fifty students are arrested during an anti-Vietnam War protest in Martin Place, Sydney.
- 4 July – Forty five people are arrested during an anti-war protest outside the U.S. consulate in St Kilda Road, Melbourne.
- 31 July – The Premier of Queensland, Jack Pizzey, dies in office.
- 1 August – Jack Pizzey's deputy, Gordon Chalk, is sworn in as his successor until the appointment of Joh Bjelke-Petersen as Premier a week later.
- 3 August – The standard gauge rail line between Perth and Kalgoorlie is completed.
- 20 August – The National Gallery of Victoria is opened in Melbourne.
- 14 October – The town of Meckering, Western Australia, is badly damaged by an earthquake.
- 28 October – The Postmaster-General's Department decreases the number of mail deliveries per day from two to one.
- 31 October – Minister for the Army Phillip Lynch admits that Australian Army troops may have breached the Geneva Convention by using water torture during the interrogation of a female Viet Cong suspect.
- 1 November – The airline Ansett-ANA is renamed Ansett.
- 14 December – A referendum is held in Tasmania to allow the granting of Australia's first casino license to the Wrest Point Hotel. The referendum is passed.
- 31 December – MacRobertson Miller Airlines Flight 1750 crashes south of Port Hedland, Western Australia, killing all 26 people on board.
- Australia's population is estimated to have reached 12 million in 1968.
Arts and literature
- 17 January – The Seekers are named Australians of the Year for 1967.
- 19 January – William Pidgeon wins the Archibald Prize with his portrait of Lloyd Rees.
- 1 July – The Copyright Act 1968 replaces the existing 1911 copyright legislation.
- Thomas Keneally's novel Three Cheers for the Paraclete wins the Miles Franklin Award
- 26 February – Boxer Lionel Rose beats Japan's Fighting Harada in Tokyo to become world bantamweight champion.
- 25 May – Derek Clayton wins his second men's national marathon title, clocking 2:14:47.8 in Hobart.
- 26 May – Australia wins the 1968 Federation Cup in women's tennis, defeating the Netherlands (3–0).
- 10 June – Australia wins the 1968 Rugby League World Cup when it beats France (20–2) in the final at the SCG.
- 21 September – The South Sydney Rabbitohs defeated Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the NSWRL Grand Final at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
- 28 September – The Carlton Blues narrowly beat Essendon Bombers by 3 points (56–53) in the grand final of the 1968 VFL season, winning their first flag in 21 years.
- 12 – 27 October – Australia participates in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, coming ninth in the medal tally with 5 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze medals (17 in total).
- 15 October – Ralph Doubell equals Peter Snell's world record (2:04.3) in the men's 800 metres, clocking 1:44.3 at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City.
- 5 November – Rain Lover wins the Melbourne Cup.
- 26 December – Ondine II takes line honours in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Koomooloo is the handicap winner
- Western Australia wins the Sheffield Shield.
- 7 February – Phillip Tahmindjis, ice speed skater
- 23 February - Angela Ash, Celebrity of Stylis Cove Western Australia
- 12 February – Nathan Rees, 41st Premier of New South Wales (2008–2009)
- 1 April – Mike Baird, 44th Premier of New South Wales (2014-2017)
- 7 April – Duncan Armstrong, swimmer
- 20 April – Julia Morris, actress, comedian, television presenter and producer
- 13 May - Scott Morrison, 30th Prime Minister of Australia
- 26 May – Rachael Sporn, basketball player
- 28 May – Kylie Minogue, entertainer
- 1 June – Jason Donovan, entertainer
- 4 June – Rachel Griffiths, actress
- 15 June – Hugh McDermott, politician
- 27 July – Julian McMahon, actor
- 9 August – Eric Bana, actor
- 13 September – Andrew Gee, politician
- 30 September – Sharon Jaklofsky, track and field athlete
- 8 October – Garry Hocking, footballer
- 12 October – Hugh Jackman, actor
- 13 November – Cherie Burton, politician
- 19 December – Kristina Keneally, 42nd Premier of New South Wales (2009-2011)
- 14 January – Dorothea Mackellar (born 1885), poet
- 21 February – Howard Florey (born 1898), Nobel Prize-winning pharmacologist
- 24 June – Tony Hancock (born 1924), British comedian
- 31 July – Jack Pizzey (born 1911), Premier of Queensland
- 19 August – William McCall (born 1908), politician
- 28 September – Sir Norman Brookes (born 1877), tennis player
- 10 October – Gavin Long (born 1901), journalist and military historian
- 13 October – Dame Jean Macnamara (born 1899), medical scientist
- 27 October – James Hunter (born 1882), politician
- 20 December – John Jennings (born 1878), politician
- "Winner: Archibald Prize 1968 - William Pidgeon". artgallery.nsw.gov.au. Art Gallery of NSW. Retrieved 19 August 2017.