1969 in Australia
|1969 in Australia|
|Governor-General||Lord Casey, then Sir Paul Hasluck|
|Prime minister||John Gorton|
|Elections||TAS, QLD, Federal|
- Monarch – Elizabeth II
- Governor-General – Lord Casey (until 30 April), then Sir Paul Hasluck
- Prime Minister – John Gorton
- Chief Justice – Sir Garfield Barwick
State and Territory Leaders
- Premier of New South Wales – Robert Askin
- Premier of Queensland – Joh Bjelke-Petersen
- Premier of South Australia – Steele Hall
- Premier of Tasmania – Eric Reece (until 26 May), then Angus Bethune
- Premier of Victoria – Sir Henry Bolte
- Premier of Western Australia – (Sir) David Brand
Governors and Administrators
- Governor of New South Wales – Sir Roden Cutler
- Governor of Queensland – Sir Alan Mansfield
- Governor of South Australia – Major General Sir James Harrison
- Governor of Tasmania – Lieutenant General Sir Edric Bastyan
- Governor of Victoria – Major General Sir Rohan Delacombe
- Governor of Western Australia – Major General Sir Douglas Kendrew
- Administrator of Norfolk Island – Robert Dalkin
- Administrator of the Northern Territory – Roger Dean
- Administrator of Papua and New Guinea – David Hay
- 8 January - Bushfires across Victoria claim the lives of 23 people including 17 who died when a grass fire overran a group of cars on the Princes Highway at Lara, near Geelong in Victoria. About 280 fires in total burned 250,000 hectares, destroyed 230 homes and dozens of other buildings, killing 12,000 head of stock.
- 7 February – The Violet Town railway disaster: the passenger train Southern Aurora collides head-on with a freight train on the new Melbourne and razed to Sydney train line. Nine people are killed.
- 30 April – Sir Paul Hasluck becomes Governor-General of Australia after the retirement of Lord Casey.
- 10 May – The 1969 Tasmanian election is held, resulting in a hung parliament with the ALP and Liberals winning 17 seats each. The deadlock is broken when Kevin Lyons of the Centre Party forms a coalition government with the Liberals and becomes Deputy Premier under Angus Bethune.
- 12 May – The Age newspaper in Melbourne begins the process of moving from Collins Street to Spencer Street. The move is completed on 6 October.
- 3 June – Melbourne-Evans collision – The Royal Australian Navy aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne collides with the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in the South China Sea. Frank E. Evans is cut in half and sinks, killing 74 crew.
- 19 June – The Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission rules that equal pay for women doing the same work as men must be phased in by 1972.
- 26 September – The Poseidon bubble begins when the small mining company Poseidon NL discovers a large nickel deposit in Laverton, Western Australia.
- 25 October – 1969 Australian federal election: John Gorton's Liberal/Country Coalition Government is narrowly re-elected with a sharply reduced majority, defeating a resurgent Labor Party led by Gough Whitlam.
- 7 November – A Liberal Party leadership spill is held, with Prime Minister Gorton re-elected as party leader over challengers William McMahon and David Fairbairn.
- 11 November – Prime Minister Gorton makes the most sweeping changes to the Federal Ministry since the Liberal-Country Party Coalition took office in 1949. Seven back-benchers are promoted to the junior ministry, four junior ministers promoted to cabinet, and three ministers dropped altogether. Treasurer McMahon was moved to External Affairs, and replaced by Les Bury. Future prime minister Malcolm Fraser was promoted to Minister for Defence.
- 13 November - Former Minister for Air, Dudley Erwin, expresses to journalists his belief that Prime Minister Gorton's young secretary, Ainsley Gotto, was responsible for him being dropped from his ministerial position. Erwin also asserted Gotto severely restricted access to Gorton which he and other ministers had previously enjoyed. When asked what political manoeuvre had been used to get him out of office, he replied "it's shapely, it wiggles, it's cold-blooded and its name is Ainsley Gotto".
- 29 November – The rebuilding of the Indian Pacific rail line between Sydney and Perth to standard gauge is completed.
- 16 December – Prime Minister John Gorton announces that a withdrawal of Australian Army troops from the Vietnam War would begin in 1970.
Science and technology
Arts and literature
- 21 January – Boxer Johnny Famechon becomes world featherweight champion, when he defeats Cuban Jose Legra in a bout at the Albert Hall in London.
- 12 April – Carlton achieve the first double-century VFL score when they kick 30.30 (210) against Hawthorn, beating a previous record from 1931.
- 6 September – Richmond sets a new record VFL finals winning margin when it beats Geelong by 118 points. it is the first century winning margin in a finals match and beats the previous record margin of 88 points by Melbourne against Collingwood in the 1964 Second Semi.
- 20 September – The Balmain Tigers defeated South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NSWRL Rugby League Grand Final at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
- 27 September – Richmond 12.13 (85) beats Carlton 8.12 (60) for its seventh premiership.
- 2 October – Tennis player Rod Laver beats fellow Australian Tony Roche in the men's singles final of the U.S. Open, achieving his second Grand Slam (having also won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon in that year).
- 11 October – John Farrington wins his first men's national marathon title, clocking 2:21:02.8 in Sydney.
- 4 November – Rain Lover wins the Melbourne Cup.
- 19 January – Luc Longley, basketball player
- 22 January – Shelley Sandie, basketball player
- 23 January – Danielle Woodhouse, water polo player
- 7 February – Fiona Robinson, basketball and handball player
- 3 March – Tony Modra, Australian Rules football player
- 15 March – Matthew Morris, politician
- 17 March – Alison Forman, football (soccer) midfielder
- 28 March – John Brogden, politician
- 1 April – Andrew Vlahov, basketball player
- 3 April – Ben Mendelsohn, actor
- 7 May - Rachael Robertson (writer), speaker, author and mentor
- 14 May – Cate Blanchett, actress
- 17 May – Liesl Tesch, wheelchair basketball player, sailor and politician
- 31 May – Juliet Haslam, field hockey defender
- 3 June – Dean Pay, Australian rugby league player
- 30 June – Mark Garner, track and field sprinter
- 7 July – Rina Bradshaw-Hill, triathlete
- 30 July – Simon Baker, actor
- 15 August – Bernard Fanning, singer
- 16 August – Jodi McKay, politician
- 6 September – Michellie Jones, triathlete
- 7 September – David Borger, politician
- 9 September – Natasha Stott Despoja, politician
- 13 September – Shane Warne, cricketer
- 18 September – Brad Beven, triathlete
- 19 September – Kostya Tszyu, boxer
- 20 October – Laurie Daley, rugby league football commentator and former player
- 11 December - Karl von Möller, Director, cinematographer
- 14 December - Rob Oakeshott, politician
- 29 December – Andrew Cornwell, politician
- 18 January – Gregory Brain (born 1893), politician
- 29 January – Alfred McClelland (born 1886), politician
- 31 March – Ernest Wetherell, politician
- 14 May – Frederick Lane (born 1888), swimmer
- 3 August – Alexander Mair (born 1889), 26th Premier of New South Wales (1939–1941)
- 25 August – Robert Cosgrove (born 1894), 30th Premier of Tasmania (1939–1947, 1948–1958)
- 17 November – Sir Malcolm Barclay-Harvey (born 1890), 22nd Governor of South Australia (1939–1944)
- 21 November – Norman Lindsay (born 1879), artist
- 27 November – May Gibbs, (born 1877) children's author.
- "Sweeping Ministry Changes- Four New Faces in Cabinet". The Age. 12 November 1969.
- Barnes, Allan (14 November 1969). "Ainsley's Champagne Toast Turns Sour". The Age.
- "At Midnight Tomorrow, Victoria Stops". The Age. 12 November 1969.
- 2000 Weeks (1969), Australian Screen.