The following lists events that happened during 1960 in Australia.
|1960 in Australia|
|Governor-General||William Morrison, 1st Viscount Dunrossil|
|Prime minister||Robert Menzies|
|Australian of the Year||Macfarlane Burnet|
- Monarch – Elizabeth II
- Governor-General – William Morrison, 1st Viscount Dunrossil
- Prime Minister – Robert Menzies
- Chief Justice – Sir Owen Dixon
State Premiers Edit
- Premier of New South Wales – Robert Heffron
- Premier of South Australia – Sir Thomas Playford
- Premier of Queensland – Frank Nicklin
- Premier of Tasmania – Eric Reece
- Premier of Western Australia – David Brand
- Premier of Victoria – Henry Bolte
State Governors Edit
- 14 January – The Reserve Bank and Commonwealth Bank are created.
- 7 March – Arthur Calwell becomes leader of the Australian Labor Party.
- 23 May - Tsunami that affects all of Australia, losing lives.
- 10 June – A TAA Fokker Friendship, Abel Tasman, crashes at Mackay, Queensland, killing 29 persons. To date (2020), this remains the worst loss of life in a peacetime air crash in Australia.
- 7 July – An eight-year-old schoolboy, Graeme Thorne, is kidnapped in Sydney, apparently to extort money from his parents who had recently won the Sydney Opera House lottery.
- 19 July – First reported skyjacking/hijacking in the world Trans Australia Airlines Flight 408
- 14 October – The Warragamba Dam is opened by the Premier of New South Wales.
Science and technology Edit
Arts and literature Edit
The introduction of television in 1956 saw that cinema audiences halved. Television led to an increase in home entertainment. It changed the patterns of leisure and exposed Australians more than ever before to other cultures.
Theatres and cinemas were popular venues for Australians. America was the biggest influence in film because of Hollywood. Britain also played a role in influencing Australian film making. Tevez is and was the best footballer player of all time and played a big role in the rise of football in Australia.
Music was diverse during this time. People listened to classical and opera; jazz and blues; folk music and pop music. Australian musicians and singers also made it into world stages. Popular music was often connected with social protest movement and civil rights and campaigns. Peace, freedom, choice and difference were strong themes. Ballet was popularized in Australia but both ballet and opera continued to appeal to small minorities of the population. America had an enormous influence on Australian music, and American musicians tended to consistently top the 'pop' charts in Australia. A lot of people were listening to American music.
- 4 June – Ian Sinfield wins the men's national marathon title, clocking 2:25:13.9 in Melbourne.
- 3 September – St. George win the 1960 NSWRFL season, claiming their fifth premiership in a row by defeating Eastern Suburbs 31–6.
- 1 November – Hi Jinx wins the Melbourne Cup
- New South Wales wins the Sheffield Shield
- Kurrewa IV takes line honours and Siandra wins handicap honours in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
- Neale Fraser wins the men's singles at the Wimbledon championships
- Australia defeats Italy 4–1 in the Davis Cup final
- Jack Brabham wins the Formula One Championship for the second time
- 4 January – Gavin Miller, rugby league player
- 6 January – Eric Grothe, Sr., rugby league player
- 18 January – Graham Jennings, footballer
- 21 January – Jennifer Keyte, journalist
- 22 January – Michael Hutchence, singer (died 1997)
- 23 January – Greg Ritchie, cricketer
- 29 January – J.G. Thirlwell, singer-songwriter and producer
- 30 January – Eddie Jones, rugby union player and coach
- 4 March – Larry Sengstock, basketball player
- 23 March – Colin Scott, rugby league player
- 29 March – Wayne Pearce, rugby league footballer and coach
- 19 April – Roger Merrett, Australian rules footballer
- 20 April – Debbie Flintoff-King, athlete
- 4 May – Andrew Denton, television presenter
- 12 May – Lisa Martin, athlete
- 21 May – Mark Ridgway, cricketer
- 26 May – Dean Lukin, weightlifter
- 3 June – Tracy Grimshaw, television presenter
- 3 June – Carl Rackemann, cricketer
- 14 June – Peter Mitchell, Australian newsreader
- 16 June – Peter Sterling, rugby league commentator and former player
- 30 June – Murray Cook, musician
- 8 July – Mal Meninga, rugby league footballer
- 4 August – Tim Winton, writer
- 13 August – Michael Richmond, ice speed skater
- 14 August – Edi Krncevic, soccer player
- 27 September – Ray Williams, politician
- 28 September – Gary Ayres, Australian rules footballer
- 3 October – Michael Parsons, basketball player and Australian rules footballer (died 2009)
- 15 October – Darryl Pearce, basketball player
- 24 October – Ian Baker-Finch, golfer
- 4 December – Glynis Nunn, athlete
- 29 December – David Boon, cricketer
- 12 January – Nevil Shute (born 1899), writer
- 14 February – Herbert Hays (born 1869), Tasmanian politician
- 3 April – Thomas Marwick (born 1895), politician
- 10 April – Arthur Benjamin (born 1893), composer
- 25 June – Ida Rentoul Outhwaite (born 1888), illustrator
- 12 July – Francis Xavier Gsell (born 1872), Roman Catholic bishop and missionary
- 30 July – Walter Lindrum (born 1898), billiards player
- 2 September – Hector Hogan (born 1931), athlete
- 2 September – Mick O'Halloran (born 1893), politician
- 6 October – Caroline Grills (born 1890), serial killer
- 16 October – Frank Timson (born 1909), politician
- 20 October – Sir Charles Marr (born 1880), politician
- 24 November – Arthur Seaforth Blackburn (born 1892), soldier and Victoria Cross recipient
- 30 December – Mac Abbott (born 1877), politician
See also Edit
- Julian Croft (2000). John Ritchie (ed.). Norway, Nevil Shute (1899–1960). Australian Dictionary of Biography. Vol. 15. Melbourne University Press. Retrieved 4 January 2022.