1965 in Australia

The following lists events that happened during 1965 in Australia.

1965 in Australia
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralViscount De L'Isle, then Lord Casey
Prime ministerSir Robert Menzies
Australian of the YearRobert Helpmann
ElectionsWA, SA, NSW

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Events in Australia's history


7 Australia's first hydrofoil ferry begins service to Manly, in Sydney.

12 Bodies of two 15-year-olds, Christine Sharrock and Marianne Schmidt, found at Wanda Beach, Sydney; case remains unsolved.

16 Passenger and car ferry Empress of Australia begins operating between Sydney and Hobart.

27 Police at Mt Isa given the power to arrest without warrant and ban any person aiding the strike there; Pat Mackie banned.


11 Mt Isa Mines suspends all operations.

18 Gas (later, oil) struck in Bass Strait from Esso-BHP's Barracouta well.

20 Brand government re-elected in WA.

Duke of Edinburgh visits Australia (to 26th).

22 Royal Australian Mint opened in Canberra by Prince Philip. (Begins producing the first Australian-made decimal coins.)

- Charles Perkins leads a "freedom ride" through NSW in an attempt to end Aboriginal segregation.


1 Echuca, Vic., gazetted as a city.

6 Labor wins government in SA for the first time in 32 years; Frank Walsh becomes Premier, replacing Sir Thomas Playford, who had been in office for 26 years and four months, a record term in Australia.

10 First drawing of the birthday lottery to determine those eligible for National Service training.

12 Swan Hill, Vic., becomes a city.

17 Legislation introduced outlawing picketing and restricting pamphlets and banners at Mt Isa. (Strikers begin returning to work later in month.)

20 Duke and Duchess of Gloucester visit Australia (to 26 Apr.).

24 Prime Minister Menzies announces a new concept in tertiary education as recommended by the Martin Committee on the Future of Tertiary Education in Australia.


29 Menzies announces the government's decision to send a combat force to Vietnam following a request from Saigon for more military aid.


1 Labor defeated in NSW after 24 years in office; R. W. Askin becomes Premier.

27 First Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, leaves Sydney in the aircraft-carrier Sydney for active duty in Vietnam.

29 Captain Cook Bridge, Sydney, opened.


2 Secondary school teachers in Vic. stage a strike, the first teachers' strike in Australia since 1920.


13 Limited free-trade agreement negotiated between Australia and NZ.

21 Report of the Vernon Committee of Economic Inquiry tabled in federal parliament. (Principal recommendations rejected by government.)

22 Baron Casey succeeds Lord De L'Isle as Governor-General.


23 Roma Mitchell appointed judge of the Supreme Court of SA-the first woman to become a judge in Australia.


7 Sir Robert Menzies appointed Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.


7 Underground fire at the Bulli colliery, NSW; four miners killed.

16 Economic sanctions imposed on Rhodesia following that country's unilateral declaration of independence.

- Churchill Fellowships awarded for the first time.


15 Harry Chan becomes the first elected president of the NT Legislative Council.

- First section of the Sydney-Newcastle expressway opened.

Events by monthEdit



  • Judge Aaron Levine overturns the obscenity conviction of the editors of Oz magazine
  • Charles Perkins leads The Freedom Ride, which travels through country NSW, protesting the racial discrimination against Aboriginal people.
  • Margaret Court wins the Australian women's tennis singles title for the sixth consecutive year
  • 18 February – Esso-BHP strikes gas at the Barracouta well in Bass Strait.
  • 20 February – Freedom Ride participants including Charles Perkins are ejected from the Moree municipal swimming baths after protesting against its policy of not admitting Aborigines.
  • 22 February – Prince Philip opens the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra.
  • Talbot Duckmanton succeeds Sir Charles Moses as chairman of The Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC)
  • The Seekers' single I'll Never Find Another You reaches No. 1 in the UK charts. It becomes the first recording by an Australian act to sell more than 1 million copies and eventually sells more than 1.75 million





  • The official opening of the Captain Cook Bridge, which spans the Georges River
  • TV variety show In Melbourne Tonight celebrates its 2000th performance. Since its premiere in 1957 the show had earned the Nine Network over £AU4 million in advertising revenue and it attracted more viewers per capita than any other television show in the world, with the network rumoured to be paying host Graham Kennedy more than £AU20,000 per year (14 June)
  • 21 June – The Premier of Tasmania, Eric Reece, announces the Gordon Power scheme will "result in some modification to the Lake Pedder National Park", but it was still in development and no further details were revealed.[2]
  • 30 June – At a speech to the Australian Club in London, PM Sir Robert Menzies declares that Australia is in a state of war in Vietnam.


  • 18 to 20 July - Snow is recorded as far north as the Clark Range in Queensland, killing drought-weakened livestock. At the same time, extremely heavy rainfall in the North Coast turns drought into flood, with Brisbane having its wettest-ever July day with 193.2 millimetres (7.6 in).




30 October – English model Jean Shrimpton wears a controversially short white shift dress to the Victoria Derby at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia – a pivotal moment of the introduction of the miniskirt to women's fashion.



  • 25 December - Christmas

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  • Faces in the Sun wins the AFI Award for Best Film



Light Fingers won the Melbourne Cup.

Cricket: Australia lose a five test series away to the West Indies 2–1. The West Indies side includes greats such as Garry Sobers and Rohan Kanhai, while Australia featured opening batsmen Bill Lawry and Bobby Simpson.

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Rugby League: 1965 NSWRFL season St. George win the tenth of a record eleven consecutive premierships in the NSWRL, defeating South Sydney 12–8 in the Grand Final. Eastern Suburbs finish in last position, claiming the wooden spoon.

Golf: The Australian Veteran Golfers Association. (A.V.G.A.) was formed on 7 July 1965 by four businessmen, Messrs. A Hall, W.Foulsham J.Barkel and H.Hattersley.



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Natalie Bochenski (22 April 2014). "Merle's Bar toasts Brisbane suffragette". brisbane times. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  2. ^ Interim Report – The Future of Lake Pedder Archived 30 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Lake Pedder Committee of Enquiry, 29 September 1997.
  3. ^ Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame Honour Roll, Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts (Tasmanian Government), 2008.
  4. ^ "BASSETT". worldrowing.com. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  5. ^ Henry, Margaret. "Sulman, Florence (1876–1965)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 9 September 2022.