Australia between the Wars

By jeffmus
  • Jazz

    jazz is first played in Australia in Sydney
  • Australia gains control of New Guniea

    Australia gains official control over New Guinea through Treaty of Versailles.Silent film version of The Sentimental Bloke is released.
  • Country Party

    Official formation of the Australian Country Party.
  • Bean's story

    Publication of C.E.W. Bean’s Story of Anzac.
  • American products

    American products such as Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and Life Savers become available in Australia.
  • Recession

    Recession in the steel industry leads BHP to close Newcastle steelworks for a year.
  • Parliament House

    Commencement of construction of Parliament House in Canberra.
  • Radio

    Sydney radio station 2FC begins broadcasting.
  • Voting

    Voting is made compulsory for federal elections.
  • Refrigirators

    Importation of electric refrigerators from the USA.
  • Theater, Cars

    Australia has 1250 picture theatres; most films screened are from the USA.Car registrations rise to 82 500; highest level until after World War II.
  • Great Deppresion

    Great Depression begins after a general period of recession.
  • North Aerican company

    North American company, Peters, begins manufacturing ice-cream in Melbourne.
  • Telephone

    Australia and Britain are linked by radio telephone.
  • Politics

    Sir Isaac Isaacs becomes the first Australian-born Governor-General. Joseph Lyons (former LaborTreasurer) leads the United Australia Party to a massive victory over the Australian Labor Party
  • Polotics

    Sacking of Jack Lang, NSW Premier .Worst year of economic depression: unemployment around 30%.
  • Habour bridge

    Opening of Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Women's weekly

    Australian Women’s Weekly commences publication.
  • Criket

    Donald Bradman and the Bodyline test Cricket series
  • celebrations

    Sesquicentenary celebrations are held in Sydney.