Transport in Australia from 1950's

By matt8
  • First Aussie car

    The First Australian made car the Holden FX was made, Holden making 10 each day in there manufacuring line.
  • car production rate

    In 1951, Holden were manufacotring and average of 100 cars per day
  • Holden FJ

    In 1953 Holden Release the FJ, which sold for about $1500-$2000 which was about 68 times the average weekly wage.
  • Production growing fast in Australia

    By 1955, it was estimated that there were 1 850 000 cars in Australia, and Production had grown fast.
  • Quantas introduce round the world service

    In 1958, Qantas became the first airline in the world to introduce a regular round-the-world service.
  • Quantas introduced regular flights to popular cities

    In 1959, Qantas also offered regular flights to America, London via New York and London via India.
  • Australia's first freeway

    Australia's first freeway was completed in 1961 and many major state highways were sealed.
  • New type of car

    In 1961 a new type of car was brought into Australia - the MINI, which was the smallest car in Australia at the time, because all the Australian made cars were so big.
  • Cars becoming part of every day Australians

    By the 1960s, the car had become an essential part of everyday life for many Australians. In 1963, around 35 percent of Australians owned a car.
  • the princes Highway is completed

    In 1966, the final unsealed stretch of the Princes Highway was completed, allowing a fast, smooth, paved car journey all the way from Melbourne to Sydney.
  • Federal Govenment introduced National Highway Scheme in 1974

    The federal government introduced the National Highway Scheme in 1974, which aimed to join all mainland capital cities by a direct, paved highway route. In Queensland, the scheme also linked Brisbane to Cairns and in Tasmania, joined Hobart to Burnie.
  • People began to relise that petrol wasn't an unlimited source

    In 1974 and Australians began to realise that petrol was not an unlimited resource. Environmental design rules were enforced in the construction of new cars to increase fuel efficiency and limit pollution levels.
  • Golden age of car ownership appeard to be over

    In the mid 1970s, the 'golden age' of car ownership appeared to be over. This was most likely because the cost of Petrol was doubled.
  • Westgate bridge was built

    In 1978, the Westgate Bridge was built across Melbourne's Yarra River, linking the inner and eastern parts of the city with the industrial western suburbs.
  • Cars to be a vital part of everyday life

    By the 1980s, most Australians considered cars to be a vital part of everyday life. As car ownership continued to rise, however, roads became increasingly congested and pollution levels skyrocketed.
  • More Environmentally cars were introduced

    New energy-efficient, more environmentally-friendly cars were introduced. To lower exhaust emissions, catalytic converters were made compulsory in all new cars from 1986. Catalytic converters reduce the toxic level of emissions by changing carbon monoxide, petrol and nitrous oxide into less poisonous gases.
  • New laws were brought in, to lower road deaths

    Road deaths in the 1980s had fallen somewhat since the previous decade, but were still a source of concern. In order to curb the toll further, governments made seatbelts compulsory for all car passengers and random breath testing (RBT) was introduced to measure the concentration of alcohol in the blood and so reduce drink-driving. Previously, only people who had been pulled over for traffic offences were legally allowed to be breath tested. New road rule enforcement technology, like red-light c
  • Environmental issues with cars

    Environmental issues received a lot of public attention during the 1990s. Scientists warned that rising levels of greenhouse gasses were responsible for global warming and climate change. Transport, particularly the motor car, was named as one of the prime contributors. It has been estimated that transport is responsible for one-quarter of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
  • 8 million registered cars in Australia

    In 1991, there were almost 8 million registered cars in Australia. The increase in car ownership could be attributed a variety of factors, including rising incomes, improved road networks and a change in public perception regarding the declining efficiency of public transport.
  • Solar powered cars were given a thought

    Efforts were made throughout the 1990s to develop alternative ways of powering cars. Solar power and less polluting fuels like methanol, hydrogen and bio-diesel were researched heavily. Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) became a more common alternative fuel.
  • Traffic Jams Increasing Pollution

    Huge numbers of cars on Australian roads also led to worsening traffic congestion throughout the 1990s. Many roads in Australian cities had become completely jammed at peak travelling times.
    Excess time spent in traffic jams is considered to have a significant impact on quality of life for many people. It reduces time spent with family and time for outdoor physical activity. It also costs motorists money in petrol and further increases air pollution.
  • The decreasing use of cars was given thought, to lessen pollution in Australia

    Throughout the 1990s, some Australians became increasingly concerned about air pollution from their vehicles and took up more environmentally-friendly modes of transport like walking, cycling and public transport. The widespread use of the internet and the subsequent trend of working from home, was also expected to lead to a decrease in car use.
  • Qantas Best and Safest

    In the late 90's Qantas was considered to be one of the most safest and secure airlines in the world.
  • Planning by the Government was made by the Government to Lessen polution

    By the end of the 1990s, the social and environmental problems posed by cars were a prime concern of governments, industry and the public. Improved urban planning, better public transport and continued research into alternative energy were put forward as solutions to be developed in the coming decades.
  • Almost 1 car for every 2 people in Australia

    In 2001, however, it was estimated that car ownership in Australia had further increased to 9.8 million - almost one car for every two people in the country.
  • Jetstar birth

    Jeststar was, established in 2003 by Qantas
  • Jetstar allows domestic flights

    Jetstar started allowing Domestic passenger services began on 25 May 2004, soon after the sale of tickets for her inaugural flight in February 2004.
  • No speed limits on NT Highways

    Not until the end of 2006 the Major Highways of the Northen Territory, had no speed limit on them.
  • Present car transport

    Today Australia has a wide range of motor Vehicles that have been sold internationally, nearly everyone in Australia now owns a car, and most have come from the biggest manufacturing companies in Australia, Holden, Ford, and Toyota.