1884 in Australia
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- Governor of New South Wales – Lord Augustus Loftus
- Governor of South Australia – William Cleaver Francis Robinson
- Governor of Tasmania – Major Sir George Strahan
- Governor of Victoria – George Phipps, 2nd Marquess of Normanby then William Foster Stawell
- Premier of New South Wales – Alexander Stuart
- Premier of South Australia – Sir John Cox Bray until 16 June then John Colton
- Premier of Tasmania – William Giblin until 15 August then Adye Douglas
- Premier of Victoria – James Service
- 13 March – Daisy Bates married Breaker Morant.
- 16 June – The South Australian government of John Bray lost a no confidence motion over the introduction of a new tax and Bray was replaced as premier by the opposition leader John Colton.
- October – Billy Hughes migrated to Australia.
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Main article: 1884 in Australian literature
- 8 February – Reginald "Snowy" Baker (died 1953), sportsman and actor
- 16 December – John Gunn (died 1959), Premier of South Australia
- 25 January – James Francis (born 1819), Premier of Victoria
- 22 February – Sir Charles Sladen (born 1816), Premier of Victoria