1921 in Australia
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|1921 in Australia|
|Prime minister||Billy Hughes|
|Elections||Western Australia, Victoria, South Australia|
- Premier of New South Wales – John Storey (until 5 October), then James Dooley (from 10 October until 20 December), then George Fuller (for 7 hours on 20 December), then James Dooley
- Premier of Queensland – Ted Theodore
- Premier of South Australia – Henry Barwell
- Premier of Tasmania – Walter Lee
- Premier of Victoria – Harry Lawson
- Premier of Western Australia – James Mitchell
- Governor of New South Wales – Sir Walter Davidson
- Governor of Queensland – Sir Matthew Nathan
- Governor of South Australia – Sir William Weigall
- Governor of Tasmania – Sir William Allardyce
- Governor of Victoria – George Rous, 3rd Earl of Stradbroke (from 21 February)
- Governor of Western Australia – Sir Francis Newdegate
- 7 March – The Commonwealth Department of Health is formed.
- 12 March – Edith Cowan becomes the first female parliamentarian in Australia, when she is elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council.
- 22 March – New South Wales MP Percy Brookfield is shot and killed when he tackles a crazed gunman at the train station in Riverton, South Australia.
- 31 March – The Royal Australian Air Force is established.
- 9 May – Australia assumes responsibility for administration of the Territory of New Guinea, following a League of Nations mandate divesting Germany of its colonies as required by the Treaty of Versailles.
- 30 August – A general election is held in Victoria. Harry Lawson of the Nationalist Party is returned as premier, although in a minority government.
- 26 October – The first group of Barnardo's Boys arrived in Sydney.
- 13 November – The cartoon character Ginger Meggs makes his first appearance, in a Sunday Sun comic strip "Us Fellers" drawn by cartoonist Jimmy Bancks.
- 30 December – Twelve-year-old Alma Tirtschke is raped and murdered in Melbourne, in what becomes known as the Gun Alley Murder.
- 31 December – Walter Burley Griffin is removed as director of construction for Canberra after disagreements over his supervisory role.
Science and technology
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Arts and literature
the first silent film
- Sister Olive wins the Melbourne Cup
- New South Wales wins the Sheffield Shield
- In Test Cricket, Australia defeated England in The Ashes series
- A Le Fevre wins the Australian Open Championship in golf
- The 1921 NSWRFL season sees the introduction of the St. George club. The Premiership is won by North Sydney.
- 3 January – Vasey Houghton, politician and conservationist (died 2001)
- 9 January – Bunney Brooke, actor (Number 96) (died 2000)
- 16 February – Bill Knott, NSW politician
- 4 March – Walter Campbell, Governor of Queensland (died 2004)
- 12 March – Norman Foster, politician (died 2006)
- 29 March – Sam Loxton, cricketer
- 1 April – Harold James Frith, ornithologist
- 13 April – Max Harris, writer (Angry Penguins) (died 1995)
- 13 May – George Petersen, Labor politician (died 2000)
- 28 May – Tom Uren, Labor politician
- 3 June – Forbes Carlile, swimming coach and Olympic pentathlete
- 19 June – Patricia Wrightson, children's author
- 22 July – Ronald N. Bracewell, physicist and radio astronomer (died 2007)
- 31 July – John Makepeace Bennett, computer scientist
- 20 August – Jack Wilson, cricketer (died 1985)
- 21 November – Betty Wilson, cricketer
- 24 November – Allan Ashbolt, journalist (died 2005)
- 26 December – Donald Horne, journalist and writer (died 2005)
- 14 January – Edward Hamersley (born 1835 or 1836), WA politician
- 27 January – Maurice Vincent Buckley (born 1891), soldier and Victoria Cross recipient
- 14 March – Gustave Barnes (born 1877), artist
- 21 May – Oswald Watt (born 1878), aviator
- 6 June – William Mark Forster (born 1846), philanthropist
- 18 June – G. H. Gibson (born 1846), writer and satirist
- 2 July – Edwin Evans (born 1849), cricketer
- 12 July – Harry Hawker (born 1889), aviation pioneer
- 26 July – Howard Vernon (born 1845), actor
- 1 August – T. J. Ryan (born 1876), Premier of Queensland (1915–1919)
- 23 August – Frank Hann (born 1846), explorer
- 13 September – James Hebblethwaite (born 1857), poet
- 5 October – John Storey (born 1869), Premier of New South Wales (1920–1921)
- 30 October – James Murdoch (born 1856), Scottish journalist
- 6 November – Robert Logan Jack (born 1845), geologist
- 17 November – John McLaren (born 1886), cricketer
- 24 December – William Curran, cricketer