1932 in Australia
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|1932 in Australia|
|Prime minister||James Scullin
|Elections||NSW, VIC, QLD|
- Monarch – King George V
- Governor-General – Sir Isaac Isaacs
- Prime Minister – James Scullin (until 6 January), then Joseph Lyons
- Premier of New South Wales – Jack Lang (until 13 May) then Bertram Stevens
- Premier of Queensland – Arthur Edward Moore (until 17 June) then William Forgan Smith
- Premier of South Australia – Lionel Hill
- Premier of Tasmania – John McPhee
- Premier of Victoria – Edmond Hogan (until 19 May) then Sir Stanley Argyle
- Premier of Western Australia – James Mitchell
- Governor of New South Wales – Sir Philip Game
- Governor of Queensland – Sir John Goodwin (until 7 April), then Sir Leslie Orme Wilson (from 13 June)
- Governor of South Australia – Sir Alexander Hore-Ruthven
- Governor of Tasmania – none appointed
- Governor of Victoria – none appointed
- Governor of Western Australia – none appointed
- 19 March – The Sydney Harbour Bridge is officially opened by the Premier of New South Wales, Jack Lang.
- 30 March – The Grey Street Bridge is officially opened in Brisbane by the Governor of Queensland, Sir John Goodwin.
- 13 May – The Premier of New South Wales, Jack Lang, is dismissed by the Governor, Sir Philip Game.
- 14 May – A state election is held in Victoria. The Labor Party, already divided over the Premiers' Plan, is heavily defeated by a United Australia Party–United Country Party coalition.
- 11 June – A state election, called after the dismissal of Jack Lang as Premier, is held. Lang's Labor Party is heavily defeated, losing 31 seats to the UAP–Country coalition.
- 1 July – The Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) is established
- 23 November – The statue of The Dog on the Tuckerbox is unveiled at Gundagai, New South Wales by Prime Minister Joseph Lyons
Science and technology
- 17 August – Botanist John McConnell Black is awarded the Mueller Medal by the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science.
Arts and literature
Main article: 1932 in Australian literature
- 4 March – Brigadier-General Iven Giffard Mackay is appointed as the Commonwealth Film Appeals Censor, replacing the Censorship Appeals Board.
- 12 February – Australia defeats South Africa 5-0 in the cricket test series, played in Australia.
- 21 March – New South Wales wins the Sheffield Shield.
- Bodyline is first introduced into cricket
- The Australian Olympic team wins 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal at the 1932 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles
- 20 March – Racehorse Phar Lap, in Tijuana, Mexico, wins the Agua Caliente Handicap; across Australia, thousands celebrate after the radio broadcast of the race.
- 5 April – Racehorse Phar Lap dies midday at ranch in San Francisco, two weeks after winning at Agua Caliente racetrack (2 autopsies find nothing; however, trees had been sprayed with a lead–arsenate insecticide); it is 6 April at 10:30 am in Australia when news spreads.
- 24 September – The 1932 NSWRFL season culminates in South Sydney's victory over Western Suburbs in the premiership final.
- 1 October – Richmond defeats Carlton 13.14 (92) to 12.11 (83) at the VFL Grand Final to become premiers of the 1932 VFL season.
- 1 November – Peter Pan wins the Melbourne Cup.
- 7 January – Joe Berinson, politician
- 21 May – Brian Coleman, Australian rules footballer (died 1966)
- 10 June – Hedley Bull, political scientist
- 28 July – Peter Hughes, ACT politician
- 4 September – John Herron, politician
- 23 September – Doug Sutherland, Lord Mayor of Sydney (1980–1987)
- 26 September – Stan Smith, Australian rules footballer (died 2012)
- 11 October – Barry Jones, politician
- 1 March – George Chaffey (born 1848), irrigation pioneer
- 27 April – Sir Adrian Knox (born 1863), Chief Justice of the High Court
- 17 June – John Quick (born 1852), politician and author
- 23 June – Francis Kenna (born 1865), poet and politician
- 10 October – Bertram Mackennal (born 1863), sculptor
- "THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE.". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 21 March 1932. p. 16. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- "GREY STREET BRIDGE.". Queensland Figaro (Brisbane: National Library of Australia). 2 April 1932. p. 12. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- "THE GOVERNOR MOVES AT LAST. Mr. Lang Dismissed from Office". The Northern Times (Carnarvon, WA: National Library of Australia). 19 May 1932. p. 3. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- "SCIENTISTS CONFER.". The Examiner (Launceston, Tas.: National Library of Australia). 18 August 1932. p. 7 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- "FILM AUTHORITY.". The Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA: National Library of Australia). 5 March 1932. p. 1. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- "20 WICKETS FALL.". The Northern Miner (Charters Towers, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 13 February 1932. p. 5. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- "N.S.W. WINS SHEFFIELD SHIELD.". The Canberra Times (National Library of Australia). 23 March 1932. p. 3. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- "Peter Pan Winning The 1932 Melbourne Cup.". The Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW: National Library of Australia). 3 November 1932. p. 3. Retrieved 24 June 2012.