1962 in Australia

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1962 in Australia
Monarchy Elizabeth II
Governor-General William Sidney
Prime minister Robert Menzies
Population 10,742,291
Elections SA, NSW, WA
Years in Australia: 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965
Centuries: 19th century · 20th century · 21st century
Decades: 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
Years: 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965


State Premiers[edit]

State Governors[edit]


The toilets of St Brigid's; the reason for the 1962 School Strike and the beginning of State Aid to non-Government schools
  • 16 July – An education strike in Goulburn, New South Wales, where, in response to a demand for the installation of three extra toilets at a local Catholic Primary School, the local community closed down these schools and sent the children to the Government schools. The Catholic Church declared they had no money to install the extra toilets. Nearly 1,000 children turned up to be enrolled locally and the state schools were unable to accommodate them. In 1963, Menzies made State aid for science blocks part of his party's platform in response to the public debate engendered by the Goulburn strike.
  • 15 August – The Red Sales aerobatic team, flying Vampire jets, crashes in practice, killing six people.[1]
  • 28 September – Paddington tram depot fire: One fifth of the Brisbane tram fleet is destroyed when the Paddington tram depot is burnt down in suspicious circumstances. 65 trams are destroyed.

Science and technology[edit]

Arts and literature[edit]




  • Athletics
  • Yachting



  • 17 January – Frank Hurley (born 1885), film maker and photographer
  • 3 December – Mary Gilmore (born 1865), poet and journalist


  1. ^ Disaster struck RAAF aerobatic team, Royal Australian Air Force Air Power Development Centre.