1974 in Australia

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1974 in Australia
Monarchy Elizabeth II
Governor-General Paul Hasluck, then John Kerr
Prime minister Gough Whitlam
Population 13,504,538
Elections Federal, WA, NT, QLD
Years in Australia: 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977
Centuries: 19th century · 20th century · 21st century
Decades: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Years: 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

  • January
  • 26 February – Mungo Man, a human skeleton estimated to be 40,000 years old, uncovered at Lake Mungo
  • 18 May – John Howard enters Parliament as an Opposition backbencher for the electorate of Bennelong
  • 1 July - Australia's road signs switch from imperial to metric.
  • October – The first Australian credit card, Bankcard, is introduced
  • 24 December – Cyclone Tracy devastates the city of Darwin. The official death toll was 71
  • Averaged over Australia, 1974 is by far the wettest year since 1890 with an annual average of 759.65 millimetres (29.91 in),[3] which some former estimates had as high as 784 millimetres (30.87 in).[4] It beat the previous record of 1950 by 144.06 millimetres (5.67 in).[3]

Arts and literature[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

Sport[edit]

  • 14 September – John Farrington wins his third men's national marathon title, clocking 2:17:23 in Gawler.

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sorted Australia-Wide January average rainfall
  2. ^ See Allen, Robert J.; The Australasian Summer Monsoon, Teleconnections, and Flooding in the Lake Eyre Basin; published 1985 by Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, S.A. Branch; ISBN 0-909112-09-6
  3. ^ a b Sorted Australia-Wide Annual Rainfall
  4. ^ See Bureau of Meteorology; Annual Climate Summary (2000)