1978 in Australia

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1978 in Australia
Monarchy Elizabeth II
Governor-General Sir Zelman Cowen
Prime minister Malcolm Fraser
Population 14,192,234
Elections NSW
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  • 13 February – Terrorism arrives in Australia for the very first time with the Sydney Hilton bombing killing 3 people and injuring 11 others.
  • 14 March – Stephen Matthews, aged 20, swept from the Natural Bridge off Albany, Western Australia, by a King Wave. Rescued by whale ship, the Cheynes II. First recorded survival of someone swept into the sea at The Gap and Natural Bridge.[1]
  • 30 March - Commonwealth Police (Federal Police) begin arresting 180 Greek-Australians said to be involved in a conspiracy to defraud the Department Of Social Security.
  • 4 April – Cyclone Alby kills 5 people in Western Australia
  • 15 May – Australia's longest serving prime minister Sir Robert Menzies dies
  • 24 June – The inaugural Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, a gay rights march is held in Oxford Street, Sydney to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York.
  • 7 October – The ALP government of Neville Wran is re-elected with a massively increased majority, leading to his win being dubbed as a "Wranslide".
  • 8 October – Australia's Ken Warby sets the current world water speed record of 510 km/h (317.60 mph) at Blowering Dam, New South Wales.
  • 21 November – Last day of commercial whaling in Australia. No sperm whales caught that day by the chaser ships (Cheynes II, III and IV) operated by the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company at Albany, Western Australia. The last whale caught by an Australian whaling company was the day before, 20 November.

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  1. ^ "The Natural Bridge". GlobeVista. 2008. Retrieved 2014-02-08.