1990 in Australia

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1990 in Australia
Monarchy Elizabeth II
Governor-General Bill Hayden
Prime minister Bob Hawke
Population 17,065,128
Elections Federal, NT
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Arts and literature[edit]


  • 20 September – The Big Steal is released. Directed by Nadia Tass, the film will go on to be nominated for nine AFI awards, of which it will win three.
  • Blood Oath



  • 1 January – The VFL is renamed as the AFL (Australian Football League).[1]
  • 30 March – First day of the Australian Track & Field Championships for the 1989–1990 season, which are held at the Olympic Park in Melbourne, Victoria. The men's 10,000 metres event was conducted at Canberra on 24 February 1990.
  • 22 May – New South Wales (13.8.86) upsets Victoria (10.16.76) in a State of Origin match at the SCG.
  • 22 July – Allan Carman wins the men's national marathon title, clocking 2:15:17 in Brisbane, while Trudy Fenton claims the women's title in 2:44:38.
  • 23 July – Players' draft adopted at board meeting of NSWRL.
  • 8 September – Collingwood draws its elimination final with the West Coast Eagles. The AFL finals schedule is thrown into chaos and the Grand Final is rescheduled to be played a week later than usual. Extra time is subsequently introduced for future finals matches.
  • 6 October – Collingwood (13.11.89) defeats Essendon (5.11.41) to win the 94th VFL/AFL premiership. It is the first premiership won under the AFL banner and Collingwood's first premiership since 1958, thereby symbolising the end of the "Colliwobbles".
  • 10 November – Mal Meninga scores a stunning last-minute try to win the second Ashes rugby league test at Old Trafford.




  1. ^ Chronology of Australian Football, It's More Than A Game!.