1957 in Australia
|1957 in Australia|
|Prime minister||Robert Menzies|
- Premier of New South Wales – Joseph Cahill
- Premier of South Australia – Thomas Playford IV
- Premier of Queensland – Vince Gair (until 12 August), then Frank Nicklin
- Premier of Tasmania – Robert Cosgrove
- Premier of Western Australia – Albert Hawke
- Premier of Victoria – Henry Bolte
- Governor of New South Wales – Sir John Northcott (until 3 July), then Sir Eric Woodward (from 1 August)
- Governor of Queensland – Sir John Lavarack (until 4 December)
- Governor of South Australia – Sir Robert George
- Governor of Tasmania – Sir Ronald Cross, 1st Baronet
- Governor of Victoria – Sir Dallas Brooks
- Governor of Western Australia – Sir Charles Gairdner
- 19 January – The last edition of The Argus newspaper is published.
- 29 July – At Bega, New South Wales, Senior Constable Kenneth Desmond Coussens (31), his wife Elizabeth (34) and 7-month old son Bruce were instantly killed by a bomb placed on their homes veranda. The house was demolished by the explosion at about 2 AM. 8 year-old Roger McCampbell, Coussens step-son, survived. A six-gallon metal cream container filled with 240 sticks of gelignite, stolen from a mine, was placed there by Myron Bertram Kelly. Coussens dealt with Kelly regarding traffic offences and issued him several traffic fines. Kelly appears to have become angered because Coussens issued further fines and defect notices regarding Kelly’s tractor and rotary hoe. On 6 December 1957 Justice McClemens sentenced Kelly to life imprisonment for the 3 murders.
- 15 September – Hobart has its wettest day on record with 156.2 millimetres as a result of a slow-moving low pressure system redeveloping over the Tasman Sea
- 3 October – Australian National Airways (ANA) is merged with Ansett to form Ansett-ANA.
- Slim Dusty wins his first gold record for A Pub With No Beer.
Science and technology
The CSIRO develop radar and microwave navigation systems for aircraft.
Arts and literature
- Architect Jørn Utzon wins the design competition for the Sydney Opera House
- Ivor Hele wins the Archibald Prize with his Self Portrait
- Elwynn Lynn wins the Blake Prize for Religious Art with his work Betrayal
- Voss by Patrick White wins the inaugural Miles Franklin Literary Award
- Robbery Under Arms, film adaptation of the novel of the same name (see Robbery Under Arms on IMDb).
- Three in One, a television show of three short stories about life in Australia in the 1950s (see Three in One on IMDb).
- 19 January – GTV-9 television station is officially opened in Melbourne.
- 6 May – In Melbourne Tonight, TV-Series 1957–1970 (GTV-9's first major production).
- Pick-A-Box, TV-Series 1957–1971 (first broadcast as a radio program in 1948)
- The Tarax Show, TV-Series 1957–1970 (sponsored by Tarax, a soft drink bottling company from Melbourne.
- Rugby league
- Rugby union
- Horse Racing
- Motor Racing
- Kurrewa IV takes line honours and Anitra V wins on handicap in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
- 27 February – Robert de Castella, marathon runner
- 20 March – David Foster, axeman
- 30 March – Debra Byrne, entertainer
- 30 March – Alan Fletcher, Australian actor
- 9 April – Jamie Redfern, singer
- 13 April – Mark Tonelli, swimmer
- 18 April – Ian Campbell, long and triple jumper
- 22 May – Gary Sweet, actor
- 13 July – Penny Cook, actress
- 26 July – Wayne Grady, golfer
- 14 August – Peter Costello, politician
- 16 August – Peter Van Miltenburg, track and field sprinter
- 21 September – Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia (2007–2010)
- 22 September – Nick Cave, musician
- 30 December – Simon Madden, Australian Rules footballer
- 11 January – Sir Robert Garran (born 1867), Solicitor-General of Australia
- 31 January – John Marshall (born 1930), freestyle swimmer
- 4 August – John Cain I (born 1882), Premier of Victoria
- 27 October – James McGirr (born 1890), Premier of New South Wales