1963 in Australia

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1963 in Australia
Monarchy Elizabeth II
Governor-General William Sidney
Prime minister Robert Menzies
Population 10,950,379
Australian of the Year John Carew Eccles
Elections Federal, QLD
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Science and technology[edit]

Arts and literature[edit]

Careful, He Might Hear You by Sumner Locke Elliott is awarded the Miles Franklin Literary Award


Short films produced in Australia included the following screened at the Venice Film Festival[1]

  • Adam and Eve – Dusan Marek
  • Along the Sepik – Ian Dunlop
  • Russell Drysdale – Dahl Collings
  • Sidney Nolan – Dahl Collings
  • They Found a Cave – Andrew Steane – XV Int. Festival Films for Young People
  • William Dobell – Dahl Collings


  • The Queen Returns – The 1963 Australian visit of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was filmed by the Commonwealth Film Unit. Much of the 30-minute film is devoted to Canberra and its history as the Queen's visit coincided with Canberra's Jubilee Celebrations – 50 years since the founding of the city.


Nine Network founded as the "National Television Network"

The panel show Beauty and the Beast premieres on the Seven Network.




  • 19 March – Lionel Hill, Premier of South Australia (born 1881)
  • 28 May – Margaret Preston, artist (born 1875)
  • 1 June – Walter Lee, Premier of Tasmania (born 1874)
  • 21 June – Harvey Sutton (81), track and field athlete (born 1882)
  • 10 October – Roy Cazaly, Australian Rules football player (born 1893)
  • 2 November – Daniel Mannix, Archbishop of Melbourne (born 1864)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Boilermaker Bill's Jakarta jottings; Boilermaker Bill McKell Labor Legend". Crikey. 10 September 2004. Archived from the original on 11 September 2005. Retrieved 3 April 2006. 
  2. ^ Tony Koch (2 November 2010). "Notorious bureaucrat who oppressed Aborigines dies unlamented". The Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 1 January 2013.