1965 in Australia

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1965 in Australia
Monarchy Elizabeth II
Governor-General The Viscount De L'Isle, then The Lord Casey
Prime minister Sir Robert Menzies
Population 11,387,665
Elections WA, SA, NSW
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Events by month[edit]



  • Judge Aaron Levine overturns the obscenity conviction of the editors of Oz magazine
  • Charles Perkins leads The Freedom Ride, which travels through country NSW, protesting the racial discrimination against Aboriginal people.
  • Margaret Court wins the Australian women's tennis singles title for the sixth consecutive year
  • 18 February – Esso-BHP strikes gas at the Barracouta well in Bass Strait.
  • 20 February – Freedom Ride participants including Charles Perkins are ejected from the Moree municipal swimming baths after protesting against its policy of not admitting Aborigines.
  • 22 February – Prince Philip opens the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra.
  • Talbot Duckmanton succeeds Sir Charles Moses as chairman of The Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC)
  • The Seekers' single I'll Never Find Another You reaches #1 in the UK charts. It becomes the first recording by an Australian act to sell more than 1 million copies and eventually sells more than 1.75 million





  • The official opening of the Captain Cook Bridge, which spans the Georges River
  • TV variety show In Melbourne Tonight celebrates its 2000th performance. Since its premiere in 1957 the show had earned the Nine Network over £AU4 million in advertising revenue and it attracted more viewers per capita than any other television show in the world, with the network rumoured to be paying host Graham Kennedy more than £AU20,000 per year (14 June)
  • 21 June – The Premier of Tasmania, Eric Reece, announces the Gordon Power scheme will "result in some modification to the Lake Pedder National Park", but it was still in development and no further details were revealed.[2]
  • 30 June – At a speech to the Australian Club in London, PM Sir Robert Menzies declares that Australia is in a state of war in Vietnam.


  • 18 to 20 July - Snow is recorded as far north as the Clark Range in Queensland, killing drought-weakened livestock. At the same time, extremely heavy rainfall in the North Coast turns drought into flood, with Brisbane having its wettest-ever July day with 193.2 millimetres (7.6 in).






Science and technology[edit]

Arts and literature[edit]


  • Faces In The Sun wins the AFI Award for Best Film



Light Fingers won the Melbourne Cup.

Cricket: Australia lose a five test series away to the West Indies 2-1. The West Indies side includes greats such as Garry Sobers and Rohan Kanhai, while Australia featured opening batsmen Bill Lawry and Bobby Simpson.

Cricinfo series page

Rugby League: 1965 NSWRFL season St George wins the tenth of a record eleven consecutive premierships in the NSWRL. They were not to win again until 1977, then in 1979. 31 years later, they won in 2010.

Golf: The Australian Veteran Golfers Association. (A.V.G.A.) was formed on 7 July 1965 by four businessmen, Messrs. A Hall, W.Foulsham J.Barkel and H.Hattersley.



  • 20 February – Lex Davison, racing driver (born 1923)
  • 2 November – H. V. Evatt, politician and diplomat (born 1894)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Natalie Bochenski (April 22, 2014). "Merle's Bar toasts Brisbane suffragette". brisbane times. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Interim Report – The Future of Lake Pedder, Lake Pedder Committee of Enquiry, 29 September 1997.