This month in Australian history


The month of November is pretty significant in Australian history. Here are just a few of the major things that happened. Do you think November 2018 will ever make one of these lists?

4 November, 1931

The First Australian Ballet company staged their first performance – Coppelia – a complete Russian ballet.

4 November, 1942

The Japanese bombed Darwin but are halted on Kokoda Trail. A desperate and vicious seven-month campaign followed, which left 600 Australian soldiers killed and 1600 wounded, compared with more than 10,000 Japanese fatalities. In January 1943, Japanese resistance on Papua ceased.

7 November, 1861

The first Melbourne Cup was run at Flemington, won by ‘Archer’ who also won the Melbourne Cup the following year.

16 November 1920

Australia’s own airline, Qantas, was established. W Hudson Fysh, Paul McGinness and Fergus McMaster established the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Ltd with their two open-cabin biplanes.

22nd November, 1956

Television introduced in time for Australia’s first Olympic Games in Melbourne.

29 November 1948

Australia’s first locally made car, the Holden 48-215, launched.