Australian Historical Events in October

Australian Historical Events is a daily guide to the important events that shaped Australia to what it is today. It is a compilation of significant events for the month of October including the birth and death of famous Australians as well as laws promulgated by authorities. The list is constantly updated to incorporate the most recent events.

Australian Historical Events in October

Day Year Event
6 1920 Henry Forster, 1st Baron Forster, begins his term as the seventh governor-general of Australia.
7 1919 Death: Alfred Deakin, the second prime minister of Australia.
8 1925 John Baird, 1st Viscount Stonehaven, begins his term as the eighth governor-general of Australia.
8 1958 The Migration Act 1958, a law that governs immigration to Australia was given royal assent.
11 1852 The University of Sydney (USYD), also known as Sydney University, was inaugurated as the first university in Australia.
14 1824 Robert Howe published in Sydney the first edition of Australian, the first uncensored newspaper on the mainland.
17 2010 Mary MacKillop, the Australian nun who founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (the Josephites), was canonized as St. Mary of the Cross in a public ceremony held in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
17 1917 The Trans-Australian Railway, which runs from Port Augusta in South Australia to Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, was completed.
20 1973 The Sydney Opera House was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II after 14 years since construction began.
21 1890 The colony of Western Australia received the Responsible Government status.
21 1992 Old St Stephens Church, also known as the Pugin Chapel, built from 1848 to 1850, in Brisbane was added to the Queensland Heritage Register.
23 1845 St Francis’ Church in Melbourne, the oldest Catholic Church in Victoria, was completed and blessed.
25 1616 Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog made landfall at an island (now called Dirk Hartog Island) off the coast of Shark Bay, Western Australia. He was the second record European explorer to land on Australian soil.
30 1924 Brisbane City Council was organized.
31 1825 Birth: Catherine Helen Spence, first Australian woman to stand in an electoral exercise.

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