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Australia's estimated population: 11, 280, 429

Visual Art

  • no award is made in the Archibald prize

    Performing Arts

  • Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music established 
  • Robert Helpmann's ballet The Display, with music by Malcolm Williamson 
  • Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev dance with the Australian Ballet 
  • Patrick White's play Night On Bald Mountain

    Film & Television

  • The Mavis Bramston Show and Homicide premiere 
  • Bobby Limb wins the Gold Logie 
  • Transfiiguration wins the AFI Award


  • Donald Horne's The Lucky Country 
  • George Johnston's My Brother Jack 
  • Kath Walker's We Are Going


  • NSW public servants are granted four weeks' annual leave 
  • Child endowment extended to children 16-21 in full-time education 
  • Australian athletes win 6 gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics 
  • Dawn Fraser is named Australian Of The Year 


Dawn Fraser - Australian of the Year, 1964

Born in Balmain, NSW, in 1937, Dawn Fraser suffered from asthma as a child and was encouraged to take up swimming by her favourite brother Don, who died at 13. One of the last things Don said to his sister before he died was "You have a gift ... keep training for me." Dawn was discovered by coach Harry Gallagher, who recognised her potential and offered to train her for free. Under his direction, she frequently trained with male swimmers to make her more competetive.

She won her first national title in 1955, and won two gold medals at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. She became the only swimmer to win gold medals at three successive Olympic Games, winning the 100 metres freestyle in 1956, 1960, and in 1964, when she was 27 -- almost twice the age of the silver medallist. She was the first woman to break the one-minute barrier for 100 metres freestyle, and held that record until 1972.

She held twenty-seven individual world records, twelve relay world records, eight Olympic (four gold, four silver) and seven Commonwealth (six gold, one silver) medals. Always a maverick, Dawn's hatred of rules and regulations led to constant battles with sporting officials. These conflicts brought her career to an abrupt and untimely end on 1 March 1965, when the Amateur Swimming Union of Australia banned her from competition for ten years to punish Dawn for an incident tha took place during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. when Dawn was part of a group of athletes who stole a flag from the grounds of Imperial Palace. Her ban was later reduced to four years after it was discovered she had not initiated the prank.

Dawn Fraser 1963
Photo: David Moore (b1927)
National Library of Australia

International Milestones ...

Music & Theatre:
- The Beatles take the music world by storm. In New York they are the first pop group to play at the Carnegie Hall; Britain's New Statesman responds with the leader titled 'The Menace of Beatlism'

- Theatre of Cruelty (inspired by Antonin Artaud) season opens at the RSC; Peter Brook directs Peter Weiss' Marat/Sade

- Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane premieres

- In Kyoto, avant-garde artist Yoko Ono stages her Cut Piece, kneeling motionless on stage while members of the audience are enlisted to cut away her clothing

- New York performances of Carolee Schneemann's Meat Joy enlist naked men and women, dismembered fish and chickens, blood, paint and the audience into the event.



Philip Larkin: The Whitsun Weddings
William Golding: The Spire
John Lennon: In His Own Write
Jorge Luis Borges: Labyrinths
Marshall McLuhan: Understanding Media
Arthur Koestler: The Act of Creation
William Burroughs: The Nova Express
Saul Bellow: Herzog
Ken Kesey: Sometimes a Great Notion
Herbert Marcuse: One Dimensional Man.
Yoko Ono: Grapefruit.

A Hard Day's Night
My Fair Lady
A Fistful of Dollars
(Sergio Leone) initiates the so-called  'spaghetti western' film genre

Top of the Pops premieres
The Wednesday Play
(BBC) premieres
The Man from UNCLE premieres
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
is cancelled





4th Do You Love Me?  
Brian Poole & The Tremeloes 

11th I Want To Hold Your Hand 
The Beatles 

18th I Want To Hold Your Hand 
The Beatles 

25th I Want To Hold Your Hand 
The Beatles

The Beach Boys tour Australia as part of the Surfside '64 tour, with Roy Orbison, Paul & Paula and The Surfers. Local support band is The Joye Boys. 

Channel 7 in Sydney premieres the shortlived "Surf Sound", a new pop show dedicated to the current surf music craze.

Major overseas releases:
Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin'
The Hollies - Stay With The Hollies 

1  "Top of the Pops" premieres on BBC TV, with Jimmy Saville hosting.

3  The Beatles appear on American TV for the first time in a short film-clip broadcast on The Jack Parr Show.

6  The Rolling Stones begin their first headlining tour of the UK, supported by The Ronettes.

7  Cyril Davies, one of the founding fathers of the British blues boom, dies in London from leukemia, aged only 32. Davies began playing music professionally in the early 1950's, then took up the harmonica after teaming up with Alexis Korner in the mid-1950's as an acoustic blues duo. In the early 1960's they recruited drummer Charlie Watts and bassist Jack Bruce, electrified their instruments and named themselves Blues Incorporated. In 1962 they opened up the Ealing Club in London which attracted many blues enthusiasts including: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Eric Burdon and Rod Stewart, many of whom got their starts sitting in with the band. When Charlie Watts left Blues Incorporated he was replaced by Ginger Baker. Blues Incorporated split up in 1963 and Davies put together The Cyril Davies All-Stars, which included Nicky Hopkins, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. They recorded four songs for Pye Records. Davies taught harmonica to both Mick Jagger and Brian Jones. After he died, his band was taken over by Long John Baldry.

9  The Ronettes enter the US charts with their single Baby I Love You.

11  Billboard magazine publishes its first country music chart and Johnny Cash makes history with his LP King Of Fire - The Best of Johnny Cash which becomes the first album to hold the #1 spot in the new chart.

15 The legendary Whisky A Go-Go club opens on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.

29  The RAAF takes delivery of its first two Mirage fighter-bombers

Smoke & Stack/Board Boogie
The Aztecs



1st I Want To Hold Your Hand
The Beatles 

8th I Want To Hold Your Hand
The Beatles 

15th I Saw Her Standing There
The Beatles 

22nd I Saw Her Standing There
The Beatles 

29th I Saw Her Standing There
The Beatles

Major overseas releases:
Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin'

3  The first double-decker carriages begin trial runs on the Sydney suburban rail network

8  The Beatles get a riotous reception at Kennedy Airport, New York at the start of their first American tour

9  The Beatles make their landmark first live TV appearance in the USA. Their performance on the Ed Sullivan Show electrifies fans across the country and is watched by a record American TV audience estimated at 73 million. 

10  82 sailors are killed when HMAS Voyager is accidentally rammed and sunk by the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne during night exercises off Jervis Bay, on the NSW south coast. It is Australia's worst peacetime naval disaster.

- Bob Dylan's third LP The Times They Are A-Changin' is released in the United States. The title track soon becomes one of the anthems of the 1960s.

- A London magistrate rules that John Cleland's 1757 novel Fanny Hill is obscene and orders that all copies be confiscated.

12  Sir Arthur Upfield, author of the "Bony" detective novels, dies aged 73

23  The Beatles are mobbd by fans on their return to Britain from their first American tour

25  The Royal Commission into the Voyager disaster opens

- Sydney's Lyceum Theatre is destroyed by fire

- Cassius Clay takes world heavyweight boxing title from Sonny Liston.

Beach ball / You gotta have love
Jimmy Hannan




7th I Saw Her Standing There 
The Beatles

14th I Saw Her Standing There 
The Beatles

21st I Saw Her Standing There 
The Beatles

28th I Saw Her Standing There
The Beatles

Sydney radio station 2SM signs a contract with Brian Epstein, giving DJ Bob Rogers exclusive rights to interview The Beatles and broadcast highlights of each day of their Australian tour.

Teenager's Weekly features photos of Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love and a Sydney girl with whom he had struck up a relationship with during the group's January tour.

A split in the Communist Party of Australia leads to the creation of the pro-Maoist Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist)

Major Overseas Releases:
The Animals - Baby Let Me Take You Home
The Beach Boys - Fun, Fun, Fun
The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love 

6 American boxer Cassius Clay changes his name to Muhammad Ali after converting to Islam.

10  Eminent Australian jurist Sir Percy Spender is elected President of the International Court of Justice

20  Famed Irish writer Brendan Behan dies

27  A massive earthquake -- the largest ever recorded in North America -- hits Alaska. The quake and devastates Anchorage and surrounding regions, and the tsunamis that follow cause death and destruction as far away as Hawaii.

28  British pirate station Radio Caroline begins transmission

31  The Beatles hold all top six places on the Aussie singles chart:
#1 - I Saw Her Standing There
#2 - Love Me Do
#3 - Roll Over Beethoven
#4 - All My Loving
#5 - She Loves You
#6 - I Want to Hold Your Hand.

War Of The Worlds
The Atlantics

Peace of Mind / Don't say goodbye
The Bee Gees

Let's stomp the Australian way / Lucky me Tony Brady

You make me happy / Hokey Pokey Stomp Jimmy Hannan

One Road/Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Jimmy Little




4th All My Loving (EP) 
The Beatles

11th All My Loving (EP) 
The Beatles

18th All My Loving (EP) 
The Beatles

25th All My Loving (EP)
The Beatles

Pan-Pacific Promotions presents the first tour by 'Merseybeat' groups to visit Australia. The package tour which includes Gerry & The Pacemakers, Dusty Springfield, Brian Poole & the Tremoloes and Gene Pitney, supported by Johnny O'Keefe.

Dr Hanna Neumann is named Professor of the Department of Pure Mathematics at the ANU

The Menzies government refuses to ratify the International Labor Organisation convention on equal pay for women.

The editors of Sydney satirical magazine Oz - Richard Neville, Richard Walsh and Martin Sharp - are charged with printing an obscene publication. The charges stem in part from the famous Oz #6 cover, which depicts Neville and two friends pretending to urinate into a recessed wall fountain created by sculptor Tom Bass, which is set into the wall of the P&O building in Chifley Square, Sydney. 

ANC leader Nelson Mandela and others are put on trial in for their opposition to South Africa's racist apartheid regime. 

8 The Moonie-Brisbane oil pipeline opens, inaugurating production from Australia's first commercial oil field

12 Rev. Ted Noffs opens The Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross, Sydney

13  Tickets for The Beatles' Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane concerts go on sale, immediately breaking the previous sales record set by Johnny Ray in 1954.

21 BBC 2 begins transmission in the UK

22 The 1964 New York World's Fair opens at Flushing Meadow, in Queens, NY. The Fair runs for a total of 360 days, from April 22 to October 18, 1964 and from April 21 to October 17, 1965, and is held in conjunction 300th anniversary of the surrender of New York (then the the Dutch city of New Amsterdam) to British forces under the command of the Duke of York in 1664. The Fair features 140 pavilions on 646 acres, on the old site of the 1939-40 New York's World Fair. Although the majority of the pavilions are United States commerical companies, there are also 21 state pavilions and 36 foreign pavilions. 

The fair's theme is "Man in a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe." The fair has not been officially sanctioned by the Bureau of International Expositions, since world's fairs are limited to one year runs, the BIE had already given their blessing to Seattle's 1962 fair and only one U.S. fair was allowed per decade. Consequently many European and Eastern Bloc countries boycott it, although countries in Asia, South America, the Mid-East and Africa are represented. U.S. industry, led by General Electric, Ford, General Motors, Crysler, I.B.M., Bell Telephone, U.S. Steel, Pepsi Cola, Dupont, RCA and Westinghouse spends lavishly, erecting handsome pavilions and filling them with entertainment that they hope will boost their image with consumers. In all more than a billion dollars is invested.
[Information and image ©1997 Jeffrey Stanton]

24 Melbourne woman Judy Hanrahan becomes the first female teller appointed by the Bank of NSW since WWII.

27 Sir Garfield Barwick resigns as Minister for External Affairs to take up his appointment as the new Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia

29 J.B. (Jack) Renshaw becomes NSW Premier after the retirement of R.J. Heffron

Blue Day/You Don't Love Me
Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs



2nd All My Loving (EP)
The Beatles

9th A World Without Love 
Peter & Gordon

16th A World Without Love
Peter & Gordon

23rd Can't Buy Me Love
The Beatles

30th My Boy Lollipop

Australian Army engineers are sent to Sabah in Malaysia 

2 The Labor government led by Eric Reece is re-elected in Tasmania. Reece is later nicknamed "Electric Eric" by conservationists, because of his blinkered advocacy of massive hydroelectric schemes planned for Tasmania's wilderness area, including Lake Pedder.

17 Bernard "Midget" Farrelly wins the first World Surfboard Championship at Manly Beach

18 Mods and Rockers clash in seaside resorts all around the UK

28 Actress and singer Judy Garland is hospitalised in a coma in Hong Kong after reportedly suffering a heart attack. The previous week Garland had been blasted by the Australian press after a shambolic concert performance in Melbourne and she appeared in a confused state during a at Melbourne airport press conference just before her departure.

- Legislation is enacted authorising Commonwealth aid for science education for both private and public schools. The controversial move revives government assistance to Church schools.



6th My Guy
Mary Wells 

13th Poison Ivy
Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs 

20th Poison Ivy
Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs 

27th You're My World
Cilla Black

Major Overseas Releases:
The Animals - House of the Rising Sun
Manfred Mann - Do Wah Diddy Diddy 

2  The Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) is founded. 

3  During a photo shoot in London Ringo Starr collapses (suffering from tonsillitis and pharyngitis) and has to be hospitalized. The Beatles are scheduled to leave on a world tour (including Australia) the next morning, and it is too late to cancel, so Brian Epstein and George Martin quickly choose drummer Jimmy Nicol as Ringo's stand-in. 

4  The British Blue Streak rocket is successfully fired from the Woomera rocket range in South Australia.

8  Australia increases the number of Army "advisers" in Vietnam to 80, and commits them to active service.

10  The Beatles arrive in Australia from Hong Kong. After an unscheduled fuel stop in Darwin (where 400 fans are still on hand to greet them) The Beatles fly on to Sydney. They arrive in the middle of a heavy downpour, but are required to appear in an open-top truck in the pouring rain to greet fans. 

12  The Beatles arrive in Adelaide to play their first two concerts in Australia, and are greeted by the largest crowd ever in their touring career. Estimates put the crowd at anywhere between 300,000 and 500,000 people. They play their first show at Centennial Hall with Jimmy Nicol filling in for Ringo Starr. 

- Macquarie University is founded. The first graduates are accepted in 1967

13  The Beatles perform two more shows at Centennial Hall. The two shows on this day are drummer Jimmy Nicol's last as a "temporary Beatle". 

14 ANC leader Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life imprisonment for treason. 

15  The Beatles arrive in Melbourne and are reunited with Ringo. That night the group perform two shows at Festival Hall, Melbourne. 

16  The Beatles perform two shows at Festival Hall, Melbourne.

- Architect Joern Utzon announces that the Sydney Opera House will cost £17.4 million -- five times the original estimate.

- Comedian Lenny Bruce goes on trial for obscenity in New York. 

17  The Beatles perform two shows at Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia. The second show is filmed for an hour-long television program, The Beatles Sing for Shell

18-20  The Beatles return to Sydney and perform two shows each day over three days at Sydney Stadium, Rushcutter's Bay. A sound technician hired by Sydney's Daily Telegraph to attend the first concert on 19 June records sound levels as high as 114 decibels from the screaming crowd.

21  The Beatles leave Sydney for concerts in New Zealand.

- Three young civil rights workers go missing in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Michael Schwerner, 24, Andrew Goodman, 20, both from New York and James Chaney, 22, from Meridian, Mississippi, are all members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) dedicated to non-violent direct action against racial discrimination.  An FBI investigation reveals that they had been murdered by Ku Klux Klan sympathisers; their bodies were then buried in a dam wall and were not found until the FBI received an anonymous tipoff six weeks later.

On June 4 the three young men had been stopped by County Deputy Sheriff Cecil Price on traffic charges while driving to Meridian, Mississippi. They were detained briefly and then released, but as they drove away, at least a dozen members of the Ku Klux Klan ambushed their car. Schwerner and Goodman were taken from the car and shot dead on the spot, but an autopsy later revealed that Cheney (who was black) was tortured for some time before his death -- he had been savagely beaten, had both arms broken, then was shot at least three times, including one shot through the groin and a fatal shot in the back. They were then buried beneath a partly completed 15-foot earthen dam near Philadelphia, Mississippi. Their bodies are discovered on August 4 after an anonymous informant tips off the FBI to their location.
None of the twelve men suspected of being involved in the killings is ever charged with murder but several are eventually convicted on federal conspiracy charges after a controversial trial in October 1967.

27  Victoria's Liberal government, led by Sir Henry Bolte, is re-elected with a majority in both houses.

29  After shows in New Zealand, The Beatles return to Australia to perform two shows at Festival Hall, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. 

30  The Beatles perform their last two Australian shows at Festival Hall, Brisbane, the final performances on their world tour.

Whole lotta shakin' goin' on / Blue suede shoes
Johnny Devlin

Poison Ivy / Broken Things
Blue Day / You Don't Love Me (re-release)
Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs

I'll Be In Love With You / Tell Her That
The Flies

Never like this / What'd I say
Del Juliana



4th You're My World 
Cilla Black

11th You're My World 
Cilla Black

18th You're My World 
Cilla Black

25th A Hard Day's Night 
The Beatles

American electronics engineer Robert Moog begins work on the first of two prototypes of his modular electronic music synthesiser, built for and in collaboration with compposer Herbert Deutsch.

Major overseas releases:
The Beach Boys - I Get Around, Shut Down Vol.2
The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night (album and single)
Marianne Faithfull - As Tears Go By
The Zombies - She's Not There 

1  TV station TCN 9 (Sydney) broadcasts The Beatles Sing For Shell from 7:30-8:30 pm, which includes footage of their performance from the Melbourne Festival Hall on Jun 15.

2  President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act in a bid to continue the reforms initiated by Kennedy.

6  Princess Margaret attends the London premiere of The Beatles' first film, A Hard Day's Night

15  The first edition of The Australian is published in Canberra. It is Australia's first national daily newspaper, published by Rupert Murdoch's News Limited.

17  Sir Donald Campbell sets a new land speed record on Lake Eyre in his jet-propelled car "Bluebird"

19  Thirty-four RAAF personnel leave for Vietnam to fly and maintain Caribou transport aircraft

31  The unmanned American lunar probe Ranger 7 successfully transmits the first close-up photographs of the moon. Ranger sends over 4300 images in the final 17 minutes of its flight, before crashing into the lunar surface.

- Country music singer Jim Reeves dies at age 39 in a plane crash near Nashville, Tennessee, along with his manager, Dean Manuel. Reeves' hits included Welcome to My World and He'll Have to Go.



1st A Hard Day's Night 
The Beatles

8th A Hard Day's Night 
The Beatles

15th A Hard Day's Night 
The Beatles

22nd House Of The Rising Sun 
The Animals

29th House Of The Rising Sun 
The Animals

The Tasman Bridge across the Derwent River opens in Hobart.

Work is completed on re-erecting Sydney's GPO clock tower. It had been dismantled during WWII because of fears that it could be used as a navigation landmark for Japanese bombers.

Major overseas releases:
Bob Dylan - Another Side Of Bob Dylan
Herman's Hermits - I'm Into Something Good
The Kinks - You Really Got Me
The Rolling Stones - Five By Five EP 

4  The bodies of three young civil rights workers, who have been missing for six weeks, are found buried in a partially constructed dam near Philadelphia, Mississippi. [<< 4 June]

12  James Bond author Ian Fleming dies

18  The Beatles arrive in San Francisco on their triumphant second American tour.

- The International Olympic Committee bans South Africa from competing in the Olympic Games because of its apartheid policies.

20  Australia joins 12 other nations in the INTELSAT satellite communications consortium

24  The Australian Workers Union begins industrial action at Mt Isa in Queensland over a wage dispute. Over the next few months it will escalate into one of the bitterest disputes in Australia's industrial history.

26  The Royal Commission into the Voyager disaster finds that the collision was caused by Voyager veering off course and into the path of the Melbourne.

28  Bob Dylan and The Beatles meet for the first time in The Beatles' suite at the Hotel Delmonico in New York, where Dylan introduces The Beatles to marijuana. Paul McCartney declares that he is "really thinking" for the first time and asks their road manager Neil Aspinall to write down everything he says.

Claustrophobia / Could it be
The Bee Gees

Mashed Potato / Don't Cha Know
Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs




5th A Hard Day's Night 
The Beatles

12th I Should Have Known Better / If I Fell 
The Beatles

19th I Should Have Known Better / If I Fell 
The Beatles

26th I Should Have Known Better / If I Fell 
The Beatles

St George wins the Rugby League Grand Final

Melbourne wins the VFL Grand Final

Major overseas releases:
Simon & Garfunkel - Wednesday Morning, 3 AM
The Supremes - Baby Love 

11   The Beatles agree to play a concert in Jacksonville, Florida only if the audience is guaranteed to be unsegregated.

17  In the wake of the Voyager Royal Commission, Capt R.J. Robertson, commander of the HMAS Melbourne, resigns from the Navy

23  Sydney magistrate Gerald Locke SM rules that the satirical magazine Oz is an obscene publication. Editors Richard Neville, Richard Walsh and Martin Sharp are sentenced to six months' hard labour, but are released on bail pending an appeal.

27  The Warren Commission of inquiry into the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy announces its controversial findings; the Commission decides that alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone and unaided, that he was not part of a conspiracy, that there was no evidence of any conspiracy to kill Kennedy, and that Oswald's murder by Dallas club owner Jack Ruby was also not part of any conspiracy.

28  A British radio survey shows that pirate station Radio Caroline is attracting more listeners than the BBC.

- legendary screen comedian and musician Harpo Marx, 75, dies in Los Angeles after undergoing open heart surgery.



3rd I Should Have Known Better / If I Fell 
The Beatles

10th Have I The Right 
The Honeycombs

17th Have I The Right 
The Honeycombs

24th She's A Mod
Ray Columbus & The Invaders

31st She's A Mod 
Ray Columbus & The Invaders

Singer Johnny Chester hosts a new ABC TV show called Teen Scene, which also features his backing group The Chessmen as the house band.

Robert Moog shows the prototype of his new electronic synthesiser at the American Audio Engineering Society Convention.

Major overseas releases:
James Brown - Out Of Sight
The Animals - The Animals
The Kinks - All Day And All Of The Night, The Kinks
Martha & The Vandellas - Dancing In The Street
The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go?
The Beach Boys - Beach Boys Concert 

1  The Missing Links make a promotional appearance in Newcastle, and play a short set outside H.G. Palmer's showroom at 297 Hunter St at 12:30pm, before being moved off the footpath by police. That evening they pay at the Tyrell Hall.

2 Sydney's newest north-south crossing, the Gladesville Bridge over the Parramatta River, is opened by Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent.

13  FBI agents arrest eighteen men in connection with the murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi on June 21. However Mississippi prosecutors (acting on instructions from racist officials in the state government) refuse to take the case, citing lack of evidence, forcing federal authorities to proceed with federal charges of conspiracy and violations of the victims' civil rights.

15  Leonid Brezhnev takes over from the ousted Nikita Krushchev as Premier of the USSR and leader of the Communist Party.

- International tensions escalate when China test detonates its first atomic weapon

16 the British Labour Party wins the British general election.

18 The first season of the 1964-65 New York World's Fair closes [<< 22/4/64]. The Fair's two year run is a moderate public relations success but a financial flop. Predictions of 70 million visitors over the two seasons, prove unreasonable and at end of the first season, attendance is 25% below projections and the budget is US$10 million in the red. After the fair's bland and dull fun zone fails to attract patrons, better entertainment is added, but it does little to help, although there is a late surge of visitors just before end of the second season in October 1965.

20 The Australian police drama Homicide premieres on the Seven Network

22 French author and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre rejects his Nobel Prize for Literature

23 Pat Mackie, leader of a union faction involved in the bitter Mt Isa Mines dispute, is sacked on the eve of a vital mass meeting.

24  American civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jnr  is awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.

26 Notorious Perth serial killer Eric Edgar Cooke is executed at Fremantle Prison; he is the last person to be hanged in Western Australia. For several years before his capture in 1963, Cooke terrorised the city with a spree of shotgun shootings, at least 10 attempted hit-and-run killings, and numerous attacks on women in their homes. Although convicted and executed for one of these killings, there was strong evidence that Cooke was responsible for at least two others and possibly more. Minutes before his hanging, Cooke swore that he alone was responsible for the murders of two young women. Jillian MacPherson Brewer, 24, heiress to the MacRobertsons confectionery fortune, was murdered in her flat, and Rosemary Anderson, 17, had been run down and killed while walking home after an argument with her boyfriend. Despite this and other repeated and detailed confessions about the crimes, including details only the murderer could have known, Cooke's evidence was not believed by judges and led to the rejection of appeals by the two Perth men, John Button and Daryl Beamish, who had been wrongly charged, convicted and gaoled for the two crimes. Button served five years and Beamish fifteen before being released.

27 A huge oil fire damages Mobil's Hunter's Hill fuel depot

30 Australian and New Zealand troops stationed in Malaysia capture a small force of Indonesian infiltratators.

Sick & Tired / About Love
Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs

Turn Around Look At Me / Theme From "The Travels of Jamie McPheeters"
Barry Gibb & The Bee Gees

Jaywalker / Pathfinder
The Blue Jays



7th She's A Mod 
Ray Columbus & The Invaders

14th When You Walk In The Room 
The Searchers

21st Ask Me / Ain't That Loving You Baby
Elvis Presley

28th Leader Of The Pack
The Shangri-Las

The Seekers' I'll Never Find Another You reaches No.1 in Australia and the UK and #4 in the USA.

Major overseas releases:
The Bach Boys - When I Grow Up To Be A Man, Christmas Album
The Beatles - I Feel Fine
The Hollies - In The Hollies Style
The Rolling Stones - Little Red Rooster 

3  Polo Prince wins the Melbourne Cup

10  Prime Minister Robert Menzies announces the reintroduction of compulsory military service, commonly known as National Service. All able-bodied Australian men aged 20 will be liable to conscription by a birth-date ballot, and will have to serve two years in any location. The move is a major step in escalating Australia's military support for the USA's undeclared war in Vietnam.

11  The Mavis Bramston Show premieres on ATN 7 in Sydney. The show originally airs only in Sydney and Newcastle, but is relayed to other cities in the following months.

14  Mt Isa Mines shuts down its copper smelter because of continuing industrial trouble.

15  The Missing Links play at a benefit at the Sydney University Theatre, to raise money for the OZ defence appeal. The benefit also features the cast of the Mavis Bramston Show performing a send-up of the folks staple 'Puff The Magic Dragon', called "Poof The Tragic Queen", and actor Leonard Teale reciting a "surfie" version of Banjo Patterson's Clancy Of The Overflow. A few days before the benefit they appear on the ABC's People program performing two songs, Untrue and Route 66.


Smoke & Stack / Board Boogie (re-release)
The Aztecs

I just don't like to be alone / Love and money
Bryan Davies

I Sure Know A Lot About Love / Me You Gotta Teach
Tony Worsley & The Fabulous Blue Jays



5th Leader Of The Pack 
The Shangri-Las

12th I Feel Fine 
The Beatles

19th I Feel Fine 
The Beatles

26th I Feel Fine 
The Beatles

The appeal case against the conviction of the editors of Oz is heard in Sydney.

Donald Campbell breaks the world water speed record at Lake Dumbleyung, WA, in the hydroplane Bluebird

The number of American "military advisers" in Vietnam increases to 23,000

Sydney yacht Freya wins the Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race

Major overseas releases:
The Beach Boys - Christmas Album
The Beatles - Beatles For Sale
Georgie Fame - Yeh Yeh
Gerry & The Pacemakers - Ferry Cross The Mersey
The Kinks - Kinksize Session EP
The Temptations - My Girl
The Yardbirds - Five Live Yardbirds 

Dr Martin Luther King preaches a sermon in St Paul's Cathedral, London

10  Dr Martin Luther King receives the Nobel Peace Prize at the award ceremony in Stockholm.

21  Britain's House of Commons votes for the abolition of capital punishment.

10  The Queensland government declares a state of emergency in an attempt to end the Mt Isa Mines dispute

11  Easybeats guitarist Harry Vanda marries; in the evening The Easybeats meet future manager Mike Vaughan at a dance in the the northern Sydney suburb of Hornsby.

16  Melbourne's La Trobe University is founded; the first undergraduates are admitted in March 1967

24  Vietcong guerillas stage a daring car-bomb attack in the heart of Saigon, killing two American servicemen and wounding fifty-two others

27  Australia's first offshore oil well is "spudded" in the Gippsland Basin of Bass Strait

31  The Missing Links play at a New Years Eve dance in Katoomba.

Over The Rainbow / That I Love
Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs
Chart information courtesy Oz Net Music Chart ©1997.