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  • Australia's estimated population = 13, 831, 978

    Visual Arts
  • Sam Fullbrook's portrait of jockey Norman Stephens wins the Archibald Prize

  • Ronald McKie's The Mango Tree

    Film & Telelvision
  • Graham Kennedy and Number 96's Pat McDonald win the Gold Logie
  • Peter Weir's The Cars That Ate Paris
  • Tim Burstall's Petersen
  • Bruce Beresford's Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (featuring a cameo appearance by Gough and Margaret Whitlam)
  • Michael Thornhill's Between Wars
  • Number 96 - The Movie
  • Ebsen Storm's 27A
  • Dave Jones' Yackity Yack
  • Village Theatres open a three-cinema complex in George St, Sydney.

  • Conductor Sir Bernard Heinze (right) is named Australian Of The Year
  • GMH produces its three millionth Holden, an HJ model.

Sir Bernard Heinze AC (1894-1982), Australian of the Year 1974

ABOVE: Sir Bernard (at right) congratulates composer Peter Sculthorpe after after a premiere performance at the Sydney Town Hall. (Photo source: ABC)

Born in Victoria, conductor and musician Heinze studied violin in Melbourne and Europe. He turned down posts in Europe to become Ormond Professor of Music at the University of Melbourne, a position he held for thirty years, 1925-55. Discouraged by Australian audiences' lack of interest in music, he initiated the Young People's concert series, which now draw 200,000 children each year. He was conductor of the Victorian Symphony Orchestra, 1933-56, and life conductor of the Melbourne Philharmonic from 1928.

In 1929 Heinze was appointed music adviser to what became the Australian Broadcasting Commission. There he oversaw the inception of its State symphony orchestras, celebrity concerts, youth concerts and fine music broadcasting. Heinze introduced Aussie audiences to the music of Bruckner, Shostakovich, Bartok and Walton and championed the work of Australian composers. He was the first Australian to be knighted for services to music in 1949, by which time the Sydney and Melbourne orchestras were of world standard. On his retirement in 1965. Heinze was hailed as the most influential figure in Australian music, with one critic declaring: "there is not a fibre of our musical life that has not been modified by his career".




5th Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)   
Helen Reddy 

12th Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)   
Helen Reddy 

19th 48 Crash 
Suzi Quatro 
26th Photograph 
Ringo Starr

The third Sunbury Festival is held.

Festival Records releases a pop arrangement of The Lord's Prayer sung by Adelaide nun Sister Janet Mead. It becomes a surprise Top 5 hit in Australia and America and goes on to become the most successful Australian single to date and one of the biggest selling US singles of the year, with worldwide sales of over two million.

Farewell Aunty Jack, the theme from the hit ABC comedy The Aunty Jack Show goes to #1. Australia's first-ever picture disc, the single goes on to sell more than 100,000 copies.

Major overseas releases:
The Allman Brothers - Jessica
Bob Dylan - Planet Waves
The Faces - Coast To Coast: Overture And Beginners
The Hollies - The Air That I Breathe
Kraftwerk - Ralf & Florian
Yes - Tales From Topographic Oceans
Paul McCartney and Wings - Jet

1  The federal government takes over the states' financial responsibilities for tertiary education and university fees are abolished.

1  Pioneering country musician Tex Ritter, "The Singing Cowboy", dies in Nashville, Tennessee, aged 68.

3  Bob Dylan emerges from his long seclusion and opens his first full-scale concert tour in more than eight years with a show in Chicago, the first in a 25-city, 39-day tour in which he performs with his former backing group, now known as The Band. Much of the tour is recorded and the best tracks are subsequently released on the 2LP live set Before The Flood.

 American singer-songwriter Jim Croce is awarded a Gold Record for his LP Time In A Bottle

4  South Vietnam's President Nguyen Van Thieu declares that war has begun again, following the collapse of the Paris Peace Talks.

- Elton's John's LP Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is certified gold in the USA.

13  Conductor Sir Bernard Heinze is named Australian Of The Year.

26 - 28  Jim Keays comperes the third Sunbury Festival over the Australia Day long weekend. Local heroes Daddy Cool (who have reformed especially for the occasion) The Aztecs and The La De Das go down a storm, but guest UK act Queen and Melbourne band Skyhooks are both booed offstage. Skyhooks lead singer Steve Hill leaves the band after watching the video replay of their performance and is replaced by Graham "Shirley" Strahan.

27-30  Cyclone Wanda lashes Queensland, putting an estimated three-quarters of the state under water, killing fourteen and making thousands homeless. The Brisbane and Gold Coast areas are heavily hit by floods with the Brisbane River breaking its banks and flooding the city and low-lying suburbs. Over 7000 houses have to be evacuated, many of which are in new developments built on flood-prone land. The damage bill is estimated at $200 million. Many other parts of the country, including NSW and Victoria are also hit by some of the worst floods of the century. Over the following weeks floodwaters fill the normally arid Lake Eyre basin to its highest level in recorded history.

The Lord's Prayer
Sister Janet Mead




2nd Sorrow   
David Bowie   
9th Sorrow   
David Bowie   
16th Farewell Aunty Jack  
Grahame Bond   
23rd Farewell Aunty Jack  
Grahame Bond 

Drummer Colin Burgess and bassist Larry Van Kriedt are sacked from AC/DC

Major overseas releases:
David Bowie - Rebel, Rebel
Eno - Here Come The Warm Jets
Elton John - Candle In The Wind / Bennie And The Jets
King Crimson - Starless & Bible Black
Van Morrison - It's Too Late To Stop Now
Lou Reed - Rock 'n' Roll Animal

3 A major riot erupts at Bathurst Gaol in central NSW, involving almost all of its 350 inmates. Three of the four main buildings are destroyed in a six-hour rampage and ten prisoners are shot while attempting to set the guard tower on fire. Conditions at the infamous maximum security prison, long reputed to be the most brutal in the state, are the principal cause of the riot.

11  Patricia Hearst, 19-year-old daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped by members of an urban terror group calling themselves the Symbionese Liberation Army.

11  Crawford's adults-only TV satire The Box premieres on the 0-10 Network.

12  In another highly controversial move, the federal government ends the $12/tonne superphosphate bounty for farmers, a move greatly resented by the rural sector.

- renowned Soviet author and Nobel Prize winner Alexander Solzhenitsyn is arrested at his Moscow flat and exiled from the USSR the following day.

23 Australia Post discontinues Saturday mail deliveries.

26  Australian prehistory is given a radical shakeup by the news that the skeleton of an adult male Aborigine found at Lake Mungo in South Australia has been dated to over 35,000 BP, confirming that Aborigines had occupied Australia thousands of years longer than had previously been thought.

27  Sir John Kerr, Chief Justice of NSW, is announced as the new Governor General of Australia, to succeed Sir Paul Hasluck in July.




2nd Farewell Aunty Jack  
Grahame Bond   
9th My Coo Ca Choo   
Alvin Stardust   
16th My Coo Ca Choo   
Alvin Stardust   

23rd My Coo Ca Choo   
Alvin Stardust   

30th My Coo Ca Choo   
Alvin Stardust 

Graham "Shirley" Strachan replaces Steve Hill as lead singer of Skyhooks.

The report of the McLean Independent Inquiry into FM broadcasting is tabled in federal parliament. It finds that the Broadcasting Control Board's decision to put FM radio in the UHF band was based on innaccurate and oudated information, and recommends that the VHF band be expanded for FM radio, that the ABC develop an FM network and that public access stations should be established.

Major overseas releases:
Stevie Wonder - "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing"
Frank Zappa - Apostrophe'

On Australian TV this month:
Class of '74 (7), $25,000 Great Temptation (7), Kung Fu (7), Ironside (9), The Ernie Sigley Show (9), Matlock Police (10), Number 96 (10), Monty Python's Flying Circus (ABC), Homicide (7), Callan (ABC), The Box (10), M*A*S*H (10), Boney (7), Barnaby Jones (9), Division 4 (9), The Streets of San Franciso (7), The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (7)

4 Edward Heath resigns as British Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Harold Wilson forms a new government.

9 The Country Party changes its name to The National Party.

10  Japanese soldier Hiroo Onoda surrenders to authorities on an island in the Philippines. Onoda had remained in hiding for 29 years, unaware that WWII had ended in 1945.

18 Grundy's high-school soapie Class Of '74 premieres on the 7 Network, with theme music by former Groop member Brian Cadd.

18  A gunman fails in a bid to kidnap Princess Anne in London.

26  Ruth Dobson is appointed as Australia's envoy to Denmark, becoming Australia's first woman ambassador.




6th My Coo Ca Choo   
Alvin Stardust   

13th My Coo Ca Choo   
Alvin Stardust   

20th My Coo Ca Choo   
Alvin Stardust   

27th Seasons In The Sun  
Terry Jacks 

Skyhooks sign a recording contract with Mushroom Records

Guitarist Tim Gaze and drummer Nigel Macara leave Ariel.

AC/DC's Angus Young wears his famous schoolboy outfit on stage for the first time at a concert in Sydney's Victoria Park.

The Australian alternative press is dealt a double blow with the closure of two leading underground papers. Publisher Gordon Barton closes The Living Daylights, and incorporates it into the Nation Review. Meanwhile The Digger is found guilty of obscenity, due to an article by Beatrice Faust, found to have been accompanied by "obscene" illustrations, and an article on sex education by school teacher and future novelist Helen Garner. The fine of $1350 cripples The Digger, which had operated on a financial knife edge, forcing it to close.

Major overseas releases:
ABBA - Waterloo
Joni Mitchell - Court And Spark
Paul McCartney and Wings - Band On The Run

8 PM Gough Whitlam announces that "Advance Australia Fair" will become the new national anthem, replacing the British anthem "God Save The Queen"

15  The Australian production of The Rocky Horror Show premieres in Sydney at the New Arts Cinema, Glebe, NSW.

Butterfly Farm
Madder Lake




4th Seasons In The Sun  
Terry Jacks   

11th Seasons In The Sun  
Terry Jacks   
18th Seasons In The Sun  
Terry Jacks   

25th Devil Gate Drive   
Suzi Quatro 

John Lee (ex-Blackfeather, Dingoes) joins Ariel as their new drummer.

Geoff Chunn and Rob Gillies leave Split Enz

Major overseas releases:
David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
Ry Cooder - Paradise And Lunch
Elton John - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me,

1 Media baron Sir Frank Packer dies in Sydney, aged 67. Packer's built his Consolidated Press empire around the perennial Australian Women's Weekly, founded in the 1920's, and by the time of his death it included the Sydney Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph, The Bulletin and TV stations GTV-9 in Melbourne and TCN-9 in Sydney. Packer was also a keen yachtsman who unsuccessfully contested the America's Cup in his yachts Gretel and Gretel II. Packer's elder son Clyde had been groomed to take over from his father but he soon grew disenchanted with his role as a tycoon, and after a bitter public split with his father, Clyde left the country in the early '70s. On Sir Frank's death, control of the company passes to Clyde's younger brother Kerry, in spite of the fact that Sir Frank once reportedly described him as "the family idiot".

18 Labor scrapes back into power after a snap federal election. It fails to gain the Senate majority it desperately needs and its House of Representatives majority is slashed from 13 to 5.

26 Stevie Wright headlines a huge free concert on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, with AC/DC supporting. The concert marks Wright's first live appearance with his former Easybeats bandmates Harry Vanda and George Young since 1969.

Changes / Mix Me Another Drink
Ronnie Burns

The Place/No Law (Against Having Fun
The La De Das




1st Devil Gate Drive   
Suzi Quatro   

8th Devil Gate Drive   
Suzi Quatro   
15th Billy, Don't Be A Hero   
Paper Lace   
22nd Billy, Don't Be A Hero   
Paper Lace   

29th Billy, Don't Be A Hero   
Paper Lace

Skyhooks record Living In The Seventies at Melbourne's TCS Studios, with Ross Wilson producing. Two live Skyhooks tracks recorded at Sunbury in January (Hey What's The Matter and Love On The Radio) are released on the Highlights Of Sunbury '74 LP.

The NSW Builders Labourers Federation is deregistered

Major overseas releases:
David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
Elton John - Caribou
The Kinks - Preservation Act II
Billy Preston - Nothing From Nothing

4 The federal government announces a settlement of $1.7 million for 17 children who suffered catastrophic birth defects when their mothers took the anti-morning sickness drug Thalidomide while pregnant in the 1960s.

14 Opera diva Joan Sutherland is made a Dame of the British Empire.

Booze Blues / One Star, The Moon
Madder Lake

Too Pooped To Pop / She Tell Me What To Do
The La De Das

Highlights of Sunbury '74 (LP)
Various Artists





6th Billy, Don't Be A Hero   
Paper Lace   

13th Billy, Don't Be A Hero   
Paper Lace   
20th Billy, Don't Be A Hero   
Paper Lace   

27th Billy, Don't Be A Hero   
Paper Lace 

Guitarist Harvey James (ex-Mississippi) joins Ariel.

Glam rocker Gary Glitter tours Australia, supported by The La De Das

The quota for Australian content on radio is increased to 12.5%

Major overseas releases:
Eric Clapton - I Shot The Sheriff
The Rolling Stones - It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
Stevie Wonder - You Haven't Done Nothing
Neil Young - On The Beach

1  Argentina's fascist dictator Juan Peron dies in office.

5  Northern Territory Aborigines reject a $3.3 million compensation offer from the company wanting to mine uranium at Nabarlek.

11 Singer Frank Sinatra falls foul of Australian unions and the media after he makes on-stage remarks about Australian journalists during his Melbourne concert, branding them as "pimps" and "hookers". Sinatra's comments, and alleged heavy-handed behaviour by his bodyguards, result in the singer being effectively black-banned by unions -- airport workers refuse to service any plane that carries him, and Sydney hotel employees also refuse to serve Sinatra and his entourage unless he apologises for his remarks.

- Sir John Kerr succeeds Paul Hasluck as Governor General

13  Tensions between Greece and Turkey rise to boiling point, threatening all-out war between the two nations over the long-disputed question of sovereignty over Cyprus. Acting on orders from the Greek military junta, the Cyprus National Guard attacks the presidential palace and deposes the administration of the Cypriot president, Archbishop Makarios, who narrowly escapes death in the attack. Makarios flees and goes to Paphos, then a British helicopter takes him to the Sovereign Base Area at Akrotiri and on to London. Several days later, Makarios addresses a meeting of the UN Security Council, where he is accepted as the legal president of the Republic of Cyprus.

20  Turkey invades Cyprus in response to the Greek-led overthrow of Archbishop Makarios.

23  The Greek military junta, in power since the early 1960s, collapses in the wake of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Konstantinos Karamanlis, who has lived in exile in France since 1963, is called back, to head the Greek government and Clerides is sworn in as acting president of the Republic of Cyprus.

On The Road Back / Uptown 'n' Down
The Executives




3rd Billy, Don't Be A Hero   
Paper Lace   
10th Evie (Part 1)   
Stevie Wright   

17th Evie (Part 1)   
Stevie Wright   
24th Evie (Part 1)   
Stevie Wright   

31st Evie (Part 1)   
Stevie Wright 

The departure of long-serving staffer Michele O'Driscoll (known to readers as "Mitch") precipitates the closure of Go-Set. The legendary weekly music paper, founded in Melbourne in 1966 by Philip Frazer and Tony Schauble, had been Australia's pop/rock bible for almost a decade.

Two major international acts visit this month: Lou Reed brings his Rock & Roll Animal tour, which coincides with the tour by former Turtles and Mothers singers Flo & Eddie (Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman). Reed and Flo & Eddie also make guest appearances at each others concerts in Sydney. Reed's tour is supported by AC/DC, and at the Adelaide concert Bon Scott is introduced to the members of AC/DC for the first time.

The first televised session of federal parliament is broadcast from Canberra.

Australia becomes one of the first nations to ratify the UNESCO's International Convention for the Protection of the World's Cultural and Natural Heritage -- the World Heritage Convention. In the years that follow, many threatened areas of unique importance, including Kakadu National Park and The Great Barrier Reef are listed as World Heritage areas.

Major overseas releases:
Eric Clapton - 461 Ocean Boulevard
Leonard Cohen - New Skin For The Old Ceremony
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - So Far
Elton John - The Bitch Is Back
Lou Reed - Sally Can't Dance
Stevie Wonder - Fulfillingness' First Finale

3  The first Reefer Cabaret show at the Dallas Brooks Hall, with Dingoes, Skylight, Wind and Skyhooks.

8  Fearing a looming impeachment motion against him, Richard Milhous Nixon finally bows to overwhelming pressure and resigns as President of the United States in the wake of the damning revelations in the Watergate scandal. Vice President Gerald Ford is sworn in as President, and immediately stirs up a massive controversy by issuing presidential pardons to several major protagonists involved the scandal, including Nixon.

14  The second phase of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus begins after the failure of talks between the warring parties.

16  After having seized 37 percent of the island above what the Turkish called the "Atilla Line," that runs from Morphou Bay in the northwest to Famagusta (Gazimagusa) in the east, the Turkish government orders a ceasefire. The de facto partition of Cyprus resulting from the Turkish invasion causes great suffering, in addition to the thousands killed, many of whom remain unaccounted for years later. An estimated one third of the population of each ethnic community is forced to flee their homes and the island's economy -- which is largely dependent on tourism -- is devastated.

Yeah Tonight/I Am The Laughing Man (For Leo)  

Honky Tonkin' / Temple Shuffle
The La De Das

Living In The 70's / You're a Broken Gin Bottle Baby




7th Evie (Part 1)    
Stevie Wright    

14th Evie (Part 1)    
Stevie Wright    

21st The Night Chicago Died    
Paper Lace    

28th The Night Chicago Died    
Paper Lace 

AC/DC original lead singer Dave Evans is replaced by Bon Scott, former lead singer of The Valentines and Fraternity.

Skyhooks play their first major headlining concert at Melbourne Festival Hall with Sherbet and Buster Brown.

Ayers Rock record their debut LP Big Red Rock live before an invited audience at Armstrong's Studios in Melbourne.

Australia's economic status worsens, with the trade deficit hitting its its highest point for 23 years, inflation at 20% and unemployment at 1.85% of the workforce.

Australian journalist Neil Sharman and his American travelleing companion Charles Dean are reported missing while travelling in south-east Asia. Their fate remained unknown until 8 Novermber 2003 when their remains were discovered in a grave in central Laos. It is believed the two men were taken prisoner by Laotian communist forces near the Mekong River. Accused of espionage, they were held in a POW camp and were believed to have been killed in December 1974 while being transported to Vietnam.

Major overseas releases:
David Bowie - Knock On Wood (live)
Jethro Tull - War Child
Traffic - Where The Eagle Flies
John Lennon - Walls And Bridges

1  Radio and TV licence fees are abolished. The annual fees, which were previously charged for all TV and radio sets, had been a major source of the ABC's budget. The federal government switches to direct funding of the ABC.

12  Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie is deposed in a military coup.

21 Eastern Suburbs defeat Canterbury-Bankstown in the NSW Rugby League Grand Final

28 Richmond defeats North Melbourne in the VFL Grand Final.

30 Trading in property developer Cambridge Credit is suspended on Australian stock exchanges after its shares plunge from 48 to 10 cents.





5th  The Night Chicago Died   
Paper Lace 
12th  The Night Chicago Died   
Paper Lace 

19th  The Night Chicago Died 
Paper Lace 

26th  The Night Chicago Died   
Paper Lace

Ariel leave for concerts and recording in England. 

Expatriate Australian vocalist Olivia Newton-John scores a US #1 single with I Honestly Love You, a song specially written for her by fellow Aussie musician Peter Allen.

Major overseas releases:
David Bowie - David Live
Eric Clapton - Willie And The Hand Jive
King Crimson - Red
John Lennon - Whatever Gets You Through The Night
Van Morrison - Veedon Fleece
Randy Newman - Gold Old Boys
The Rolling Stones - Ain't Too Proud To Beg, It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
Rod Stewart - Smiler

1 Mushroom Records releases Skyhooks' debut LP Living In The 70s. Produced by Daddy Cool's Ross Wilson, it quickly smashes all previous sales records and becomes the biggest selling Australian LP to date, despite the fact that by unanimous vote the Federation of Australian Commercial Broadcasters (FACB) places an "A" classification (recommended absolutely banned) on six of the ten album tracks. The success of the album single-handedly saves the struggling Mushroom label from ruin. 

- Australian stock exchanges are plunged into turmoil when property developer Cambridge Credit is placed into receivership after defaulting on $2 million in interest payments to creditors. The failure of the company, which had claimed assets of $213 million but has debts totalling over $100 million, becomes the largest collapse in Australian corporate history.

4 Questions are asked on both sides of federal parliament about an incident involving an ABC-TV Four Corners reporting team. The crew allegedly pursued Mrs Edvokia Petrov, the wife of the Soviet defector at the centre of the "Petrov Affair" spy scandal of the 1950s, after the Nation Review disclosed her home address. Attorney-General Lionel Murphy describes as "an outrage" a letter written by Four Corners reporter Allan Hogan, telling Mrs Petrov that Four Corners will not leave her alone until she agrees to an interview.

7  The federal Builders Labourers Federation, led by notoriously corrupt Victorian union boss Norm Gallagher, takes over the NSW branch, expels Jack Mundey and other officials, and lifts Green Bans on building projects including the controversial Victoria St development in Kings Cross controlled by property developer Frank Theeman. The overthrow of Mundey and his colleagues is seen by many as an overt attempt to thwart the NSW BLF's strong opposition to destructive development projects in Sydney, and to overturn their radical reforms of the BLF bureaucracy.

9  Double Jay coordinator Marius Webb becomes the first staff-elected Commissioner of the ABC

- John Entwhistle, bassist with The Who, turns 30

16  The 3.9m Anglo-Australian telescope at Siding Springs is officially opened

18  ABC-TV (Melbourne) screens the first of four new episodes of the new bushranger spoof Flash Nick From Jindivik.

19  The ABC makes its first test transmissions of colour TV from Melbourne.

20  ABC-TV (Sydney) screens the first of four new episodes of Flash Nick From Jindivik.

29  Mohammed Ali regains his world heavyweight title at the "Rumble in the Jungle" title fight against George Foreman in Zaire.

Living In The 70s (LP)




2nd The Night Chicago Died  
Paper Lace  
9th The Night Chicago Died  
Paper Lace  

16th I Honestly Love You  
Olivia Newton-John  

23rd I Honestly Love You  
Olivia Newton-John  

30th I Honestly Love You  
Olivia Newton-John 

Countdown premieres on ABC-TV. The new music show is the broadcast nationally, initially for half an hour every Saturday evening, later moving to its familiar one-hour timeslot at 6pm Sundays.  Based on BBC's Top of the Pops and the 60s Australian pop show Kommotion, it was created and coordinated by Michael Shrimpton and former GO-SET writer and record producer Ian "Molly" Meldrum. During its 14-year run it became Australia's most influential showcase for popular music.

Skyhooks appear on the premiere of Countdown. The band tours SA, WA, Sydney and Canberra. Bassist Greg Macainsh contacts hepatitis on tour, and is temporarily replaced by female bassist Marnie Martin. Bob Starkie also contracts the disease but continues playing.

Major overseas releases:
Eno - Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Elton John/John Lennon - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Kraftwerk - Autobahn
Joni Mitchell - Miles Of Aisles
Ringo Starr - Goodnight Vienna
Stevie Wonder - Boogie On Reggae Woman
Paul McCartney and Wings - Junior's Farm

5  Think Big wins the Melbourne Cup

- US nuclear industry worker Karen Silkwood dies in a mysterious car crash. Although officially ruled an accident, the incident leads to considerable speculation that her demise may have been connected to her safety investigations into the nuclear facility where she was employed. Silkwood was a chemical technician at the Kerr-McGee's plutonium fuels production plant in Crescent, Oklahoma. She was also an active member of the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers' Union; she was critical of plant safety, and during the week prior to her death, Silkwood was reportedly gathering evidence for her union in support of her claim that Kerr-McGee was negligent in maintaining plant safety, and that the company was responsible for a number of unexplained exposures to plutonium. Post-mortem tests showed that Silkwood had herself received significant exposure to plutonium within thirty days before her death.

12  British aristocrat Lord Lucan goes missing after the murder of his children's nanny and the attempted murder of his wife.

12  Twenty-one people die after IRA terrorists set bombs in two Birmingham pubs.

It's All In Your Head / Slack Alice
Madder Lake




7th I Honestly Love You   
Olivia Newton-John   

14th Kung Fu Fighting   
Carl Douglas   

21st Kung Fu Fighting  
Carl Douglas   

28th Kung Fu Fighting   
Carl Douglas

In a poll conducted by Melbourne's Sunday Observer, Skyhooks are voted the group fans would most like to see in concert (by a landslide) and are also voted the hottest new stars of 1974.

Ariel record their Rock & Roll Scars LP at Abbey Rd Studios   

Helen Reddy scores her third US #1 single, Angie Baby 

Love & War wins the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Major overseas releases:
George Harrison - Dark Horse
Yes - Relayer

The Whitlam Labor government is again beset by political controversy besets the Labor over the appointment of Juni Morosi to the staff of federal Treasurer Dr Jim Cairns. The controversy stems from revelations that Ms Morosi and her husband David Ditchburn are former directors of two failed travel companies, and that Mr Ditchburn employs the wife of federal Attorney General Lionel Murphy.

15  Sydney community radio co-operative 2MBS-FM becomes the first Australian FM station to commence regular FM broadcasts.

24 A French paleontological team led by Dr Yves Coppens discovers fossilised skeletal remains of an ancient hominid ape at Hadar in Ethiopia. The fossils, those of a young female Australopithecus afarensis nicknamed "Lucy" (after The Beatles' song Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds) are estimated to be at least 3.2 million years old, providing indisputable evidence that bipedalism and upright posture had evolved in hominids at least one million years earlier than previously thought.

25  Darwin is virtually destroyed by Cyclone Tracy, Australia's worst modern natural disaster. Between 2am and 5.30am winds of up to 217 kph blast the city, killing 62 people and injuring over 1,000. Over 90% of homes are destroyed, 25,000 of the city population of 48,000 are made homeless and damage is estimated at $400 million.

30 The Darwin Reconstruction Commission is established to oversee the rebuilding of the shattered city.

31  AC/DC play a New Year's Eve show at Melbourne's Festival Hall.

Lady Montego/ Goin' Home
Ayers Rock
Chart information courtesy Oz Net Music Chart ©1997