1927 in Australia
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|1927 in Australia|
|Prime minister||Stanley Bruce|
|Elections||WA, SA, NSW, VIC|
- Monarch – King George V
- Governor-General – John Baird, 1st Viscount Stonehaven
- Prime Minister – Stanley Bruce
- Premier of New South Wales – Jack Lang (until 18 October) then Thomas Bavin
- Premier of Queensland – William McCormack
- Premier of South Australia – Lionel Hill (until 8 April) then Richard Layton Butler
- Premier of Tasmania – Joseph Lyons
- Premier of Victoria – John Allan (until 20 May) then Edmond Hogan
- Premier of Western Australia – Philip Collier
- Governor of New South Wales – Sir Dudley de Chair
- Governor of Queensland – Sir John Goodwin (from 13 July)
- Governor of South Australia – Sir Tom Bridges (until 4 December)
- Governor of Tasmania – Sir James O'Grady
- Governor of Victoria – Arthur Somers-Cocks, 6th Baron Somers
- Governor of Western Australia – Sir William Campion
- 1 February – The North Australia Act of 1926 is enforced and the territory of Central Australia is created.
- 8 February – A cyclone makes landfall north of Cairns, causing flooding at Halifax Bay, Ingham, Innisfail, Tully, Cardwell and Townsville. Thirty-six people are killed, and twenty are missing.
- 9 April – A general election is held in Victoria.
- 3 May – The Australasian Council of Trade Unions is formed at the All-Australian Trade Union Congress in Melbourne.
- 9 May – Parliament House in Canberra is officially opened by the Duke of York.
- 20 May – Following a swing to the ALP in the Victorian election, Edmond Hogan forms a minority Labor government with Progressive support, and takes over as Premier of Victoria from John Allan.
- 29 June – Charles Kingsford Smith and his copilot Charles Ulm complete a round-Australia flight in ten days, five-and-a-half hours.
- 27 October – Melbourne gangster Squizzy Taylor is killed in a shootout with Sydney gangsters (including Snowy Cutmore, who also dies) in Carlton.
- 3 November – The Sydney ferry Greycliffe is cut in half by the liner RMS Tahiti, killing 40 persons.
Science and technology
- Professor Thomas Parnell begins the pitch drop experiment at the University of Queensland. It will go on to become the world's longest continuously-running scientific experiment.
Arts and literature
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- 27 August – Ronald McMurdo wins the men's national marathon title, clocking 3:06:23 in Sydney. The race was not considered an official Australian championship by the national athletics federation.
- 17 September - The 1927 NSWRFL season culminates in South Sydney's victory over St. George in the final
- 24 September – Collingwood become premiers of the 1927 VFL season, defeating Richmond 2.13 (25) to 1.7 (13) in the 1927 grand final.
- 1 November – Trivalve wins the Melbourne Cup.
- South Australia wins the Sheffield Shield
- 20 January – Dawn Lake, entertainer (died 2006)
- 21 January – Clive Churchill, rugby league player (died 1985)
- 20 March – Wally Grout, cricket player (died 1968)
- 1 April – Peter Cundall, horticulturist and television presenter
- 6 June – Alan Seymour, playwright
- 13 June – David Kirkpatrick (Slim Dusty), country and western singer (died 2003)
- 13 July – Ian Reed, discus thrower
- 14 August – Sid Patterson, cyclist (died 1999)
- 29 October – Frank Sedgman, tennis player
- 14 November – Bart Cummings, Australia's Best Racehorse Trainer (12 Melbourne Cups at the time of writing)
- 28 December – Ron Casey, Australian rules football administrator and media personality (died 2000)