1963 in Australia

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1963 in Australia
Monarchy Elizabeth II
Governor-General William Sidney
Prime minister Robert Menzies
Population 10,950,379
Australian of the Year John Carew Eccles
Elections Federal, QLD
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Science and technology

Arts and literature

Careful, He Might Hear You by Sumner Locke Elliott is awarded the Miles Franklin Literary Award


Short films produced in Australia included the following screened at the Venice Film Festival[1]

  • Adam and Eve – Dusan Marek
  • Along the Sepik – Ian Dunlop
  • Russell Drysdale – Dahl Collings
  • Sidney Nolan – Dahl Collings
  • They Found a Cave – Andrew Steane – XV Int. Festival Films for Young People
  • William Dobell – Dahl Collings


  • The Queen Returns – The 1963 Australian visit of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was filmed by the Commonwealth Film Unit. Much of the 30-minute film is devoted to Canberra and its history as the Queen's visit coincided with Canberra's Jubilee Celebrations – 50 years since the founding of the city.


Nine Network founded as the "National Television Network"

The panel show Beauty and the Beast premieres on the Seven Network.




  • 19 March – Lionel Hill, Premier of South Australia (born 1881)
  • 28 May – Margaret Preston, artist (born 1875)
  • 1 June – Walter Lee, Premier of Tasmania (born 1874)
  • 21 June – Harvey Sutton (81), track and field athlete (born 1882)
  • 10 October – Roy Cazaly, Australian Rules football player (born 1893)
  • 2 November – Daniel Mannix, Archbishop of Melbourne (born 1864)


  1. "Boilermaker Bill's Jakarta jottings; Boilermaker Bill McKell Labor Legend". Crikey. 10 September 2004. Archived from the original on 23 August 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2006.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Tony Koch (2 November 2010). "Notorious bureaucrat who oppressed Aborigines dies unlamented". The Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 1 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>