Sir Robert Menzies

Posted in 1921

  • Develops general law practice.

"... still as a junior, he conducted on behalf of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers a case in the High Court in which he secured a reversal of the Court's earlier doctrine of the immunity of state government instrumentalities from Commonwealth legislation. This case is acknowledged to have been a landmark in constitutional history, and also to have thrust Menzies into the limelight and his career upwards."
Sir John Bunting, R G Menzies, A Portrait, 1988 p 195.

Australian Events

Posted in 1921

  • Edith CowanEdith Cowan is the first woman to be elected to a state parliament (Western Australia). Her formal introduction to parliament is witnessed by curious onlookers from the public gallery.
  • Anzac Day: an Australian tradition is born as a nation salutes its war heroes. Thousands of soldiers parade through the streets and thousands more line the route to honour the returned and the fallen.
  • Dr Earle Page is elected permanent leader of the newly formed Australian Country Party.

World Events

Posted in 1921

  • Ku Klux Klan membersNazis are first active in Germany; beginning of massive inflation.
  • The Irish Free State is established.
  • Ku Klux Klan racial violence occurs in Southern USA. The Klan is a US secret society which uses violence to defend white Protestant supremacy.