Sir Robert Menzies

Posted in 1927

  • Robert MenziesAt the end of 1927 Menzies announces his intention to nominate for the seat of East Yarra Province in the 1928 Victorian State election.

"When ... I called on him [Owen Dixon] to tell him that I was about to stand for Parliament, he delivered a quick judgement. 'Well, Menzies, it is probably easy to convert a good lawyer into a good politician; but re-conversion is impossible."
Sir Robert Menzies, Afternoon Light, 1967 p 316.

  • Makes public speeches to assist Kent Hughes who is seeking National Party selection for the seat of Kew.

Australian Events

Posted in 1927

  • The Duke and Duchess of York in an open carriage, MelbourneFederal Parliament moves from Melbourne to Canberra. On May 9 the first session of Commonwealth Parliament in Canberra is opened by HRH Prince Albert, the Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George VI) accompanied by the Duchess.
  • Dame Nellie Melba greeted the official party by singing the national anthem on the steps of the provisional Parliament House (now known as Old Parliament House).
  • Kingsford Smith and Ulm complete a ten-day round Australia flight.
  • Federal Parliament, CanberraA cyclone and floods in Cairns claim 36 lives with 20 people missing in February, followed in April with a death toll of 19 from a cyclone that hits Sydney and the NSW coast.
  • Oodnadatta-Alice Springs railway is completed.
  • A member of the Australian Aborigines Progressive Association states:

Old Parliament House, 1953"The family life of Aboriginal people shall be held sacred and free from invasion and interference and ... the children shall be left in the control of their parents.
Fred Maynard, to the NSW Premier

World Events

Posted in 1927

  • Sir Malcolm Campbell races his car on the beach, England 1935 Captain Charles Lindberg, a 25 year old American pilot, makes the first solo flight across the Atlantic from New York to Paris. The Ryan NYP monoplane Spirit of St Louis made the 3,600 mile flight in 33 hours 39 minutes averaging a speed of 107.5 mph.
  • Malcolm Campbell breaks the world land speed record in his car Bluebird reaching a speed of 174.224 mph, in Wales.