Sir Robert Menzies

Posted in 1933

  • Deputy Premier of Victoria, Attorney-General and Minister for the Railways.

"Despite ministerial responsibilities, parliamentary duties and the continued demands of his legal practice, Menzies' public performances as a speaker increased in volume and variety in 1933-34, partly because of what was obviously now his sheer pleasure in the easy rapport he could establish with most audiences, and partly because he felt a genuine sense of mission as the advocate of traditional democratic values, as he saw them, in the face of incipient threats, at home and abroad."
A W Martin, Robert Menzies A Life Vol 1 1894-1943, 1993 p 107.

  • The Federal seat of Kooyong and the Attorney-Generalship become available ...

"In July 1933 the Argus had observed the changes brewing in the federal cabinet made it seem likely that an attempt would soon be made to tempt Menzies to Canberra."
A W Martin, Robert Menzies A Life Vol 1 1894-1943, 1993 p 114.

Australian Events

Posted in 1933

  • The sporting world is shocked by Bodyline bowling, the assault tactics employed against Australia during England's Ashes victory in the Test cricket series.
  • Western Australia votes in a compulsory referendum to secede from the Commonwealth:

"... failure to implement the 1924 Royal Commission's recommendations to remedy the financial disabilities that Federation had inflicted on WA ... produced a 2:1 vote for WA to withdraw from the Commonwealth."
The Macquarie Book of Events, 1983 p 337.

The submission to secede was rejected by the British House of Commons Joint Select Committee in 1935.

  • The country's first electric traffic lights are installed at a Sydney intersection.

World Events

Posted in 1933

  • Adolf Hitler, Chancellor of GermanyGermany leaves the League of Nations; the first concentration camps are established; Germany becomes a one party state.
  • Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany; forms Nazi Cabinet and gains dictatorial powers.
  • Freud's books are burnt in Berlin; Nazis attack modernism. Artists and writers begin to leave Germany (60,000 between 1933 and 1939).
  • Japan leaves the League of Nations.
  • Prohibition is repealed in the USA.


Sigmund Freud circa 1941