Sir Robert Menzies

Posted in 1934

  • Robert Menzies: Member of Hughes Cabinet. Menzies (3rd from left) next to HughesActing Premier of Victoria for 3 months from February to June.
  • Robert Menzies quits state parliament to contest the federal seat of Kooyong as a United Australia Party candidate.
  • On 15 September Menzies wins the seat of Kooyong and enters Federal Parliament. He is immediately appointed Attorney-General and Minister for Industry, positions held until March 1939.

Australian Events

Posted in 1934

  • Ford "ute"A Parliamentary Joint Select Committee is appointed as a result of the 1933 West Australian referendum vote to secede from the Commonwealth of Australia. Its report titled "Case of the People of Western Australia" was sent to London in July 1934.
  • The basic wage is restored.
  • Blue MountainsInvention of the utility truck by Ford Australia.
  • Conservationist Myles Dunphy declares that "an Age of Wastefulness" has been replaced by "an Age of Conservation". His goal is wilderness protection through the establishment of a Greater Blue Mountains National Park.
  • Australia's aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith flies from Melbourne to Perth in a record-breaking 10 and a half hours in his "little grey streak", the Lady Southern Cross.
  • The London to Melbourne Air Race ends at Essendon Airport. The race is part of the Melbourne Centenary celebrations and is won by British pilots TWA Scott and Campbell Black.

World Events

Posted in 1934

  • In 1931 Charles Kingsford Smith (left, holding mailbag) delivers the first experimental air mail from Europe to AustraliaHitler becomes Fuehrer of Germany: Enabling Law gives Hitler dictatorial powers.
  • Australia-Britain air mail service begins.
  • British pilots TWA Scott and Campbell Black win the Melbourne Centenary air race from London to Melbourne.