Australian Events

Posted in 1935

  • Extract from Qantas Singapore-Brisbane timetableFebruary: First scheduled international flight of Qantas Empire Airways, to Singapore.
  • A British House of Commons Joint Select Committee rejects Western Australia's submission to secede from the Commonwealth of Australia on the grounds that WA has no legal right to request legislation on the Australian Constitution.
  •  	 High death toll when cyclone hits Broome's pearling fleet High death toll when cyclone hits Broome's pearling fleetMarch: The pearling fleet off Broome, WA, is struck by days of cyclonic winds. More than 140 people are missing, believed drowned.
  • May: Aviator Charles Kingsford Smith and his two crewmen of the Southern Cross land safely in Sydney after all three engines develop trouble out 440 miles over the Tasman Sea. Only a few feet above the sea, co-pilot Captain P G Taylor six times climbed out along the wing strut to feed oil into the port motor.
  • July: Australian Associated Press (AAP) is established.
  • November 9: Charles Kingsford Smith and his co-pilot J T Pethybridge are reported missing when the Lady Southern Cross fails to arrive at Singapore when trying to break the England to Australia record. The search is abandoned on November 20 when Prime Minister Lyons announces that further searching would be considered fruitless.
  • December: The giant cane toad is introduced into Queensland to control the grey-back beetle, which damages sugar cane.