Sir Robert Menzies

Posted in 1936

  • res 1936 MenziesHolFebruary: Sails to England to appear in two Privy Council cases and for official discussions with British Ministers and civil servants; returns on 28 July after 4 weeks and 3 days at sea.

Australian Events

Posted in 1936

Ansett Airways passengers board a Lockheed Electra, Mildura, 1/1/1938

  • March: Telegraph links Tasmania and mainland Australia.
  • B A Santamaria put out the first issue of the Catholic Worker, monthly journal of Catholic Action, a movement concerned by what it perceived as a rising tide of Communism.
    The Macquarie Book of Events 1983 p 347.,
  • Reg Ansett with StewardessesSeptember: The last known Tasmanian tiger dies in captivity at the Hobart zoo.
  • October: New Zealander Jean Batten arrives in Darwin after a record-breaking solo flight from London in 10 days 21 hours.
  • December: Reginald Ansett wins the Brisbane to Adelaide centenary air race. In February he had formed Ansett Airways Pty Ltd with a one-aircraft air service between Hamilton and Melbourne.

World Events

Posted in 1936

  • King Edward VIIIJanuary: Death of King George V and succession of Edward VIII.
  • Abdication crisis in Britain: King Edward VIII renounces the throne to marry the twice divorced American, Mrs Wallis Simpson. His role as head of the Church of England prohibits marriage to a divorcee. Cabinet rules that a morganatic marriage (where a wife and children do not share the rank of the husband) would be unconstitutional. The King told the nation "... I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love."
  • December: King George VI succeeds his brother Edward VIII to the British throne.
  • George VI with Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth right and Princess MargaretCivil War erupts in Spain when the Army rises against the Republican Government. Germany and Italy back General Franco.