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- January 6: Sydney’s ‘Daily Mail’ is first published.
- September 2: Writer Henry Lawson dies, aged 55. He is given a state funeral and the Prime Minister W.M. Hughes says, “The nation has lost one of its foremost poets and short story writers; a man of imagination, perception and literary genius.”
- November 2: Qantas establishes its first regular passenger air service between Charleville and Cloncurry.
- April 28: Construction starts on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The bridge was first suggested in 1815 and after being brought before Parliament four times is finally approved.
- October 11: A new telephone line opens, making it possible to speak from Sydney to Brisbane for the first time. The line is 651 miles long and uses 218 tonnes of copper wire, costing 26,000 pounds.
- November 24: Radio station 2SB broadcast the first Australian wireless program. The program features classical and popular music, stock exchange and market reports, news items, a weather report, a women’s fashion segment and bedtime stories for children.
- September 3: The first issue of the ‘Canberra Times’ is published.
- February 25: Bert Hinkler touches down in Darwin, becoming the first person to fly solo from the United Kingdom to Australia. Hinkler makes the trip in 16 days, almost halving the previous record of 28 days set by Ross and Keith Smith.
- December 31: ‘The Jazz Singer’ starring Al Jolson is the first motion picture with sound screened in Australia, at Sydney’s Lyceum Theatre.