Australian Events

Posted in 1943

  • Robert Menzies at Puckapunyal military camp, Seymour, VictoriaDorothy Tangney and Dame Enid Lyons become the first women elected to Federal Parliament.
  • Conscription for military service outside Australia is announced by Labor Prime Minister Curtin.
  • A Labor election poster states: Great Britain has 4,500,000 men under arms - 10 per cent of its population; By 1944 the USA expects to have 8 per cent of its population under arms; Australia has 800,000 men under arms - or 11.5 per cent of its population.
  • About 180,000 United States servicemen are based in Australia.
  • United States first lady Eleanor Roosevelt visits Australia.
  • Qantas, the British Air Ministry and BOAC re-establish the Australia-England air link that had been cut by advancing Japanese forces.
  • Cinematographer Damien Parer wins Australia's first Oscar for his coverage of the war.