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Opening of parliament in Canberra, May 1927.

Opening of parliament in Canberra, May 1927.

NAA: A6180, 20/5/74/42

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01 Nov 1963 A national franchise achieved
02 Nov 1962 Swan Lake
03 Nov 1922 QANTAS
06 Nov 1999 Referendum
23 Oct 1955 Cocos (Keeling) Islands on board
27 Oct 1915 7th Prime Minister
28 Oct 1916 Conscription referendum
28 Oct 1968 The postman calls once
30 Oct 1920 Communist Party of Australia
31 Oct 1961 National Astronomical Observatory
31 Oct 1973 Whitlam in China

"Out of my long experience in political life, I would say that the man who is incapable of inspiring some fear in his political opponents doesn’t amount to a row of beans when the chips are down."

John McEwen