The Voice of Professional Design

History of the Design Industry in Australia

Compiled by David Robertson FDIA
Commenced - April 2002
Version 1 - November 2002

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1884 Design Event Kalzoic Society founded in Melbourne Formed to encourage Australian Design
1927 Design Event Grace Brothers commissions de Maistre and T Proctor to design showrooms
1929 Design Event Burdekin House exhibition of Modernist Interiors
1929 Design Event Proctor, Lambert and Ure Smith design colourways for Ford Cars.
1937 Design Event Stephenson and Meldrum design streamlined locomotives for Victorian Railways.
1940 Design Event Marion Hall Best Interiors established
1941 Design Event Frances Burke designs a line of Aboriginal-inspired fabrics for Roy Grounds, Melbourne.
1948 Design Event 'Good Design' gallery opened in Melbourne by Frances Burke.
1951 1951 - 1953 Design Event RMIT establishes Industrial Design Programme
1960 1960 - 1975 Design Event Good Design swing tag Good Design swing tag awarded by the Industrial Design Council of Australia 1960-1975. The black label read "Selected as Good Design for Australian Design Index - Industrial Design Council of Australia"
1963 Design Event Australian currency project with Gordon Andrews and others. Stuart Devlin coin design project.
1964 Design Event Australian Design Centre opened in Melbourne IDCA showcases 'Good Design' in Melbourne
1967 Dec 1967 - Design Event IDIA joins ICSID Industrial Design Institute of Australia becomes a member of International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID)
1970 Design Event Dunhill Lectures commence The Industrial Design Council of Australia commences a lecture series sponsored by Dunhill
1974 1974 - 1985 Design Event Prince Philip Prize for Australian Design Pinacle prize from the Industrial Design Council of Australia. Commenced during the 'Good Design' promotion. Continued through much of the Australian Design Award program. Silver swing tag with black logo signifying royal patronage.
1974 Mar 1974 - Design Event Industrial Design Institute of Australia forms Western Australian chapter
1975 Design Event Organised government design policy collapses Funding for the IDCA and the design community becomes haphazard
1976 1976 - 1987 Design Event Australian Design Award commences Australian Design Award issued by the Industrial Design Council of Australia from 1976 to 1987. Replaces the 'Good Design' promotion. The logo was the upper trangular portion of a capital A reversed into a blue rectangle.
1976 Design Event Colin King Grand Prix Created by ICSID's first Patron Colin King and awarded to distinguished industrial designers 1977 Lord Reilly England 1979 Kenji Ekuan Japan
1977 July 1977 - Design Event Industrial Design Institute of Australia forms Queensland chapter
1979 1979 - 1983 Design Event Design Council Selection commences Design Council Selection issued by the Industrial Design Council of Australia. Second tier level of recognition for the Australian Design Award program. Green swing tag with identical logo to Australian Design Award.
1980 Apr 1980 - Design Event Industrial Design Institute of Australia becomes member of International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA)
1980 Design Event Asian Regional Meeting Joint Committee of the IDIA and IDCA was established to convene the Asian Regional Meeting in Canberra
1981 Design Event First joint General Assembly and Congress of ICSID, IFI, ICOGRADA ICSID, IFI, ICOGRADA hold their General Assemblies and Congress at the same time for the first time 1981
1981 Design Event National Architecture Awards first awarded A program of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Canberra 1981.
1981 Design Event The Australian Design Centre Announced in September 1981 Design In Australia issue. Address to be 70 George Street, Sydney
1982 Oct 1982 - Design Event Industrial Design Institute of Australia becomes member of International Federation of Interior Designers (IFI)
1982 Design Event First Industrial Design Masters Degree University of New South Wales offers the first Industrial Design masters Degree in Australia from 1982
1987 Design Event Warren Centre report on design issued. Winning by Design; The Corporate Role of Design in Australian Industry - A Project Report The Warren Centre, University of Sydney, 1987
1987 1987 - 1993 Design Event The Australian Design Award rebranded Following the launch of the Australian Design Council (formerly Industrial Design Council of Australia) the Australian Design Award is rebranded with the 'DA' mark in blue, white and red.
1989 1989 May 25 - 1989 May 26 Design Event Australian Design Summit held in Canberra Summit held to determine how Australian design resources could be strengthened so as to better contribute to Australia's wealth and well-being. The summit was attended by 120 representatives of industry, business, design, education and government. Organised by the National Design Forum for the National Industry Extension Service (NIES) a business unit of the Department of Industry, Technology, and Commerce. Assisted by the Australia Council.
1989 1989 May 25 - 1989 May 26 Design Event Senator Button, The Hon. John Norman Opened the Australian Design Summit, introduced the concept of an Academy of Design. Senator for Victoria 1974-93 Australian Labor Party Resigned 31.3.93. Minister for Industry and Commerce from 11.3.83 to 13.12.84. Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce from 13.12.84 to 24.3.93. Born 30.6.33 at Ballarat, Vic. BA, LLB (Melb). Barrister and solicitor.
1990 Design Event Standards Australia takes over the Australian Design Award component of the ADC
1992 1992 - Design Event The Powerhouse Museum Selection first awarded at the Australian Design Awards The Powerhouse Museum makes annual 'Selections' from the products receiving DesignMarks in the Australian Design Award program
1992 1992 - Design Event Colourways is launched The Victorian branch of the DIA initiates Colourways, a colour forecasting service
1993 March 1993 - Design Event Australian Design Awards relaunched as the Australian DesignMark Program Australian Design Awards as a division of Standards Australia Quality Assurance Services relaunches the Australian Design Award program after a review by an industry committee consisting of the design profession, industry and government representatives. It has three levels of recognition, the Australian DesignMark, Australian Design Award and the Australian Design of the Year. The program included recognition for both Australian and imported products.
1993 1993 - Design Event Australian Design of the Year first awarded The peak level in the Australian DesignMark awards program.
1994 July 1 1994 - Design Event Design Award program transferred back to Standards Australia administration The Design Awards program ceases to be administered by the Quality Assurance Services (QAS) subsidiary of Standards Australia
1994 1994 - Design Event Ford Falcon wins Australian Design Award of the Year Ford wins the peak prize in the annual Australian Design Awards program
1994 1994 October - Design Event Innovation by Design conference.
1994 1994 - 1995 Design Event National Design Review Steering Committee co-ordinates a National Design Review for the Federal Government. In 1994/95 the Academy of Design, through a design and industry led steering committee, coordinates a National Design Review which is published in 1995 as the 'Competing by Design' report. Desmond Freeman FDIA was Chairperson.
1995 1995 - 1999 Design Event Victorian Design Awards commence Victorian Government partners with the Design Institute of Australia to deliver the Victorian Design Awards
1996 1996 November 25 - 1996 November 26 Design Event Innovation by Design 96 conference. Melbourne. An Australian Academy of Design conference in association with the Australian Quality Council.
1997 1997 - Design Event Australian Design Awards commences internet collection of entries The Australian Design Award process ceases to use panel assessment of individual products and commences internet lodgement and winnowing of entries. Terry Insley is National Manager. A 'College of Industrial Designers' is tabulated from senior design practitioners to act as the judging pool.
1998 Jun 1998 - Design Event Design Institute of Australia amalgamates with Australian Textile Designers Association (ATDA)
1998 Jun 1998 - Design Event Design Institute of Australia amalgamates with Society of Interior Designers of Australia (SIDA)
1998 Jul 1st 1998 - Design Event The 'New DIA' commences Following unification discussions with AGDA, SIDA and ATDA the Design Institute of Australia amalgamates with SIDA and ATDA retaining the name of the Design Institute of Australia
1999 Sep 26th 1999 - Sep 29th 1999 Design Event Sydney Design '99 Design Conference Australia hosts the combined Congresses and General Assemblies of ICSID, IFI, ICOGRADA
2001 2001 - Design Event Design Institute of Australia Selections first awarded at the Australian Design Awards The DIA awards 'Selections' in the categories of Product Design and Furniture Design at the Australian Design Awards
N/A Design Event Australian Design Mark Issued by Australian Design Awards a subsidiary of Standards Australia
N/A Design Event The Australian Design Award Issued by Australian Design Awards a subsidiary of Standards Australia
1967 1967 - 1990 DIA National Executive Secretary Bill Gillam
1991 1991 - 1995 DIA National Executive Secretary Geoffrey Fairhall
1995 1995 - 1997 DIA National Executive Secretary Roger Buxton
1997 1997 - DIA National Executive Secretary Douglas Watson
1961 1961 - 1965 DIA National President Peter Hutchison
1965 1965 - 1967 DIA National President Carl Nielsen
1967 1967 - 1969 DIA National President Ron Rosenfeldt
1969 1969 - 1971 DIA National President David Davenport
1971 1971 - 1973 DIA National President Hugh Whisson
1973 1973 - 1974 DIA National President Lionel Suttie
1974 1974 - 1978 DIA National President Derek Hooper
1978 1978 - 1979 DIA National President Don Goodwin
1979 1979 - 1983 DIA National President Michael Bryce
1983 1983 - 1986 DIA National President Desmond Freeman
1986 1986 - 1988 DIA National President Rolf Heins
1988 1988 - 1992 DIA National President John Harrison
1992 1992 - 1995 DIA National President Roger Simpson
1995 1995 - 1996 DIA National President Jill Stansfield
1996 1996 - 1999 DIA National President Madeline Lester Noted Sydney Interior Designer. Co-owner of Interni design consultancy. Presided over unification and Sydney Design '99.
1999 1999 - 2000 DIA National President John Harrison Only DIA National President to hold office on two separate occasions. Steps in to fill void of candidates after the energies of the DIA had been drained by the efforts of organising the unification process and Sydney Design '99.
2000 2000 - DIA National President David Robertson
1901 1901 - 1930 Economy Manufacturing expands in Australia Removal of customs barriers between states and WWI demand were factors.
1912 Economy First Australian banknotes issued
1929 1929 - 1930 Economy Great Depression
1930 Economy Unemployment in Australia 28%
1932 Economy Unemployment in Australia 30%
1933 Economy Wages in Australia at 80% of the 1929 level
1934 Economy Australian economy shows signs of recovery
1937 Economy Commonwealth Bank of Australia takes on role as Australia's central bank
1960 Economy The Reserve Bank of Australia is formed Takes over the role of Australia's central regulatory bank from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia
1961 Economy Government limits amount of credit available to borrowers (credit squeeze) In response to increasing unemployment
1964 Economy Capital Equipment Tax Investment Allowance 29% Capital equipment for manufacturing has tax investment allowance of 29%
1964 Economy Economy very healthy The London Financial Times reports that Australia has the healthiest economy on earth
1964 1964 - 1965 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 3.0% (Financial Year)
1965 1965 - 1966 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 3.38% (Financial Year)
1966 1966 - 1967 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 2.61% (Financial Year)
1966 Feb 14th 1966 - Economy Decimal currency introduced
1967 Economy Five dollar note introduced
1967 1967 - 1968 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 3.82% (Financial Year)
1968 1968 - 1969 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 2.45% (Financial Year)
1968 1968 - 1979 Economy Slow employment growth from service industries
1969 1969 - 1970 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 2.99% (Financial Year)
1970 1970 - 1971 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 4.65% (Financial Year)
1970 Economy Export Income - one third is from wool, meat and cereals Wool, cereals and meat continue to be the main stays of Australia's exports. However wheat is now in good supply on the world market and the price of wool is falling.
1970 Economy Nickel boom collapses Collapse of Poseidon mineral exploration company marks the end of the Nickel boom.
1971 Economy 10 Pound subsidized fare to Australia ceases British migration to Australia strong but subsidised fare withdrawn.
1971 Economy Australia becomes part of Pacific economy Geographical proximity becoming more important to Australian trade relationships rather than Commonwealth links.
1971 Economy Japan our best export customer Japan takes 27% of exports in 1971-72
1971 Economy South-East Asia major export customer South-East Asia takes 12% of exports in 1971-72
1971 Economy UK provides 20% of imports UK now in the EEC provides 20% of imports but takes only 9.2% of exports.
1971 Economy United Kingdom enters EEC United Kingdom's entry into EEC affects Australia's traditional trading patterns
1971 Economy US major export customer US takes 12% of exports in 1971-72
1971 Economy Exchange Rate now expressed in $US Exchange Rate formerly expressed in Pounds Sterling.
1971 1971 - 1972 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 7.22% (Financial Year)
1972 1972 - 1973 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 5.7% (Financial Year)
1972 Economy Stagflation Low economic growth combined with increasing unemployment and rising inflation.
1972 Economy Whitlam government revalues the dollar Whitlam government revalues the dollar upward three times in an attempt to control the economy
1973 1973 - 1974 Economy International oil price rises World recession and stagflation (inflation coupled with slow Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth).
1973 Oct 1973 - Economy OPEC cuts oil production Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries cuts oil production in response to US support for Israel
1973 Dec 1973 - Economy Referendum on Prices and Wages regulation defeated This freed unions to make wage demands to counteract inflation.
1973 Economy 25% cut in protective tariffs G A Rattigan, chairman of the Tariff Board, recommends reduction in protective tariffs which is made policy by the Whitlam government.
1973 Economy Fifty Dollar note introduced
1973 Economy Inflation 13% Consumer prices rise under flood of imports fueling inflation.
1973 Economy World-wide recession
1973 Economy Manufacturing and Building Industry doing well
1973 1973 - 1974 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 13.24% (Financial Year)
1974 1974 - 1975 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 16.45% (Financial Year)
1974 1974 - 1975 Economy Household incomes rise by over 50%. Spending power of wage earners rises faster than cost of living.
1974 1974 - 1975 Economy Property slump
1974 Economy Australia's inflation highest since 1951
1974 Economy Credit cards introduced Banks begin to promote credit cards
1974 Economy Australian dollar devalued by 13.6%
1974 Economy World recession
1974 Sep 30th 1974 - Economy Stock exchange low September 30, 1974 was the blackest day on Australian stock exchanges this century'. T Sykes
1975 Nov 1975 - Economy Trade cycle at low
1975 1975 - 1976 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 13.01% (Financial Year)
1976 1976 - 1977 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 13.82% (Financial Year)
1976 Economy Australian dollar devalued by 17.5%
1977 Economy Industrial disputes Number of working days lost through industrial disputes a quarter of the 1974 figure.
1977 Economy Tariff protection Fraser reverts to using tariffs to protect manufactures.
1977 1977 - 1978 Economy Inflation under 9%
1977 1977 - 1978 Economy Unemployment 6.2% (Annual Average) Highest February '78 at 7.5%
1977 1977 - 1978 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 9.54% (Financial Year)
1978 1978 - 1979 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 8.18% (Financial Year)
1978 1978 - 1979 Economy Unemployment 6.3% (Annual Average) Highest month February '79 at 7%
1979 1979 - 1980 Economy Unemployment 6.2% (Annual Average) Highest month February '80 at 6.7%
1979 1979 - 1980 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 10.24% (Financial Year)
1980 1980 - 1981 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 9.29% (Financial Year)
1980 1980 - 1981 Economy Unemployment 5.9% (Annual Average) Highest January 1981 at 6.5%
1980 Economy Federal Government deregulates interest rates paid by banks on deposits
1981 Economy Economy deteriorates
1981 Economy Inflation rises
1981 1981 - 1982 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 10.53% (Financial Year)
1981 1981 - 1982 Economy Unemployment 6.2% (Annual Average) Highest month February '82 at 7.1%
1982 1982 - 1983 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 11.54% (Financial Year)
1982 1982 - 1983 Economy Unemployment 9.0% (Annual Average) Highest February 1983 at 10.7%
1982 July 1982 - Economy Australian dollar falls below parity with US dollar for first time July 29 1982
1982 Economy Australian economy in recession This is defined by two consecutive quarters of decreasing Gross National Product
1983 1983 - 1984 Economy Increase in the purchase of new cars.
1983 1983 - 1984 Economy Strong recovery in residential building
1983 Mar 1983 - Economy Australian dollar devalued by 10% March 8 1983
1983 Dec 1983 - Economy Australian dollar floated December 9 1983
1983 1983 - 1984 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 6.73% (Financial Year)
1983 1983 - 1984 Economy Unemployment 9.6% (Annual Average) Highest Month February '84 at 10.4%
1984 1984 - 1985 Economy Unemployment 8.6% (Annual Average) Highest month February '85 at 9.3%
1984 1984 - 1985 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 4.31% (Financial Year)
1984 1984 - 1985 Economy Average weekly earnings, full-time adult ordinary time A$376.20
1984 1984 - 1986 Economy Large expansion in Australia's overseas debt
1984 1984 - 1985 Economy Strongly increasing new capital expenditure
1984 Aug 1984 - Economy Australian banking system deregulated Federal Treasurer is Paul Keating
1984 Economy Gross Domestic Product rises GDP rises by 5 percent
1984 Economy One Dollar note is replaced by the Dollar coin
1984 Economy One Hundred Dollar note introduced
1985 1985 - 1988 Economy Australian dollar loses more than one third of its value.
1985 1985 - 1986 Economy Average weekly earnings, full-time adult ordinary time A$399.60
1985 1985 - 1986 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 8.41% (Financial Year)
1985 1985 - 1986 Economy Unemployment 7.9% (Anuual Average) Highest month February '86 at 8.8%
1986 1986 - 1987 Economy Unemployment 8.3% (Annual Average) Highest month February '87 at 9.1%
1986 1986 - 1987 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 9.39% (Financial Year)
1986 1986 - 1987 Economy Average weekly earnings, full-time adult ordinary time A$428.00
1986 May 1986 - Economy Keating (Federal Treasurer) makes 'Banana Republic' statement on radio May 14 Causes value of Australian dollar to drop
1986 Economy Australia's international credit rating drops from highest level to second highest.
1987 Oct 1987 - Economy Stock market slumps October 21 1987 Value of the Australian stockmarket drops 25%. From 1980 to 1987 share prices had risen 400%.
1987 1987 - 1988 Economy Average weekly earnings, full-time adult ordinary time A$454.40
1987 1987 - 1988 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 7.34% (Financial Year)
1987 1987 - 1988 Economy Unemployment 7.8% (Annual Average) Highest month February '88 at 8.2%
1988 1988 - 1989 Economy Unemployment 6.6% (Annual Average) Highest month January '89 at 7.4%
1988 1988 - 1989 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 7.30% (Financial Year)
1988 1988 - 1989 Economy Average weekly earnings, full-time adult ordinary time A$487.30
1989 1989 - 1990 Economy Average weekly earnings, full-time adult ordinary time A$521.00
1989 1989 - 1990 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 7.99% (Financial Year)
1989 1989 - 1990 Economy Unemployment 6.2% lowest since 80/81. (Annual Average) Lowest month November '89 at 5.4%
1989 Economy General pilot strike
1990 1990 - 1991 Economy Australia in recession
1990 1990 - 1991 Economy Unemployment 8.3% (Annual Average) Highest month April '91 at 9.9%
1990 1990 - 1991 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 5.3% (Financial Year)
1990 1990 - 1991 Economy Average weekly earnings, full-time adult ordinary time A$555.40
1991 1991 - 1992 Economy Average weekly earnings, full-time adult ordinary time A$580.80
1991 1991 - 1992 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 1.9% (Financial Year)
1991 1991 - 1992 Economy Unemployment 10.3% (Annual Average) Highest month February '92 at 11.5%
1991 Economy World recession
1992 1992 - 1993 Economy Unemployment peaks at 11% (Annual Average) Highest month February '93 at 12.2%
1992 Economy Five dollar plastics banknote issued
1992 Economy One and two cent coins are withdrawn from circulation
1992 1992 - 1993 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 1.03% (Financial Year)
1992 1992 - 1993 Economy Average weekly earnings, full-time adult ordinary time A$591.00
1993 1993 - 1994 Economy Average weekly earnings, full-time adult ordinary time A$609.10
1993 1993 - 1994 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 1.85% (Financial Year)
1993 1993 - 1994 Economy Unemployment 10.5% (Annual Average) Highest month February '94 at 11.5%
1993 Economy Ten dollar plastics banknote issued
1994 Economy Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Bogor free trade declaration Members of APEC with developed economies to drop tariff protection by 2010
1994 Economy Twenty dollar plastics banknote issued
1994 1994 - 1995 Economy Unemployment 8.9% (Annual Average) Highest month February '95 at 9.9%
1994 1994 - 1995 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 3.17% (Financial Year)
1994 1994 - 1995 Economy Average weekly earnings, full-time adult ordinary time A$633.90
1995 1995 - 1996 Economy Average weekly earnings, full-time adult ordinary time A$662.50
1995 1995 - 1996 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 4.21% (Financial Year)
1995 1995 - 1996 Economy Unemployment 8.5% (Annual Average) Highest month February '96 at 9.4%
1996 1996 - 1997 Economy Unemployment 8.7% (Annual Average) Highest month February '97 at 9.8%
1996 1996 - 1997 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 1.35% (Financial Year)
1996 1996 - 1997 Economy Average weekly earnings, full-time adult ordinary time A$688.20
1997 1997 - 1998 Economy Average weekly earnings, full-time adult ordinary time A$716.80
1997 1997 - 1998 Economy Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase 0% (Financial Year)
1997 1997 - 1998 Economy Unemployment 8.3% (Annual Average) Highest month February '98 at 9.1%
1998 Economy Asian currency crisis
2000 2000 - 2001 Economy Unemployment 6.4%
1789 Event Wedgwood medallion fired from Botany Bay clay.
1803 Event Thos. Sheraton writes of Botany Bay wood
1820 Event Webster and Temple, two convicts, make a set of chairs for Governor Macquarie
1827 Event A colonial museum established in Sydney
1842 1842 - 1843 Event Lady Franklin's Museum "Acanthe" created outside of Hobart.
1847 1847 - 1849 Event Society for Promotion of Fine Arts exhibits in Sydney.
1851 Event Australia exhibits in the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London.
1860 Event School of Design opens in Adelaide
1862 Event International Art Exhibition held in Melbourne
1866 Event Melbourne Exhibition
1879 Event Sydney International Exhibition, including "The Ladies Court"
1880 Event Melbourne Exhibition
1880 Event First telephone exchange opens in Melbourne
1888 Event Melbourne Centennial Exhibition
1889 Event 9 x 5 Exhibition opens in Melbourne
1890 1890 - 1900 Event Car importation and manufacture begins in Australia
1893 Event Bicycle equipped with a motor for the first time in Brisbane
1901 Event Federation of Australia
1901 Event National floral emblem is the Golden Wattle First proposed in 1891. Sydney established September 1st as Wattle Day in 1901. Victoria followed in 1910 and South Australia in 1911.
1901 Event Federal Government official competition for an Australian Flag Prize was divided among five similar designs. The Australian Blue Ensign was resolved from these. It was officially adopted under the 1953 Flags Act.
1904 Event Australia's first motorcycle built in Melbourne
1906 Event Australia makes trade agreement with South Africa Australia's first trade agreement
1906 Event First motor vehicle drivers license in Australia is issued in Adelaide
1906 Event First show on 'Australian Flora Applied to Art' by R T Baker
1910 Event Australian Manufacturers' Day established
1910 Event First flight in a powered aircraft in Australia First controlled powered flight by Eric Weiss (Harry Houdini), Diggers Rest VIC.
1912 Event Trans-Australia railway construction begins Opens in 1917
1912 Event Australian Coat of Arms designed.
1914 1914 - 1918 Event WWI Provides lift for young steel industry
1919 Event First England to Australia flight Keith and Ross Smith and two others. Australian Commonwealth Government prize for first successful flight from England to Australia
1920 Event Queensland and Northern Territory Air Service (QANTAS) is founded
1928 Event Royal Flying Doctor Service founded
1929 Event Heritage movement begins in NSW
1929 Event Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria.
1930 Event Myram Mansell opens textile studio using Aboriginal designs.
1931 Event Holden's becomes General Motors (Australia) Pty Ltd. Holden's Motor Body Builders, Adelaide, amalgamates with General Motors (USA) to form General Motors (Australia) Pty Ltd.
1932 Event Empire Trade Agreement (Ottawa Agreement) Britain's manufactured goods get preferred tariff treatment as imports in exchange for secure market for Australian agricultural exports.
1932 Event Opening of Sydney Harbour Bridge
1934 Event Melbourne Centennial Celebration
1936 Event Ansett Airways initial flight service
1937 Event Ballet Russe tours Australia (Cafe Petrushka) in Melbourne.
1939 1939 - 1945 Event During WWII Australia forms a camouflage unit.
1939 Event NY World's Fair with design supervisor John Oldham and other notables.
1939 1939 - 1945 Event WWII Boosts manufacturing
1940 Event Evelyn Owen and Vincent Wardell develop the Owen Gun.
1941 Event 'Australian Aboriginal Art and its Application' at David Jones Gallery.
1945 Event WWII ends
1946 Event East-West Airlines founded
1946 Event Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) founded
1946 Event Manning Clark establishes the first year-long course in Australian History at the Melbourne University.
1946 Event Commonwealth Aircraft Factory develops pre-fabricated homes
1946 Event Modernage Fabrics produces fabrics from Dobell, Friend, D Annand, and many others.
1946 Event Fler furniture company founded by Fred Lowen and Ernest Rodeck.
1947 1947 - 1972 Event Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme project
1947 Event Australia enters General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)
1948 Event General Motors-Holden's Ltd makes first Holden car
1950 Event Douglas Snelling and Functional Products produce furniture line.
1956 Event Olympic Games held in Melbourne
1960 Event First Adelaide Festival
1961 Event Airlines Agreement Act Policy to ensure that two airlines are in competition on major air routes
1967 Event Ford Australia establishes design studio in Geelong, VIC.
1968 1968 - 1970 Event Fred Lowen starts Twen furniture company
1970 1970 - Event Fred Lowen's Twen changes name to Tessa Furniture manufactured under licence in Germany
1972 1972 - 1975 Event Colour television and FM radio introduced into Australia Colour television and FM radio introduced into Australia by the Whitlam Government
1973 Event Australia signs Trade Pact with China
1976 Event Census 1976
1979 Event BHP Steel Award
1981 Event Census 1981
1983 Event National economic summit National economic summit of government, business and unions endorses a prices and income agreement and the reestablishment of wage indexation.
1986 Event TAA becomes Australian Airlines
1988 Jan 26th 1988 - Event Australia's Bicentenary 200th anniversary of the First Fleet landing at Sydney Cove under Captain Arthur Philip
1990 Dec 1990 - Dec 1991 Event Compass Airlines commences operations Collapses in December 1991. Restarts in 1992 and ceases in March 1993
1990 Event Airlines Agreement Act ends Beginning of airline deregulation
1990 Event Australia Prize The Australia Prize, initiated in 1990 by the Commonwealth Government, is an annual international award that honours outstanding achievement in science and technology promoting human welfare.
1993 Event Australian Airlines merges with QANTAS
1994 Event East-West Airlines ceases operation
1997 Event First public float of Telstra
1999 Event Australia Prize last year 1999 was the last year of the Australia Prize. In 2000 it was renamed the Prime Minister's Prize for Science
2000 Event Australia Prize renamed In 2000 the Australia Prize was renamed the Prime Minister's Prize for Science
2000 Event Prime Minister's Prize for Science Formerly known as the Australia Prize. Recognises Australian scientists who promote human welfare by an outstanding achievement in science or technology.
1905 Federal Government The Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics (CBCS) was established under the Census and Statistics Act In 1928 the Bureau was relocated to Canberra and in 1932 it moved to the Treasury portfolio.
1974 Federal Government CBCS was abolished and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) established. The Australian Bureau of Statistics Act in 1975, established the ABS as a Statutory Authority headed by the Australian Statistician with the status of Permanent Head, responsible to the Treasurer. Link
1975 Federal Government Australia Council Whitlam upgrades the Australian Council for the Arts to the Australia Council in 1975. Supports literature, drama, ballet, arts & crafts. The Australia Council's primary responsibility is to help create an environment which encourages the creativity and development of Australian artists, and which provides greater access to arts and cultural activities for all Australians. Link
1984 1984 - circa 1993 Federal Government Department of Industry, Technology & Commerce named. Senator the Hon. John N Button, Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce from 13.12.84 to 24.3.93. Department previously known as the Department of Industry and Commerce.
1985 Federal Government Austrade Austrade is the Australian Trade Commission - the federal government's export and investment facilitation agency. They help Australians win export business and generate inward and outward investment. Link
1986 1986 - Federal Government National Industries Extension Service (NIES) Memorandum of understanding between the States & Commonwealth to coordinate State and Federal initiatives to assist secondary industry improve overall efficiency and opportunities in internationally traded goods and services. Abolished circa 1997.
1990 1990 May - Federal Government Cooperative Research Centres commence CRCs promote R&D interaction between public and industry sectors. Federal government programme. Managed by the Sciences Programs Branch Department of Education, Science and Training (2003) Link
1995 Federal Government AusIndustry formed A Commonwealth Government Department of Industry, Science and Resources business unit to help Australian businesses become more innovative and internationally competitive. Provides commercial incentives and information services. Link
N/A Federal Government Australian Trade Commissioners in 50?? Countries
N/A Federal Government Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (DEETYA)
N/A Federal Government Department of Industry, Science and Tourism Link
N/A Federal Government Department of Trade & Resources Federal Department? Funded IDCA?
1903 Legislation Patents Act 1903
1905 Legislation Trade Marks Act 1905
1906 Legislation Designs Act 1906
1953 Legislation Flags Act Australian Blue Ensign becomes the Australian National Flag.
1975 Legislation Australian Bureau of Statistics Act established the ABS as a Statutory Authority headed by the Australian Statistician with the status of Permanent Head, responsible to the Treasurer Link
1976 Legislation Cigarette advertising banned on radio and television
1985 Legislation Australian Trade Commission Act The Australian Trade Commission is known as Austrade Link
1992 Legislation Cigarette advertising banned in print media
1992 Legislation Compulsory employee superannuation commences
1997 Legislation Telecommunications act deregulates the Australian tellecommunication market
2002 Jul 2002 - Legislation Super Guarantee Contributions Increases from 8 to 9% July 1st 2002
1895 Media 'Arts and Crafts' magazine founded in Melbourne
1905 Media Form magazine first published in Sweden
1913 Media Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd (AWA) forms Amalgamation of Marconi and Australasian Wireless
1929 Media The Advertiser (Adelaide) taken over by Herald and Weekly Times Later acquired by News Corporation (Rupert Murdoch)
1931 Media Australian Movietone cinema newsreel commences
1931 Media The Herald, Melbourne organises international art exhibition.
1933 Media BBC and ABC broadcasts 'Design in Modern Life'.
1935 Media Australian Consolidated Press Ltd formed Sir Frank Packer chairman
1941 Media ABC's 'Design in Everyday Things'
1942 Media Herald and Weekly Times Ltd Keith Murdoch becomes chairman in 1942
1945 Media The Age newspaper becomes a public company VIC Newspaper. Owned by the Syme family for many years. Taken over by the Fairfax group Link
1948 Media Australian Home Beautiful embraces modernism.
1949 Media Art and Design first published Sydney Ure Smith commences publishing a biannual journal. Only one issue produced.
1949 Media British Design magazine first published
1951 Media Australian Financial Review National Newspaper first published by the Fairfax family Link
1954 Media USA publication Industrial Design first published
1956 Media First television broadcasts in Australia Commenced to enable coverage of the Olympic Games
1956 Media John Fairfax Ltd formed John Fairfax buys the Sydney Herald in 1841, becomes the Sydney Morning Herald. Becomes a public company in 1956
1957 Media Form magazine first published in Germany
1964 Media The Australian newspaper established National Newspaper. Owned by Rupert Murdoch Link
1967 1967 - Nov 1975 Media Design Australia first published by the Industrial Design Council of Australia Official Journal of the Industrial Design Council of Australia
1974 Media Television viewing licenses and radio licenses abolished
1974 1974 - 1998 Media Kerry Packer chairman of Consolidated Press Holdings Ltd Son of Sir Frank Packer
1975 Media Colour television broadcasts begin
1979 Apr 1979 - May 1984 Media Design in Australia first published Published by the Industrial Design Institute of Australia. Edited by Ron Newman
1983 Media Design World published in Australia Originated and edited by Colin Wood. Later becomes Design Graphics
1983 Media The Age newspaper taken over by the Fairfax group
1990 Media Internet. AARnet research network formed Foundation of internet in Australia. National and international computer network of universities and research bodies.
1992 Media Sydney Morning Herald NSW Newspaper. Owned by the Fairfax family since 1841. Floated on stockmarket in May 1992 Link
1998 Media James Packer chief executive of Consolidated pres Holdings Ltd Son of Kerry Packer, grandson of Sir Frank Packer
2002 Jun 2002 - Media Curve magazine first published in Australia Edited by Belinda Stenning
N/A Media Business Review Weekly (BRW) National Business Magazine Link
1912 Organisation Commonwealth Bank of Australia formed
1915 Organisation Design and Industries Association (DIA) founded in England Professional association
1918 Organisation Commonwealth Board of Trade established Advises government on Australian trade and industry
1922 Organisation Australian Commonwealth Engineering Standards Association (ACESA) founded Later becomes Standards Australia
1932 Organisation Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) founded by Federal Government Established as a public radio broadcaster. Becomes Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1983.
1935 Organisation Women's Industrial Arts Society (WIAS) founded Lasted until WWII
1937 Organisation Australian Commercial and Industrial Artists Association (ACIAA) founded Professional association concerned with industrial and graphic design
1938 Organisation Industrial Design Institute (IDI) founded in the USA Professional association
1944 Organisation American Society of Industrial Designers (ASID) founded in USA Professional association
1944 Organisation Council of Industrial Designers (COID) founded in England Professional association
1948 Organisation Interior Designers Association of Australia (IDAA) founded Formed by students of Melbourne technical College. In 1958 and later members join the Industrial Design Institute of Australia.
1948 Organisation Society of Designers for Industry (SDI) founded in Australia Professional association founded in Melbourne. First Australian professional design organisation. Later becomes the Industrial Design Institute of Australia.
1950 Organisation Society of Designers for Industry (SDI) NSW Chapter founded
1956 Organisation Department of Trade formed Federal government department
1957 Organisation International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) founded
1958 Organisation Industrial Design Council of Australia (IDCA) formed Commonwealth Government forms and funds the IDCA following lobbying by the combined Australian design associations
1958 Organisation Industrial Design Institute of Australia (IDIA) formed Society of Designers for Industry (est. 1948) form the IDIA (Company Limited by Guarantee). Members of the Interior Designers Association of Australia (est. 1948) then join the new IDIA. Name changed to the Design Institute of Australia (1983).
1958 Organisation Society of Industrial Designers Australia (SIDA) founded in Sydney A breakaway group of designers many of whom were members of SDI. SIDA amalgamates with IDIA in 1965
1963 Organisation International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA) founded
1963 Organisation International Federation of Interior Architects/Interior Designers (IFI) founded
1965 Organisation Australian Conservation Foundation founded Sir Garfield Barwick is first president. An independent corporation concerned with the preservation of the natural environment. In conflict with developers and state government development proposals that threaten conservation.
1965 Organisation Society of Industrial Designers Australia (SIDA) amalgamates with IDIA New South Wales based SIDA amalgamates with the IDIA NSW Chapter. Ratified by IDIA in 1966.
1967 Organisation Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) formed Treaty between 10 Asian countries, including Indonesia, for economic benefit. Australia is a 'dialogue partner' not a member.
1967 Organisation Australian Council for the Arts Holt authorises the formation of the Australian Council for the Arts following its proposal by H C Coombs
1968 Organisation Australian Conservation Foundation Granted federal funding
1970 Organisation Australian Industries Development Corporation (AIDC) John McEwen is instrumental in the formation of the AIDC, a government owned merchant bank for assisting Australian companies in the manufacturing and mineral processing sectors.
1970 Organisation Film and Television Development Corporation Formed by the Gorton government to invest in Australian films
1970 Organisation Builders' Labourers Federation (BLF) BLF places 'green ban' on the sub-division of Kelly's Bush, Hunters Hill NSW.
1971 Organisation EEC United Kingdom becomes part of the EEC
1972 Organisation South Australian Film Corporation Formed by the South Australian Labour Dunstan government. Its first feature film was Sunday Too Far Away.
1973 Organisation Australian Film and Television School Formed by the Whitlam Government
1973 Organisation Prices Justification Tribunal Government establishes Prices Justification Tribunal. Companies required to argue price rises before it although it had no legal power to enforce its findings.
1975 Organisation Australian Council for the Arts Whitlam upgrades the Australian Council for the Arts to the Australia Council in 1975.
1975 Organisation Telecom Australia established by the federal government
1976 Organisation Industrial Design Council of Australia Federal Government withdrew funding support from the Industrial Design Council. They then worked toward self sufficiency with funding from industry, promotional activity, state funds/grants, Federal funds.
1980 Organisation National Companies and Securities Commission Established in 1980 as a regulatory body. Replaced by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) in 1991
1981 Aug 1st 1981 - Organisation Architecture & Design Committee Architecture & Design Panel, part of the Visual Arts Board, changes its name to the Architecture and Design Committee of the Australia Council, August 1 1981
1981 Organisation Australian Industrial Research and Development Incentives Board Allows only BA (Industrial Design) from Sydney College of the Arts to be elligible for grants.
1983 Organisation Design Institute of Australia named Industrial Design Institute of Australia (IDIA) formed in 1958 renamed
1987 Organisation Australian Design Council (ADC) replaces IDCA Industrial Design Council of Australia revitalised after a government review and renamed. Takes on design training role.
1987 Organisation Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) formed from the amalgamation of six state stock exchanges
1989 Organisation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) formed Formed to promote economic co-operation and trade in the Asia-Pacific region. Australia and US are members. Promotes a free-trade policy. Tariff barriers to be dropped by 2010.
1990 Organisation Australian Academy of Design A division of The Australian Quality Council ACN 050 541 047
1991 Organisation Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) formed Formerly the National Companies and Securities Commission. Charged with protecting investors from corporate crime and ensuring fair practise.
1991 Organisation Optus Communications becomes Australia's second telecommunications carrier
1995 Organisation Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) formed Established by the federal Government as a consumer watchdog against dishonest and unfair business behaviour. Formerly the Trade Practices and Prices Surveillance Authority.
1995 Organisation Telecom Australia becomes Telstra Corporation Ltd
2001 Organisation CREATE Australia launches training packages for the national music, film, television, radio and multimedia industries CREATE Australia is the national Industry Training Advisory Board
N/A Organisation Architecture & Design Panel Part of the Visual Arts Board
N/A Organisation Science and Technology Advisory Bodies Link
N/A Organisation World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
N/A Organisation Australian Industrial Property Organisation (AIPO) Link
N/A Organisation Australian Bureau of Statistics Link
N/A Organisation Australian Chamber of Manufactures
N/A Organisation Defence Science and Technology Organisation Link
N/A Organisation Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
N/A Organisation Primary Industries and Energy R&D Corporations Link
N/A Organisation Australian Quality Council
N/A Organisation Australian Research Council Link
N/A Organisation Australian Universities Link
1827 Organization Hobart Mechanics Institute founded
1833 Organization Sydney Mechanics School of Art founded
1839 Organization Melbourne School of Art founded
1858 Organization Bendigo Pottery founded
1860 Organization Swan River Mechanics Institute Technical Museum established.
1860 1860 circa - Organization Sydney School of Art founded
1870 Organization Artisan's School of Design, Trades Hall, Melbourne, founded.
1878 Organization Workingman's College founded in Sydney
1879 Organization Lithgow Pottery founded
1880 1880 - 1881 Organization NSW Technological Museum created
1887 Organization Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) founded
1903 Organization Tasmanian Arts and Crafts Society founded
1908 Organization Victorian Arts and Crafts Society founded
1916 1916 - 1920 Organization Advisory Council of Science and Industry formed A forerunner of CSIRO
1920 1920 - 1926 Organization Commonwealth Institute of Science and Industry formed. Forerunner of CSIRO, preceeded by Advisory Council of Science and Industry (1916-1920), followed by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
1924 Organization 'Australian Made' preference league formed
1926 1926 - 1949 Organization Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)formed. Forerunner of CSIRO, preceeded by Commonwealth Institute of Science and Industry (1920-1926).
1930 1930 - Organization Royal Australian Institute of Architects, (RAIA) forms. It is a national body consisting of 8000 members across Australia and overseas. The Institute was formed in 1930 when state architectural Institutes combined to form a unified national association with the following aims:- to advance architecture; to maintain the integrity and standing of the profession; to promote the profession's views nationally and internationally; and to encourage the study of architecture. Link
1935 Organization Womens Industrial Art Society established
1937 Organization Australian Commercial and Industrial Artists Association founded.
1937 Organization Frances Burke fabrics established in Melbourne.
1940 Organization Design and Industries Association (DIA) founded in Sydney Established by R H James and Geoff and Dahl Collings. Probably based on the English organisation founded in 1915. No evidence of it after WWII.
1945 Organization National Trust founded in NSW The Australian National Trust movement was established in New South Wales in 1945 by Annie Wyatt who, along with a group of other citizens, raised community consciousness of widespread destruction of the built and natural heritage in Sydney. The National Trust movement quickly spread across Australia with the other States establishing National Trust offices throughout the 1950’s and 60’s. The Northern and Australian Capital Territories were the last to establish a National Trust in 1976. Each State and Territory National Trust is fully autonomous entity in its own right responsible for managing its own affairs. Link
1949 1949 - Organization Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) CSIRO works with industry and other potential research users to exploit the opportunities created by research and development. They are the scientific and industrial research organisation for Australia. A Federal Government business unit.Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR - 1926-1949)was its forerunner. Link
1951 1951 - 1998 Organization The Society of Interior Designers of Australia (SIDA) founded First known as the Society of Interior Designers. Aims were to advance the art of interior designing, to promote interior design services to the public, to assist designers entering the field, to advance the standards of interior designing and decoration, to uphold a code of ethics and professional practices. Following talks with the DIA and later the Australian Textile Designers Association (ATDA) the three bodies unified on July 1st 1998. Link
1958 August 2 - Organization Inventors Association of Australia Inc first meeting Stan Shrivell organised the first meeting at his home in Ramsgate. With himself as chair, five people attended and formed a core group of inventors which eventually grew into the Inventors Association of Australia Inc
1958 Organization Industrial Design Council of Australia Established in 1958 to promote innovative industrial design as essential to the development of a healthy manufacturing industry.
1959 1959 August - Organization Australian Consumer's Association registered as a Australian Public Company, Limited By Guarantee An independent not-for-profit organisation that publishes consumer information on products and services and lobbies on behalf of the consumer. It receives no funding from government, industry, unions, or advertising. Income comes from subscriptions, sales and independent testing. Link
1965 Organization The Australian Council of National Trusts (ACNT) formed. It represents the interests of the National Trust at the federal level, provides a forum for information exchange and increasingly coordinates the work of the constituent bodies. Link
1971 Organization The Crafts Council of Australia founded
1983 1983 - Organization The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering formed An independent, industry-linked institute committed to fostering excellence and innovation in advanced engineering throughout Australia. It is a self-funding non-profit body operating within the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Sydney, controlled by representatives from industry. It has four objectives: 1/ Stimulating innovation in advanced engineering technologies to accelerate Australia’s industrial development; 2/ Encouraging effective deployment and use of new engineering technologies; 3/ Promoting the integration of technology, management, design and enterprise among Australian businesses; 4/ Providing independent advice and comment on these issues and their impact on development, national policies and enterprise. Link
1988 Organization Australian Graphic Design Association formed A national, voluntary, non-profit organisation to facilitate the advancement of the graphic design profession in Australia Link
1990 Organization Australian Academy of Design formed Formed as a result of a resolution made at the Australian Design Summit 1989 that there is .."a need for a national body to provide a focus for design in Australia." Produces 1995 report Competing by Design
1998 Organization SIDA Foundation commences Following unification with the DIA, SIDA resolved to retain its financial assets and to convert its corporate structure into a Foundation. It uses its funds to further develop the knowledge, skills and ethics of interior designers and decorators. It does this by grants to Institutions and other bodies.
2002 Organization Triton Foundation commences Established to assist and promote Australian innovation. The Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation, set up and funded by George Lewin (inventor of the Triton sawbench) and various State Governments, and provides advice, assistance and promotion through the commercialisation process to Australian inventors and entrepreneurs. Link
2002 2002 Feb - Organization Australian Quality Council acquired by Standards Australia Standards Australia International [SAI] formally acquired a range of products and services previously owned by the Australian Quality Council [AQC]. SAI's Professional Services Division [SPS] became the new home of the AQC and in recognition of the importance of business excellence to SAI the Division has been renamed Business Excellence Australia. Link
1881 Person Lucien Henry teaches at Sydney Technology College French exile
1887 Person John Ruskin appointed picture advisor to the National Gallery of Victoria
1902 Person Harold Desbrowe Annear lectures at Melbourne Workingman's College
1906 Person Irene Mort proposes an 'Australian Guild of Handicraft'
1908 Person David Syme (1827-1908) dies Managed Age newspaper for around 50 years. Advocate of tariff protection.
1914 1914 - 2001 Person Gordon Andrews - designer Born January 10 in Ashfield, NSW. Died January 17. Designed international trade and cultural exhibitions to lift Australia's image and the 1966 decimal banknotes.
1915 1915 - 2001 Person Bill Kennard - designer Born in England. Joined the ABC in 1956. Designed the ABC logo in 1965.
1915 1915 - 1917 Person W B Griffin designs 'Cafe Australia' and 'Newman College, Melbourne'.
1921 Person Keith Murdoch (1885-1952) editor of Melbourne Herald
1931 Person Naper Waller begins teaching in Workingmens College, Melbourne.
1932 1932 - 1935 Person Cynthia Reed's Modern Furnishings shop opens in Melbourne.
1932 Person Fredrick Ward designs furniture for Meyer Emporium.
1932 Person Thea Proctor designs cafe for David Jones
1935 Person Margo Lewers fabrics exhibited in Sydney
1938 1938 - 1950 Person Essington Lewis (1881-1961) is chief general manager of BHP Inaugural chair of the Industrial Design Council of Australia. Industrialist.
1950 Person David Foulkes-Taylor active as WA designer
1950 1950 - 1951 Person Grant Featherston designs Contour Range for Emerson Brothers.
1953 Person Clement Meadmore designing furniture in Melbourne.
1953 Person Gordon Andrews designing furniture for Marion Hall Best Inc.
1956 Person Frederick Ward active at The Design Unit, ANU.
1956 Person Schulim Krimper, Melbourne designer, exhibits in New York.
1958 Person Colin Barrie First director of the Industrial Design Council of Australia. Designer.
1958 Person Essington Lewis (1881-1961) Inaugural chair of the Industrial Design Council of Australia. Industrialist.
1999 Person Ron Newman Associate Professor Ron Newman was the chair of the Management Committee for Sydney Design '99. Editor of Design in Australia (1979-84)
1939 1939 - 1941 Prime Minister Robert Menzies United Australia Party (UAP)
1941 1941 - 1941 Prime Minister Arthur Fadden Country Party
1941 1941 - 1945 Prime Minister John Curtin Australian Labour Party (ALP)
1945 1945 - 1949 Prime Minister Ben Chifley Australian Labour Party (ALP)
1945 1945 - 1945 Prime Minister Frank Forde Australian Labour Party (ALP)
1949 1949 - 1966 Prime Minister Robert Menzies Liberal Party
1966 1966 - 1967 Prime Minister Harold Holt Liberal Party
1967 1967 - 1968 Prime Minister Jack McEwen Country Party
1968 1968 - 1971 Prime Minister John Gorton Liberal Party
1971 1971 - 1972 Prime Minister William McMahon Liberal Party
1972 1972 - 1975 Prime Minister Gough Whitlam Australian Labour Party (ALP)
1975 1975 - 1983 Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser Liberal Party
1983 1983 - 1991 Prime Minister Bob Hawke Australian Labour Party (ALP)
1991 1991 - 1996 Prime Minister Paul Keating Australian Labour Party (ALP)
1996 1996 - Prime Minister John Howard Liberal Party
1913 Publication R T Baker's Cabinet Timbers of Australia published
1915 Publication 'Australian Flora in Applied Art' published by R T Baker
1916 Publication 'Art in Australia' commences publication. Edited by Sydney Ure Smith
1920 Publication 'The Home' first published
1925 Publication Margaret Preston publishes 'Indigenous Art of Australia' in 'Art in Australia'.
1930 Publication Margaret Preston publishes 'The Application of Aboriginal Designs'.
1961 Publication Robin Boyd's 'The Australian Ugliness' published
1995 Mar 1995 - Publication Competing by Design The National Design review Report prepared by the National Design Review Steering Committee through the Australian Academy of Design
1998 Sept 1998 - 2002 Publication Artichoke magazine commences First of 13 issues of a national newsletter/magazine sponsored by Architecture Media and edited by Geoff Fitzpatrick. The magazine evolved into a commercial magazine in 2002 (See Bibliography)
1889 Circa 1889 - Statistic Manufacturing is 12% of GDP
1959 Circa 1959 - Statistic Manfacturing employs 28% of the workforce
1959 Circa 1959 - Statistic Manufacturing is 28% of GDP
1964 Statistic US Ownership 20% of Australia's manufacturing industry has US ownership
1965 Statistic US Ownership 27% of Australia's manufacturing industry has US ownership
1966 Statistic 64,000 motor cycles in Australia Popularity of motor cycles drops in Australia from eary 1950s.
1971 Statistic 173,000 motor cycles in Australia Popularity of motor cycles increases in Australia from 1966.
1971 Statistic 3 million television licenses in Australia Television licenses increase from 2 million in 1966 to 3 million in 1971
1971 Statistic 4 Million motor vehicles in Australia Between 1966 and 1971 motor vehicles in Australia increase from 3 to 4 million.
1979 Statistic Holden has less than one quarter of new car registrations In 1958 Holden had half of the new car registrations. Japanese and foreign imports rose from less than one third to around half between 1971 and 1978.
1981 Statistic Population of Australia 14.5 Million
1985 1985 - 1986 Statistic Manufactured goods 19% of Australian exports
1992 1992 - 1993 Statistic Manufactured goods 30% of Australian exports
1992 1992 - 1993 Statistic Retail trade employs 14.5% of workforce
1993 Statistic Four-wheel drive vehicles are 8% of new car sales
1995 Statistic Estimated Population 18.072million
1996 Statistic Estimated Population 18.311million
1997 Statistic Estimated Population 18.524million
1997 1997 - 1998 Statistic Manufacturing employs 12% of workforce
1997 1997 - 1998 Statistic Manufacturing is 12% of GDP
1997 1997 - 1998 Statistic Retail trade employs 15% of workforce Largest sector of employment for this period
1997 1997 - 1998 Statistic Victoria has 33% of Australian manufacturing Victoria 33%, NSW 32%, QLD 15%, SA 9%, WA 8%, Tasmania 2%.
1998 Statistic Estimated Population 18.750million
1998 Statistic Four-wheel drive vehicles are 12% of new car sales
1999 Oct 31st 1999 - Statistic Registered Motor Vehicles Total Registered Motor Vehicles = 11,934,800 not including Motor Cycles.Of these 9,719,900 are passenger vehicles. Motor cycles = 333,800
1999 Statistic Estimated Population 18.96million
1999 Circa 1999 - Statistic Services (including design) are around 20% of exports.
2000 Statistic Estimated Population 19.157million
2001 Statistic Estimated Population 19.277million
1848 Technology Mittagong iron works established Other iron works follow
1934 Technology Ford utility appears
1973 Technology Leyland P76 car introduced
1981 Technology 186 microprocessor Number of transistors 55,000
1982 Technology 286 microprocessor Number of transistors 134,000 Maximum processor speed 12.5MHz
1986 Technology 386 microprocessor Number of transistors 275,000 Maximum processor speed 33MHz
1989 Technology 486 microprocessor Number of transistors 1,180,000 Maximum processor speed 50MHz
1993 Technology Pentium microprocessor Number of transistors 3,100,000 Maximum processor speed 66MHz
1997 Technology Pentium II microprocessor Number of transistors 7,500,000 Maximum processor speed 300MHz
1999 Technology Pentium III microprocessor Number of transistors 28,100,000 Maximum processor speed 933MHz
2000 Technology Pentium 4 microprocessor Number of transistors 42,000,000 Maximum processor speed 1500MHz

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