The Land of Oz

April - June, 1965

April : Australian Wheat Board announces £50 million sale to Russia and China. Police seize ‘The Trial of Lady Chatterley’ from a Melbourne bookshop, the prosecution later dropped when the defence successfully claimed the book was a factual account of the original trial in England which found D. H. Lawrence’s ‘Lasy Chatterley’s Lover’ was not obscene.

May : Labor Opposition leader Arthur Calwell opposes the Government decision on involvement in Vietnam. Australian Government commits £300 million over five years for development aid to Papua New Guinea. Labor voted out of office in New South Wales after 24 years, Robin Askin becomes new Premier.  First Battalion of Regular Army Regiment leaves on HMAS Sydney for Vietnam.  West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to claim the title of “world champions”.  Melbourne group The Seekers knock The Beatles off the top of the UK charts with “I Know I’ll Never Find Another You”.  Cassius Clay knocks out Sonny Liston 48 seconds into their world heavyweight championship re-match.

June : First Australian troops arrive in Saigon. Menzies and Johnson meet in Washington.  Australia assures United Nations that Papua New Guinea will be allowed to determine its’ own future.  Prima diva Joan Sutherland returns for her first performance in Australia for 14 years.  Melbourne’s new Sandown Park racecourse is opened.  English opera singer Elizabeth Harwood is refused service service in the Southern Cross Hotel dining room because she is wearing slacks.  Massive protest throughout Australia over Springbok tour - the all white Springbok Rugby Union team arrive to a hostile reception.  Prime Minister Menzies declares that Australia is at war with North Vietnam