The Land Of Oz

April - June, 1968

July : Rod Laver wins the first Open Wimbledon championships to follow his two amateur titles. Over 100 students arrested after anti-war demonstrations in Martin Place, Sydney and outside the American embassy in Melbourne.  Queensland premier Jack Pizzey dies of a heart attack just seven months after taking office. A discovery of bones at Lake Mungo in New South Wales prove Aborigines roamed the area 25,000 years ago.


August : Joh Bjelke-Petersen becomes premier of Queensland after being elected unopposed as leader of the Country Party.  Premier Henry Bolte opens the National Gallery of Australia in St. Kilda Road, Melbourne. Death of CEW Bean, founder of the Australian War Memorial and editor of the Official history of Australia in the war of 1914-18 .

September : Two Catholic priests in Melbourne are suspended after publicly opposing Pope Rual IV’s doctrine banning birth control. South Melbourne rover Bobby Skilton wins his third Brownlow Medal and Carlton defeat Essendon by three points to take the VFL premiership before a record crowd of 116,823.  Australian tennis and golf legend Sir Norman Brookes died at age 90.  Protests in New Zealand as French resume nuclear testing at Mururoa Atoll.