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  • Australia's estimated population: 13, 614, 344

    Visual Arts
  • Janet Dawson's portrait of actor-writer Michael Boddy wins the Archibald prize
  • John Olsen's mural Salute to Five Bells is installed in the Sydney Opera House
  • John Coburn designs the tapestry curtains for the Opera House stages
  • Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles is acquired for the Australian National Gallery for $1.3 million

  • the Australian content quota for radio is increased to 10%

    Film & Television
  • Quiz show host Tony Barber wins the Gold Logie
  • 27A and "The Child" episode of Libido share the AFI award
  • Tim Burstall's Alvin Purple
  • Libido, directed by John B. Murray, Peter Weir, Fred Schepsi and David Baker
  • Bert Deling's Dalmas
  • Albie Thom's Sunshine City
  • Albie Falzon's Crystal Voyager
  • Australian Film & Television School established

  • Peter Kenna's play A Hard God

  • no Miles Franklin Award is made this year
  • Patrick White publishes The Eye Of The Storm and wins the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • the Literature Board of the Australian Council for the Arts replaces the Commonwealth Literary Fund
  • Aboriginal author and artist Dick Roughsey publishes his first children's book, The Giant Devil Dingo

  • Patrick White is named Australian Of The Year
  • the age of majority is lowered to 18
  • the means test on pensions for people 75 or over is abolished
  • the Whitlam Government appoints the first adviser on women's affairs, Elizabeth Reid
  • Commonwealth public servants are granted maternity leave rights
  • all 1,300 entries in the National Anthem competition are rejected
  • child endowment extended to children 16-21 in full-time education
  • inflation skyrockets to 13.2%
  • the Commonwealth bans the export of kangaroo products

  • American computer scientists Vincent Cerf and Bob Kahn develop the TCP/IP protocols for data exchange across computer networks. When eventually adopted in 1983 as the international standard they became the basis for the development of the Internet, which grew out of America's ARPA-Net computer network, founded in 1969.

Patrick White - Australian Of The Year 1973

'White said that his novels are all about love and "the relationship between the blundering human being and God". His homosexuality had taught him what it was to be an outsider and had broken down the rigid dichotomies between male and female. White won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973 and used the prize money to establish the Patrick White Award for unrecognised older writers. Although he lived a reclusive life, he played an active part in demonstrations on social issues including the Vietnam War. He had a deeply ambivalent attitude to his country, loathing what he saw as a culture of mediocrity and spiritual emptiness.

He described the Australia Day ceremony as 'one of the most awful experiences: the Australia Day Committee ... [have] been through all the tennis players and swimmers ... the Lunch was not at all attractive and the speeches were endlessly boring'. In accepting his award White offended many when he said that 'Australia Day is for me a day of self-searching rather than trumpet blowing' and talked about Aboriginal dispossession, the destruction of the built heritage and our nineteenth century-style penal system. He also refused to undertake a tour of honour.'

Photographer unknown
Patrick White (top left) and Manoly Lascaris with the dogs c1950
gelatin silver photograph
Peggy Garland papers
National Library of Australia



January 1973

6th Ben  
Michael Jackson 

13th Ben  
Michael Jackson 

20th Ben  
Michael Jackson 

27th Cherish  
David Cassidy

A group of feminist activists are refused service in the public bar of the Hotel Manly. When the publican protests that the hotel has insuffucient toilet facilities for women.

54 bands appear at the Ngaurawahia Festival in New Zealand, headlined by the new 3-piece lineup of The La De Das

Major overseas releases:
The Beach Boys - Holland
Free - Wishing Well
Gary Glitter - Do You Wanna Touch Me
Elton John - Daniel, Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player (LP)
Traffic - Shootout At The Fantasy Factory

5 CBS releases Greetings from Asbury Park N.J., the debut LP by Bruce Springsteen..

14 Elvis Presley gains the highest audience in television history for his worldwide broadcast of the Aloha From Hawaii concert.

16 Maverick journalist Francis James is released into Hong Kong, three years after being arrested in China. He had been arrested in late 1969 after writing articles claiming that he had visited China's nuclear test site.

26 The Perth Concert Hall opens

- Partick White is named Australian Of The Year

27-29 Comedian Paul Hogan hosts the second Sunbury Rock Festival outside Melbourne. Featured acts include the return of Oz rock pioneer Johnny O'Keefe, plus Friends, The 69-ers, Coloured Balls, Madder Lake, Band Of Light, The Aztecs and Blackfeather. Jenny Brown, writing for The Digger, is critical of the second festival: "Musically, Sunbury was a mediocre success. Unlike last year's there were few surprises, and only a handful of acts seemed to have something special up their sleeves ... the Coke was warm and the pies were cold."

- Thousands of country music fans gather in Tamworth for the inaugural Australian Country Music Festival.



February 1973

3rd I'd Love You To Want Me  

10th I'd Love You To Want Me  

17th You're So Vain  
Carly Simon 

24th You're So Vain  
Carly Simon

The Rolling Stones tour Australia/NZ. Segments of their Melbourne concert are filmed for the ABC's "GTK", and ABC journalist Jeune Pritchard interviews Mick and Keith. In Melbourne, they are supported by Madder Lake.

Carson announce their break-up

Major overseas releases:

9 The Rolling Stones arrive in Sydney for their third Australasian tour

10 Australia's first legal casino opens at Wrest Point in Hobart.

11 The Rolling Stones play in Auckland

12  The first group of American prisoners-of-war is released from North Vietnam.

14 The Stones play at Milton Park Tennis Courts, Brisbane

16 A reception and press conference for the Rolling Stones is held at Montsalvat, outside Melbourne

17-18 The Rolling Stones play 3 shows at Kooyong Tennis Centre, Melbourne, supported by Madder Lake

20-21 The Rolling Stones play 2 shows at Memorial Drive Park, Adelaide

24 The Rolling Stones play at the Western Australia Cricket Ground, Perth

26-27 The Rolling Stones play at Randwick Racecourse, Sydney

28 Federal Parliament introduces a bill to reduce the voting age from 21 to 18.

One Night/Cadillacin' 
Daddy Cool 

Slippin' & Slidin' / Fly On My Nose 

Goodbye Lollipop / Bumper Bar Song
Madder Lake



March 1973

3rd You're So Vain  
Carly Simon 

10th You're So Vain  
Carly Simon 

17th You're So Vain  
Carly Simon 

24th You're So Vain  
Carly Simon 

31st You're So Vain  
Carly Simon

The Australian concert production of The Who's Tommy is staged at the Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, and televised nationally. It stars Daryl Braithwaite as Tommy, with Billy Thorpe, Wendy Saddington (The Nurse), Broderick Smith, Colleen Hewett, Doug Parkinson, Jim Keays, Ross Wilson and guest star Keith Moon. "Moonie" -- who has no love for Aussie press after the treatment dished out to The Who on their infamous 1968 tour -- also makes a brief appearance on the ABC's "Norman Gunston Show". Norman unsuccessfully tries to interview Moon, who calls Norman an "Australian slag" and tips a drink over his head.

Ray Arnott announces that he is leaving Spectrum to join Ross Wilson's new band Mighty Kong. 

Major overseas releases:
Derek and the Dominoes - In Concert
Gary Glitter - Hello Hello I'm Back Again
King Crimson - Larks Tongues In Aspic
Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk
Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy
Stevie Wonder - You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

8 Fifteen people are killed in Australia's worst mass murder, when the Whisky A Go Go nightclub in Brisbane is firebombed. Many patrons perish because the fire-escape door at the rear of the club has been sabotaged and the handles greased to prevent people escaping.

12 Two men are charged with the firebomb attack on the Whisky A Go Go.

16 Attorney General Lionel Murphy orders a Commonwealth Police raid on the Melbourne HQ of ASIO, alleging that the spy organisation was withholding intelligence about the activities of Croatian extremists in Australia.

17 Yes begin their first Australian tour at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney. The Australian concerts are later cited by the group as among the best of their career, and during this tour their much-maligned concept album Tales from Topographic Oceans is conceived. 

19 Yes perform at Brisbane Festival Hall 

21 Yes perform in Adelaide. 

23 Yes perform in Melbourne. 

26 Yes play the final show of their Australian tour in Sydney. 



April 1973

7th Killing Me Softly With His Song   
Roberta Flack  

14th Killing Me Softly With His Song   
Roberta Flack  

21st Top Of The World   
The Carpenters  

28th Top Of The World   
The Carpenters

Ross Wilson & Ross Hannaford unveil their new band Mighty Kong   

Acclaimed country-rock band The Dingoes forms in Melbourne

Major overseas releases:
The Beatles - 1962-66, 1967-70
David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
The Faces - Ooh La La
Paul McCartney and Wings - My Love, Red Rose Speedway
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Catch A Fire

1 Mushroom Records is launched with the release of McKenzie Theory's album Out Of The Blue, the first Australian all-instrumental rock album, and The Great Australian Rock Festival, a triple album chronicle of January's Sunbury Rock Festival.  

6 The new Australian film, Libido, premieres. The feature includes four separate stories, directed by David Baker, Tim Burstall, John B. Murray and Fred Schepisi.

15 Spectrum play their farewell show at Melbourne's Dallas Brooks Hall 

16 Newly formed Melbourne band, Skyhooks, play their first gig at St Jude's Church Hall in Carlton.

27 ABC female script assistants strike over wages and conditions. The stoppage is the first strike action by ABC staff in the Commission's 40-year history.

On The Air

Out Of The Blue
McKenzie Theory

Madder Lake

Split Ends/For You
Split Enz (NZ only)

The Great Australian Rock Festival - Sunbury 1973
Various Artists



May 1973

5th Top Of The World   
The Carpenters  

12th Top Of The World   
The Carpenters  

19th Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Old Oak Tree   
Tony Orlando & Dawn  

26th Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Old Oak Tree  
Tony Orlando & Dawn

Cosmopolitan women's magazine is launched

Major overseas releases:
Gong - Flying Teapot
Paul Simon - There Goes Rhymin' Simon
Yes - Yessongs

10 Sxities pop star Mike Furber commits suicide in Sydney. Furber, whose pop career had petered out in the late '60s, had reportedly become depressed after his sacking from the musical Nuclear (although rumours circulate that he might have been murdered because of alleged underworld entanglements). 

- A bill to legalise abortion on demand within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy is defeated in federal Parliament.

12 4000 people descend on the small farming town of Nimbin on the NSW north coast, for the Aquarius Festival of Alternative Lifetyles. Organised by promoter Johnny Allen, the featured performers include acrobat Philip le Petit, the Mornington Islander Aboriginal dance troupe, performance artists The White Company, New Zealand multimedia troupe BLERTA (led by actor and musician Bruno Lawrence), South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand), Lindsay Bourke and Captain Matchbox. The Festival leads to many young people settling in the area and establishing communes, and Nimbin becomes Australia's "alternative lifestyle capital" in the 70s and 80s.

31 Spectrum's I'll Be Gone is the final rock single played on Melbourne's 3AK. Once the leading pop station in the city, it takes up a so-called "Beautiful Music" (MOR) format on June 1.




June 1973

2nd Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Old Oak Tree 
Tony Orlando & Dawn 

9th Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Old Oak Tree 
Tony Orlando & Dawn 

16th Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Old Oak Tree 
Tony Orlando & Dawn 

23rd Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Old Oak Tree 
Tony Orlando & Dawn 

30th Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Old Oak Tree 
Tony Orlando & Dawn

Major overseas releases:
George Harrison - Living In The Material World
Jimi Hendrix - A Film About Jimi Hendrix - Soundtrack
Elton John - Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
Iggy Pop and the Stooges - Raw Power
Paul McCartney and Wings - Live And Let Die

1 The RAAF Receives the first six F-111C supersonic fighter-bomber aircraft

2 The Adelaide Festival Centre opens

8 The special Aunty Jack Rox On airs on ABC-TV

13 The Victorian government orders that all children's nightwear be labelled with flammability ratings after six-year-old Tammy Doherty dies when her dressing gown catches fire.

16 ABC-TV's The Comedy Game features Flash Nick From Jindivik (Part 1), a bushranger spoof by Grahame Bond. The character reappears a four-show miniseries in 1974.

17 Chain performs at one of the last gigs held at Garrison Disco in Prahran, Melbourne. The popular venue is being forced to close due to pressure from the local council. The farewell concerts are recorded and later released as Garrison: The Final Blow Vols I and II by Mushroom Records.

18 The special Aunty Jack Rox On airs on ABC-TV; the special includes performances by Rory O'Donoghue's group Cool Bananas, which features Stevie Wright as guest lead vocalist.

23 ABC-TV's The Comedy Game features Flash Nick From Jindivik (Part 2)

25 HMAS Supply leaves Sydney to rendezvous with NZ frigate Otago at the French nuclear test zone at Muroroa Atoll in the South Pacific. The two ships are sent as a protest against French nuclear weapons testing.

30 The federal Tariff Board tables the report of its inquiry into the film and TV industry, recommending a radical restructure of the production, distribution and exhibition industries.


Daddy Cool 
Flash in my head / Little Darlin', Boy You're Paranoid 

Indelible Murtceps 
Indelible Shuffle/Ray's Boogie 



July 1973

7th Daisy A Day   
Jud Strunk  

14th Daisy A Day   
Jud Strunk  

21st The Morning After   
Maureen McGovern  

28th Heaven Is My Woman's Love   
Col Joye

Ross Wilson spots Melbourne band Skyhooks when they support Mighty Kong at a gig at Melbourne University. He signs the group to his publishing company the next month.

Major overseas releases:
Bob Dylan - Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid
Genesis - Live
Gary Glitter - I'm The Leader Of The Gang
Jethro Tull - A Passion Play
Van Morrison - Hard Nose The Highway
Lou Reed - Berlin

3 The new supporting mother's benefit comes into force

6 ACTU president Bob Hawke is elected federal president of the ALP

8 En route to a gig supporting touring UK band Lindisfarne, an equipment truck belonging to rock group The La De Das is wrecked in a head-on collision on the Hume Highway, between Holbrook and Albury. Bassist Ronnie Peel and roadie John Brewster are hospitalised and most of the group's equipment is destroyed. Three weeks later they play at a benefits gig in their honour, held at the Green Elephant (aka the Duncaster Theatre in Kensington, NSW) and featuring Sherbet, Buffalo, Pirana, Lotus, Home, Country Radio, I'Tambu, The Original Battersea Heroes and Hush.

- Former ALP leader Arthur Calwell dies in Canberra, aged 76

18 The Whitlam Labor government implements its controversial decision to reduce all tariffs on imported goods by 25%. The decision soon has a catastrophic effect on local manufacturing industry.

25 Murdoch University is established in Western Australia.


Testimonial (LP)

Je t'aime



August 1973

4th Heaven Is My Woman's Love   
Col Joye  

11th Delta Dawn   
Helen Reddy  

18th Delta Dawn   
Helen Reddy  

25th Delta Dawn   
Helen Reddy 

Ross Wilson signs Melbourne band Skyhooks to his publishing company Doo Dah Music.

Bassist John Du Bois joins The Dingoes.

"Number 96" star Abigail scores a Top Ten hit with her version of Je t'aime

Major overseas releases:
The Allman Brothers - Brothers And Sisters
Stevie Wonder - "Higher Ground", Innervisions
The Rolling Stones - "Angie", Goats Head Soup

1 The Prices Justification Tribunal is established

10 Renowned Australian journalist Lillian Roxon dies of an asthma attack at her New York apartment, aged 41. Roxon, who moved to New York in 1959, was Australia's first female foreign newspaper correspondent and wrote the landmark book Lillian Roxon's Rock Encyclopedia (1969) the first work of its kind ever published.

21 The Victorian government releases statistics which show that the number of drivers admitted to hospital after car accidents has dropped 51% since the state introduced its compulsory seat belt laws.

23 Federal Education Minister Kim Beazley Snr tells parliament that agreement has been reached with the states for the federal government to take over the funding of universities and colleges of advanced education from 1 January 1974. The agreement also signals the abolition of tuition fees for university courses and the introduction of a federally-funded student allowance of $1600 per annum..

25 The South Australian capital of Adelaide is stunned by another sensational multiple child kidnapping -- the second such case in less than ten years. Joanne Ratcliffe, 11, and Kirste Gordon, 4, are abducted from Adelaide Oval while attending an Australian Rules football match with their families -- Joanne with her parents, Kirste with her grandmother. Although not acquainted, the families are seated near each other, so when Joanne goes to the toilet, Kirste's grandmother asks Joanne to take Kirste, and they return after a few minutes. About half an hour later, Kirste again needs to go to the toilet, so Joanne takes her a second time. This time they do not return, and after fifteen minutes, Mrs Ratcliffe goes looking for them. They are not at the toilets, and the Ratcliffes and Kirste's grandmother spend the rest of the match searching for them in vain.

Several witnesses later report seeing the girls over the next two hours. Ken Wohling, Assistant Curator of the oval, sees the girls leaving with a man, but suspects nothing, and they leave unhindered. Over the next ninety minutes there are four more sightings, including one placing them just outside the ground, talking to a middle-aged man, while they apparently tried to catch a kitten under a parked car. Three of the four witnesses report that Joanne was distressed. In a cruel twist of fate, one of these witnesses is a man who sees them as he is driving past the oval. Seeing Joanne in distress, he briefly stops his car, but then decides that it is none of his business, and drives on. Kirste and Joanne are last seen with the unidentified man about three kilometres from the oval, ninety minutes after they left. Neither they nor the man are ever seen nor heard from again.

27 The South Australian government offers a $5,000 reward for information about the disappearance of Joanne Ratliffe and Kirste Gordon. The hunt for the two girls intensifies with the setting up of a special operations centre and a task force of twenty police officers. It is the biggest investigation of its kind in South Australia since the mysterious disappearance of the three Beaumont children from Glenelg Beach in January 1966. It is widely believed that the Adelaide Oval abduction and the Beaumont case and are the work of the same man. Descriptions of the suspect in both cases are very similar, the modus operandi is similar, and in both cases the suspect and the children all vanished without trace. Neither case has ever been solved.

Total Union (LP)  
Free Them From Hunger/The Cat   
Band Of Light

I Thought You Weren't My Friend / Elephant

Bound For South Australia / I Need Women
Country Radio

12 lb Toothbrush/Country Blues
Madder Lake



September 1973

1st Delta Dawn   
Helen Reddy  

8th Delta Dawn   
Helen Reddy  

15th Never Never   
Shirley Bassey  

22nd Never Never   
Shirley Bassey  

29th Can The Can   
Suzi Quatro 

Major overseas releases:
The Allman Brothers - Ramblin' Man, Brothers And Sisters (LP)
David Bowie - Sorrow
Eric Clapton - The Rainbow Concert
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
New Riders Of The Purple Sage - The Adventures Of Panama Red
Ringo Starr - Photograph
Neil Young - Time Fades Away

9 The Australian dollar is revalued up by a further 5%

11 The socialist government of Chile is deposed in a brutal military coup led by fascist general Augusto Pinochet. The presidential palace is attacked by aircraft, and President Salvador Allende is killed, although initial reports suggest that  he committed suicide rather than be captured by the coup leaders.

15 Manly-Warringah defeat Cronulla-Sutherland in the NSW Rugby League Grand Final

26 Eighteen pensioners are killed and twenty-one injured when a tour bus plunges down an cliff into the frigid waters of Tumut Ponds Dam, near Cabramurra. The roof of the bus is ripped open during the crash, throwing passengers out along the cliff face as the bus falls.

29 Richmond beat Carlton in the VFL Grand Final

Jamaican Farewell / Red Hot Momma

Duke Of Earl / Jambalaya  
Daddy Cool Live! The Last Drive In Movie Show (LP)
Daddy Cool

Straight As A Die (LP)  
I Remember When I Was Young / Krishna Loves You Too
Matt Taylor


Ocotber 1973

6th Can The Can   
Suzi Quatro   

13th Can The Can    
Suzi Quatro   

20th Can The Can    
Suzi Quatro   

27th Can The Can    
Suzi Quatro

Skyhooks feature in a full-page story in Go-Set.

Major overseas releases:
ABBA - Ring, Ring
David Bowie - Pin Ups
Aretha Franklin - Until You Come Back To Me
Genesis - Selling England By The Pound
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
New York Dolls - New York Dolls

6 The fourth Arab-Israeli War -- the so-called "Yom Kippur War" -- begins. 10,000 Egyptian troops attack Israel across the Suez Canal and Syrian forces attack from the Golan heights. The Arab armies, better trained and more aggressive than in previous conflicts, inflict heavy casualties on Israel in the early days of the fighting, but they fail to capitalise on their early success. Israel then pushes into Syrian territory, and encircles the Egyptians by crossing the canal and taking the west bank, but they are only able to carry out their counterattack after a US President Rixhard Nixon orders a huge airlift of materiel to resupply the Israeli forces.

9  The first Australian $50 notes go into circulation

13  The coastal freighter Blythe Star sinks off South West Cape, Tasmania.

17  Enraged by the United States' blatant military support for Israel, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia orders an embargo on the sale of Saudi crude oil to the United States, causing the price to quadruple within days after decades of stability. The oil embargo and the steep rise in the cost of crude oil precipitates an international economic downturn that persists for most of the 70s. The oil crisis is later recognised as a crucial factor in the failure of the reform governments of Gough Whitlam in Australia and Jimmy Carter in the United States.

19  World-famous Australian author Patrick White is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and uses the prize money to establish the Patrick White Award. The inaugural winner is author Christina Stead

20  The Sydney Opera House is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II

24  Four police are injured and 77 protesters, including former BLF secretary Jack Mundey, are arrested during a stormy demonstration in the inner city Sydney suburb of The Rocks. A squad of 50 police are called in after demonstrators barricaded themselves inside a row of partially-demolished houses. The action is part of a concerted campaign by resident groups, unions and heritage groups who are trying to prevent demolition and redevelopment of many historic areas of the city. The Rocks campaign is one of the first uses of the union "Green Ban" by the Builders Labourers Federation as a means to prevent further demolition. The historic suburb contains some of the oldest houses in the city, but its prime harbourside location and proximity to the city centre makes it a rich prize for property developers. The struggles escalate over the next two years, climaxing in the kidnapping and presumed murder of activist and publisher Juanita Nielsen [-> 7/75]

25  Another 21 people are arrested during protests in The Rocks, Sydney.

- Seven seamen from the Blythe Star are found alive after ten days adrift in the Tasman Sea in an open rubber dinghy.

31 Gough Whitlam begins the first state visit to China by an Australian PM.



November 1973

3rd Can The Can    
Suzi Quatro 

10th He Did With Me    
Vicki Lawrence 

17th Angie 
The Rolling Stones   

24th Angie 
The Rolling Stones 

Dingoes' guitarist Chris Stockley is shot in the stomach by a gatecrasher at a party. The shooter is later revealed to be notorious Melbourne criminal Dennis Allen. The injury forces Stockley off the road for two months, comes just a week before The Dingoes release their debut single Way Out West.

English glam rocker Gary Glitter tours Australia, supported by Ariel.

Malcolm Young forms the first version of AC/DC in Sydney.

Skyhooks sign with the Australian Entertainment Exchange booking agency and have their first meeting with Mushroom Records boss Michael Gudinksi.

The last issue of Oz (#48) is published in London.

Major overseas releases:
The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys In Concert
Fripp & Eno - No Pussyfooting
Gary Glitter - I Love You Love Me Love
John Lennon - Mind Games (LP and single)
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Burnin'
Ringo Starr - Ringo
The Who - Quadrophenia
Stevie Wonder - Living For The City

6 Gala Supreme wins the Melbourne Cup

23 PM Gough Whitlam announces a dollar-for-dollar subsidy scheme for the new Visual Arts Board, which is intended to encourage Australian art galleries to buy new works direct from contemporary artists.

24 Aborigines nation-wide vote to elect a National Aboriginal Consultative Committee to advise the government on Aboriginal needs and issues

26 Former Shadows bassist John Rostill is found dead in his London home studio by his former band-mate, guitarist Bruce Welch. Rostill was still seated in his chair holding his bass, having apparently been electrocuted whilst recording. Rostill, who replaced original Shadows bassist Jet Harris in March 1962, became a successful songwriter, penning both If You Love me Let Me Know and Let Me Be There for Olivia Newton-John. Tragically he did not live to see both songs become million-sellers when they were released in America early in 1974.

30 Sydney's new Her Majesty's Theatre opens, replacing its historic namesake, which had been destroyed by fire.

- famed American jazz drummer Buddy Rich is arrested on marijuana possession charges during his Australian tour. He pleads innocent and the charges are subsequently dropped.


A Breath Of Fresh Air (LP)  

Steel Guitar / Covered Wagon  
Ray Brown

I'm Gonna Miss You Babe / Hey Baby

Way Out West / Shine A Light
The Dingoes

Rock'n'Roll Sandwich
The La De Das

129/Sweet Talking Spoon Song
Split Enz (NZ only)



December 1973

1st Angie 
The Rolling Stones 

8th Angie 
The Rolling Stones 

15th Angie 
The Rolling Stones 

22nd Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) 
Helen Reddy 

29th Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) 
Helen Reddy

Country Radio breaks up.

In the last issue of Go-Set for 1973, editor Ed Nimmervol announces that the paper's editorial offices will move from Melbourne to Sydney.

Ceil III wins the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Major overseas releases:
Gong - Angel's Egg
The Kinks - Preservation Act I
The Rolling Stones - "Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"
Ringo Starr - "You're Sixteen"
Paul McCartney and Wings - Band On The Run, Helen Wheels

2 Papua-New Guinea achieves self-government.

3 Famous Sydney eccentric Bee Miles dies, aged 71.

21 Faraday School kidnapper Robert Bolan is jailed for sixteen years.

31 AC/DC give their first public performance at Chequers nightclub in Sydney.

A Strange Fantastic Dream (LP)

Rock'n'Roll Fight (Going On) / Sorrowful Eyes    
Ayers Rock

Tales of Old Grandaddy
Marcus Hook Roll Band

All I Wanna Do Is Rock (LP)
Callin' All Cats / Hard Drugs
Mighty Kong

I Am Pegasus / Country Christine Waltz
Ross Ryan

Terminal Buzz (LP)

Chart information courtesy Oz Net Music Chart ©1997