1. “I am a lucky woman because I was born with the priceless gift – the ability to laugh at the misfortune of others,” said which Barry Humphries’ character?
2. Lance Hill is noted for inventing which clothes drying item?
3. Which popular Australian biscuit is traditionally made without eggs because of their scarcity in World War I?
4. Kindly learn to sing in tune,” advised Bernard King to which Australian singing star as a nine-yearold on the TV show Pot of Gold?
5. What is the term for the annual commemoration day for the Stolen Generation on 26 May?
6. Which South Australian town, established as a restricted access township in 1947, was named after an Aboriginal throwing stick?
7. Which rugby Test player and war hero insisted in his will that he be buried in his Wallaby jersey?
8. Which villain did Heath Ledger play in the 2008 movie The Dark Knight?
9. Which type of apple was cultivated by Maria Ann Smith in Eastwood, New South Wales, in 1868?
10. Which horse won the Melbourne Cup in 2003, 2004 and 2005?
11. In 2011, federal minister Kate Ellis reported that Kevin Rudd described who as “childless, atheist and an ex-communist”?
12. Which Tasmanian town is promoted as “the town of murals”?
13. What was the term for the 189293 dispute conducted in a popular magazine between Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson?
14. In 1989, who did John Howard say was “stupid, lacking wisdom, foolish and narrow-minded” for not giving him the shadow portfolio of his choice – defence or foreign affairs?
15. In 2012, which iconic Australian chocolate manufacturer was placed into voluntary administration?
16. The Matildas are the Australian women’s team in which sport?
17. In 1983, which NSW premier stood aside after allegations he sought to influence a magistrate?
18. Which Australian addressed a crowd of about 200 from a balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London in 2012?
19. Australia’s petrol price is determined by the theoretical calculation of the cost to ship a load of petrol from which country?
20. The time taken for Novak Djokovic to beat Rafael Nadal in the 2012 Australian Open men’s tennis singles final was (a) 3h53m (b) 4h53m (c) 5h53m?
21. Which iconic Australian band also performed and recorded under the name Highway?
22. Which Wiggle was Cleo magazine’s 1999 Bachelor of the Year?
23. In his 2012 book, the ex-husband of which Perth billionaire claimed that he was forced to sit on a blanket in a garage at her mansion during access visits with their two children?
24. From 1854 to 1856, bushranger Martin Cash was an overseer of the Royal Botanical Gardens in (a) Hobart (b) Perth (c) Sydney?
25.Which Australian city hosted the 2014 G20 summit?
26. In 1967, which Australian Tour de France competitor was appointed Australian High Commissioner to Malta?
27. In which state did the upper house of parliament vote itself out of existence in 1922?
28. In 1869, which future Western Australian premier led an expedition in search of Ludwig Leichhardt?
29. Is Antarctica or Australia the larger continent?
30. In 2012, which former NSW premier was appointed CEO of Basketball Australia?
31. Which “celebrity criminal” was once banned from firing the starter’s pistol at his son’s little athletics group?
32. Bookmaking giant Centrebet originated in which city?
33. What was the name of the speech about Australia’s middle class delivered by Robert Menzies in 1942?
34. In 1992, which Western Australian businessman married TV star Peta Toppano?
35. In 2012, Larry Emdur celebrated his 1500th episode as host of which TV game show?
36. The brother of which car racing star was a stunt driver in the 1979 movie Mad Max?
37. Which 17-year-old was pregnant when she sang in the rock musical Hair in Sydney in 1970?
38. Who played outback child Helen Thompson in the 1983 movie Bush Christmas?
39. What is the term for the 1970s’ tax evasion scheme which involved stripping a company of its assets and accumulated profits before its tax became due?
40. In 2012, who became the first Australian swimmer to compete in four Olympics?
41. “They were long and wiry natives of the rugged mountainside and the horse was never saddled that the Geebungs couldn’t ride,” are lines from which poem?
42. In 1977, which three religious bodies merged to form the Uniting Church in Australia? 43. Which Queensland artist’s works include the drawings of Queen Elizabeth II on the $5 note and Dame Nellie Melba on the $100 note?
44. Which Australian prime minister was sacked from his first job as a sales assistant in a department store with his papers stamped “never to be re-employed”?
45. The TV police drama, Rush, was set in which city?
46. Which Australian started in 126 Formula One races from 1955 to 1970?
47. In Melbourne in 2012, who was sentenced to 30 years’ jail for heading a multi-million dollar drug trafficking empire?
48. In 1972, the Australian Federal Police gave which English rock star 48 hours to leave the country after marijuana possession and assault incidents in Adelaide?
49. In the 1980s, which Australian entrepreneur/adventurer was the conductor aboard a London double-decker bus which jumped 15 motorcycles?
50. Which two Australian shooters competed in their sixth Olympics in 2012?
This quiz was compiled by Roy O’Reilly from the Australian Encyclopaedia; Australian Reference Book; Australia’s Entertainers; Book of Australian Facts; The Bulletin Almanac 1994; Chronicle of Australia; The Macquarie Book of Events; More Great Aussie Trivia; When Was That?; The Courier-Mail; The Sunday Mail; Time.