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I was wondering if “Marriage” is on the increase or decrease in Australia.

So with limited capabilities I devised a test of sorts.

Armed with:

I decided to create a graph that shows the percentage of population that is participating in marriage each year. (population / marriages)/100

To be honest. I thought that graph would indicate an overall decrease.

But I was wrong. The graph seems to indicate that Marriages are at an all time high. Approximately 1.9% of the population each year is now getting married.


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Can other things can be observed in the data? Peaks and troughs at specific turning points in our history?

  • 1920 Trough
    • April 20 to September 12
      • Australia competes at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, winning one bronze and two silver medals. It is the first time Australia has competed at the Olympics separately from New Zealand – the two nations had previously competed as a combined Australasia team.
    • April 2
      • Edward, Prince of Wales arrives in the country to thank Australians for the part they played in World War I.
    • August 10
      • The Princes Highway is officially opened.
    • December 3
      • The first successful flight from Melbourne to Perth is completed.
  • 1931 Peak
    • January 10
      • The Beef Riot takes place in Adelaide. Seventeen people are injured when unemployed men clash with police while protesting the decision to remove beef from the dole ration.
    • January 22
      • The Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration announces a 10% reduction in the basic wage, in addition to reductions made in accordance with the fall in the cost of living index, effective from February 1.
    • March 4
      • Holden’s Motor Body Builders is purchased by General Motors, and is renamed General Motors–Holden’s Ltd.
    • August 15
      • The two ends of the Sydney Harbour Bridge are joined in the middle.
    • December 19
      • A federal election is held. The incumbent Australian Labor Party led by James Scullin is defeated by former Labor MP Joseph Lyons and the United Australia Party.
  • 1942 Trough
    • February 15
      • Singapore falls to the Japanese, with approximately 15,000 Australian troops taken prisoner.
    • February 19
      • Darwin is bombed by Japanese forces for the first time. At least 243 persons are killed.
    • March 1
      • The cruiser HMAS Perth is torpedoed by Japanese destroyers in the Battle of Sunda Strait, sinking with the loss of 350 crew and three civilians.
    • March 3
      • 88 Allied civilians and military personnel were killed and 22 aircraft were lost when Japanese Zero fighters strafed Broome.
    • March 20
      • At Terowie, South Australia, American General Douglas MacArthur makes his famous speech which included the words “I came out of Bataan and I shall return.”
    • May 4
      • The Battle of the Coral Sea begins.
    • May 19
      • The prototype CAC Boomerang, an Australian designed and built fighter aircraft, takes to the air for the first time.
    • May 22
      • American soldier Eddie Leonski is arrested and charged for the “Brownout Murders” of three women.
    • May 31
      • During an attack on Sydney Harbour, a Japanese midget submarine sinks the converted Sydney ferry, HMAS Kuttabul, killing 21.
    • June 7
      • The Income Tax (War-time Arrangements) Act 1942 is enacted, transferring the power to levy personal income tax from the states to the federal government.
    • June 8
      • Japanese midget submarines shell Sydney and Newcastle.
    • July 6
      • Elements of the Australian 9th Division arrive in El Alamein. The Division subsequently takes part in the First and Second Battle of El Alamein.
    • October 30
      • Construction begins on the Burma Railway, begun by 15,000 Australian prisoners-of-war captured by the Japanese after the fall of Singapore.
    • November 26
      • A violent brawl breaks out in Brisbane between United States military personnel and Australian servicemen and civilians, in what becomes known as the “Battle of Brisbane”. One Australian soldier is shot dead.
    • December 1
      • HMAS Armidale, a corvette of the Royal Australian Navy, is sunk with the loss of 100 men.
  • 1960 Peak
    • 19 July
      • First reported skyjacking/hijacking in the world Trans Australia Airlines Flight 408.
    • 14 October
      • The Warragamba Dam is opened by the Premier of New South Wales. Jack Brabham wins the Formula One Championship for the second time.
  • 1970 Trough
    • April 21
      • The Hutt River Province Principality is established.
    • May 3
      • A new international terminal is opened at Sydney Airport
    • July 1
      • Melbourne Airport is officially opened.
    • October 15
      • A portion of the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne collapses, killing 35.
    • Pope Paul VI visits Australia. Queen Elizabeth and other members of the royal family tour Australia.
  • 1978/79 Peak
    • Neville Bonner is announced as Australian of the Year.
    • June 9
      • A fire at Luna Park Sydney kills 7. The park is forced to close.
    • July 11
      • The American space station Skylab crashes in Western Australia.
    • July 19
      • The Miss Universe final is celebrated in Perth.
    • July 20
      • Inaugural meeting of the National Farmers’ Federation.
    • October 19
      • The Australian Federal Police is established.
  • 1984 Trough
    • February 1
      • Medicare comes into effect in Australia.
    • February 2
      • Melbourne newspaper The Age publishes phone taps incriminating an unknown judge.
    • February 6
      • A bomb blast wrecks the home of Judge Richard Gee in the Sydney suburb of Belrose. High Court Judge, Justice Lionel Murphy is named in Parliament as the judge referred to in The Age tapes published on February 2.
    • March 24
      • Wran Government re-elected in NSW for a 4th term.
    • April 19
      • Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia’s national anthem, and green and gold as the national colours.
    • May 14
      • The one dollar coin is introduced in Australia.
    • July 18
      • National Crime Authority established.
    • August 1
      • Australian banks are deregulated.
    • August 21
      • The Federal budget is televised for the first time.
    • September 2
      • 7 people shot dead and 12 wounded in bikie shootout between rival bikie gangs the Bandidos and Comancheros in the Sydney suburb of Milperra.
    • September 5
      • Western Australia becomes the last Australian state to abolish capital punishment for ordinary crimes (ie murder). New South Wales maintained it as a punishment for treason and piracy with violence until 1985†, when capital punishment was finally abolished in Australia.
    • November 26
      • Former NSW Corrective Services Minister Rex Jackson appears in Court on conspiracy charges for the early release of Prisoners.
    • December 2
      • Hawke Government re-elected with a reduced majority.
  • 1997 Peak
    • 1 May
      • Tasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalise homosexuality.
    • 1 May
      • Melbourne’s HM Prison Pentridge is closed.
    • 5 May
      • The position of Chief Minister of Norfolk Island is restored.
    • 20 May
      • A Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report calls for an apology for an early government policy of removing Aboriginal children from their parents and placing them in institutions.
    • 1 July
      • The telecommunications market is deregulated, allowing the entry of competitors other than Telstra and Optus.
    • 13 July
      • A crowd of over 100,000 people watches the Royal Canberra Hospital implosion. A 12-year-old girl, Katie Bender, is killed instantly and nine others are injured when debris from the site travels across Lake Burley Griffin.
    • 30 July
      • The Thredbo landslide occurs, killing 17 people.
    • 2 August
      • Stuart Diver, a ski instructor, is rescued as the sole survivor of the Thredbo landslide.
    • 30 August
      • Elections in the Northern Territory re-elect the Country Liberal Party government of Shane Stone.
    • 31 August
      • The head of Yagan, a Noongar warrior, is repatriated to Australia 164 years after being taken to the United Kingdom.
    • 11 October
      • A state election is held in South Australia. The Liberal/National coalition government of John Olsen is re-elected for another term, albeit with a substantially reduced minority.
    • 15 October
      • Cheryl Kernot, leader of the Australian Democrats, defects to the Australian Labor Party.
  • 1999 Trough
    • 14 April
      • A massive hailstorm hits Sydney, with most of the damage being centred on the Eastern Suburbs. It is the costliest natural disaster in Australian history, causing $1.7 billion in insured damages.
    • 11 May
      • The biotechnology industry receives a record $800 million in the federal budget.
    • 21 May
      • Eight decaying bodies are found in barrels in a disused bank vault north of Adelaide, marking the beginning of the Snowtown murders case, which were Australia’s worst ever serial killings. More bodies were found underneath a house in Adelaide on 26 May.
    • 28 June
      • The GST bill is passed through the Senate, with the help of most of the Australian Democrats, in exchange for exemptions on fresh food.
    • 30 June
      • Tim Fischer retires as federal leader of the National Party & is replaced by John Anderson the next day.
    • 27 July
      • A canyoning disaster at Saxetenbach Gorge near Interlaken in Switzerland. 21 tourists, 14 of them Australian, are killed.
    • 26 August
      • The Prime Minister creates a controversy when he avoids the use of the word ‘sorry’ when a motion was tabled in Parliament expressing ‘deep & sincere regret that indigenous Australians suffered injustices under the practises of past generations’.
    • 30 August
      • East Timor votes for independence from Indonesia. In the violence that follows, Australia is a major contributor of peacekeeping forces.
    • 18 September
      • In a shock result, Steve Bracks & the Labor Party form a minority government with three rural independents to oust the ruling Liberal/National coalition government of Jeff Kennett in Victoria.
    • 3 November
      • The Reserve Bank announce an interest rate increase of 0.25%, the first since 1994.
    • 6 November
      • A referendum is held to determine whether Australia should become a republic & whether a preamble is inserted into the constitution recognising the Aborigines as Australia’s first people. The ‘no’ vote scores 54% on the republic question & 60% on the preamble question.
    • 14 November
      • In response to the growing number of illegal immigrants, most of whom arrived by boat, the government allows police to board vessels in international waters. On 23 November, refugees were barred from seeking asylum in they had lived somewhere else for more than seven days or had the right to live somewhere else.
  • 2005 Peak
    • 11 January
      • 9 people are killed in Bushfires in South Australia, making them the worst fires seen in Australia since Ash Wednesday until the February 7 Victorian bushfires in February 2009.
    • 25 February
      • Parts of the Sydney suburb of Macquarie Fields erupt into rioting following the death of a 19 year old in a police car chase.
    • 26 February
      • The ALP government of Geoff Gallop is re-elected in Western Australia for a second term.
    • 2 April
      • The Shark 02 Royal Australian Navy Westland Sea King helicopter crashes off the coast of Nias, killing nine people.
    • 17 April
      • Bali Nine are arrested for drug smuggling in Indonesia.
    • 2 May
      • Douglas Wood taken hostage in Iraq. He was rescued on 15 June.
    • 6 May
      • The scandal concerning the 2001 deportation of Vivian Solon first came to light.
    • 26 May
      • National Sorry Day renamed National Day of Healing.
    • 27 May
      • Schapelle Corby convicted of drug smuggling by an Indonesian court & sentenced to 20 years in gaol, later reduced to 15 & then reverted to 20 years.
    • 1 June
      • 2005 Indonesian embassy bioterrorism hoax.
    • 27 July
      • After 10 years in power Bob Carr resigns as Premier of New South Wales & is replaced by Morris Iemma on 3 August.
    • 21 August
      • Michelle Leslie is arrested in Bali after being found with two ecstasy pills in her handbag at an open-air dance party just outside of Kuta. She is found guilty & sentenced to three months in prison on 18 November, but is released on 20 November as she had already served her sentence.
    • 29 August
      • After describing Bob Carr’s wife Helena as a “mail-order bride”, NSW Opposition Leader John Brogden resigns. He attempts suicide on 30 August.
    • 12 October
      • The Bali Memorial, Melbourne commemorating the victims of the 2002 Bali bombings is officially opened.
    • 2 December
      • Van Tuong Nguyen is hanged in Singapore for drug offences. He is the first Australian to be executed since 1993.
    • 11 December & 12 December
      • 2005 Cronulla riots take place, with the rioting centred around Cronulla & other beachside suburbs. There is also rioting in the Greater Western Suburbs area of Sydney & attacks on people of Middle Eastern descent are reported in Perth & Adelaide.
    • 31 December
      • Sections of the Trans-Australian Railway near Nurina on the Nullarbor Plain were washed away by flooding, halting passenger and freight services for up to five days.

Thanks to Wikipedia for the data.














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