Saturday, October 8, 2016

October 8 #OnThisDay in #AustralianHistory

Just a quickie today cos we gotta go hit up our vegie supplier aka the greengrocer who does the whole "all bags of vegies $2" at closing time (cos they don't reopen until Wednesday) and a body could end up with 4 lettuces in a bag, 3 kilos of Broccoli, 1.5 heads of cauliflower, mushrooms, or whateverfloats your boat for a mere $2 per bag - more than enough to see the week through.
Bon Appetit!

1818 - John Oxley discovered and named Port Macquarie.

1897 – The Australasian Athletic Union was established in Sydney.

1899 – The word wowser was first used by John Norton, editor of the Melbourne Truth newspaper.

1900 - Commonwealth Arrangements Act passed, authorizing the new Commonwealth Parliament to choose to use either the (Victorian) Exhibition Buildings or the Parliament House in Melbourne as its base until the construction of a new Australian capital city.

1908 – The capital of Australia was chosen, settling a feud between rivals Melbourne and Sydney.

1924 - The Sefton Park East Junction - Sefton Park North Junction section of the Bankstown Railway Line (NSW) opened.

1924 - The Regents Park - Sefton Park South Junction section of the Lidcomb - Cabramatta Railway Line (NSW) opened.

1925 – John Baird, 1st Viscount Stonehaven was appointed the eighth Governor General of Australia.

1928 – Neil Harvey, Australian cricketer, was born in Fitzroy, Melbourne.

1931 – Death of Sir John Monash, Australian military commander of the First World War, in Melbourne aged 66.

1939 – Paul Hogan AM, actor, comedian and former rigger, was born in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales.

1947 - Victorian Premier, John Cain (Snr), secured a double Dissolution of the Parliament from the Governor, Sir Winston Dugan, following the blocking of the Supply Bill for the third time in the Legislative Council.

1974 - The Ladysmith - Humula and the Humula - Tumbarumba sections of the Tumbarumba Branch Railway Line (NSW) were closed.

1978 – Australia's Ken Warby set the current world water speed record of 510 km/h (317.60 mph) at Blowering Dam, New South Wales.

2003 – Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark's engagement to Australian lawyer Mary Donaldson was announced.

2004 – Schapelle Corby was apprehended by police in Indonesia carrying 4.1 kg of cannabis.