Saturday, January 19, 2019

January 19 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1790 - The Second Fleet decided to play follow the leader with The First Fleet and, dragging 1,006 convicts along for the ride, set off on a Sunday sail from England.

1800 - John Washington Price, recently arrived on the ship Minerva, observes that ‘Pummil-woy (who frequents Sidney & Paramatta)’ is known to say that ‘no gun or pistol can kill him … He has now lodged in him, in shot, sluggs [sic] and bullets about eight or ten ounces of lead, it is supposed he has killed over 30 of our people, but it is doubtful on which side the provocation was given.’

1835 - The "last remaining" Tassie Aborigines were rounded up and put onto Flinders Island.
Apparently all those others in Tassie were figments of our imaginations.

1846 - Charles Sturt's 18 month expedition to open up inland Australia came to a crashing halt (coz the Simpson Desert and a severe drought just wouldn't play ball), so he took his bat and ball home to Adelaide.

1850 - Australian Philosophical Society (late the Royal Society of NSW) was formed in Sydney.

1863 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was flung open for business from Kingswood to Penrith.

1869 - Ida Stanley, the first female school teacher in Alice Springs who was loved by both Europeans and Aborigines, was born.

1873 - Henry Burrell, known as The Platypus Man for his extensive research and study of our shy monotreme, was hatched.

1877 - Hmph! They didn't ask my permission...Construction began on the great hall and vestibule in the Victorian Parliament, costing 37,500 pounds.

1877 - Robert Kaleski, bushman and dog breeder who drew up the breeding standards for the Blue Heeler, Kelpie and other Aussie breeds, was pupped.

1886 - Australian wharf workers went back to work after an 18-day strike over wages.

1887 - Dust off your travelling rug and pick up your gloves Aunt Mildred...Victoria and South Australia were finally joined by rail when they finished their tea break and completed a section of track from Dimboola to Seviceton.

1887 - The railway line from North Creswick to Rocky Lead (Vic) opened.

1897 - The Sunday Times was first published in Perth, WA

1900 - Sydney excitedly discovered its very first case of the plague; in the following 8 months 103 people were carried off this mortal coil from the disease.

1906 - William Kidston became the Premier of Queensland.

1907 – A tropical cyclone hit Cooktown, Queensland, killing six.

1925 - The Molong -Dubbo Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1926 - The 10th Federal Parliament opened.

1931 -Canberra Airport opened.

1931 - Australian National Airways (ANA) began a daily Hobart to Melbourne air service.

1935 - Johnny O'Keefe, singer The Wild One, was born.

1939 - Author H.G Wells had seen a light on and thought he'd pop in to Australia. While gracing our shores, he gave a chat on ABC radio about Utopias.

1945 - In a War Cabinet Agendum the Acting Minister of Air sought approval for the purchase of chemical warfare weapons of United States design.

1950 - A cyclone severely damaged towns on the east coast of Australia between Brisbane and Sydney.

1956 - Two brand spanking new banks opened their doors - The Bank of NSW and the ANZ.

1957 - Pass the tissues and the hip flask...The Argus, a Melbourne-based but thoroughly loved Aussie newspaper put out its final edition today. This paper pioneered many things in journalism, one being the use of colour photos in the news spread, which took the London tabloids almost another 40 years to master.

GTV-9 telly studios in Richmond were officially opened by Gov Sir Dallas Brooks.
Who was grandfather to Jennifer Byrne.
Who is married to Andrew Denton.
Whose father, Kit Denton, wrote a novel about Breaker Morant.
Who once married Daisy Bates, who in turn collaborated with journalist Ernestine Hill who penned a novel based on the life of explorer Matthew Flinders who ...did something with the coastline of Oz but more importantly had the eminently good taste and sense to hitch his wagon to that of a cat, Trim.

1966 - Pig Iron Bob aka Ming aka Robert Menzies, the longest serving Aussie PM, had a bad hair day and resigned. Que sera, sera Bobby...oops did I say that out loud ?

1966 - Speaking of Banana Benders...a banana farmer named George Pedley fell over a 'flying saucer nest' at Horseshoe Lagoon.

1970 - The resorts on the Great Barrier Reef islands were destroyed by a cyclone.

1975 – 2JJ, the predecessor of youth radio Triple J, commenced broadcasting in Sydney.

1975 - Gazing into my crystal ball I smell..... A house painter predicted that on this day Adelaide would be levelled by an earthquake and washed away in a tidal wave. Those many who fled the city returned to find everything intact and ripples gently lapping at the beach.....something fishy, paint fumes and horses doovers !

1975 - Although there was a bit of flooding up north , at Lucinda and Mackay QLD when Cyclone Gloria gave her last hurrah before vanishing in a puff of wind.

1976 - Tropical Cyclone David ran out of puff on this day having crossed onto land at Rockhampton but not before it made its presence felt ; It generated huge swells and these combined with large tides caused extensive damage to Heron Island as it passed to the north, winds unroofed 30 buildings in Yeppoon and several in Mt Morgan. Large seas combined with high tides caused considerable damage to breakwaters, retaining walls and other structures especially at Rosslyn Bay Harbour (Yeppoon) where the Breakwater was destroyed along with yachts and trawlers. Storm tides flooded houses and shops at Urangan, Noosa and Kirra. Storm surge at Beachmere on Moreton Bay cut all roads into the town. The Port of Brisbane was closed. At wave recording stations the significant wave (peak) height reached 5.8 m (8.9 m) at Double Island Pt and 3.8 m (8.7 m) at Yeppoon. Tides were up to one metre above predicted levels.

1982 - A double female act, going by the title of Cyclone Daphne-Fifi got the wind taken from their sails by a big bruiser of a lad named Bruno.
Daphne-Fifi waned and weakened after being brushed aside by Bruno finally disappeared near the northwest coast.

1984 - The Tumut Railway Branch Line (NSW) was closed.

1994 - Cyclone Rewa caused damage in Queensland; a man was sucked down a drain to his death.

1995 - Pope John Paul II conducted a mass at Rankwick Racecourse [[[for horse number 11 in the 5th race who didn't have a snow flake's hope of even making it around the course]]] to celebrate Mary MacKillop's beatification.

2004 – Cricketer David Hookes died following an altercation outside the Beaconsfield Hotel in St Kilda.

2006 – Former leader of the Australian Labor Party Mark Latham was charged with common assault, malicious damage and stealing from a person after an altercation with a News Ltd reporter.

2014 - The Nauru government deported Peter Law, its Australian resident magistrate, and barred its Australian chief justice, Geoffrey Eames, from re-entering the country.

2017 - It was announced that Vegemite would be Aussie owned once more after Bega Cheese agreed to buy the delicious spread , amongst other well-known brands, for $460 million.

Friday, January 18, 2019

January 18 On This Day in Australian Histor

1788 - The first English settlers arrived in Australia's Botany Bay to establish a penal colony. They found the location unsuitable and Capt. Arthur Philip moved on to Sydney Cove. England sent the first sheep along with convicts to Australia.
Yep, somewhere between today and the 20th them wot wasn't invited rocked up and crashed the party.
NOT on the 'precious' 26th.

1794 - Members of the NSW Corps rioted on Norfolk Island following a play held for the Queen's Birthday.

1815 - A residential school for Aboriginal children was opened at Parramatta with six boys
and six girls.

1816 - The ship Fanny arrived at Port Jackson with 171 convicts and news of the Battle of Waterloo.

1818 - The Great Western Road between Parramatta and Emu Ford (Plains) opened.

1825 - Hume and Hovell returned from their successful exploration overland to Port Phillip.

1830 - James, James, Morrison, Morrison commonly known as, James Knight got hitched to 'is swee'heart called May Smith, going down in Oz History as the first married Europeans in the Colony of Westralia.
Aww, bless.
With or without the golden gown at the other end of the town.

1849 - Australia's first Prime Minister, Edmund Barton, was dropped off by the stork in Glebe, Sydney.

1851 - The Union Bank of Australia opened in Lyttelton, NZ.

1863 -The Sydney to Parramatta railway extended to Penrith.

1878 - Get your backs into it boys! The Ghan Railway construction was begun.

1883 - William Burns was Hanged at Adelaide Gaol for the murder of Henry Loton at sea.

1901 - Jimmy Governor was Hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the murder of Helen Josephine Kerz at Breelong, on 20 July 1900. In the same incident he and Jackie Underwood also killed Mrs. Sarah Mawbey, Grace Mawbey, Percival Mawbey and Hilda Mawbey. Jimmy and his brother Joe also killed Alexander McKay near Ulan on 23 July, Elizabeth O'Brien and her baby son at Poggie, near Merriwa, on 24 July, and Keiran Fitzpatrick near Wollar, on 26 July.

1911 - A worldwide competition to design the national capital was announced.

1933 - The Aussie Cricket Board of Control was feeling slightly out of spin when they cabled the MCC to protest at the unsportsmanlike head-hunting bodyline bowling that "was likely to upset friendly relations existing between Australia and England".

1934 - Qantas Empire Airways was formed.
QANTAS Limited and Britain's Imperial Airways (a forerunner of British Airways) formed a new company, Qantas Empire Airways Limited (QEA).

1947 - Former war artist William Dargie won his fourth Archibald Prize for a portrait painting.

1963 - A 5.4 earthquake occurred at Nourning Spring, approximately 20 km NE of Brookton and approximately 100 km ESE of Perth.

1972 - Germaine Greer blasted Australian newspapers and advertisers during an address to the National Press Club, criticising them for their use of "fantasy women" and "cheesecake" pictures,. She also called on journalists to wrest control from the "dynastic tyrants" who run the major newspaper companies.

1974 - The Brewarrina Branch Railway line (NSW) was closed.

1977 – A train derailment and bridge collapse killed 83 in the Granville railway disaster.
1988 - First Fleet re-enactment ships rocked up in Botany Bay.
Indignant Indigenous locals no doubt thought "Pfft, here we go again!"

2003 - Heavy bush fires hit Canberra, Australia, killing 4 people. At least 388 homes were destroyed.

2008 - Two activists who had jumped on board a Japanese whaling boat were returned to their ship by Australian officials.

2009 - Australia listed the world's largest sea turtle, the leatherback, as endangered due to the threats posed by overfishing and the unsustainable harvesting of its eggs and meat.

2011 - The city of Horsham, Victoria state, resembled a lake after the Wimmera River overflowed its banks and bisected the community before starting to recede. The weekslong flooding crisis has left 30 people dead.

2011 - All piss and wind was the former-Severe Tropical Cyclone Known As Zelia; at 4am on this day she fluffed her big stage entrance and was left as a nondescript low pressure system who then went on her way to dissapate in tears... somewhere beyond Norfolk Island.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Welcome Stranger 150th Celebration

Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019 | 10:00AM

Calling all descendents of the goldminers Deason and Oates, who discovered the nugget in 1869.

The Dunolly Museum will host a morning at Moliagul to commemorate the discovery of the Welcome Stranger gold nugget 150 years ago. The morning will be at the site of the discovery and will include a walk and a talk by local historian John Tully of the Goldfield’s Historical & Arts Society.

We welcome anyone who may wish to dress in Victorian costume as we will be taking a commemorative photograph in the same style as the 1869 original photo taken by William Parker.

Bring along your sunscreen, water bottle, hat and walking shoes.

All welcome.

There will be a display at the Dunolly Museum (75 Broadway, Dunolly) from Saturday 2 to Sunday 17 February of photos and other items relating to the Welcome Stranger nugget including the scales on loan from the NAB Museum.

Admissions to the Museum: $4 adults, children free.

Rachel Buckley – Secretary Goldfield’s Historical & Arts Society 03 5468 1858 or 0427 275 006

Welcome Stranger Monument
Welcome Stranger Rd
Moliagul VIC

Contact Name : Rachel Buckley

Contact Number : 0427 275 006

Email :
Cost: Free

Monday, January 14, 2019

January 14 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1758 - Robert Sidaway, convict, farmer, publican and owner of Australia's very first theatre, was hatched.

1788 - Convicts disembarked from their world trip cruise at Botany Bay, but they didn't get much sight-seeing done, for some reason...

1803 - Lieutenant-Colonel David Collins drew the short straw to found a new settlement at Port Phillip... give up now David, it'll all end in tears....and Bill Buckley doing a runner!

1816 - Micky Micky, an Indigenous man, was admitted to Newcastle Gaol from Brisbane charged with various attempts to murder. Sent for trial.

1815 - The road over the Blue Mountains was completed to the Macquarie River.

1830 - In a classic lesson to update your Google maps when trekking around a new colony, Charles Sturt named a puddle of H2o the Murray River, not realising the oh-so-modest Hamilton Hume had had the honour of naming it after himself 6 years earlier.

1834 - Charles Waldron of the Illawarra district was belted to death although he took a good long 4 days to expire when convicts Mary Maloney and Sarah McGregor battered their tyrant boss (though not with a nice beer fish batter).
Over-whelming public sympathy saw their death sentences changed to 3 years imprisonment.

1837 - Gov Hindmarsh got himself in print when the first printing press in South Oz became operational with the printing of the Guv's Proclamation "Establishment of Government".

1839 - Breakout attempt at Carter's Barracks by 19 soldiers confined there because of severe punishment such as being worked on the ring. The punishment of the ring was similar to the practice of breaking in horses. The men were made to form four deep and march round the ring twenty times, and afterwards ten times at double quick pace.

1840 - The SA Land Commissioners were dissolved by Lord John Russell, Secretary of State For The Colonies, and replaced by three Land & Emigration Commissioners, whose powers were extended over the sale of the waste lands of the Crown throughout the British Colonies and for applying the proceeds to emigration. Col Robert Richard Torrens continues as Chairman.

1842 – Mary MacKillop, the only Australian to be canonised, was hatched in Fitzroy, Victoria.

1852 - William A'Beckett was appointed first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

1852 - Beruke, or Gellibrand, member of Native Police Corps, buried at South Yarra Depot, near Clara Street.

1852 - Melbourne failed in its bid to become Australia's capital.

1856 - Weenpulta, Weellanna , Yardulunulkarna and Eelanna were Hanged at Franklin Harbour for the murder of Peter Brown.

1856 - John Scott was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of William Longmate at Vasse.

1856 - John Archibald, journalist and co-founder of The Bulletin, was dropped off by a Bunyip. One of his lasting legacies was to establish the Archibald Prize in art.

1866 - Bushranger John Dunn escaped briefly from Dubbo Gaol, NSW.

1875 - Bobbinett was arrested (and later Hanged) for the murder of Police Lance-Corporal William Archibald Armstrong on this day near Kojonup (WA).

1876 - Just for Eddie McGuire....Collingwood was proclaimed a city.

1878 - A cyclone damaged every building in Palmerston (Darwin), NT.

1888 - Sydney to Brisbane rail link opened with the completion of the Hawkesbury River railway bridge.

1894 - James Bennett was born. He is a little remembered mechanic who assisted greatly in Ross and Keith Smith winning the £10,000 prize for flying from England to Australia in 30 days.

1896 - A Brisbane ferry steamer capsized on the Brisbane River, killing 28.

1896 - Camden N.S.W. reported that the heatwave reached temperatures of 123°F = 50.5°C
Headlines shouted ..”Great Heat Wave ” “LIST OF CASUALTIES.”

1901 - Jackie Underwood was Hanged at Old Dubbo Gaol for the murder of Percival Mawbey at Breelong. He and Jimmy Governor also killed Helen Josephine Kerz, Mrs Sarah Mawbey, Grace Mawbey and Hilda Mawbey in the same incident.

1914 - Charles H. Odgers was Hanged at Fremantle Prison for the murder of Edith Molyneaux at Balgobin, Dandalup on 3 October 1913; also charged with murder of Richard Thomas Williams on 14 September 1913 at Waroona.

1939 - Grab an icy pole and head down to Bondi...Sydney was feeling all furnace-like today as the temperature climbed to 45.3 degrees Celsius.

1939 Bushfires throughout NSW claimed 8 lives with temperatures in Sydney reaching 113.6 F (45.3 C).

1950 - The Fair Isle of Oz went against the popular trend when Ho Chi Minh declared the Democratic Republic of Vietnam was the only government; Oz barracked for the French-sponsored government of Emperor Bao Dai.

1952 - Gheringhap to Maroona (Vic) railway passenger service ended.

1956 - Murchison to East Rushworth (Vic) railway passenger service ended.

1958 - Qantas began flapping its wings for around-the-world air services. The prices are still out of this world, too!

1960 - A Reserve Bank The proclamation of the Commonwealth Banks Act and the Reserve Bank Act split the Commonwealth Bank of Australia into the Commonwealth Banking Corporation and the Reserve Bank of Australia.

1962 - Bush-fires swept through Lara and the Dandenong Ranges claiming 14 lives.

1966 - Robert Helpmann was named Australian Of The Year.

1968 - Isobel Mackellar, better known as Dorothea Mackellar who rhapsodised about sunburnt torsos and speedos in The Fair Isle of Oz in her poem My Country, popped her clogs on this day after a long period of illness.

1976 - The effects of a tsunami, originating in the Kermadec Islands, was felt along the NSW coastline.

1976 - Cyclone Terry-Dance (later shortened to Dance when it entered the Mauritius Tropical Cyclone region) approached maturity when sustained winds reached 150 km/h.

1985 - Bushfires in Victoria and South Australia took 5 lives.

1988 - Cyclone Agi ceased to meet the requirements of a cyclone as it passed into the Fiji region.

1991 - The oldest examples of prehistoric artistic expression in the world, estimated as being up to 45,00 years old, were found in the South Australian outback.

2002 - David Hicks was branded a 'terrorist' by the then Attorney-General of Oz, Daryl Williams.

2007 - Australia's Environment Minister Ian Campbell told national radio that Japanese whaling ships on their annual hunt in the Antarctic are banned from docking in Australia and should use restraint in looming clashes with protesters.

2011 - The flood peaked in Charlton (Vic) with 80% of properties inundated with water.

2014 - Bangor bushfire (SA) began on this day; it wasn't declared safe until a month later. While 5 houses were destroyed, dozens were saved. A number of sheds were lost, with extensive damage sustained to fencing, and at least 700 sheep perished in the fire. 24 injuries were recorded but none serious, most involving smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion due to the extreme weather conditions that crews were working in.