Friday, April 10, 2009

It was April Tenth, I remember trivial history well, It was so cold that year, It was colder than Hell....

Some bits 'n' bobs that are a bit late but enough to keep some entertained...or choking...or away from vaccuuming the damn floors again....razz

1837 Melbourne and Williams Town were given their official titles officially on this day, officially.

(Better sit down for this next one, boys and girls).
1885 The Morwell to Boolarra railway line opened.
Yes, there's a sexy trestle bridge HERE.
What were those mad politicians thinking, Opening railway lines?!?!

(Perhaps Lynnie and Brumby would prefer smelling salts this Easter?)
1916 The Bairnsdale to Orbost railway line opened.
For some delicious photos click HERE.

(I'm thinking Lynnie will be in the corner rocking her little cotton socks off).
1919 The Shelley to Beetomba railway line was opened.
Because The Govt cared that people could get around to spend their stimulus payments properly.

(Oh, this is more their speed these days...)
1953 The Beechworth to Everton passenger service was kicked to the kerb by unfeeling bean counting mongrels with nary an original thought besmirching their sterile minds.
Although you can still *gag* cycle the Rail Trail...*cough cough*
Photos galore in those links, boys and girls, enjoy what we've got left!

1965 The Kiwi's regular jet airway service from Chch to Oz beginning on this day meant that Christchurch Airport became their first Jet Airport.
Vroom.

1968 The inter-island ferry Wahine foundered off the coast of Wellington with the loss of 52 lives.
For more information click HERE.

1973 Dr Bailey's rooms in Macquarie Street, Sydney were picketed in protest against his cruel (and ineffective) psychosurgery to "cure" homosexuality.

1983 When a whole town is sitting around, not earning a penny like Mary Kathleen in Qld, there's only one thing to do - flog the whole lot off at a public auction...
Click HERE for details and pics of the remains.
Or HERE for a report on the remnants of the uranium mine and its effect on the area.

1985 This month Australia became the first country in the whole world to test blood donations for HIV.

1985 The reform of the immigration legislation saw the recognition of same sex relationships.
But they kept the blinkers on for home-grown same sex relationships, apparently.
Boy, I can hear the rednecks choking on their junk food at this very moment.... bon appetit!

2002 September 8 - just to be confusing - April Tenth was released by Garbage.

8 comments:

Anja said...

It's extraordinary to think that as recent as the 70s they thought there was a cure for homosexuality. Pity there's not a cure for chronic asshat.

Brian Hughes said...

"1985 The reform of the immigration legislation saw the recognition of same sex relationships."

What did they think was going on before?

Canterbury Heritage said...

1965 The Kiwi's regular jet airway service from Chch to Oz beginning on this day meant that Christchurch Airport became their first Jet Airport.

And a third of Christwegians never came back (as a whole NZ has lost a quarter of the population to the Great Kiwi Brain Drain since 1965).

Jayne said...

I can certainly think of better places to attach the electrodes, Anja ;)

Knitting circle, Brian.
They were inordinately popular back in the day ;)

In the mid-80's there was the running joke, in Oz, to all Kiwis for "the last one to leave please turn the light out" CH ;)

Andrew said...

Hill End used to play Boolarra in Aussie Rules. I remember the train line to Boolarra. I am surprised it did not close until 1974.

Interesting that the Macquarie Street protest was as early as 1973.

Mistress B said...

anywhere would be colder than hell............ lol

Jayne said...

Thought you might be au fait with that trestle, Andrew ;)
From what I've read about him in cahoots with the infamous Chelmsford Clinic I'm just surprised people weren't protesting sooner!

LOL You're the only one who picked that up, B ;)

anonymum said...

The trains to Boolara and Mirboo Nth were always great sources of amusement for those of us lucky enough to live in "proper towns" when I was a kid.
So many memories this post bought up Jayne.
Having been born, and lived in and around the Latrobe Valley/Gippsland area, this was little trip down memory lane for me....

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