Friday, January 22, 2010

January 22 transport in all its forms on this day through history

 Today in history it's all about transport...public transport, water transport, tram, train even space, ferry and steam boat transport but sadly no broomstick transport.
We'll work on that last one while we gaze (without bursting into flames) at this lovely pic Feral Beast took of our local catholic church window...

1840 First settlers arrived at Wellington on the Aurora, the first part of the New Zealand Company.

1859 Back on January 13th Spencer Street Station was opened in Melbourne with the first passenger services tootling through the tracks while Melbourne celebrated with a public holiday.

1903 The Christchurch Tramway Board held its first meeting.

1906 The US steamer Valencia sank off Vancouver Island with 126 drowned.

1910 Flinders Street Station that we know and love was officially opened.

1956 Circular Quay Loop of Sydney's underground railway line was opened with flourish and fanfare.

1984 A Sydney Harbour Ferry, Karrabee, went down the gurgler at Circular Quay during the Great Ferry Race.

1992 Dr Roberta Bondar became the very first Canadian chicky-babe in space when she was up in the velvety blackness for a little more than 8 days.

College of Surgeons.

Yellow = New Zealand
Orange = Canada
Green = Australia
Red = usually British or other nationality
Anything in bold, italics and coloured blue is a link to another site with more info.

Anything outrageous is usually humour and/or sarcasm.


  1. What a great story about the Sydney ferry. What fun it would be to see the ferries racing now but not the ones I see in the link.