Sunday, August 25, 2013

August 25 On this day in Oz History

Another beautiful Sunday with nought on the to-do list except prod the males of the tribe into playing packhorse by taking out the goodies for hard rubbish collection (no, that does not include me).

Don't forget to sign the petition to save the Dunolly Mobile Library Truck and drop it off to the Welcome Record at the Dunolly Town Hall tomorrow - they wish to present the petition at the council meeting on Tuesday, 7pm at the HUB for those wishing to attend.

1840 - At 3pm two Aboriginal men, Mongarawata and Pilgarie, were (illegally and badly) hanged following an illegal trial in a make-shift bush court for their alleged part in the killing of the survivors of the ship Maria.
The Colonial Department declared this to be an act of murder and the debate raged hotly throughout Adelaide and the colony for months until the Law Officers for The Crown in England stated, in March 1841, that the hangings were illegal, that Major O'Halloran and anyone with him on the day was guilty of murder and that Governor Gawler was guilty as an accessory.
Nothing came of it, of course, as there was added clause; those men guilty could be indemnified by an Act of Parliament and Lord Stanley, Secretary of State, soothed Gov Gawler's furrowed brow by assuring him this would not be necessary.

1909 - Australia's newest Stitch 'n' Bitch Club opened when the State Reformatory for Women, Long Bay Gaol, was declared ready for business.

1853 - Francis Cadell launched, not Australia's first paddle-steamer (as some sites incorrectly state) but the first paddle-steamer to successfully complete the journey up and back of the River Murray, the Lady Augusta, narrowly beating Australia's real first paddle-steamer, the Mary Ann, built and driven by William Randell.
Yep, they woz drag racin' paddle-steamers before we had cars, the lairy larrikins. 


  1. We do have such a lot to be ashamed of in our treatment of the indigenous people of this land we claimed. Sorry doesn't begin to cover it.