Saturday, August 3, 2013

August 3 in Australian History

Good day, dear reader(s) !
If you still exist, that is *snort*

I have ventured into the world of it should come with a warning of its addictiveness.
I've puddled about in family history before and tried to make do with freebie sites but too many brickwalls forced me to lash out and spend a penny or two.
And mighty glad I have!
Several brickwalls have been smashed to smithereens (only for more branches to wave at me with their tormenting lack of info) but several answers have been got.
Happy, happy, joy, joy.

Today in Aussie history the following happened....

1943- The site of 88 Mile (Northern Territory) came under the glance of baby blues belonging to The Powers That Be and was approved.
To store toxic chemical weapons.
Doesn't that make you feel all warm and fuzzy....?

1986 - saw the final ever run of the Spirit of Progress and the Southern Aurora.
These wonderfully titled trains were replaced with dull-sounding Melbourne and Sydney Express.

1914 - Some Numbnuts (aka our esteemed Fed Govt of the day) thought it was a jolly good idea to offer 20,000 home grown men and the RAN to the British Admiralty...just in case a nasty war should happen to break out.
We all know how that party sucked hairy dogs' balls.

1962 - Ahh, the more things change...
This day saw the arrival of the first members of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) arrive in South Vietnam.

1952 - but it wasn't all doom and gloom with the chickybabes winning 4 of Australia's 6 gold medals at the Helsinki Olympics.

1880 - you sports nuts will be joyous with the mention that on this date about 40 blokes had a meeting in a pub (quelle surprise) to establish Association Football (not the Aussie Rules sort) in Sydney.
And thus the great divide began....

1903 - Probably in an effort to show the Sydneysiders the error of their ways 2 Aussie Rules Premiership matches were played in Sin City (Fitzroy downed Collingwood 23rd May, and Geelong beat Carlton 3rd August).

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VR History.
ABC Archives.
Football Museum.
Australian Football Chronology.
Gallipoli and the ANZACS.
Vietnam Vets Association of Australia.
Chemical Warfare in Australia.


  1. So what's the difference between Association Football and the Aussie Rules type? Don't both teams just kick balls around muddy ovals?

  2. My family have done the whole thing, it's quite interesting. I love working out patterns through generations.

  3. I think it's the shape and size of their balls, River.

  4. It's great fun, Fen, particularly when you finally realise the big ears were generations in the making lol.