Sunday, January 5, 2014

January 5 Today's history stuff brought to you by much coffee

Trying to kick the brain into gear, be right back, going for a smoko and another coffee.
OK, let's see how this goes.

Today was a Thursday in 1888 when the Vic Parliament, for want of a gasp of oxygen, established a Royal Commission on ventilation and lighting in the Legislative Chamber.
I suspect the original builders plans to mummify our pollies came unstuck at this point.

Twas a Monday in 1891 and what better day of the week than to begin an historic strike!
Today was the beginning of the famous Aussie Shearers Strike when the manager of Logan Downs Station at Clermont, QLD oh so politely inquired if the shearers would care to sign the Pastoralists Association contract of free labour before grooming the fluffy white bundles of sheep.
The shearers declined this invitation being morally wounded at the attempt to undermine the union influence, so they picked up their shears, swags and walked out.

This evening in 1875 saw a shocker of an earthquake rockin' them off their feet in Geraldton, Westralia; it was estimated to be a big 'un at 6.5 and approx. 100kms from Geraldton itself.
"....Walls rocked, and the casement and contents of rooms rattled loudly, and a gentleman informs us that his bird was thrown off its perch."

Right, another coffee and another smoko.
There, that's better.

Victoria's banks adopted the 5 day week on this day in 1963, almost a year after all other states had ceased Saturday trading.
This, no doubt, led to millionaires hiding their portfolios under their mattresses as they couldn't possibly have made it into the banks from their clubs during the week.

Today in 1688 Billy Boy Dampier waded ashore after seeing some Aboriginal people walking there but, alas and alack, their BFF was not meant to be as the Indigenous people weren't impressed with these chaps and they left in a hurry.

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Published in The Bulletin on this day in 1901 was the Federation observations of Gouli-Gouli, the pen name adopted by Marie Louise Mack who went on to author several books and to become the first ever female war correspondent on the front line in 1914.
Plus, I kinda like her style of writing.


  1. All power to Gouli-Gouli, though hers is not an ambition I share. In fact, the front line is probably one of the last places I would like to visit. Yes I know, gutless, lacking in intestinal fortitude and a wimp.

    1. Nope, you're completely sensible, EC!

  2. I very vaguely remember Saturday morning banking, more clearly I remember Post Offices being open on Saturday mornings and Saturday morning mail deliveries too. I can't imagine being on the front line either. I'm unable to make out the writing in the image above, even embiggening hasn't helped.

    1. Oh, I remember when post offices were open on Saturdays and the mail was actually delivered, River lol.

  3. I share Elephant's Child's gutlessness ... I've just read the new Kerry Greenwood/Phryne Fisher and the descriptions of the Western Front are horrifying. But good luck to Gouli-Gouli anyway!

    1. No, you're another sensible lass, Red, stay away from conflicts and read many Kerry Greenwood books as prescribed by moi!