Saturday, March 15, 2014

March 15 in Oz History

1927 - Today the Register, a South Oz newspaper, related the tale of how the nickname "Crow Eater" came to be dubbed onto those from the state of South Australia.
" The following is the most feasible explanation, and is, I believe, the correct one:— In 1851 my father and uncle travelled overland to the Bendigo diggings. On their arrival they were accosted with the words, 'some crow-eaters.' It appeared that a short time before they arrived, a party of South Australians had arrived in a very hard-up state, being   without food and looking very much knocked up. While crossing the 90-mile desert they ran out of tucker, and were forced to shoot crows for food, as nothing better could be obtained. On relating their experiences, they were dubbed the 'crow-eaters.' The term was afterwards applied to every new arrival from the central State".

1877 - The first cricket Test was fought between Oz and England at the MCG with the home grown colonial lads showing the visitors how it was done with a win of 45 runs.

1821 - At the Native Institution, Parramatta, Michael Yarringuy, a ‘native constable’ at Richmond, wed Polly, while Robert Naringguy [Bobby Nurragingy], son of Nurragingy or Creek Jemmy, married Betty Fulton. Both girls are from the Native Institution, now at Black Town.

1870 - After Captain Charles Sturt swanned through the area with the help of local Wiradjuri guides a mere 41 years later Wagga Wagga was incorporated as a municipality. 

1934 - The Western Mail trumpeted of the recapture of the notorious warrior Nermarluk who had escaped Fanny Bay Gaol whilst awaiting trial for the murders of a Japanese boat crew; he had evaded recapture for several years having survived three bullet wounds and a fall from a high cliff. He led a group of 100 warriors when carrying out raids on livestock, other Aboriginal groups and resistance to occupation of tribal lands.
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