March 20 in Oz History is brought to you by the letters OMG, y,a,w,n, and the numbers 4am.
Interesting news items have sashayed their way across my desk (alright, my monitor, my desk is covered in history stuff) and I'll throw the links at you to entertain you (just like the local brass band has been entertaining me for the past few days with their band practice...add bagpipes and I'll be happy).
A new book, Dark Emu, provides evidence that Aboriginals were not only harvesting the land but were also living in villages on a much larger scale than has previously been widely taught.
Again, more proof that the"terra nullius" claim of Europeans was a load of old cobblers.
Finally, someone has had the good sense to see how exciting and entertaining (like a set of squealing bagpipes) Oz history truly is with a filmmaker setting out to put the one and only Chinese bushranger, Sam Pu, tale on the big screen.
1878 - The famous Queen Victoria Market was flung open for business in Melbourne; from whence one can acquire fresh fruit, vegies, meat, seafood and cheap souvenirs whilst walking all over the 9,000 dead bodies still interred down below.
1942 - Whilst flitting from one train to the next (due to differences in rail gauges) at Terowie in South Oz on his way to Adelaide Gen. Douglas MacArthur made his infamous speech of "I came out of Bataan and I shall return,".
Thankfully he didn't.
1888 - Due to the not-so-sweet aromas wafting about Smell-bourne the Royal Commission to enquire into Melbourne's Sanitary Conditions was established.
Although....must have been difficult to enquire into something that didn't exist!
1944 - The War Cabinet agreed to raising the wage of Torres Strait Islander servicemen to 66% of what the white servicemen were paid, backpaying the increase to 1st July 1943 but only on the proviso that the wages were still paid to the Director of Native Affairs.
2011 - Dr. Peter Michell of Macquarie University announced he had located the exact spot of Bennelong's grave in a private garden in Putney.