Friday, March 21, 2014

March 21 in Oz History

Happy Harmony Day!
Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. By participating in Harmony Day activities, we can learn and understand how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to this nation and enrich it.
Even those currently locked up without having committed any crime on Manus Island and Naru.

1895 - The Chickybabes Suffrage Act got the gong from Queen Vicky in South Oz when it twas Gazetted, thereby giving the gals the right to vote and to stand for Parliament.

2013 - A mere 12 months ago the then-PM Julia Gillard apologised on behalf of the Oz Govt to those people effected by the dreadful forced adoption or removal of babies practices.
Sadly, the coverage of the apology was disgustingly over-shadowed by political tantrums in the ALP party with a leadership spill announced by Simon Crean - who was subsequently sacked from Cabinet and later upheld his promise to resign from politics if he was unsuccessful.
Ta ta, Si.

1792 - In a letter he jotted to the good Rev William Morice about the coastal Eora people coming in frequently to the convict settlement at Sydney Cove, Captain Richard Johnson stated,
" A Number of the Natives, both Men women, and especially Children are every day now in the Camp - Two native Girls I have under my roof,"

2009 - Anna Bligh became the first Aussie sheila to lead her party to a state election victory; previous chickybabe state Premiers Carmen Lawrence and Joan Kirner both took over the possy as Premier from their predecessors after their parties were in power, and were both kicked to the kerb in state elections afterwards.

1918- Dunolly-ite made good; Harry Lawson, pupped in Dunolly, assumed the position as Premier of Victoria.

1829- Windradyne, known to European settlers as "Saturday", was a warrior and resistance leader of the Wiradjuri people; he passed to the stars on this day following a tribal fight at the Macquarie River.

1965 - A group of 40 Aboriginal men staged a sit-in at the Burlington Hotel in Haymarket, Sydney, to protest the unofficial apartheid of publicans, patrons and police towards Aboriginals which effectively banned them from entering and drinking at hotels.