Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March 26 Today in Australian History

1879 - After lying on the side of the railway for four years the bridge over the River Murray at Edward's Crossing, known these days as Murray Bridge, got tickled into shape and was officially opened for both rail and road traffic today.

1857 - John Giles Price, Inspector General of Penal Establishments in Victoria had a really bad day; so bad, in fact, that he never recovered from it.
While investigating complaints lodged by convicts, who'd been dragged ashore from the prison hulk Success, working at Gellibrand Point at Williamstown Price was battered severely with rocks, stones, dirt, fists and a shovel and died the following day.
While 15 convicts were tried for his murder,  7 were hanged.

1984 - Today we all rejoiced for we had the $100 note in circulation.
It's rumoured to have Douglas Mawson on it...let me know if you ever sight one.

1839 - Aboriginal Protector George Robinson penned a letter to the Colonial Secretary on this day describing how,
 "...Melbourne was visited by a very large body of Aboriginal natives who were invited by the resident tribes to attend a conference".

1945 - Alexander Rossi, a pharmacist who you've probably never heard of, was finally released from orders controlling his movements which included being held behind barbed wire in the Loveday Internment Camp, then the Aliens Construction Corps, then as a medical orderly in Alice Springs and reporting to police every month.
His crime?
 "He expressed pro-Axis views and associates with Italians."
Although he'd come to Oz as a child he was refused naturalisation as he was under 21, and, in turn, was refused enlistment in any Australian forces as he wasn't naturalised, and was under constant surveillance after trying to enlist.

1795 - Bennelong's mate, Bing-y-wan-ne, had a really rough day at the Brickfields when a Burramuttagal man from Parramatta Yeranibe Goruey clubbed him to death when he found Bing-y-wan-ne with his wife, Mawberry.