1848 and Kangaroo Point on the Brisbane River played host to an horrific murder on this day, that of Robert Cox; his body had been butchered and his bits distributed all over the shop.
Turns out they hanged the wrong bloke (surprise!) cos Patrick Mayne, a wealthy businessman and butcher by trade (thought that would've given it away) confessed on his deathbed 23 years later.
His children, having been shunned all their lives, later donated the land on which the University of Queensland now struts.
1837 saw the first flogging...off of the first land allotment under Preliminary Land Orders in South Oz. The Govt stated there had to be £35 000 of land flogged off before anyone could even think about starting a settlement, so these "preliminary land orders" entitled the
buyer to one town acre and one section of country land. The holders of
these preliminary orders could take first choice of the land when it had
been surveyed and trot off to the Resident Commissioner in
the Land Office, to receive their title deeds or "land grants".
The cowardly Russell Street Bombing took place today in Melbourne in 1986.
1917 - Those young lads who joined the 1st Light Railway Operating Company, 2nd Section, (Australian Railway Troops' were sponsored by the Victorian Railways) in WW1 had farewelled dear old Melbourne town in February and were sailing to England when they were torpedoed by a sub and their ship sunk on this day at the entrance to the English Channel.
They went on to arrive at Devonport, England on April 25.
1900 - Today Archibald Meston, Special Commissioner of Police and Southern Aboriginal Protector (QLD) wrote to the home secretary saying how he'd removed two Woppaburra women (each with a child) from Keppel Island to Fraser Island due to being taken advantage of by white men on boating parties from the mainland.
Today in 1952 the Federal Cabinet shook off a little of it's xenophobia by sending off a telegram to the Australian Mission in Tokyo announcing it would approve the admission to Oz of some Japanese wives of Aussie servicemen and ex-servicemen, providing they jumped through medical hoops (no inherited sanity allowed, we had more than enough) and underwent stringent investigation ( enough reds under beds of our own) before setting foot on our shores.
1820 - The very first Russian Orthodox Easter service was celebrated in The Fair Isle of Oz on the ship Vostok which "was decorated with lanterns and festoons. The crew appeared on deck in full parade uniform and the ship’s chaplain, a Fr Dionysius, commenced the Paschal services of the Orthodox Church. Easter was greeted in traditional Russian style. After Divine Services a lavish meal was prepared, with Easter kulich bread and painted eggs. Official guests were invited from the colony to join the ship’s company and the merriment continued all day."