Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15 Wibbley-Wobbley Timey-Wimey Aussie History

In 1794 armed watchmen guarding the crop of maize at Toongabbie shot three Darug Aboriginal men and beheaded one to prove their tale; on this day Judge Advocate Richard Atkins scribed in his diary how,
‘The head of one is brought in and the Lt. Govr [Major Francis Grose] has preserved it, as a present for Dr. Hunter.’

James Broomfield and Josiah Hodgkins were not the Messiahs, they were Very Naughty Boys cos today in 1841 they a'bushrangin did go.
 After bailing up Henry Atkins Bonney in his own home and nicking his 35 pounds these likely lads made their way to a house at Norfolk Plains and, feeling a tad peckish, baked themselves some damper from scratch.
At least they didn't expect the home owner to cook for them.

 In 1876 The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil published a news item stating that the station-master at Leigh Road Railway Station (aka Bannockburn) was fined 5 pounds as he'd popped a coffin in the guards van...containing a dead body.
One must always place the dead body in a seated position in 3rd class.
No, actually he should have called for a truck to convey the corpse to Geelong, instead.