Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 6 In Oz History...or Histronics.

John McDouall Stuart was trudging along during a sunny amble when he happened across a sandstone monolith today in 1860; near to the South Oz and NT border he named the monolith Chambers Pillar to honour the wealthy pastoralist who'd bankrolled his strolls about the Fair Isle of Oz.

The Premier of Queensland was enjoying a hearty banquet at the North Gregory Hotel in Winton, QLD today in 1895 when Sir Herbert Ramsay began to warble an unknown song; Waltzing Matilda had made its debut.

Today saw the NEW! Olympics begin in Athens, Greece and it turned out to be Gold! Gold! Gol....BRONZE!
Oz had just the one bloke representing at the Games, Edwin Flack, and he "only" managed to snaffle 2 gold medals in the 800 meters and 1500 meters athletics races, failed to place in the marathon (he collapsed while in the lead with only 3 kms to go) and singles tennis but finished with a bronze in the mixed team doubles tennis.

 Adelaide City Council was celebrating the completion of the City Refuse Destructor today in 1910.
The forward thinking of this Incinerator was amazingly decades ahead of its time (or, if you were a Roman, slightly behind)....the hot gases produced by the burning were sent through 2 water tube boilers which generated enough power for not only all the buildings and a plant on the site but excess power that was flogged off to the Adelaide Electric Supply Company until the incinerator was switched off in 1954.