Friday, August 7, 2015

August 7 On This Day in Australian History

1836 - The stork dropped off Alice Bell today; who the hell is she?
She's the chickybabe what wed Charles Todd and gave Alice Springs its moniker.

1839 - Thomas Parry, convict, was sentenced to death in Sydney for being homosexual but later that same month ... "That the sentence of death passed upon the Prisoner be commuted to Transportation to Norfolk Island for life; with hard labour in Irons, and Solitary confinement at night; and not to be allowed to return to this Colony."

1858 -  First recorded AFL  match: Scotch College v Melbourne Grammar School in Yarra Park.  It was played in the park outside where the Melbourne Cricket Ground is today, on a ground about 600 metres long. The two sides drew under Thomas Wills' eye after approximately four hours of play, and two subsequent games ended goalless.

1871 - Missionaries from the London Missionary Society came to Boigu, Australia’s most northerly inhabited island, 6km from the Papua New Guinea coast. The first man on Boigu was named Kiba who, together with his brothers, discovered the island.

1889 - The Maffra to Briagolong and the Irrewarra to Beeac rail lines (Vic) opened.
As opposed to rail lines being closed.

1894 - Boort to Quambatook rail line (Vic) was flung open for business.

1915 - In the assault up Russell's Top at Gallipoli 232 Australians died.

1928 - Dingo hunter Frederick Brooks was done a nasty mischief where he gave up eating and drinking; as Aboriginal weapons lay near the body it was assumed he was done to death by local Warlpiri, Anmatyerre and Kaytetye people.
Within a few days, Constable Murray began to take matters of 'white justice' into his own hands, instigating a series of revenge killings that came to be known as the Coniston Massacre.  Between 14 and 30 August, Murray shot at least 17 members of the Aboriginal tribes he believed were responsible, and claimed his actions were made in self-defence.

1968 - The Easybeats featured in an all-star lineup at the Sounds '68 concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.

 1980 - Arthur Beetson lead Queensland to a 20-10 victory in Rugby League’s inaugural State of Origin match at Lang Park, Brisbane. Colin Scott, another Aboriginal player, featured strongly at fullback. In a career that spanned from 1966 to 1980, ‘Artie’ played 14 Tests and 14 World Cups for Australia. Scottie’, born in Charters Towers in 1960, played one Test for Australia and 18 State of Origin matches for Queensland.

1989 - QLD Police Minister, Russell Cooper, denied that police were harassing homosexuals and responded to calls for law reform by saying: "It is very much against the law here and there is no way in the world we will be softening our attitude."

1993 - Chullora - Sefton Goods Line (NSW) was Closed.

1994 - The Tasty nightclub raid in Melbourne saw 463 patrons strip searched during police raids.

2001 - The Darug people, led by Uncle Colin Gale, notified 36 land councils of a Native Title claim from Bondi to the Blue Mountains for 482 parcels of vacant Crown Land.

 2002 - Victorian Premier Steve Bracks launched a major employment initiative designed to create 230 jobs for Indigenous Victorians over next three years. Mr Bracks said Wurcum barra, or the Victorian Public Sector Indigenous Employment Strategy, would create employment opportunities for qualified Indigenous Victorians across all Government departments and agencies.

2006 - Robert McNaught of the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia made the 1st sighting of a comet that came to be called Comet McNaught.

2007 - The Howard Federal Govt passed more than five hundred pages of legislation – special measures that subvert the authority of the Northern Territory in the most extraordinary federal takeover in Australia's history.

2011 -  Nancy Wake (98), Australia's greatest World War II heroine, died in London. She was a prominent figure in the French Resistance.