Sunday, August 9, 2015

August 9 On This Day in Australian History


1759 - Pupped on this day in Cornwall, England James Ruse was the first ex-convict to apply for (and received) a grant of land for farming, at Parramatta.

1840 - Explorer Edward John Eyre scribbled in hi diary on this day,
" The sheep had broken out of their yard, and could not be found this morning; so sending the party on with the native boy as a guide, I remained behind myself with the overseer, to search for them; they were soon found, and we moved on after the drays. In going up the watercourse I again found a native fire, where natives had been encamped within a mile of us during the night, without our being aware of it; so difficult is it always to know the proximity of these children of the wilds.
Having overtaken the party, I conducted them to The Scott, at which we arrived early in the day, though the distance could not be less than 20 miles. At night a party of natives were seen near, but did not come up to us."

1851 - Gold was discovered at Sovereign Hill, near Ballarat, in Victoria.

1853 -  A draft Constitution for New South Wales was prepared by a Legislative Council committee headed by William Wentworth. After amendment in the Council, it was adopted on this day.

1858 - The Aborigines' Friends Society reported that,
"Mr. Allen's report was received from Goolwa ; the inmates of 29 wurleys had been relieved, consisting of 14 men and 23 women, besides children : of these. 2 are paralyzed, 13 old and infirm, 2 blind, 2 lame. 1 disease of lungs, 6 ill from other causes, 1 with twins."

1862 - Land on the corner of King William Road and Pennington terrace was purchased for £1052 10s on this day as the site for Adelaide’s Anglican cathedral. This was after disputation over the Cathedral acre in Victoria Square, which was originally granted by Governor Gawler and confirmed by Governor Robe in 1848, was held to be not a legal entitlement by the Supreme Court because the judges found that the Square was ‘for the use and recreation of the public of the City of Adelaide’.

1866 - The effects of a tsunami of unknown origins were felt along the NSW coastline.

1870 - The current Melbourne Town Hall was officially opened with a lavish ball, which was personally funded by the Lord Mayor Samuel Amess.

1890  - The first recital was held on what was then the largest pipe organ in the world, the Grand Organ in the Sydney Town Hall.
The recital was performed by W T Best, the City Organist from Liverpool, England.

1938 – "Rocket" Rod Laver the Australian tennis player was born.

1942 - HMAS Canberra sunk; HMAS Canberra was sunk in the battle of Savo Island. The Canberra was among a fleet of US and Australian warships supporting the US Marines' landings on Guadalcanal.

1948 - The Rushworth to Colbinabbin (Vic) rail passenger service ended.

1962 - The Federal Government banned the drug, thalidomide.

1968 – Eric Bana the Australian actor was born.

1987 – Julian Knight committed the Hoddle Street massacre in Melbourne, claiming seven lives and injuring nineteen others.

1990 - Joan Elizabeth Kirner became Victoria's first female Premier. John Cain (Jnr) resigned as Premier following growing criticism over the collapse of the Pyramid group of companies, and continuing disunity in the Labor Party.

1994 - International Day of Indigenous Peoples declared for this date.

1996 -  Queenslander Steven McCarthy was announced as the 1996 winner of the national David Unaipon Award for previously unpublished Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers.

 1997 - “Reconciliation has been dealt another blow with the destruction of a Bora Ring in Redcliffe to make way for a new housing development “The sale of the land in Kippa-Ring to developer, Mr Bob Quinn, without the knowledge of Indigenous people, shows an extensive disregard for their views and cultural aspirations by the Catholic Church, the Redcliffe City Council and the State Government”, said Mr Karmichael candidate for the Democrats.

 1998 - Honouring Emily Kame Kngwarreye Alhalkere – Paintings from Utopia, a Queensland Art Gallery Travelling Exhibition, commenced at the National Gallery of Victoria.

 2001 - Thousands of Indigenous performers from across Australia gathered in Alice Springs for the Yeperenye Federation Festival 2001 on the traditional lands of the Arrernte people. The artists featured Slim Dusty, the concert was recorded by CAAMA and is held in the CAAMA library in Alice Springs.

2005 - , Australia’s Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Australia and China were negotiating an agreement to allow Australia to export uranium to China for peaceful purposes.

2012 - Australia won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics on the 9th day of August in 2012, making a total of 6 gold medals.

2013 - , Christopher Lane (22) of Melbourne, Australia, was shot once in the back as he was jogging in Duncan, Okla. He died before paramedics arrived. On Aug 20 prosecutors charged two boys, Chancey Allen Luna (16) and James Francis Edwards Jr. (15), with first-degree murder. A third boy, Michael Dewayne Jones (17), was charged as an accessory to first-degree murder after the fact. The boys said they were bored and decided to shoot someone.

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