Saturday, September 10, 2016

September 10 On This Day in Australian History

I was seriously horrified the other night when I wandered not so innocently like a cloud into Coles to find piles of Christmas pudds and mince pies.
Then, I got my walk in yesterday like I whined about earlier in the day; minced my way from Oakleigh to Carnegie in the glorious rain only to be confronted with bloody rude piles of Halloween and Christmas gear in Spotlight.
So offended was I that I left the store without even buying one lonely ball of yarn.
To top off the day The Spouse, in the middle of cooking tea, suddenly announced no one was having fish.
When asked why he displayed the ugliest great bloody 30cm red worm he'd just dug out of a fresh fish fillet we'd bought from the fish mongers that morning.
Amidst much screeching of "Flush that dirty farqer" and "Scrub your hands til your skin bleeds" we wisely chose to go with the meat.
Of which we et very little cos of the whole dirty farqing worm biz.

1830 - In a notice in the Hobart Gaztette Lt. Governor Arthur called for the creation of a volunteer force to capture the hostile tribes, or drive them out of the settled districts. This was to support a military force. This notice, too, fluctuated between extreme hostility and compassion for Aborigines, and between fear of them and scorn for their weakness. In the same issue , Arthur announced that he had given a reward of 1000 acres of land to Humphrey Howells for his conduct in pursuing Aborigines. 

1884 - The Rylstone - Mudgee section of the Gwabegar Railway Line (NSW) opened.

 1889 - The Wodonga to Huon Lane section of the Cudgewa Railway branch line (Vic) opened.

 1889 - Baxter to Hastings Railway branch line (Vic) opened.

 1889 - The Baxter to Mornington Railway branch line (Vic) opened.

 1890 - The Cathkin to Alexandra Road section of the Mansfield Railway Line was opened.

 1906 - The first motor car and driving licence were issued in Adelaide on this day, the recipient was Dr William Arthur Hargreaves, a chemist and government analyst.

 1919 - A Third petition against Aboriginal children’s attendance at Gulargambone public school was presented to NSW Minister for Education. Another petition against Aboriginal children attending school was organised by non-Aboriginal families. The petition clearly exposes numerous and often contradictory racist anxieties held by the petitioning parents who objected to having Aborigines in the same room as the white children. They expressed concerns about the Aboriginal children being ‘on a level footing’ with their children, yet argued they had a different capacity to learn compared to ‘white’ children. The petition expressed fears of intermarriage: ‘the cases of marriage or living together between blacks and whites is very undesirable yet a common school fosters this.’ *Aboriginal students excluded again; Aboriginal students were excluded again from the public school, and were taught in a small separate building from 1920.*

 1923 - The Coonabarabran - Gwabegar section of the Gwabegar Railway Line (NSW) opened.

 1931 - The Cobar - CSA Mine section of the Cobar Railway branch line (NSW) was closed.

 1931 - The Peak Junction - Wades Siding and Wades Siding - Occidental Mine sections of the Peak Railway branch line (NSW) were closed.

 1943 - Italy signed armistice with the Allies ; prior to this the Italians had been fighting with the Germans, despite the Italian surrender the Allies faced more than a year of difficult fighting against the Germans in Italy.

  1956 - Great Britain performed nuclear test at Maralinga, South Australia. No, they did not, and, although this 'fact' has been repeated on several 'history' websites, saying something often enough still does not make it true.

 1957 - The Air Chief Marshal Sir Dermot A. Boyle, Air Ministry, wrote to Air Marshal F. R. W. Scherger, Chief of Air Staff, Royal Australian Air Force, promising him that the U.K. chiefs of staff would back Australia’s request: "This is to confirm what I told you on the telephone today, namely that the Chiefs of Staff have agreed that, should the Australian Government decide to build up a nuclear bomber force, the Chiefs of Staff would support the purchase of nuclear weapons from this country by the Australian Government..."
*To those reading from the Parliamentary Library; Don't panic, I haven't hacked anything, it's online.*

 1962 - Rocket Rod Laver defeated fellow Australian Roy Emerson in four sets to win the U.S. Open. With the victory, Laver became the first man to win the tennis “Grand Slam”–four major tournaments in the same year–since Don Budge in 1938.

 1970 - In The Australian newspaper on 10 September, John Ware publically announced the formation of CAMP Ink (Campaign Against Moral Persecution) and invited people to join.

 1973 - First run of C.A.E "Arts Train" 42 day tour of Western Victoria; this was a collaborative venture between the Council of Adult Education (CAE) and the National Gallery that created the Arts Train. European and Australian collections regularly visited all corners of the state.

 1973 - Gay Liberation hit the streets of Sydney during Gay Pride Week. On this day a quiet sit-down protest in Martin Place was moved by council officers and police.

 1974 - The Central Coast Express newspaper, in Gosford, became a daily being issued Tuesday to Saturday.

 1980 - A new gold rush started in the Australian outback after two Aboriginal men dug up gold nuggets ranging in size from a marble to a cigarette packet. The gold mine was located about 800 kms northeast of Perth.

 1981 - Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences officially opened by Sir Zelman Cowen Governor General of Australia at Bullocky Point.

1989 - Jawoyn traditional owners won their long-running land claim for Nitmiluk National Park. Following the Australian Government's formal declaration, the Jawoyn immediately leased the land back to the Northern Territory Government to be operated as a national park and shared by all Australians.

 1996 - Pauline "Please Explain" Hanson delivered her maiden speech to Parliament on this day which caused a storm of controversy because of its criticisms of Aboriginals, multiculturalism and immigration. The sentence in which Hanson claimed “I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians” became the most well-known line of the speech.

 1999 - The Dumaresq - Glen Innes section of the Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

 2003 - The Prime Minister, John Howard, effectively declared victory in the so-called culture wars over the past treatment of Aborigines, saying that "people no longer ask me for an apology".
*Probably because we stopped wasting our farqing time asking, you pompous old fart*

 2009 - Australia announced liquefied natural gas (LNG) deals worth up to 60 billion US dollars with Japan and South Korea, raising its status as a major energy supplier.

 2012 - Demolition started on the Arthurs Seat lookout tower that had been opened in 1934, on a 305m hill on the Mornington Peninsula, in Victoria.

 2013 - In Papua New Guinea a group of Australian and New Zealand trekkers, including one woman, were savagely attacked and injured by bandits with two of their guides hacked to death.

 2013 - The Pride History Group contribution to NSW History Week, well known photographer and glbti community member William Yang gave a presentation on the emergence of a gay culture in Sydney in the seventies and early eighties.

 2014 - Australian police arrested two men for allegedly preparing to fight in Syria, recruiting jihadists and raising money for an al-Qaida offshoot group.


  1. I am not certain I will be eating today after the early part of your post. Despite my vego status. Eeeeeuw.
    And eeeuw to rather a lot of our history too.

  2. Yep.
    Been icking at everything today.
    Even the hubby.

  3. I not like like long red worm in fish. Halloween products? Are there many US people in Australia? Christmas. The eternal family question arises. Who is doing Christmas this year? I will have to follow up about Maralinga.

  4. I'm always doing Christmas albeit in a very muffled way.