Wednesday, September 14, 2016

September 14 On This Day in Australian History

Well, Dunolly is cut off by floods again, but don't worry, the Central Goldfields Shire Council has had 5 1/2 years and govt funding to get a plan together.
I'm waiting to hear from the history tour boss of Dunolly Museum if Monday's tour will be cancelled ; as it's a tour of ghost settlements across the goldfields I think it's highly likely snorkling gear will be required.
I'm thoroughly enjoying last night's homemade fried rice - more of the boiled variety with a brief introduction of frying pan, vegies & pork. Very nice piping hot with chili oil, hmmmm.
The males have travelled to Maryborough for the Very Grown Up Son to attend a Word & Graphics Course at Goldfields Employment and Learning Centre (GELC).
GELC offers some seriously good courses at seriously cheap prices; the son has enjoyed learning and earning his RSA , First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, Food Handling, Barista Basics certificates in a relaxed atmosphere where people want to learn.
The son is also volunteering on the Polly Woodside these days, he is loving it. Learning different knots, work skills, abilities whilst helping maintain the old girl.
He may need some of those skills to sail himself and his dad home from Maryborough if they get flooded in.
S'ok, I have plenty of fried rice to live on.

1796 – Governor Hunter complains to the Colonial Secretary of Macarthur's behaviour.

1873 - The graving dock at Williamstown, Melbourne, was completed.

1900 - In Hobart Legislation was passed to introduce adult male suffrage.

1902 - Dame Nellie Melba kicked off her national tour of Oz in Brisvegas.

1903 - The South Coast Railway Line (NSW) opened for its entire length from Nerang - Tweed Heads.

1914 - HMA Submarine AE1 was lost off New Guinea. The AE1 and AE2 were the first submarines to serve with the Royal Australian Navy. TheAE1 disappeared without trace during operations for the capture of German New Guinea.

1931 - Public riots in Melbourne and Sydney over increasing poverty of the unemployed, which had nothing whatsoever to do with celebrated Aussie artist Tom Roberts falling off the perch in Melbourne on this day.

1939 - The redesigned Northbridge was reopened by the Right Honourable William Morris Hughes, immediately after he relaunched the original suspension bridge in its new incarnation as a concrete arch. The new bridge was originally conceived by architect Walter Burley Griffin and built during the 1930s. This roadway was designed to give increased access to Middle Harbour and the upper North Shore. However, its completion spelled the end a number of local streets including Eric Street, Lyle Street and part of Warrane Road.

1955 - The final report of the Royal Commission, to investigate evidence of espionage contained in the documents Russian defector Vladimir Petrov brought with him, was released. It concluded that the Petrov documents were genuine and that the Petrovs were ‘witnesses of truth’. However no prosecutions were recommended as a result of the inquiry.

1957 - The first of three British nuclear tests in the series of Operation Antler went off like a bomb at Maralinga today ; titled Tadje it had and did stuff I can't even decipher.

1960 - A shell fired by HMAS ANZAC in gunnery exercises off Jervis Bay hit the hull of HMAS TOBRUK.

1968 - Aboriginal activists Pastor Doug Nicholls and Charles Perkins were refused service at the lounge bar of the Crown Hotel in Cairns.

1969 - First issue of Sunday Observer was hot off the presses, published till 7 March 1971 it was succeeded by Melbourne Observer and later a new Sunday Observer.

1970 - The federal executive of the ALP disbanded the Victorian branch after the it was found guilty of breaching party rules over state aid to non-government schools, and because of its domination by the Trade Union Defence Committee.

1990 - Third Officer Ruby O. Boye-Jones, BEM, WRANS, the only woman to serve as a coastwatcher in a battle zone in the Pacific in WWII, died at the age of 99

1990 - In Sydney Channel 10 was in a bit of a pickle when it went into receivership with debts totalling more than $450 million.

1994 - North Flinders International House opens for the accommodation of students on the campus of the Northern Territory University.

1997 - Introduction of Sunday magazine into Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Herald-Sun and Sunday Life! Magazine into Sun-Herald and Sunday Age.

2001 - The official announcement was made of the closure of Ansett Airlines.

2001 - Australia invoked the ANZUS Treaty following terrorist attacks in the United States

2007 - The National Aboriginal Alliance (NAA) formed in Alice Springs as a response to the intervention of the government in the Northern Territory. It describes itself as completely independent of government and committed to Aboriginal people’s right to self-determination.

2012 - Australia began transferring asylum seekers to the re-established offshore processing centre in Nauru.


  1. Good to hear the lad is doing well. What a cool own goal by HMAS ANZAC.

  2. Echoing Andrew. And not happy at the 2012 news. Not happy at all.