Friday, September 16, 2016

September 16 On This Day in Australian History

More horror on the news, (hat tip to Skyhooks) think I'll binge on some Scandi Noire on SBS.
The climate! 
The vistas! 
The furniture!

1770 - Captain Cook/Joseph Banks/some bloke from Upper Comebukta West became the first European to note the appearance of the Aurora Australis at 10pm just after he'd enjoyed a hot cocoa.

1804 – The first brewery in Australia began to produce beer.

1847 - Explorer Edmund Kennedy returned to his depot to find that Aborigines had ransacked his supplies.
Cry me a river, Kennedy.

1848 - The miners at the South Oz copper mine, Burra Burra, at Burra, Sth. Aust, went on strike over the reduced valuation of the ore and, ergo, the reduced payment to the miners, by the mine owners.
The strike was cancelled however when the mine owners agreed to meet the miners for a talk. The miners must have felt some retribution had been visited upon the directors when, on leaving the Burra Hotel at a cracking pace, the coach overturned depositing them ignominiously in the dusty roadway.

1850 - An Anti-Transportation Meeting was held in the old Barracks Square in Sydney with over 10,000 people in attendance, being merchants and businessmen who had closed their establishments to attend the meeting in an effort to prevent any revival of transportation.
1875 - German Pastors A.H. Kempe and W.F. Schwartz arrived at Glenelg today; they'd been chosen by the Hermannsburg Missionary Society to establish and run an Aboriginal Mission at Finke River in Central Australia.
1884 - The Narrandera - Jerilderie section of the Tocumwal Branch Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1898 - The Berrigan - Finley section of the Tocumwal Branch Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1901 - The national flag of Oz was unfurled and hoisted above by the first Gov-Gen of Oz, Lord Hopetoun at Townsville.

1921 – The Mount Mulligan mine disaster killed 76 miners.

1929 - HMAS WARREGO, (torpedo boat destroyer), arrived at Cockatoo Island, Sydney, for breaking up. The vessel sank alongside her wharf, and was finally broken up by explosives during WWII.

1940 - Opening of The Civic Theatre in Gordon Street (Mackay) by QLD Premier and Mackay Local Member William Forgan Smith. This is still part of the Birch Carroll and Coyle Cinema Complex.

1942 - The Japanese advance in Owen Stanley Ranges was stopped at Ioribaiwa.

1943 - The Japanese abandoned Lae after heavy fighting.

1956 – Australian television began.

1966 - One day before setting sail the MV Tiri was detained in Auckland, preventing Radio Hauraki, New Zealand's first pirate station, from taking to sea.

1967 - The North West Cape Naval Communications Station was officially commissioned.

1972 - Terrorists detonated two bombs outside Yugoslav travel agencies in Sydney.

1975 – Papua New Guinea gained its independence from Australia.

1988 – Convictions against Lindy and Michael Chamberlain were quashed.

1989 - The Wereboldera - Batlow section of the Kunama Branch Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

2003 - The federal Labor party drew up new guidelines for the dismissal of commissioners from the peak indigenous body ATSIC.

2006 - Television in Australia turns 50. The next day, this was commemorated with a live TV special from Star City, Sydney on the Seven Network.

2007 - Brett Lee took a hat-trick against Bangladesh, the first in T20I history.

2012 - The second Two Valley Trail Reconciliation Walk was an enjoyable and meaningful community event for the Cooks River Valley community.


  1. I am pretty certain that beer had been produced before 1804. Commercially produced too, albeit on a small scale.

  2. Love me a good Scandi murder thriller, Andrew ;)

    EC, if the "official" history books don't say it happened then it didn't happen...Just Kidding - I'm sure there were breweries set up all over the shop, they didn't believe in drinking water (which was a health hazard in itself) and beer was far safer.