Wednesday, September 21, 2016

September 21 On This Day in Australian History

1844 - The Torrens flooded causing widespread damage. Colonists watched the angry river eat away the foundations of Shand’s brewery; casks and other utensils were carried to safety but by Sunday afternoon the foundations had been undermined and the building came down with a crash. Part of the bank collapsed too and casks, bottles and brewing equipment floated away on the raging waters. Those watching had to scramble for their lives.

1872 - Peter Egerton Warburton departed Adelaide on his journey to explore central Australia from Alice Springs to Perth.

1880 - A series of waves recorded at Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour as a result of a tsunami that began life in Chile.

1908 - The Manilla - Barraba section of the Barraba Branch Railway Line (NSW) opened.

1914 - The poem For The Fallen by Laurence Binyon, from which we use The Ode on Anzac and Remembrance Days, was first published in The Times.
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

1922 - A total solar eclipse in Australia in 1922 provided scientists with an opportunity to confirm the experimental 'proof' of Einstein's general theory of relativity that had been provided by Eddington's observations in 1919. Independent expeditions mounted by the SA and NSW observatories both aimed to test Einstein's prediction that light passing near massive bodies such as the sun would appear to be bent.

1931 - The Wolli Creek - Kingsgrove section of the East Hills Railway Line (NSW) opened.

1973 – The Jackson Pollock painting Blue Poles was controversially purchased by the Whitlam government for A$1.3 million.

1971 – The 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment was involved in Australia's last major action of the Vietnam War at Nui Dat.

1979 - First casino in Darwin opened in temporary quarters in the Don Hotel on Cavenagh Street.

1986 - On the Temora - Roto Railway Line (NSW) the Roto Junction was removed and the line from Hillston to Roto West Junction was closed.

2000 – French athlete Marie-José Pérec fled the Olympic village without competing in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

2007 : The Australian wheat crop failed due to severe drought and combined with the problems of an outbreak of new crop diseases in Europe and the Americas, wheat prices hit a new 10 year high with Australian wheat now fetching US$340 (£169) a ton.

2013 - The Melbourne Aquarium opened the new exhibit "Croc's Lair" home to a 750kg salt-water crocodile named Pinjarra.


  1. I had forgotten about Marie-José Pérec. How I would hate to live my life in a spotlight. For whatever reason.