Thursday, September 22, 2016
September 22 Australian History
Back in the big smoke aka the land that possesses my internet.
We had a blast on the Dunolly Museum tour over several Ghost Settlements of the goldfields.
We heard the tale of a murder that wasn't a murder but actually manslaughter during self-defence but was ruled as a murder by a drunk Sir Redmond Barry.
Which resulted in a poor Chinese bloke being hanged at Castlemaine.
Riots that went down in history as Irish Vs British Riots but were really more of disagreements between a bunch of blokes with nothing better to do but snark at each other - something that Madam Chisholm tried to turn to her (bank account) advantage by claiming chickybabes on the goldfields would've stopped the males picking fights.
A lost cemetery of over 5 acres that isn't really lost except it's ploughed a lot and has a road running through it (and over burials).
Fabulous hidden nooks and crannies we visited, areas we would probably have never ventured to see if not for this tour; some stunning vistas and beautiful country were eyeballed by us, at Alma we were almost deafened by the bajillions of frogs letting loose with the love song of their people.
I'll upload pics later today, had to get this entry up and away on the web.
1831 - George Fletcher Moore was one of the early settlers in Western Australia. He was involved in several expeditions to explore the region, and on one occasion accompanied explorer Robert Dale in surveying and cutting a road from Guildford to the Avon Valley in the southwest. On 22 September 1831, after seeing a numbat for the first time, Moore drew and described the creature, including in his text that accompanied the drawing the following:
"... chase another of those little animals into a hollowed tree, succeed in getting it, suppose it to be an ant eater from the length of its tongue & other reasons - its colour is yellowish barred with black
& white streaks across the hinder parts of its back - length about 12 inches."
1849 - A report in the Register stated ‘The unwholesomeness of these holes without ventilation and on the banks of a creek nearly stagnant ... must be apparent to everyone’. The ‘holes’ referred to were the homes of many miners at Burra who excavated the banks of the Burra Creek to form their living quarters and by 1850 over 1500 people were living on Creek Street. One description of these dug-outs indicated that some were kept very clean – the one room white-washed inside and sometimes with a paling verandah, the chimney being just a hole to the footpath above.
1862 - George Coppin opened his new Haymarket Theatre in Bourke Street, Melbourne.
1918 – First direct radio message between London and Sydney.
1945 - A BBC announcer described the scene in Tokyo Harbour, after the surrender ceremony:- 'and there are the four Australian minesweepers BALLARAT, IPSWICH, PIRIE, and CESSNOCK. They are a husky bunch and without them the Fleet could not have operated'.
1951 - A Federal referendum designed to provide the Government with powers to outlaw Communism was defeated by a narrow majority,
1952 - ANZUS meeting at Pearl Harbor ANZUS military representatives begin three day meeting at Pearl Harbor.
1996 - In Australia Bob Dent became the first person to kill himself legally under the world’s only voluntary euthanasia law.
2005 - An Indonesian court sentenced the last of six Muslim militants accused in the 2004 suicide bombing at the Australian Embassy to 10 years in prison for helping the alleged masterminds carry out the attack.
2008 - 400 sheep died in a road accident, prompting animal rights activists to repeat their call for an end to the long distance transportation of livestock for slaughter.
2012 : The Roman Catholic Church in the Australian state of Victoria admitted that over six-hundred children suffered from sexual abuse by priests since the 1930's. The numbers were released as a response to a parliamentary inquiry over the handling of abuse cases.
2012 - In Australia Jill Meagher (29) was raped and strangled as she walked home from a bar after an evening out with work colleagues in Melbourne. On Jun 19, 2013, sex offender Adrian Ernest Bayley (41) was sentenced to life in prison for the rape and murder. He had been free on parole after previous convictions for raping five women.
2016 - The most comprehensive genomic study of Indigenous Australians to date has revealed modern humans are all descendants of a single wave of migrants who left Africa around 72,000 years ago.