Monday, September 5, 2016

September 5 On This Day in Australian History

1699 - William Dampier was one of the first Wallys to not discover The Fair Isle of Oz and one of the first to not make contact with the Indigenous People he had dubbed "the miserablest people in the world" when he popped in 11 years earlier. On todays date Willy the Wally paddled away from Roebuck Bay having failed to find any fresh water...for lack of asking "the miserablest people in the world".

1797 - On what was a bit more than schoolboy jape, convicts "borrowed" the Government boat Cumberland from the Hawksbury River and buggered off up north. Bon Voyage.

1862 - The new copper mine at Blinman in the Flinders Ranges was christened ‘in due form, and in the presence of about 80 persons’ according to a report in the Register of 19 September. Robert ‘Peg-leg’ Blinman, the discoverer of the copper deposit in 1859 made enough money, so it is believed, from the sale of the lease to the land to purchase Roundwood Hotel at Beautiful Valley, now Wilmington.

 1863 - The first edition of The Bunyip newspaper was published in Gawler, South Oz, by William Barnet, manager and printer, and the Humbug Society with George Nott as the first editor. The first issue was full of biting satire and tongue-in-cheek commentary and it sold out as soon as it was published. Originally appearing as a monthly pamphlet, it became so popular that is was not long before it was published as a bi-monthly broadsheet and then a year or so later as a weekly publication.

1883 - Boundary rider Charles Rasp was on to a good thing so, like Aeroguard, he stuck to it when he registered the first mineral claim on a little known spot called Broken Hill.

 1896 - Twas a Tuesday when 10 chickybabe doctors got together over the sherry and cigars at Dr Constance Stones abode in East Melbourne and plotted the creation of the Queen Victoria Hospital for Women.

1899 - The Westdale to Manilla section of the Barraba Railway line (NSW) was flung open for business. The Barraba branch lies in the north of the state. It originally extended north from Tamworth along the broad Manilla valley to the town of Barraba.

1906 - A Torres Strait Islander was swimming for pearl shell whilst a crew member of a cutter that was near Mabuiag Island when he was attacked by a shark that severed his arm. Although he was pulled aboard the ship he died from blood loss.

1914 - In 1914, the Joseph Cook Commonwealth Liberal Party sought to abolish preferential employment for trade union members in the public service, resulting in a double dissolution on 30 July 1914. In the election on 5 September 1914 the government was defeated by the opposition, Andrew Fisher's Australian Labor Party, and the bill was not pursued.

1968 - The premiere of ABC-TV's new rural affairs program A Big Country. 10 shows were made in 1969, followed by twenty each year from 1970-72.

1972 - Journalist John Highfield became the first reporter in the ABC's forty-year history to broadcast live and unscripted during a national news bulletin. London-based Highfield had been in Munich filing preliminary reports on the 1972 Olympic Games, and after handing over to an ABC Sports team, he had returned to London. There, in the early hours of 5 September he heard the first reports that PLO terrorists had occupied the Israeli athletes' quarters in the Olympic Village. Highfield talked his way onto an empty, Munich-bound British Airways jet and was back in Munich within hours. Returning to the Village, he was fortunate to find a position where he could see a bus coming out of the village and armed men jumping from it. He phoned Sydney in the early hours of Thursday morning and informed ABC radio news director Russell Handley of the situation. Realising nothing was yet available on the wire services, Handley decided to put Highfield's call live to air at 7:45am during the main early morning news bulletin. Highfield continued to report live during the "AM" program and throughout the day, monitoring German TV coverage of the crisis. His reports continued for over 40 hours, and his work was later praised by ABC's News Division as being "of heroic proportions".

 1974 - While workmen were testing out a new boiler for the cruel, inhumane Magdalene Laundry at Mount St Canice Convent in Hobart it exploded akin to a "1,000 pound bomb" killing 8 and injuring up to 21, resulting in the closure of the convent. I think God had had a gutful.

  1978 - Genealogists and historians shouted hooray on this day when then-Premier Rupert Hamer officially opened the new Public Records Office facilities at Laverton. Ahhh, and we've been blessing his little cotton socks ever since.

  1987 - Another knees up that consisted of more than sherry and cigars was the annual Sleaze Ball held in the Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney, with almost 6,000 party people attending.

  1992 - Susan Harben was elected as President of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, an office she held until stepping down in July 1994.

  1993 - The very, very last, final ever, never to be repeated passenger rail service chugged out of Mildura Railway Station on this day, bound for Melbourne.

  1998 - In the culmination of a 15-year fight, more than 500 Aborigines and their supporters from around eastern Australia gathered at newly renamed Mutawintji National Park September 5 for a day of celebration to mark the return of its 76,000 hectares (188,000 acres) to the traditional owners.

  2003 - Northern Territory airline Air North said it would be taking over Airlines of South Australia for almost $5 million.

  2004 - Australian Prime Minister John Howard defended his country's controversial refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gases as he launched the 19th World Energy Congress in Sydney.

  2005 - The continuing war between file-sharing services and the record labels has moved to Australia where the Australian Federal Court ordered Kazaa's owners, Sharman Networks, to modify the software to prevent further piracy. This is just another one of the many court cases the record labels are bringing in the US and around the world to protect their music.

  2006 - Tasmanian Aborigines were celebrating the official return of remains of their people from London's British Museum. The two bundles of ashes were received by delegates Leah Brown and Adam Thompson, who used native flora in a ceremony they performed to mark the exchange.

  2007 - Kulaluk community was declared dry after residents of the Kulaluk Community in Coconut Grove applied to have their community declared a dry zone to combat alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour by drunken visitors.

  2008 - Quentin Bryce was sworn in as Australia's governor general, the first woman to act as the British queen's representative Down Under. Morris Iemma (47), the embattled premier of Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, was forced to resign after his party withdrew support for him over a dramatic reshuffle of his cabinet.

2009 - The People's Alcohol Action Coalition said it would ask the Licensing Commission to place a blanket ban on the takeaway sale of some alcohol across the Northern Territory. The Commission was calling for public submissions on possible restrictions on the takeaway sale of of cask wine, port and sherry in Darwin, Palmerston and the rural area.

 2010 - Flash flooding across Victoria after heavy rains led to some timely rescues, but none more so than the help extended to a mob of sheep that found themselves caught on a narrow strip of land as water rushed past at Red Lion, near Talbot in central Victoria.

  2011 - Katanning Landcare Group celebrated its 21st birthday. The Katanning Land Conservation District Committee was gazetted in 1990 and has been planting trees, fencing and improving the local waterways ever since.

  2012 - Environmental groups criticised the Federal Government's decision not to proceed with a key part of its clean energy plan. The Government announced it would no longer pay to shut down some of Australia's dirtiest coal-fired power plants.

  2013 - The Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry announced that evidence to be heard from Australian-based victims will be held in private. A total of 57 people in Australia who were in children's homes applied to be heard by the inquiry when it comes to the country later this month. The inquiry says 112 children were sent to Australia between 1946-1956 from Catholic homes in Belfast and Derry. Most went to homes in Western Australia.

  2014 - Australian PM Tony Abbott and India’s PM Narendra Modi signed a long-awaited uranium nuclear. Modi also announced $20 million in funding for further India-Australian scientific projects.

  2015 - The Federal Government should be doing more to help asylum seekers, New South Wales Premier Mike Baird says. NSW Premier Mike Baird wrote an emotional Facebook post that said Australia "should do more" for asylum seekers and "do it now". Baird vowed to meet with the Federal Government to discuss NSW's involvement.

  2016 - In a landmark move, the Victorian Government is handing over social housing assets worth $500 million to Aboriginal Housing Victoria to own, manage and develop on behalf of the state's fast-growing Indigenous community.