Monday, April 10, 2017

April 10

1803 - St. John's Church, Parramatta was established.  It became the church of Samuel Marsden, the "Flogging Parson".

1811 Get your skateboard out, the Parramatta - Sydney Road was open for business after 21 convicts, with their bare hands and hand tools, had carved it out.

1816 - Punitive forays against Aborigines at Grose, Nepean and Hawkesbury Rivers by a detachment under Captain Shaw and Captain Wallis of the 46th regiment.

1829 - Surveyor Knapp was instructed to select veterans grants at Dapto.

1837 - The Gov of NSW, Sir Richard Bourke, having swanned about BearBrass or Batmania as it was known declared today that the official name for the capital of the Port Phillip Colony shall be Melbourne (brown nosing to the then-PM of England William Lamb Viscount Melbourne) and that other place shall be Williams Town, named after the English King, William IV.
Think I'd prefer to be known as a Batmaniac myself...

1839 - Establishment of Port Lincoln ; The Port Lincoln Herald reported that the Special Survey of 15 000 acres of land adjoining Boston Bay at Port Lincoln, undertaken in February by Messrs Smith and Hawson, had already resulted in nearly 300 people settling in the area.

1847 The Maitland Mercury reported on this day about the BIG melon John Bell Squire managed to grow on his farm at Cockfighter's Creek, Warkworth (NSW) that measured 4 feet around its girth and weighed 66lbs (30 kilos).

1851 - The Anti-Transportation folks in NSW had got themselves into a right state about preventing further convicts from trotting Down Under so today in 1851 The NSW Association for Preventing the Renewal of Transportation emailed good Queen Victoria a petition to show they meant business.

1862 - Sir Henry Barkley was in a party mood today when he officially opened the railway line from Geelong to Ballarat - so he joined the 500 guests and members of the Victorian Parliament in a grand banquet.

1885 - The Morwell to Boolarra Railway Line (VIC) opened.

1908 - The Port Waratah Branch Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1916 - The Bairnsdale to Orbost Railway Line (VIC) opened.

1919 - The Shelley to Beetomba Railway Line (VIC) opened.

1934 - Electric train services commenced from Port Melbourne to Port Melbourne Pier (VIC).

1941 – The Siege of Tobruk began, for most of the siege, Tobruk was defended by the Australian 9th Division under General Sir Leslie Morshead.

1953 - The Everton to Beechworth rail passenger (mixed) service ended (VIC).

1964 - The Abermain Railway Branch Line (NSW) was closed.

1965 - The Rutherford Racecourse Branch Line (NSW) was closed.

1967 - Today saw the very first Aussie national nightly current affairs show debut on the ABC with This Day Tonight, hosted by Bill Peach, airing Monday-Friday at 7.30pm.

1968 - Over the ditch today and The Wahine Disaster horrified everyone; the sinking of the Lyttelton-Wellington ferry, Wahine, by storms generated by Cyclone Giselle claimed the lives of 51 people immediately, another dying several weeks later and the 53rd victim succumbing in 1990 to injuries sustained in the tragedy.

1997 - Today was the day the most Australian movie ever made was unleashed, changing the way we think and talk and quote one-liners forever.
“Tell him he's dreamin'” ...
“We're going to Bonnie Doon. ...
“How's the serenity? ...
“Dale dug a hole. ...
“Suffer in your jocks!” ...
“It's not a house. ...
“It's the vibe of it. ...
“This is going straight to the pool room”

2006 - Mark Vaile, Australia's trade minister, said he did not read a string of diplomatic cables warning that the country's monopoly wheat exporter allegedly was paying multimillion-dollar kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's regime.

2006 - Australian scientists reported the discovery of an "anti-freeze gene" that allows Antarctic grass to survive at minus 30°C, saying it could prevent multi-million-dollar crop losses from frost.

2008 - Australia’s PM Kevin Rudd met China's premier for talks expected to touch on what Rudd has called significant human rights problems in Tibet. Rudd said Chinese paramilitary police will not be allowed to run alongside the Olympic torch in Australia, after their heavy-handed tactics drew criticism in earlier legs of the relay.

2012 - In Indonesia some 120 asylum seekers, mostly Afghans and some Iranians, demanded that Indonesia provide a vessel to allow them to continue to Australia, refusing to leave a tanker that rescued them at sea.


  1. Those poor asylum seekers. I wonder whether they regret leaving Indonesia.

  2. We, wherever we came from, tend to forget the shoulders of those who came before.

  3. We forget how many lines came from The Castle. If a movie is to be judged, then with its appeal to young and old, it has to be very high on a list.

  4. The likes of The Castle and the brains behind it give me a tiny glimmer of hope for the humanity of our country as the drop-kicks we've put in charge have so obviously lost theirs along the way.