Sunday, April 16, 2017

April 16

1816 - The horrific Massacre at Appin (NSW) began on this day when word came through to the soldiers charged with "rounding up the hostile natives" that a group of Dharawal people were camped near Broughton's farm at Appin. Investigating at 1am (17th April) the soldiers heard children crying at the camp before the dogs roused the sleeping Aboriginals who leapt to their deaths over the cliffs while others were shot by soldiers.

1819 - Thomas Ray ,  John Jones and Thomas Smith were hanged at Sydney for highway robbery.

1827 - While it is not possible to give the exact number of each tribe of blacks in the (Gosford) district, says a letter of April 16 1827, there are five tribes viz., the Mial or Broken Bay tribe, the Tuggerah Beach tribe, the Wyong tribe, and the Narara and Erina tribes. The three first as well as I am able to judge consist of about fifteen each and the two last of about ten each, being in all about sixty five men, women and children.

1831 - Government Order published, prohibiting the importation of preserved heads of New Zealanders.
News I'm sure gladdened the hearts of Kiwis.

1834 - Joseph Greenwood was hanged at Hobart for cutting and maiming, with intent to kill, Constable Terry.

1838 - William Bean, farm servant aged 27, tried in Kent. Dark brown hair, brown eyes; blind in left eye. Absconded from W. Cox.
You can stop looking, Bean was found and returned to the loving ? care of his boss.

1849 - The steamer ship "Thistle" sprung a leak near Spectacle Island.
The irony of the name prickles even at this distance.

1867 - Denis Murphy was hanged at Ballarat for the murder of Patrick O'Meara at Bullarook.

1868 - Again in QLD there was undoubtedly cream sponges, shortbread bikkies and the obligatory Iced Vo-Vo passed about with gay abandon when the railway line from Dalby to Ipswitch was done and dusted today.

1876 - Remember them thar Fenians who were plotting and planning the escape of their compatriots from the drear Fremantle Gaol back in 1876?   Well, they'd parallel parked their ship the Catalpa between Rottnest and Garden Islands on this day - being Easter Sunday way back when - and successfully effected the escape of the political prisoners on Easter Monday (17th April) and probably had a proper knees up on board to celebrate.

1880 - Them thar kids were gonna git themselves some learnin' when the NSW Govt introduced compulsory schooling for 6-14 year olds.

1891 - Ah Chi alias Li Ki Hong, Chinese, hanged at Fremantle Prison for the murder of Ah Gin, Chinese, at Daliak, York, WA.

1907 - Learnin' was happenin' in a big way in the bush with the first 2 agricultural schools opening their doors for business in Sale and Warrnambool.

1910 - The University of Queensland was pupped today waaay back in the Dark Ages of 1910 to the joyful squeals of those what got learned proper stuffs.

1920 – In South Australia, the town of Hummock's Hill was renamed Whyalla.

1924 – John Gunn and Phillip Collier become Premier of South Australia and Western Australia, respectively, following Labor Party victories in two state elections.

1962 - The "Intercapital Daylight" rail service between Melbourne and Albury had its last Broad Gauge and its first Standard Gauge run on this day.

1962 - Last Broad Gauge run of "Spirit of Progress" and the first Standard Gauge run of "Spirit of Progress" (VIC) .

1962 - First run of "Southern Aurora" rail service between Melbourne and Sydney.

1965 - The Horsham to Goroke (VIC) rail passenger service was kicked to the kerb with passengers expected to use their trusty broom-sticks.

1966 - Bob Dylan & The Band performed their second show at Sydney Stadium.

1968 - Don Dunstan's first term as Premier of South Australia came to an end when he lost the election to the Liberals under Steele Hall.

1969 -  Federal Opposition leader Gough Whitlam pledged that, if elected, a Labor government would abolish university fees and replace them with a system of needs-based scholarships.

1970 - The English Royal family visited Mackay briefly. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip arrived at Mackay Airport and traveled through the city having a reception at the Holy Trinity Parish Hall before driving to the Harbour prior to embarking on HMAS "Stuart" to meet the HMS "Britannia" near St. Bees Island.

1972 - Bendigo trams sailed down the streets for the last time, with masses of people lining the streets and massed pipe bands piping them from Quarry Hill and massed brass bands leading them from Eaglehawk.

1973 - A newly formed Melbourne band, Skyhooks, played their first gig at St Jude's Church Hall in Carlton.

2003 – The Australian Army's Special Operations Command begins a four-day chase of the North Korean ocean freighter Pong Su off the coast of Lorne, Victoria.

2009 - An explosion on SIEV 36 near Ashmore Reef resulted in the death of up to five asylum seekers and injured 44 people.

2011 - The town of Bowen in Banana Bender Country (Queensland) was rockin' it old skool when a 5.3 earthquake hit town just as the ankle biters were let loose from school at 3.30pm.

1 comment:

  1. Bowen seems to be prone to weather extremes.
    I can remember seeing Skyhooks live. 1976? Or so.