Monday, April 3, 2017

April 3

1805 - The Lady Nelson and Estramina left Sydney for Jervis Bay.

1819 - Notice was given of removal of cattle from W. Wentworth's property at Illawarra.

1838 - When Joseph Hawdon and Charles Bonney arrived in Adelaide on the 3 April 1838 they were greeted with some jubilation by the settlers as there had been a shortage of meat for some time and the herd of cattle they had brought was a welcome sight.

1845 - William Farrer, the English-born Aussie who gave us the celebrated Federation Wheat strain that defied most foes of the wheat farmer, was pupped.

1848 - Explorer Ludwig Leichhardt was last eyeballed on the Darling Downs...if you happen to find him, can you send him home for his dinner,please?

1863 - Chummy Fleming, pioneer unionist, agitator and May Day celebrations and marches organiser, was dropped off by the stork.

1866 - ‘Frightful Immorality at the Industrial Schools’, was reported by the Ovens and Murray Advertiser (Beechworth) describing horrific sexual and physical abuse of the students by staff members with little or no action taken to remove the abusers.

1881 - It was BIG...REALLY big. The powers that be conducted a census across the far-flung 6 colonies of Or-stray-lia as part of the first simultaneous census of the British Empire and found the rabbits were being given a run for their money with a human population of 2,250,194.

1882 - Better wrap up the toaster....Alfred Deakin, he who would become the 2nd Aussie Pm, got hitched to Elizabeth Browne much to her parents disapproval. I think he's proven himself by now.

1882 - The Hawthorn to Camberwell Railway line (Vic) opened.

1885 - Tamai was the largest and most significant engagement in which the 770-man New South Wales contingent to the Sudan were involved. In comparison with the British units involved in the battle, Australian involvement was minimal.

1897 - The Richmond Guardian reported that the East Richmond Church Harvest Festival was rockin' 'em in the aisles with the organist Miss Terrill.

1911 - The Mackay Standard Newspaper was published as a daily from 3 April 1911; fire destroyed building and plant 20 December 1918; resumed publication January 1919 with assistance from Daily Mercury; ceased 15 March 1919).

1925 - May Holman thought she'd teach the blokes how it was done by winning the by-election for the seat of Forrest, in Westralia becoming the first labor sheila to sit in an Aussie parliament.

1936 - At 7:30AM, and in relatively calm conditions, Nairana, under command of Captain McIntyre, was approaching Port Phillip heads with a full load of cargo, while most of the 88 passengers were either in their cabins or having breakfast in the dining saloon. A few passengers were on the deck to experience their passing from Bass Strait into the Bay. Suddenly, and without warning, a huge wave rose up from the calm waters and and struck her starboard quarter. She rolled over to such an extent that the water came up to the boat deck, more than 40 feet above the water line. A passenger named Parsons, his wife and 20 year old daughter were swept from the promenade deck and were never seen again. (A fleet of small craft later searched). Robert Gillow, another passenger, was killed when the wave smashed him against the ship. His wife and infant daughter had a narrow escape as did stokers in the boiler room who became pinned against the bulkheads by barrows, shovels, and loose coal. Many passengers received injuries while in the dining room, food and crockery were thrown around and some were scalded by hot water.

1946 - Today the ‘Western Australian Basketball Association’ was formed by a small group of basketball enthusiasts at the Perth YMCA on Murray Street. The sport had already been played across the state for 35 years however there had been no official management or promotion of the sport. The newly formed Western Australian Basketball Association went on to achieve many great things for basketball and eventually saw the sport move into its own Perry Lakes Stadium in September 1962.

1961 - LEADBEATER’S POSSUM was rediscovered in Australia on the 3rd April 1961, after over 50 years of being presumed extinct.

1967 - On this day three months and one day after deviating fires ripped through the Cascade Brewery, brewing recommenced at Cascade and a month later, on May 10 the Cascade team and local volunteers came together to enjoy a richly deserved beer.

1982 - Can you remember what you were doing back on this day?
Well, if you parked your backside in Victoria your Saturday was ruined with an election that saw the Labor Party show their face at the door for the first time since 1955.

1989 - An ABC television drama, GP, airs an episode dealing with the possibility of discrimination resulting from a non-consensual blood screening of surgery patients, presenting a case strongly against compulsory screening.

April 3-4, 1989 - Cyclone Aivu crossed the coast between Townsville and Bowen and produced near-record April rainfalls in coastal and central interior districts. More than one metre of rain fell inland from Mackay over a three-day period. Local flooding also occurred in Townsville and Mackay.

1996 - South Australia grabbed an exciting draw vs W A to win Sheffield Shield.

1997 - 12 months negotiations began between the Arakwal people, NSW State Government and the Byron Bay Shire that resulted in an agreement over a new recreation area in Byron Bay. The Arakwal sisters secure a say in the management of the new park in the area.

2006 - Australia agreed to sell China uranium for nuclear power stations despite concerns that Beijing could divert the material to atomic weapons.

2009 - Australia formally adopts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

2010 - Australia’s PM Kevin Rudd announced the country’s first population minister, citing concerns about sustainability as the number of people is tipped to balloon within decades.

2010 - The 230-meter (754-ft) Shen Neng I, a bulk coal carrier, was on its way to China when it ran aground on a shoal off offshore from the Australian city of Rockhampton. Australian government officials said the stranded ship was leaking oil into the sea and is in danger of breaking up and damaging the Great Barrier Reef. The ship was refloated on April 12.

2012 - An Australian court found Google Inc. guilty of breaching trade law by posting misleading or deceptive advertisements in a ruling that holds search engines responsible for their advertisers' content.

2014 - In Australia a large shark killed Christine Armstrong (63) near her terrified husband and friends as they took their daily morning swim off a popular east coast beach near the village of Tathra.


  1. And our rotten deputy Prime Monster wants to remove the endangered status of Leadbeatter's Possom, so logging can continue.
    Horrific sexual and physical abuse of the students by staff members with little or no action taken to remove the abusers? Sadly continued across too many institutions.

  2. Some of the things I find make my stomach churn and I could easily fill screeds of newspapers with hellish facts but there are still too many current monsters who need to be stripped bare in the public gaze.