Friday, April 7, 2017

April 7

1780 Jorgen Jorgensen, he who would become King of Iceland and claim the throne of Denmark but, in the end, would die homeless and penniless on the streets of Hobart as a convict, was pupped on this day.

1815 – Bathurst, New South Wales was founded following its discovery by George Evans. 
1819 - The NSW Govt-built schooner (that's a ship not a beer glass) Prince Regent, intended as a gift for the King of the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) was launched with spectacular gusto today in 1819; having taken over 3 years to build it was a bit of a let down when Lord Bathurst sent a text from the Colonial Office to Macquarie suggesting the ship would make a fully sick boat for Lieut. King in which to gallivant about the continent.But King wanted a roolly fully wicked ship so he flashed the cash and bought himself another boat so the Prince Regent toddled about doing donkey work until she was finally sailed off into the sunset towards Hawaii and taken possession of by King Liholiho on May 1st 1822.

1835 - Major Thomas Mitchell set out on his second expedition, determined to discredit the discoveries made by Sturt.

1841 – Edward John Eyre became the first European to cross the Nullarbor Plain, arrived in Western Australia.

1851 - William Tom and John Lister were a tad bored so they went out, played in the creek at Ophir and dug up some GOLD!
Edward Hargraves did not, I repeat, did NOT discover the gold.
He was just a very greedy boy.

1881 - George Adams knew the worth of 2 flies crawling up a wall and so he held the first Tattersall's Sweep on the Sydney Cup neddy race. This was the first of Tattersall's lotteries, run from the Tattersall's pub in Sydney.

1887 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Hornsby - Jct (Start Boronia No 5 deviation) to Jct (Start Boronia No 5 deviation) - Jct (End Boronia No 5 deviation) to Jct (End Boronia No 5 deviation) - Hawkesbury River.

1891 - Brilliant cartoonist who lampooned Hitler and created Colonel Blimp, Sir David Low, was born in New Zealand. His cartoons were published when he was only 15 and The Bulletin invited him onto their staff, in Australia, when he was 18.

1893 - Today in 1893 saw the ever-so-ungainly collapse of the Commercial Bank of Oz when the cocks came home to roost after the silly 'Land Boomers' had done their dough, done other peoples' dough and some had done the 10 feet dash at the end of a rope after the huge land speculation chicanery came undone, plunging the whole of Oz into a great economic depression.

1900 - The new Adelaide Art Gallery was opened by the Governor, Lord Tennyson, on 7 April 1900.

1902 - The Prospect Quarry Branch Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Jct (Toongabbie) - Prospect Quarry.

1924 - Feeling a little warm under the collar was entirely understandable as the longest recorded period of record temperatures over the century mark - that's 37.8C in the new money - in Marble Bar,WA came to an end after roasting the population since Oct 30th 1923.
1939 - Think 2013 was the first and only time Oz has sailed under 3 different Prime Ministers inside a single year?Think again.
Waaay back in the Dark Ages of 1939 Joseph Lyons popped his clogs on this day when he suffered a heart attack .
Joe Lyons was on this same day succeeded by a caretaker PM, Earle Page, who had the indignity of being possibly the shortest serving PM by holding office for a mere 19 days before Pig Iron Bob Menzies took over the steering wheel.
Three Prime Ministers all in one year.
Who says History never repeats...?

1941 - Showing the chaps how it was done, the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS) was created.
1963 - Automatic Track Control (ATC) was introduced on the Bacchus Marsh to Ballan railway line (Vic) when the Bank Box loop opened.

1975 - Passing with as much ease as the mornings prunes was the Bill through Victorian Parliament to abolish the Death penalty on this day in 1975 after a rather heated 21 hour debate.

1978 - That wiley Qld Govt, in a hissy fit of "If we can't manage them, then no one shall have them" did away with the Mornington Island and Aurukun Aboriginal Reserves to circumvent the plan by the Federal Govt to allow the communities {sarcastic gasp of horror} to manage themselves.

1986 - Better late than never... Graham Keating became Sydney's first official Town Crier.

1993 - Victorian Parliament was suspended after everyone got their knickers in a proper twist and created a right old hub-bub when plans were announced to cut back superannuation entitlements to public servants.

2016 - Individuals should be handed the power to decide their gender identity for themselves, without prior approval from doctors and psychologists, the Australian Human Rights Commission says.
Because the requirements for changing the sex on official documents are so prohibitive, many gender diverse people face challenges in accessing services and facilities that most Australians take for granted because their identity documents do not reflect their true gender.


  1. I studied in Bathurst. And knew the Ophir area well. A bit like old home week today. Thanks.

  2. Was Christine Jorgensen a descendant of Jorge?

    Did Major Mitchell come across a cockatoo on his journey?

    While it is a bit slow and a bit rough, I believe, Eyre should have caught the Nullarbor Express to Western Australia.

    Amazing temperature statistics from Marble Bar, and interesting that we previously had three PMs in one year.