Thursday, May 4, 2017

May 4

1826 - Matthew Brady, the Gentleman Bushranger who had been captured by the bounty hunter and Melbourne's founder John Batman, was hanged.

1842 - The colony of the Moreton Bay District was declared a free settlement.

1847 - Earl Grey, having partaken of his cuppa, closed the convict establishment in NSW and kicked all the convicts down south to Tassie.

1852 - The Second Gold Escort rocked up in Adelaide, returning wealth from the Victorian goldfields to the colony of South Australia.
Hmmm, got our gold there, Croweaters?
How about you toss it back here....we'll give back the Grand Prix....


1864 - The first trout eggs introduced to Australia began to hatch.
Surprisingly, they were itty bitty trout.
Not the 2 headed Cthulhu dragon of legend.

1866 - The General Grant (a ship not an army person!) sailed out of Melbourne to London in 1866 (why they couldn't enjoy the sightseeing here I don't know, the weather's nicer for one thing and you get those dinky umbrellas in your cocktails...) but it sort of crunched into cliffs on the Auckland Islands and it was tears before bedtime.


1868 - Oh, can't you feel the thrills running up your spine when I whisper in your shell-like ear that ink and paper were produced for the first time in Oz on this date in 1868?
If you keep snoring like that I shall poke you with something sharp.

1871 - Melbourne's Alfred Hospital was opened with a flourish and it's doors have never closed since.

1877 - The Victorian Football Association was formed as the controlling body for Australian Rules Football.


1897 - The first ocean-going steamer parked its prow at the newly constructed Fremantle Harbour.

1897 - Future Prez of the USA, Herbert Hoover, made his grand entrance to Coolgardie where he was a rep of a mining consultation firm. 1909 - Proving pollies are forever muddying the waters, a Royal Commission was established into the Murray Waters....and they're still mucking about with that pond of H2o today.

1910 - Royal Commission appointed to inquire into the claims arising out of the contract entered into between Peter Rodger and the Victorian Railways Commissioners for the erection of Flinders Street new Station Buildings.
Proof that the damn building was NOT INTENDED FOR INDIA.

1912 - Steele Rudd's play, On Our Selection, which gave us Dad and Dave, was debuted in Sydney.

1917 and a Zepplin dropped a shedload of shite on HMAS Sydney.


1922 - That banned book...you know, the one they held a trial over...and then banned the book of the trial itself...full of sex...the book, not the trial...something to do with a green thumb..anyway, the author, (who hadn't penned his adult book yet) DH Lawrence rocked up to Fremantle in 1922.

1935 saw those speed-demons getting all flustered and excited when the very first Australian Midget Auto Racing Championship was held at Melbourne's Olympic Park.


1974 - AAMI Stadium in Sth Oz saw it's first bit 'o' flesh action in 1974 when Central District and North Adelaide had at it.

1988 - QEII beamed down from the mothership, yet again, and officiated at the opening of the Darling Harbour redevelopment.

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