Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January 31 On This Day in Australian History

1814 - People started taking Holey Dollars and Dumps in exchange for goods and services. No, it's not some strange fetish but Spanish silver dollars with the centre cut out (Holey Dollar worth nine shillings) and the Dump was the centre, worth 1 shilling.

1815 - Governor Macquarie decided to settle ‘friendly’ Aborigines on land they can farm. He erected huts at Georges Head (Mosman ), for Boongaree (Bungaree) and his Broken Bay clan to ‘Settle and Cultivate’.
Macquarie presented Bungaree with a crescent-shaped metal gorget or breastplate naming him ‘Chief of the Broken Bay Tribe’. The Aboriginal ‘settlers’ received clothing, seeds, farming implements and a fishing boat called the Bongaree. 

1838 - George Augustus Robinson was appointed Chief Protector of Aborigines, with his headquarters in Port Phillip.

1860 - John Vigors was Hanged at Oatlands for Shooting with Intent at Ellerslie.

1862 - The Victorian Royal Commission passed in its report on the circumstances that lead to the sufferings and deaths of Burke and Wills. 
In 25 words or less - poor planning, poor communication and bugger all water?

1879 - Chilagorah was arrested and found guilty for the murder of Pintagorah on this day at Cossack (Westralia).

1880 - That wonderful publication that became respected, well-read, popular and launched the careers of many of the famous (and infamous) writers, poets, artists and novelists, The Bulletin, made its grand entrance into polite - and not so polite - society today.

1884 - The first meeting of representatives of trade and labour societies, at which the Trades and Labor Council was formed, was held in the Bristol Tavern in Crow Eater Country (that's South Oz to the likes of you & I ).

1884 -The Queensland town of Bowen was completely destroyed by a cyclone.

1888 - The Centennial International Exhibition opened in Melbourne.

1905 - The West Australian newspaper published the first Royal Commission on Atrocities Against Aboriginal Prisoners.
Which makes for harrowing reading.
Full Report HERE

1917 - Having a spot of water lying about in pools, as the 1914-1915 drought had done a bunk,The Murray River Commission began operating. That's one drop for you and gazillion gallons for me, one drop for you and....

1930 - Francis Chichester arrived in Sydney after completing a flight from London in a Gypsy Moth.

1932 - Rogans Hill Branch Railway Line (NSW) was closed from Westmead Junction to Castle Hill and from Castle Hill to Rogans Hill.

1932 - The  Timeball service ceased at Semaphore (South Oz) as it was superseded by wireless telegraphy.

1938 -  A deputation of about 20 people met with the Prime Minister, Joseph Lyons, his wife Enid as well as the Minister for the Interior, John McEwen, (whose Department held responsibility for Aborigines in the Northern Territory), to present a proposed national policy for Aboriginals which included 10 points.
Among the deputation were John Patten, William Ferguson, Mrs D. Anderson, Helen Grosvenor, Pearl Gibbs and her mother, and Tom Foster.
They called for Commonwealth control of all Aboriginal matters, with a separate Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs; an administration advised by a Board of six, at least three of whom were to be Aboriginals nominated by the Aborigines Progressive Association; and full citizen status for all Aboriginals and civil equality with white Australians, including equality in education, labour laws, workers compensation, pensions, land ownership and wages.

1939 - William Cooper believed a permanent Aboriginies' Day should be established. On this date he wrote to the National Missionary Council of Australia (NMCA), asking for its help in promoting a permanent Aborigines' Day.

1945 - Ten people died when an aging Australian National Airways (ANA) Stinson Model A aircraft crashed due to structural failure near Mia Mia, Vic.

1950 - A Coles Variety Store opened at 31 Semaphore Road, Semaphore (SA).

1968 - The Powers That Be closed the Ballarat Racecourse platform, on the Waubra line, for good.
Because they were spoil-sports.
And penny-pinchers.
And drank their bath water.

1968 - Nauru finally got the monkey off its back ( or Canberrans, if you insist on correct terminology) when it declared its independence on this day.
Which, for some odd reason, makes it Nauru Independence Day.

1972 - The Australian newspaper published an article in which it was reported (supposedly for the first time)  that some Aboriginal people in Alice Springs had nowhere to go and were sleeping in dry creek beds.
Only 46 years and not much has changed.

1991 - Perth, that over-grown country town capital of Westralia (and we wouldn't have it any other way!) sizzled ever-so-gently in the Summery heat wave of 45.8 degrees C.
Nope, no conversion to Farenheit, there's a bit of homework for you!

1997 - More than 300 people attended a public meeting called by the Redfern Aboriginal Housing Coalition to discuss opposition to the ongoing relocation of residents and demolition of houses in Eveleigh Street, Redfern.

2003 - The Coogee Madonna began appearing on a sea-side fencepost.
Hundreds of Christians believed they were seeing Mother Mary appear on a Coogee cliff top on sunny afternoons.

2003 – Six people died in the Waterfall train disaster.

 2008 - Bruce Trevorrow, the first of the Stolen Generation to receive compensation,  was awarded a further $250,000 in interest for the time taken for the case to succeed.

2008 - A Native Title Mining Agreement for Production was signed with Iluka Resources by the Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation.

2011 - It was announced that Indigenous Rangers from the only Aboriginal-managed Botanic Gardens in Australia, Booderee National Park, south of Sydney, were helping their Papua New Guinean counterparts take part in the joint training program  to manage the Kokoda Track and to learn about promoting the responsible management of the legendary trail.

2012 - The NSW Aboriginal Land Council called on the federal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda to conduct an independent investigation into the actions of police on January 26.
It followed the release of fresh footage of the incident outside the Lobby restaurant in Canberra, which showed Australian Federal Police dealing inappropriately with protestors, including inciting and committing violence.

2013 -  Australia’s government received confirmation that the Shonan Maru No. 2, a support vessel for the Japanese whaling fleet, had entered Australia's exclusive economic zone near Macquarie Island in the Antarctic Ocean. The Australian embassy in Tokyo protested to the Japanese government.

2014 -  In Australia a government agency approved a plan to dump sediment within the area of the Great Barrier Marine Park in an expansion project of the Abbot Point coal port in northern Queensland.

2017 - It was announced that Yarra Council was working with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to develop a Stolen Generations Marker in Fitzroy as a tribute to the struggles of the Stolen Generations and their families.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

January 30 On This Day in Australian History

1803 - Charles Grimes hopped off his boat at Frankston, tripped over Kananook Creek and met up with a group of 30 of local Bunurong Aboriginal People.

1818 - A moo-ving inspiration for poetry...The Poet Laureate of NSW , Michael Massey Robinson, was granted 2 cows from the govt as thanks for his services. A cow pat by any other name would smell as...sweet?

1828 -
George Driver - Hanged at Hobart for the murder of John Onely at Macquarie Harbour.
Samuel Higgins - Hanged at Hobart for the murder of John Onely at Macquarie Harbour.

1847 - Colony of Gladstone (Qld) was proclaimed.

1854 - Cobb & Co expanded their coaching empire to the goldfields of Victoria when the first coach waved ta-ta, taking its leave of Melbourne for Bendigo.

1856 - The Wild White Man, William Buckley, who had lived with the Bunurong People for almost 32 years after escaping from the short-lived Sullivan Bay settlement near Sorrento, popped his clogs in Tassie.

1870 - Floods and damage in Bowen, Clermont and Peak Downs. 15 lives and thousands of sheep lost.

1872 - Inter-colonial Fours, Hobart, for £100 cash and championship of Australia, for bona fide amateurs. 1st Sydney Rowing Club: - C. De B. Deloitte, R. A. Clark, G. H. Fitzhardinge (Judge), M. A. H. Fitzhardinge (father of Roger Fitzhardinge), 2nd Sydney River crew, 3rd Derwent, 4th Tasmania, 5th Geelong (Strachan's crew)

1875 - Henry Parkes and his government (NSW) fell over early release of bushranger Frank Gardiner. Parkes won the ensuing election.

1882 - At a meeting of the Public Works Committee of the Adelaide City Council on this day a plan for a new grandstand at the Old Course in the East Parklands was accepted.

1883 - The Kalkadoon Aboriginal People, having suffered from a long period of harassment, imprisonment and deaths from the Native Police, killed Marcus de la Poer Beresford,  nephew of the Marquess of Waterford, who had become a cadet in Qld's Native Police Force only the previous year.

1884 -  Unnamed cyclone passed resulting in Bowen township all unroofed. Heavy flooding to Mackay.

1893 - The Victoria Railway offices were completed in Spencer Street on what was originally known as She Oak Hill, the first race course in the Port Phillip Colony. By 1833 John Batman had parked his carcass there in a cottage and when he dropped off the perch in 1839 Guv Charlie La Trobe  and Police Magistrate Billy Lonsdale dealt with the colony from their office at the site.
In 1888 the 2 storey railway headquarters building was proposed to reflect the booming land riches, with the 3rd floor added in 1912 and part of the 4th floor in 1922 (remainder added in 1958).
After a lull of disuse of 10 years it reopened as The Grand Hotel and Apartments.

1895 - Queensland surveyor Carsten Borchgrevink became the first person to set foot on the Antarctic continent.

1901 - A young male was fatally attacked by a shark whilst bathing at Brisbane, QLD.

1901 - Victorian pensioners followed those of NSW in receiving one shilling a day pension.

1913 - The teens of Tassie were all aflutter with butterflies when their first state high schools on the island state opened their doors in Hobart and Launceston.

1913 - Six people were killed in a rail crash at Murphy Creek, Qld.

1923 - Electric train services commenced from Box Hill to Ringwood (Vic).

1924 - The first rip roaring orgy meeting was held in the so-new-the-paint-was-still-wet Parliament House.
The ministers were lodged at Yarralumla House, later the residence of the Governor-General.

1932 - New South Wales Government demanded that the Commonwealth Government bail it out in order to meet overseas interest payments.

1941 - The Consulate General of India was established in Sydney in 1941 as the Trade Commission of India, with Mr. R.R. Saxena of the Imperial Customs Service as the First Trade Commissioner appointed to this Post from this day.

1942 - The Govt shook a big stick and the Aussie workforce was re-branded as Manpower (no,sadly not the male stripping troupe).

1942 - The Australian defenders of Ambon Island surrendered to the Japanese.

1942 - Thirteen people died when a Qantas Empire Airways flying boat traveling between Darwin and Timor was shot down by the Japanese.

1945 - The Spastic Centre of New South Wales was founded on this date, by a concerned group of 25 parents of children with cerebral palsy, under the leadership of Audrie and Neil McLeod. It was the first organisation of its type in the world for people with cerebral palsy.

1951 - Cyclone moved around Fraser Island. Extensive damage to boats and buildings with one life lost at Caloundra.

1954 - Anotheree that disgracefully came to an end was the Dimboola to Rainbow diesel passenger train service.

1954 - A male swimmer suffered only minor abrasions to his arm after an encounter with a shark at Avoca Beach, NSW.

1965 - The Rolling Stones were interviewed for radio 3KZ by Neville Wragg and Stan Rofe.

1965 - Cyclone Judy made landfall near Innisfail causing floods south to Townsville.

1966 - Prince Charles blew into Melbourne to yell out at roll call at Timbertop school.

1967 -  Cyclone Dinah passed by Heron Island which resulted in severe damage then caused more destruction from Rockhampton to Grafton, NSW. Water was knee deep in Hastings Street, Noosa from storm surge.

1968 - Kooragang Island Branch Railway line (NSW) opened from Hanbury East Junction - Walsh Point.

1968 - Australia's new 12-mile territorial fishing limit came into force.

1972 - Missing : 1 dummy......Pakistan stamped its foot and left the Commonwealth in protest against Britain, Australia and NZ recognising Bangladesh.

1976 - For the first time ever, Australians were permitted by law to own gold and to buy and sell unlimited amounts of it.

1987 -  The Binnaway - Werris Creek Railway Line (NSW) closed from Jct (Gap) - Jct (Werris Creek South).

2002 - A male swimmer suffered minor cuts after being nipped by a shark in the Collie River, WA.

2002 - A male surfer suffered minor bruises and cuts after a brief meeting with a Tiger Shark just north or Fingal Spit, NSW.

2006 - : The Australian National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, reports that NSW rural intravenous drug users (IDU) typically wait twice as long between HIV tests as city based IDU and are much more likely to rely on other users for providing their injecting equipment.

2006 -  Australian Gas Light Company (AGL) announced that it would build the country's largest wind farm as part of efforts to meet its legal obligation to invest in renewable energy. The 95 megawatt facility would cost 236 million dollars (177 million US dollars) and use 45 wind turbines over an area of 14 square kilometers (5.6 square miles) near the town of Hallett in South Australia.

2007 - : Following an advisory committee’s urging, the Australian Health minister, Tony Abbott, agrees to seek budget approval to spend $10-million on a four-year national sexual health campaign. This follows an increase of HIV infections by 41% over the period 2000-2005.

2009 - Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, struggled to cope with a once-in-a-century heatwave as temperatures hit 43° C degrees. The heat wave has claimed dozens of lives and sparked wildfires that have razed up to 20 homes.

2014 - The Government implemented the Code of Behaviour.  The Code of Behaviour is set to apply to all adult asylum seekers arriving by boat who are considered for the grant of a bridging visa and “describes the behaviour expected of people who are living in the Australian community”.

2017 - New Zealand beat Australia by six runs in first one-day international at Eden Park, NZ.

Monday, January 29, 2018

January 29 On This Day in Australian History

1788 - Captain Hunter and Lieutenant Bradley landed on Quarantine Beach during an initial survey of Sydney Harbour following the arrival of the First Fleet in Port Jackson three days earlier.

1818 - The first regular mail service between Hobart and Launceston began, following the construction of a road joining the two towns.

1830 - Legislation to restrict the press was passed by the New South Wales Legislative Council. It was disallowed by the Colonial Office, January 1831.

1830 - Michael Rafter was Hanged at Windsor for a litany of burglaries in the Portland Head area.

1830 - John Smith was Hanged at Windsor for rape of his seven year old daughter.

1842 - A detachment of the 80th Regiment embarked on the steamer 'Thistle' from Newcastle for Sydney. Captain Frazer endeavoured to suppress their free indulgence of alcohol without avail.

1854 - Bless their little cotton socks...The first Aussie grown cotton was exported to England.

1869 - A hurricane completely destroyed a farming property at Wagga Wagga, NSW.

1877 - A Royal Commission was established in Victoria to "inquire into the present condition of the Aborigines of this colony and to advise as to the best means of caring for and dealing with them in the future"
Nope, haven't followed that little bit of paternalistic crap up, I've just had brekkie and don't feel the urge to purge.

1879 - The Springhurst to Wahgunyah Railway line (Vic) was opened.

1882 - Melbournians were agog with the news that the Russians are coming! were arriving for a friendly afternoon tea visit after they'd cast their baby blue eyes over Sydney and Hobart, with more and more sensational claims in the media about their intentions.
Oh look...we're still here in one piece.
How about that?

1886 - The Mitchell River was surveyed again with a view to establishing a town to service the recently formed pastoral stations. However, neither of these surveys reportedly amounted to anything.

1895 - The State of savagely money hungry, grasping, greedy Victoria introduced income tax.
Hope your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny down.

1899 - The Premiers of the 6 Aussie colonies got together to (play the Britney Spears drinking game)  change the Constitution Bill so everyone was a happy camper.

1915 - Alfred Ryan, a shearer, came from the Peak Hill area of New South Wales. He volunteered on this date and sailed with the 4th reinforcement of the 3rd Battalion later transferring to the 2nd Battalion.

1918 - Albert Budd was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of his foster-sister Annie Samson at Port Melbourne.

1925 - Royal Commission on the Victorian Police Force, commissioned in the wake of the Police Strike of 1923,  presented its final report to Parliament.
The Government had established a dual system whereby police who joined prior to 1903 were fully covered by State Superannuation and ancillary benefits, while those who joined after 1902 received only the minimal benefits of a life assurance policy for which they paid themselves.
The Monash Royal Commission commented:-
"... there was a constant and growing agitation among many members of the Force for the restoration of pensions ... the course which events actually took, shows conclusively that, if pensions had been restored, there would have been no refusal of duty by any, considerable section of the Force ... it is a matter of surprise and regret that throughout a long series of years successive Governments delayed action which would restore to the Police Force as a whole that wise and prudent security of tenure and provision for old age, upon the basis of which the Force was originally organized ...

1934 - A nasty spot of mob violence broke out at Kalgoorlie and Boulder, in Westralia, against the Yugoslav and Italian communities after an Italian barman accidentally killed a Skip ( bet you haven't seen that mentioned for awhile) with the end result being 2 more deaths and many buildings burnt and looted.
This was all triggered when a certain future US President, Herbert Hoover, favoured Italian workers over all others.

1957 - Voodoo would probably be a safer hobby....Jorn Utzon was named as the (ahem) winner to design the Sydney Opera House and to put up with petty government squabbling until his hair fell out.
1964 - The RAAF, like new fathers, took proud possession of their first Mirage fighter bombers.

1968 - Communist forces in South Vietnam launched what became known as the Tet Offensive, with concentrated attacks against every major city and regional centre. Although Tet cost the Communists 45-50,000 troops, it sewed serious doubt in the minds of the Australian and American people and led to major changes in government policy towards the conflict in South Vietnam.

1970 - The Fair Isle of Oz threw itself into the whole rock concert experience with enthusiasm when the Pilgrimage For Pop collected 11,000 stray music lovers to Ourinbah in NSW for the 27th-29th January event.
I think my heart just skipped a beat looking at the line-up - it was organised by the Nutwood Rug Band and featured Chain, The Aztecs, amongst others, and only 45 arrests were made over the 3 day event.
Lordy, they was well behaved then!

1971 - Today saw the last train trundle down the tracks of the Spotswood to Newport Power House Railway line (Vic).

1972 - The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald both reported on the Minister in charge of Aboriginal Affairs, Mr Howson, attacking the protest outside Parliament House by the use of the words Aboriginal Embassy which implied a separate sovereign state.

1983 - Go on, start humming it, you know you want to....Men At Work hit the No 1 spot on both the singles and album charts in both UK and USA at the same time with "Down Under" and "Business As Usual".

1992 - The occupation of Old Parliament House, Canberra, by protesting Aborigines ended with the arrest of four people.

2007 - Australia’s Queensland state planned to introduce recycled sewage to its drinking water as a record drought threatens water supplies around the nation

Sunday, January 28, 2018

January 28 On This Day in Australian History

1788 - Having hosted the party 2 days before, Captain Phillips, now doffing his Governor's hat, founded the penal colony at Botany Bay. The neighbours weren't impressed...

1788 - French ships L'Astrolabe and La Bussole under Commanders De la Perouse and De d' Angle anchored in Botany Bay. Assisted into Botany Bay by Lieut. Henry Ball of HMS Supply.

1825 -
Thomas Hudson – Hanged at Hobart for murder.
William Allen- Hanged at Hobart for murder.
Francis Oates- Hanged at Hobart for murder.

1826 - Henry Ausher, in government service charged with having soldiers necessaries in his possession....Brennan a soldier states - I missed a pair of trowers and a shirt this morning when I came off Guard. I was told that one of my comrades had sold them. After some enquiry I found the trousers in the possession of Ausher. Ausher admits having purchased the trousers, states he was not aware it was contrary to orders. Henry Ausher sentenced to solitary confinement for one fortnight.

1826 - James Edwards, in government service, charged with insolence to Sergeant Kelly (57th regt) in the performance of his duty. Sergeant Kelly states - I accompanied Brennan in search of some necessaries belonging to hi which had been made away with. A pair of Trousers were found in the possession of Henry Ausher. Edwards was present and said I had only gone there to extort money, that it was a common practice. Edwards admits having made use of improper language and expresses himself sorry for having done so. James Edwards sentenced to solitary confinement for one week.

1846 - A meeting was held at the Newcastle Court House to discuss capability of Newcastle Port.

1852 - The Crow-eaters in South Oz passed the Bullion Act along with the brandy snifters and cigars which allowed for the pretty little gold ingots to be used as legal tender for a whole year.

1863 - Derrimut, partially blind, with weak lungs and a paralyzed arm, eloped from the Melbourne Hospital after being subjected to a rough bath. Derrimut at this time was bitterly complaining about the sale and subdivision of the Mordialloc Aboriginal Reserve and the ploughing up of Boonwurrung bones buried on the site.

1885 - John Duffy was Hanged at the Perth Gaol for the murder of his wife Mary Sultana McGann.

1893 - The Federal Bank of Australia, located in Melbourne, was no longer located anywhere after this date as it went belly-up, taking most banks with it in a game of dominos.

1906 - Cairns and Innisfail, Qld, were severely damaged by a cyclone.

1914 - A mere 18.46 miles of train track opened up the line between Chillingollah and Manangatang (Vic).
Stations in between are Chinkapook (originally birthed as Christmas Tank) and Cocamba.

1923 - The Steam tramway servicing the Baulkham Hills/Castle Hill district (NSW) was blessed with fairy dust and turned into a railway on this day.

1923 - The Rogans Hill Railway Branch line (NSW) was opened from Westmead Junction - Castle Hill (1st).

1927 - On this day commenced a 4 day celebration of Home To Ballarat, involving much gaiety, partying, fireworks, rowing, toasts, reunions, races and copious pots of tea consumed amidst fun and laughter.

1931 - A great and wonderous new political party was launched at a meeting in Sydney, the All For Australia League. Not a lot out there in cyber space about this party....unless you want to see the cover of the music sheet for the Official Anthem of the party they had prettily printed up? Or a dissertation on the party?
How about some nice scones with jam and cream and a fresh pot of tea, instead?

1933 - The Cairns Post published an article by James Bennett formerly of the 15th Battalion,
"I have stood shoulder to shoulder with half castes in Hell’s pit, [Hell’s Spit] on Quinn’s Post, and seen them die like the grandest of white men and other little stunts I can mention. "

1940 - The Australian Aborigines League persuaded churches to declare the Sunday before Australia Day to be known as Aboriginal Sunday, the first of these falling on this day. The recognition of this continued until 1955 when it was moved to the first Sunday in July.

1942 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Australia's protection was to be formally handed over the the US.

1943 - The town of Port Gregory, WA, was shelled by Japanese aircraft.

1944 - Work preparatory for  the storage of chemical weapons stocks in the Clarence Tunnel began.

1948 - Australia's Minister for Immigration, Arthur Calwell, announced that all 'coloured' people who found refuge in Australia during the war must leave.

1952 - The British film studio Ealing closed its Australian studios.

1957 - 'Disneyland' began screening on Australian television.

1957 - Australia's second television station, GTV-9 Melbourne, began transmission.

1958 - British PM Harold Macmillan , having a spare spot in his dairy, popped into Sydney for a fortnight.

1963 - Actress Marcia Hathaway was taken by a shark in Middle Harbour, Sydney.
The floodlights that illuminate the sandstone facade of St Stephen's church in Macquarie Street were donated in memory of Marcia Hathaway. A plaque inside carries the following inscription: "The floodlights of this church were donated by members of the performing arts to the glory of God and in memory of Marcia N. Hathaway, actress and devout Christian, victim of shark attack in Middle Harbour 28/1/63."

1965 - Today saw The Rolling Stones rock up in Melbourne where they played at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda...they were supported by Ray Columbus and The Invaders, and The Flies.

1966 - Western Mining Corp. discovered rich nickel ore deposits at Kambalda in Western Australia's Kimberly region.

1968 - The "Big Show" tour entourage, including The Who, The Small Faces and Paul Jones  were escorted from their plane by police and airport security after a flight attendant alleged abusive behaviour during a flight from Adelaide to Melbourne. Arriving in Melbourne, the groups were escorted to the VIP lounge by police, kept under guard for several hours and then escorted onto a plane to Sydney.

1970 - The very first Oz gay rights group was born when the Australasian Lesbian Movement was launched on the opening of a branch of The Daughters of Bilitis.

1972 - Sun newspaper reported on three Black Power Aboriginals setting up a Tent Embassy on the grounds of Parliament House.
*shock horror*
(That was sarcasm in case anyone missed it).

1972 -  General Motors-Holden sacked 1240 workers from its plants in NSW, Victoria and S.A.

1973 - Comedian Paul Hogan hosted the second Sunbury Rock Festival outside Melbourne. Featured acts included the return of Oz rock pioneer Johnny O'Keefe, plus Friends, The 69-ers, Coloured Balls, Madder Lake, Band Of Light, The Aztecs and Blackfeather. Jenny Brown, writing for The Digger, was critical of the second festival: "Musically, Sunbury was a mediocre success. Unlike last year's there were few surprises, and only a handful of acts seemed to have something special up their sleeves ... the Coke was warm and the pies were cold."

1973 - The first ever Australasian Country Music Awards were held at the Tamworth Town Hall.
Joy McKean received the first Golden Guitar for “Lights on the Hill”, the song that was made popular by her husband Slim Dusty.

1983 - Australia's 19th Prime Minister, Francis Michael Forde, dropped off the perch in Brisbane age 93. He was Prime Minister for only eight days.

1998 - Dr Wendy Beck announced that large earth mounds, approx. 3,000 in number and found along valleys near the Murray River and tributaries, were cultivated gardens created by Aboriginal Peoples from as long ago as 1000 BC.

2006 - Warren Mundine, previously an advisor on Aboriginal issues to the conservative government of PM John Howard, took over the role of Australian Labor Party president. The first Aborigine to be elected president of an Australian political party, Mundine said that he wanted to enter parliament after his term finishes.

2007 - Harry Melbourne, whose name who should be engraved on the heart of all chocolate lovers everywhere, passed away to the confectioners shop in the sky.
He was responsible for birthing our beloved Freddo Frog in 1930.

2013 - Australia reported 4 deaths as torrential rain over the weekend flooded the Queensland towns of Gladstone, Gympie and Ipswich.

 2015 - The High Court of Australia ruled that the Sri Lankan asylum seekers were legally detained at sea.

2017 -  The City of Fremantle  presented the inaugural One Day in Fremantle, a free, family-friendly event and  the city’s “culturally-inclusive” alternative to traditional Australia Day celebrations.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

January 27 On This Day in Australian History

1802 - Matthew Flinders was feeling a tad peckish when he plonked himself upon what he named, through a mouthful of mutton sanga, the Great Australian Bight.

1808 - Tedbury or Tjedboro, son of the famous Pemulwuy, arrived in Sydney, ‘armed with a bundle of spears’. He had been friendly with John Macarthur, who lives at Parramatta. Finding Macarthur safe at his town cottage, Tedbury exclaims, ‘Master they told me you were in gaol’.
‘Well Tjedboro, what has brought you here with your spears?’ asks Macarthur, who was gaoled for a few hours the previous day. He replies, with eyes flashing, ‘To spear the Governor.’

1815 - Attorney William Henry Moore, the first free solicitor in NSW, arrived in Sydney as a passenger on the transport Marquis de Wellington.

1820 - Finding that any old dollop of dirt just didn't do the deed for the dead The Powers That Be had the Sydney Burial Ground, later known as Sandhills Cemetary, consecrated.
It was known even later than that as Central Station.

1830 - George Augustus Robinson set out from Hobart for Port Davey to conciliate the Aborigines.

1845 - Explorer Charles Sturt's party reached Depot Glen (the site of Milparinka, SA). where they were forced to remain for six months owing to the lack of rain.

1847 - Jeremiah Connell was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Edward Martin at Buninyong.

1848 - The first marriage in South Australia between an Aborigine, Kudnarto, and a European, Tom Adams, was solemnised on this day.

1859 - The grand old gutter of Australia aka the Darling River became a highway on this day when the paddle steamer ship "Albury" debuted on the watery road, heralding the beginning of the popular (and rather rheumatic romantic) means of transport.

1875 - Foundation stone was laid for Sydney's The Great Synagogue in Elizabeth Street.

1876 - For the third time in nine years, the flour mill of Walter Duffield in Gawler burnt to the ground.

1881 - The NSW Government invited offers from English companies to build a bridge across Sydney Harbour.

1883 - Ah Kett was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Foo Ah Moy  at Cheritah Station, Roebourne.

1883 - John Collins was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of John King at the Kalgan River near Albany.

1903 - The Cessnock Railway Branch line (NSW) was opened from Weston - Abermain.

1906 – A cyclone damaged Cairns and Innisfail in Queensland.

1908 - Australia's first Lifesaving Club carnival was held on Manly Beach, NSW.

1911 - The Land newspaper was first published.

1941 – Following the capture of Tobruk, two brigades of the 6th Australian Division under Major General Iven Mackay pursued the Italians westwards and encounters an Italian rear guard at Derna.

1947 - Nuclear scientist, Professor Mark Laurence Elwin (Mark) Oliphant, recommended that Australia should establish a nuclear industry with atomic energy power plants.

1964 - Eric Edgar Cooke was Hanged at Fremantle Prison for murder of John Lindsay Sturkey at Nedlands.

1965 - Mt Isa Police were given the power to arrest on site and without a warrant anyone aiding the strike in the mines.

1974 - 8,000 Brivegas-ites were evacuated from their home, sweet homes as flood waters washed through the streets. With all the practice they've had they should have it down to a fine art by now!

1989 - The Gaming Commission in Tassie estimated Aussie were throwing away $20.6 billion each year on two flies crawling up a wall.

2002 - The St Albans to Sydenham (Vic) electrification was brought into service.

2008 -  In Australia an Aborigine elder, Mr. Ward (b.1961), died of heatstroke during a four-hour, non-stop trip to face a drink-driving charge in a prison van with broken air-conditioning. In 2010 state director of public prosecutions Joe McGrath told Ward's widow that charges would not be laid against the two guards employed by security firm GSL, now known as G4S, who were in charge of the van. In 2010 Ward’s family was awarded 3.2 million Australian dollars ($2.9 million) in compensation.

2011 - Australia imposed a temporary new tax to help fund a multi-billion-dollar rebuilding program after floods devastated infrastructure and ruined thousands of homes and businesses across the eastern seaboard over the past month.

Friday, January 26, 2018

January 26 On This Day in Australian History

1788 - Two French frigates of the Lapérouse expedition sailed into Botany Bay as the British were relocating to Sydney Cove in Port Jackson.

1791 - Starting the Aussie tradition of throwing a party for no reason, the flag was flung up the mast to celebrate the beginning of the colony 3 years earlier.

1798 - Explorer George Bass transferred 5 escaped convicts from Glennie Island back to the mainland expecting them to walk back to Sydney.
Strangely they were never seen again....*cue alien music*

1798 - Something that was sighted, although they're fast disappearing, were the first koala and lyrebird near Bargo NSW, by John Price, Governor John Hunter's servant.
The animals didn't rate the Europeans very highly.

1808 - John Macarthur was arrested and gaoled, sparking the Rum Rebellion. Military officers forming the court demand Gov William Bligh granted Macarthur bail and stand down Atkins'; Bligh summons them to appear before him the next day; Major George Johnston signed an order for the release of Macarthur, proclaimed martial law, marched on Government House and arrested Bligh.

1818 - Starting the Aussie tradition of throwing a public holiday for no reason, Governor Macquarie let the populace have a day off from hard slog to celebrate and to build up history and pride.

1818 - Not celebrating on this day was Richard Collyer who was Hanged on the Newtown road, Hobart, for the murder in 1815 of Carlisle and O'Byrne at New Norfolk.

1827 - A public meeting was held in Sydney to demand trial by jury, taxation by representation, and a Legislative Assembly elected on manhood suffrage.

1838 - Waterloo Creek Massacre took place 50kms south-west of Moree.
5 white men were killed while between 120-300 Aboriginal People of the Kamilaroi Nation murdered by police commandant Major James Nunn.

1838  - The foundation stone for Holy Trinity Church North Terrace was laid by GovernorJohn Hindmarsh.

1838 - The 50th Anniversary of the Colony was celebrated with a regatta on Sydney Harbour and a Public Holiday.

1844 - Governor FitzRoy pottered across to NZ and, despite the demands for revenge in the Wairau Massacre of 22 settlers, he decreed the Maori had been provoked by the Europeans' unreasonable actions.
So revenge was off the menu.

1849 – The Australasian Anti-Transportation League was formed after a public meeting at Launceston, Tasmania.

1850 - Today saw the first issue of the Irish Exile: Freedom’s Advocate newspaper in Tassie.

1855 - Work commenced on foundations of the Victorian Legislative Assembly.

1858 - Adelaide was roasting nicely to the tune of 46.8 degrees C.

1858 - First telephone line began operation in NSW between Sydney GPO and South Head.

1865 - Bushrangers Ben Hall, John Gilbert and John Dunn raided the township of Collector, NSW; Const Samuel Nelson was shot dead by Dunn.

1866 - Colonial Office rebuked Gov Darling of Victoria for permitting financial and constitutional irregularities by the McCulloch government.

1874 - Explorer Peter Egerton Warburton arrived in Roebourne, WA. after trekking across the outback.

1882 - The rail line from St Arnaud to Cope Cope (Vic) was officially opened.
Yes, yes, I know, it's on your daily trek to the coalface...up a little from Gre Gre North and Gre Gre South, to the left of Teddywaddy West and south of Wachem West.
Easy to find.

1893 - The Peter Lalor Statue in Ballarat was unveiled.

1896 - Cyclone Sigma killed 18 in Townsville, Qld.

1914 - The South Coast Railway Line (NSW) was opened from South Waterfall Temporary Junction - Helensburgh Temporary Junction.

1924 - 3AR, Victoria's first radio station, began cluttering up the airwaves with chit-chat.

1925 - Not to be outdone by its southern counterpart, radio station 2UE began babbling into a mike from Sydney.

1927 - Perth magistrate, G.T Wood was appointed as Royal Commissioner to investigate the charred remains found on Forrest River by Aboriginal deacon and tracker, Rev James Nobel.

1938 - The first Day of Mourning was held when defiant Aboriginal protesters gathered in the Australian Hall in Sydney calling for citizens rights.

1938 -  The launch Rodney capsized in Sydney Harbour.

1940 - Brisvegas was baked to a crisp by 43.2 degrees C.

1943 – The Defence (Citizen Military Forces) Act (1943) was passed which provided for the use of conscripts in the South-Western Pacific Zone (SWPZ) during the period of war.

1943 - Arrival of chemical weapons stocks on ship “Taranaki”

1949 - Australia’s first citizens
The Nationality and Citizenship Act came into operation, creating Australian citizenship. Although Australians remained British subjects, they were now citizens of their own country as well. The Act retained the definition of ‘aliens’ as those not British subjects. Irish citizens and ‘protected persons’ within the British Commonwealth were excepted.

1951 - Unable to pinch him for the allegations about John Wren in his book Power Without Glory, they tried it on by committing Frank Hardy to trial for criminal libel against Wren's missus.

1957 - The Argus ceased publication.

1958 - Thousands of frustrated Greek chappies vented their frustrations when they rioted in Melbourne after the bridal ship Castel Felice was 9 hours late.

1958 – Australia's first and only nuclear reactor HIFAR went critical for the first time, full power generation occurred for the first time in 1960.

1959 - Break open a Drawin stubbie, luv...Darwin was granted city status.

1960 - Build up the camp fire and bust out the marshmallows, Mildred, the Aussie of The Year Awards started.

1966 - Something that still makes us hug our children close and sends shivers down our spines was the Beaumont children disappearing into thin air.

1966 - Australia's first woman Government minister, Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin, was part of the new ministry of Harold Holt following the retirement of Prime Minister Robert Gordon Menzies.

1968 - Lionel Rose was the first Indigenous person to be named Australian of The Year.

1971 – In the capital city of Australia four children and three young adults were killed in the 1971 Canberra flood.

1972 - The Aboriginal Tent Embassy was set up in the wee hours on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra.

1972 - In Brisbane homeless Aboriginal people drew attention to their plight with a planned tent city in Central Brisvegas.

1974 - Today saw us farewelling the swing doors on suburban trains (Vic) and beginning to slide open those lovely rattly noisome things.

1978 - Land rights in the Northern Territory
The proclamation of the Northern Territory Land Rights Act in 1976 enabled traditional owners to claim unalienated land. The Act provided for a Commission to hear claims and with power to grant a limited title. This was the first Australian law enabling claims to traditional ownership to be judged.

1981 – The Australian Institute of Sport was opened.

1988 - Australians celebrated the 200th White anniversary of their country as a grand parade of tall ships sailed in Sydney Harbor, re-enacting the voyage of the first European settlers.

1988 -  More than 40,000 people, including Aborigines from across the country and non-Indigenous supporters, staged what was the largest march in Sydney since the Vietnam moratorium. There were a dozen buses of Victorian Aborigines among those congregated. The protesters marched through Sydney chanting for land rights. The march ended at Hyde Park where several prominent Aboriginal leaders and activists spoke.

1988 - Standing below the cliffs of Dover, Aboriginal Burnum Burnum (Henry James Penrith) claimed Britain on behalf of the Aboriginal people as a gesture to highlight the plight of contemporary Aborigines in Australia.

1993 - 37-year old Aboriginal rock singer Mandawuy Yunupingu was declared Australian of the Year.

1994 - Prince Charlie Windsor was attacked by a chap who fired 2 shots from a starter's pistol during some kind of function at Darling Harbour.

1995 - Painter Arthur Boyd was named Australian of the Year.

1997 - Nobel Prize winner Professor Peter Doherty was named Australian of the Year.

1998 - Cathy Freeman was named Australian of The Year.

2000 - Sir Gustaf Nossol, 68-year old scientist and deputy chairman of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, was named Australian of the Year.

2012 - Two Australian adventurers reached home and made Antarctic history by becoming the first team to travel unaided to the South Pole and back, surviving three months of "extreme hardship." James Castrission (29) an accountant, and Justin Jones (28), a scientist, skied 2,270 km (1,400 miles) to complete the arduous trek. The pair reached had the Pole on December 31.

2014 -  In northern Australia a crocodile was suspected to have taken a boy (12) after attacking his friend as they swam in a water hole in at Mudginberri Billabong in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.

2014 -  A shark was shot and killed in Western Australian under a new strategy to protect swimmers.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Brain farts

A certain Indigenous lady has advised that the Indigenous communities should "forgive" the invasion of Europeans into this country.
I don't think it's forgiveness that is at issue ; it is more the rampant racism, degradation, disrespect and all-out hatred shown towards Aboriginal people that is the problem.
The NT "intervention" still continues, along with the damn cashless welfare card.
By the way, those cashless welfare cards cost the taxpayer $10,000 EACH to maintain each year, so don't think it doesn't effect non-Indigenous Joe Blow down the street.

I was in Chaddy with the hubster the other day when I spied a Muslim lady wearing the most cheery hijab, all white with thin black geometric lines and bold primary colours in some triangles, it looked light, airy and comfy.
I asked her where she bought it - apparently I must go to India or Pakistan.
A little later I spied an Indian lady wearing a lovely choli of deep blue edged with purples and gold. Again I asked where I might get one - Indian or Pakistan was the answer.
You know, sometimes tshirts and shorts are bloody boring and uncomfortable.
I may pilot the broomstick to India or Pakistan sometime....
*waves hello to ASIO monitoring any mention of another country*

The hubster and I darkened the doorway of our local hostelry after the Chaddy outing - one needed a $6 pint of the amber fluid to refresh and recover - when we got chatting with another local and proceeded to fix all the ails of the world with our opinions, one of which was improve the mental health system to prevent people self-medicating with street drugs & alcohol.
Popping out to the balcony for a ciggie (one has started, again, and one is not at all upset) we all  witnessed a lady being scooped up from the ground by a couple of policemen while a girl tried to mop up the blood on the lady's face. A few other locals joined us on the balcony and filled us in - apparently the lady is a regular who is on medication but occasionally drinks to excess to cope with life. An ambulance was called and she was taken away to recover.
We ambled home and I have since been attempting to paint up singlets for us to wear to Balit Narrun (Share The Spirit) Festival on Rum Rebellion Day in the Treasury Gardens.

January 25 On This Day in Australian History

1795 -  Cameragal (North Shore) elders officiate at the Erah-ba-diang initiation ceremony in Cadigal territory at Woccanmagully (Farm Cove), in which a dozen boys are ‘made men’. According to David Collins, ‘Pemulwuy, a wood native, and many strangers, came in.’ No attempt is made to detain Pemulwuy.

1808 - John Macarthur was up to his old tricks, I see!
John Macarthur came before court on a charge of sedition over the Parramatta case. He challenged Judge-Advocate Richard Bowyer Atkins' impartiality in the case and the court adjourned in confusion.

1848 - The final convict ship to regurgitate the shackled sort into Victoria, "Marion", propped herself up at the bar at Port Melbourne.

1863 - James Morrill , a British citizen, ended years of living among Australian Aborigines after a shipwreck in 1846.

1865 - Australia, and Melbourne in particular, was in a lot of hot water when the US Confederate ship CSS Shenandoah sailed jauntily into Hobson's Bay and was slipped at Williamstown for repairs.  The US Consul demanded that the ship be seized as a pirate but she was allowed to go on her merry way on February 18.

1868 - The City of Melbourne was destroyed by fire.
No, not the city itself, you goose, the steamer ship named for the actual city.
Anyways, it was loaded with wool and all sorts of goodies while it was in Williamstown , then it got a tad warm under the gunwale, and went belly up.

1877 - Francis Dutton, former Premier of South Oz, did the soft shoe shuffle from this mortal coil.

1881 - An intercolonial conference imposed unilateral restrictions on the number of Chinese immigrants following ongoing trouble on Australia's goldfields involving Chinese miners.

1884 - James Francis, former Premier of Victoria, did the same as Frank Dutton. I'm seeing a pattern here....

1885 - The Melbourne-Sydney Express passenger train derailed near Bethungra (Cootamundra) , killing seven and injuring over 20. The cause was a washaway of a culvert over Salt Clay Creek during a period of heavy rainfall.

1886 - Deciding to have a proper knees up Mother Brown, the Federal Council of Australia held a wild orgy party conference in Hobart amidst the apples.

1900 - After all the tongues wagged about how well the wild orgy party conference went in Hobart, the State Labor pollies met in Sydney to repeat the trick with the apple formally found the Federal Labor Party.

1900 - Wash your bloody hands, yer dirty buggers!
Bubonic plague hit Sydney. 103 died horribly.

1901 - Severe cyclone at Semaphore (SA) damaged several homes.

1904 - Graham Berry, former Premier of Victoria, popped his...oh alright, enough is enough! 
Three Premiers on one date?

1919 - It was announced that NSW was "an infected State" and strict controls were to be observed with the closure of schools, theatres, masks were to be worn, SOS cards were issued to be displayed in front windows if medical help was required.
A soldier from Melbourne is believed to have brought the infection to NSW.

1924 - A Japanese naval training squadron visited Sydney.
Because, if you'd known your history, you would have known they were our Allies in WW1.

1950 - HMAS Tarakan , a tank landing ship, was in dock at Garden Island for repairs when she exploded, resulting in 8 deaths.

1966 - A derailed electric train carriage brought down a powerline stanchion at Central Station (NSW).

1974 - The 1974 Brisbane flood began on this day in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It took place when the waterways in the city experienced significant flooding following a wet Spring and significant rainfall brought to the region by Cyclone Wanda. The Brisbane River, which runs through the heart of the city, broke its banks and flooded the surrounding areas.

In total, there were 14 fatalities, 300 people injured, 8000 homes destroyed and an estimated A$68 million in damages.

1975 - The fourth  and last Sunbury Festival was held over the Australia Day weekend. In almost all respects, it was a disaster.

1988 - The Molong to Dubbo Railway Line (NSW) was closed from Yeoval - Dubbo East Junction.

2002 - Australia’s final paid-circulation metropolitan afternoon newspaper edition, the Daily Telegraph,  published final afternoon edition.

2006 - In Australia emergency crews rushed to clean up 10,000 liters of fuel oil that fouled mangroves off Gladstone City near the Great Barrier Reef after two vessels collided.

2007 -  Australia’s PM John Howard announced multibillion-dollar water reforms aimed at easing Australia's record drought.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Dickhead Alt-Right Wankers - they walk amongst us!

The recent waffling bulltish in the mainstream media (MSM) about African gangs running riot through our streets and the Dunderhead Dickhead Dutton waxing lyrical on radio about how us Melbourne mob are too scared to go out at night for fear of the same African gangs has me mightily miffed.
Ok, alright.
I'm bloody pissed off.
What a load of crap.
There is a Neo-Nazi wanker floating around the south-east burbs with his Nazi arm band proudly displayed - albeit held on by a pair of rubber bands (such dedication!) - carrying a Confederate flag.
I witnessed this moron on Clayton station making many uncomfortable, standing amidst a sea of non-white faces who noticeably moved away from him.
I glared my anger at him but he played Mr Teflon and chose to ignore my blatant dislike.
We boarded the same train, we alighted at Oakleigh.
He was part-way down the ramp from the station when I made a point of standing on the station above him and GLARED again, catching his eye and this time he stopped.
He waited for me.
As I got closer he demanded,
"What's your problem?"
Well, dear reader, how could I refuse such a request?!
I let rip into him, how he was doing more harm than good, hurting people with his display of hatred - he interjected with waffle about how they do more for the community these days (insert much eye rolling and guffaws at this mind-bending bulltish) plenty of blather about the "blacks" coming into Oz, the Muslims, etc.
He tried to tell me that "The Jews" were responsible for WW2 due to the poor economy of Germany - I baffled the poor halfwit with history about how it was the combined signing of the Treaty at Versailles and the reparations demanded of Germany that had ruined the economy, thereby enabling the monster Hitler to rise and create WW2.
He dropped his eyes and couldn't cope with facts and history being thrown at him, instead he remarked on my shaved head, saying I should have more respect for myself, demanding to know if I was Jewish (I wear a pentacle around my neck, the idiot obviously couldn't tell the Star of David from a Wiccan symbol, such was the dedication to his cause...more sarcastic eye rolling).
I then began throwing song lines at him
"It;s hard to be humble, mate, when you're perfect in every way like me. I can't wait to look in the mirror cos I reckon I get better looking every bloody day"
He walked away, again remarking on my hair....
My final shot was,
"Hey, at least I don't have to grow my hair into a pony tail to cover up the male pattern baldness happening at the front - like you"
Didn't hear a peep from his departing back.
But it's the moronic MSM reports and the even more stupid remarks from parliamentarians who are giving carte blanche to these Neo-Nazi "patriot" scum who are uneducated and feel they have the right to abuse other cultures, religions and people of whom they literally know nothing.
With "Australia Day" approaching I fear there will be much violence and hatred spewing about, which the MSM and some pollies will welcome with glee.
Hubster found an Aussie flag at Aldi and, sarcastically asked if he could buy it.
My reply was ,
"To burn it?"
I don't agree to changing the date of "Australia Day", I think it would change nothing and be yet another empty gesture.
But that is just my opinion and others feel differently, and I respect their right to have a different opinion.

January 24 On This Day in Australian History

1777 - Capt. James Cook anchored the Resolution in Adventure Bay on his third southern expedition.

1788 - Playing tiggy is not the best thing for explorers hell bent on taking over the world as Jean La Perouse found when he popped into Botany Bay only to find Governor Phillip had pipped him at the post by 6 days.

1807 - John Kenny was Hanged and gibbetted at the scene of the crime in Parramatta for the murder of Mary Smith.

1807 - The first ship built in the colony by merchant Robert Campbell, the Perseverance, was launched at his shipyard on Sydney Cove. It sailed for China via Norfolk Island on 9th February.

1817 - Tinny bugger John Oxley got the lucky door prize of the first land grants in the Illawarra District. If he'd hung around he'd have seen Wollongong park itself on his bush block.

1822 - Macquarie visited the ‘Native Village on the Richmond Road’ at Black Town on a tour of inspection with his successor governor, Sir Thomas Brisbane.

1828 - Governor Darling decided to pull the plug on the Sullivan Bay settlement at Westernport Bay so he sent the schooner - that's a ship not an Aussie beer glass size - to collect everyone.

1856 - Finally, something for those with small man syndrome to occupy themselves...the South Australian Jockey Club was formed.

1862 - Kewacan (Larry)  was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Charles Storey at Jacup.
1862 - Long Jimmy was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Charles Storey at Jacup .

1865 - The Confederate ship CSS Shenandoah steamed into Port Phillip Bay.

1865 - The SS Star of Australia left Sydney for Rockhampton and is never heard of again. 17 lives were lost.

1867 - The Illustrated Melbourne Post published a wood engraving by Samuel Calvert, titled "The aboriginal cricket match on the M.C.C. ground" with the following descrption,
A rare sight in 19th-century Melbourne - an Aboriginal cricket match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

1871 - The Plantagenet Road Board (WA) was gazetted on this day.

1883 - The bloke in charge of the native police in Cloncurry, Qld, Marcus de la Poer Beresford (try saying that mouthful with your back teeth floating in beer and no teeth in at all) and 4 police were ambushed and killed by Aborigines which caused more than a year of battles.

1895 - The first electric light illuminated Ballarat streets.

1903 - Kalgoorlie finally got a drop to wash their smalls (and bloodstains) when the 352 mile water pipeline opened.

1908 – The Eastern Suburbs Rugby League Football Club, now known as the Sydney Roosters, are formed at Paddington Town Hall.

1916 - John Jackson was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Constable David McGrath whilst in the act of robbing the Trades Hall.

1916 - Douglas Grant, an Aboriginal person from the Bullenden Kerr Mountains in north Queensland, enlisted in the 34th Battalion at the age of 30. But he was discharged as his battalion was about to leave for France because government approval was required for Aboriginal Australians to leave the country.

1951 - Cyclone hit the south east Gulf region, resulting in major flooding to Burdekin.

1952 - The Westby Branch Rail line (NSW) was closed from Mangoplah - Westby.

1967 – Members of 1st Australian Task Force in Vietnam make contact with the enemy for the first time in the area of the Bien Hoa.

1970 - 10,000 hippies attended a Woodstock-style rock concert named 'Pilgrimage for Pop' at Ourimbah, NSW.

1972 - The inaugural Sunbury Rock Festival was held at Digger's Rest, outside Melbourne, over the Australia Day long weekend. Compered by ex-Loved Ones lead singer Gerry Humphries, the three-day event was a watershed in Australian rock music, and the first major rock festival to feature an all-Australian lineup, including Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs, Chain, Spectrum, Pirana, The La De Das, Phil Manning, Greg Quill & Country Radio and The Wild Cherries. New Melbourne band Madder Lake are the first group to play; by the following year they were headlining.

1974 - Cyclone Wanda. crossed over the coast near Maryborough, it then caused significant flooding in Brisbane where 6007 homes were flooded. 13 people drowned and others died from heart attacks. The cost was $200 million (at 1974 value).

1981 - Excitement gripped the populace of Melbourne when the first section of the underground loop was flung open for service, along with the Museum Station (twas renamed Melbourne Central although no one asked ME!)......

1999 – A full size replica of the Duyfken, built by the "Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation" and the Maritime Museum of Western Australia, is launched in Fremantle.

2002 - In Australia some 200 mainly Afghan asylum seekers continued their hunger strike for a 10th day in Woomera. Some had sewn their lips together. Australia resumed processing asylum applications following a mass suicide attempt.

2006 - The Brisbane Ranges National Park was devastated by a bushfire, started by lightning. It was finally brought under control on this day.

2008- Doctors said an Australian girl spontaneously switched blood groups and adopted her donor's immune system following a liver transplant in the first known case of its type. Demi-Lee Brennan was aged nine and seriously ill with liver failure when she received the transplant. Nine months later it was discovered that she had changed blood types and her immune system had switched over to that of the donor after stem cells from the new liver migrated to her bone marrow. She was now a healthy 15-year-old.

2012 - Flooding in northeastern Australia caused thousands of homes to lose power and prompted authorities to start evacuations, around a year after deadly floods devastated the region.

2013 - A 2 day symposium,  Australian Aboriginal Anthropology Today: Critical Perspectives from Europe, was held in France.
This symposium, which was the first event of its kind in France, brought together thirty scholars from Australia, Europe and northern America, to critically explore the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of Aboriginal anthropology today. The tensions linking Aboriginal cultural activism to anthropological reflexivity, past scientific knowledge to current research, Australian academic traditions to European scholarship, as well as the implications of research politics in the production of anthropological knowledge, were addressed through five thematic panels which reflected the diversity of current anthropological work in Aboriginal Australia.

2013 - It was announced that Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council (GLALC ) was to be investigated for the second time in 12 months after state Aboriginal Affairs Minister Victor Dominello granted the request of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council for an independent investigation of the organisation.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

January 23 On This Day in Australian History

1788 - Gov Phillip and his men were warned away from the southern end of Botany Bay by Aboriginal People with spears shouting, “Wirra, Wirra!” . Later that arvo one of Phillip's men was ordered to drop his dacks to answer questions the Indigenous People had about the sex of these white people.

1790 - Fletcher Christian, that dashing daring dude made a BBQ of The Bounty to stop any mutineers from changing their minds....yep, that'll do it Fletcher!

1796 - Blasphemy!!! A general order was issued in the colony that prohibited all distilling of spirits.

1803 - Charles Grimes (Chas to his mates) led a party of sight-seeing tourists from the ship Cumberland, who were exploring the far reaches of Port Phillip Bay, when they decided to climb Arthur's Seat.
Because it was there and they could.

1806 -  George Caley and Daniel Moowattin returned to Sydney from Van Diemen’s Land.

1825 - Martin Benson was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his master John Brackfield at South Creek near Windsor.
1825 - Eliza Campbell was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of her master John Brackfield at South Creek, near Windsor.
1825 - James Coogan was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his master John Brackfield at South Creek, near Windsor.
1825 - Anthony Rodney was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his master John Brackfield at South Creek, near Windsor.
1825 - John Sprole was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his master John Brackfield at South Creek, near Windsor.

1833 - And they say those colonials had no sense of fun in the old days....Bathurst was gazetted as a town.

1834 - Patrick Gallagher was Hanged at Sydney for the rape of Ellen Walsh.

1837 - Brisbane Water settler Willoughby Bean was arrested, put in irons and sent to Sydney on the Betsy. Later tried and acquitted of cattle stealing

1839 - Rev. Dr. Lang returned to England and notorious swindler Henry Turner Harrington attempted to escape his creditors on vessel Roslyn Castle.

1855 - The effects of a tsunami, that originated in The Shaky Isles aka Aotearoa aka NZ, was felt in Tassie with a very sudden rise and fall of the Derwent river noted as far as New Town Bay.

1879 - The NSW Government was the first to introduce laws restricting Chinese immigration.

1884 - Henry Benjamin Haynes was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of his wife Mary Ann Haynes.

1908 - Balmain Rugby League Club was launched into the world today.

1922 - The Rozelle - Darling Harbour Goods Line (NSW) was opened from Balmain Road Junction - Darling Island.

1938 - William Cooper urged Christian organisations around the country to observe the 23rd of January as “Aborigines Day”, with special prayers to be made in respect to the “uplift” of Aboriginal people.

1939 - Thomas William "Nugget" Johnson – Hanged at Pentridge for the murder of Chares Bunney and Robert Gray at the former Windsor Castle Hotel, Dunolly.

1939 - Waterside workers agreed to load pig iron to Japan, ending a 9-week dispute.

1943 - Japanese resistance in Papua was declared over, but at the cost of 1,165 Australian lives.

1947 - Cyclone crossed near Caloundra with heavy gales and high seas, and flooding. 2 dead.

1965 - The Governor, Sir Edric Bastyan, officially opened the £50 000 Olympic Sports Field at Kensington (South Oz). There was march past of nearly 400 athletes from 17 clubs around the state. A crowd of 8000 then saw a first-class athletics program which featured twelve members of the 1964 Olympic team at Tokyo and South Australia's top athletes.

1976 - Sydney's tallest building, the MLC Centre, opened.

1981 - Adelaide was sweltering just a wee tad when that damn mercury refused to drop below 33 degrees Celcius.

2003 - The Qld Govt included the Aboriginal Flag in the flag raising ceremony for Australia Day for the first time.

2006 - Commercial fishing was banned in Sydney's harbor due to dangerous levels of poisonous dioxin being found in prawns and fish. Prawn fishing had already been banned a month earlier. Greenpeace said some of the pollution originated in Homebush Bay on the Parramatta River, some 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from Sydney Harbor Bridge. From 1957 to 1976 Union Carbide made chlorinated herbicides there, including 2,4,5,-T a component of the infamous Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War.

2006 - Wildfires raged across southern Australia. A firefighter was killed as a fire truck overturned speeding to a blaze. Distraught farmers shot cattle injured by the flames.

2008 - After 128 years The Bulletin was put to bed for the final time.

2009 - In Australia rescuers poured water on the parched skin of sperm whales beached on a remote sand bank on Perkins Island to keep them alive until the next high tide. All 45 whales died with 2 days.

2009 - The Aboriginal Legal Service of WA (ALSWA)  came out in support of a State Opposition initiative that would see young people placed on a 30 day sea voyage program aboard the Leeuwin.

2013 - The University of Western Sydney’s Summer Graduation ceremonies saw four high-achieving Indigenous medical students make the transition to university graduate, hospital intern and junior doctor.

2014 - The Three Sisters at Katoomba, was recognised as an Aboriginal place by the New South Wales Government.

Monday, January 22, 2018

January 22 On This Day in Australian History

1787 - Oh how simply marvelous old chap, a spiffing good idea for the British Parliament to start a penal colony in that far off land Or-stray-lia.

1809 - Lieutenant William Lawson proceeded to Newcastle on the Estramina to take over the settlement as Commandant. He was accompanied by Charles Throsby.

1836 - A town began to grow, throwing out its tendrils of commerce, when the first land sales were held at Singleton in NSW.

1836 - The South Australian Company was constituted.

1848 - It cost over 2,000 pounds and took a year to complete but they built a powder magazine in the side of Batman's Hill. I'm guessing it's no longer there...

1853 - The Act to establish our own University of Melbourne, for all our clever clogs born in the colony, was passed along with the prunes by the Victorian Legislative Council and Queen Vicky gave it the royal nod.

1866 - James Martin (Premier) and Henry Parkes formed a coalition in NSW.

1870 - The Central Market in Adelaide was officially opened on this day At the early hour of seven in the morning the Mayor and Councillors were at the market when, after a short speech by the Mayor to the assembled crowd of growers, stall holders and citizens, the market was declared open for the sale of produce, marketable commodities, hay and wood. After the formalities the representatives of the Corporation adjourned to the Metropolitan Hotel nearby for breakfast where several toasts were proposed. The Artillery Band provided entertainment throughout the proceedings.

1882 - Royal Commission on employees in shops (Vic) was established.
To ask questions like,
 "Shop employees, can we eat them on Fridays?"
"Do these employees come in other colours to match my haberdashery?
"Can we sell them in pet shops?"

1889 - Louisa Collins was Hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the poisoning of her husband at Botany.She was the last woman hanged in New South Wales.

1891 - St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne was officially consecrated.

1899 – Leaders of six Australian colonies met in Melbourne to discuss confederation.

1900 - The Rozelle - Darling Harbour Goods Rail Line (NSW) was opened.

1907 - Cooktown, Qld, was devastated by a tropical cyclone.

1910 - Flinders Street Station that we know and love was officially opened.

1919 -The state of Victoria was declared infected by Spanish Influenza and placed in quarantine. Public meetings were prohibited, travel in long-distance trains was restricted, the NSW government closed the border with Victoria and public buildings were shut. Around 12,500 Australians – mostly young, healthy adults – died from the highly infectious virus.

1920 For the obligatory bit of politics - the Australian Country Party was not throwing another Democracy Sausage on the barbie but was, in fact, getting birthed at a meeting of farmers on this day.

1930 - Australia ratified the Geneva Protocol (1925) which banned the use of poisonous or other gases.

1931 - All wages were cut by 10 percent to cushion the effects of the economic depression.

1934 - An electric trolley bus came into service from Liverpool Street, Sydney, to Potts Point.

1934 - Cairns suffered damage and flooding from a cyclone.

1941 – Tobruk surrendered to Australian 6th Division.

1941 - The Tottenham Branch Rail Line (NSW) was closed from Tottenham - Mount Royal Smelters.

1943 – HMAS Patricia Cam was sunk by Japanese aircraft near the Wessel Islands.

1948 - The de Havilland DHA Drover, an Australian designed and built aircraft, had its maiden flight.

1953 - The NT Legislative Council passed legislation to give Northern Territory Aboriginals full citizenship rights unless they were under state care.

1954 - Australia acceded to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. It was the sixth nation to ratify the treaty, thereby bringing it into force, and a founding member of the UNHCR’s Executive Committee.

1956 - Circular Quay Loop, linking underground stations Wynyard, Town Hall, Museum, St James to the harbourside station Circular Quay, of Sydney's underground railway line was opened with flourish and fanfare.

1965 - No Archibald Prize was awarded that year as the picky,picky,picky judges judged no entry worthy of the esteemed art prize. Ohhhhhh-er !

1970 - The Victorian Kaye inquiry heard evidence that huge bribes had been paid to Melbourne police to protect an illegal abortion racket. It was alleged that the then-current and former heads of the Homicide Squad, Inspector Jack Ford and Superintendent Jack Matthews, had both been paid bribes of about $600 per month for eight years as part of the racket.

1976 - Malcolm Fraser didn't have much of an ear for music so he declared that Australia had four national anthems - 'Advance Australia Fair' for official functions; 'God Save The Queen' for Royal and Vice-regal functions; with either of the above or 'Waltzing Matilda' and 'Song of Australia (lyrics)' for other functions.

1984 - A Sydney Harbour Ferry, Karrabee, went down the gurgler at Circular Quay during the Great Ferry Race.

1988 - Tennant Creek, NT, was shaken by two earthquakes, one of which registers 7 on the Richter scale.

1994 - The citizen's pledge was changed so that no longer is allegiance pledged to the Queen.

1996 - The Rozelle - Darling Harbour Goods Line (NSW) was closed from Balmain Road Junction - Darling Island.

2008 -  North Korea said it will close its embassy in Australia because it can no longer afford it.

2011 - Activists protested at the fragile kutalayna Aboriginal site in Tasmania’s lower Jordan Valley, in dispute is the route of the Brighton bypass highway, north of Hobart.The kutalayna site is part of an old travelling route of the Mumirimina people, beside the Jordan River in the state’s south.
The site is rich in ancient artefacts, dating from 40,000 years ago right through to the 1800s The Tasmanian government is pushing ahead with a bridge that will damage the historic site. Aboriginal activists and their supporters want the bridge to be moved at least 300 metres away.

2015 - National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the peak Aboriginal health organisation, on this day told a Senate inquiry today that more must be done to reduce the high rate of Hepatitis C infection among Aboriginal people.

2016 - It was announced that The Aboriginal Health Council of WA secured Federal Government funding to ensure the future of the Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

January 21 On This Day in Australian History

1788 - Governor Phillip accompanied by officers set off in three open boats to examine the coast in the hope of finding a more suitable site for settlement than Botany Bay. Finding in a cove of 'this noble and capacious harbour' a sufficiency of water and soil, he returned to Botany Bay after an absence of 3 days and gave
directions for immediate removal to Port Jackson.
Phillip was impressed by the "confidence and manly behaviour" of a group of aborigines in the northern reaches of the harbour. As such they called the place "Manly Cove".

1793 - French exploer Bruny d'Entrecasteaux anchored his two ships in Recherche Bay, Van Diemen's Land, and in so doing, became the first person to circumnavigate Australia.

1801 -  Port Jackson was graced with the presence of the US ship Follensbe but as she was weighted down with that demon drink Governor King refused to give it permission to touch his pure-as-the-driven-snow shore.

1805 - The Lady Barlow left Port Jackson with the first all-colonial cargo (sealskins, seal oil, and timber) to be shipped directly to the United Kingdon, in defiance of the East India Company's monopoly .
Oooo, you rebels, you!

1813 - John McCabe , John Townshend  and Peter Gory were Hanged at Hobart for robbery of Wm Parish .

1815 - Get out the goat cart Uncle Horatio, the road over the Blue Mountains was finished.

1846 - Wellington, NSW, was gazetted as a village.

1860 - The first trotting horse race meeting was held in Melbourne but despite overwhelming demand, no 2 legged nags were entered.

1863 - Poor silly old Robert O'Hara Burke and John Wills were given their final resting place in the Melbourne General Cemetery with all the pollies having a half-day holiday and joining in the funeral procession.

1863 - Parliament adjourned for the day and joined the long funeral procession to lay Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills in the Melbourne General Cemetery.

1868 - Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh, arrived in Sydney for a visit to NSW.

1870 - The first European settlers dropped into Darwin, pitched a tent and sang 'Home Sweet Home' .

1887 - Brisvegas was showing off again when it received a daily record of a mere 465mms (18.3 inches).
Of rain.
Inside one day.

1904 – Henry Northcote, 1st Baron Northcote was appointed the third Governor General of Australia.

1918 - The Holsworthy Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1931 - Bust out the streamers and honk your horns...Isaac Isaacs became the first Australian-born Governor-General.

1938 - Will Dyson, world renown political cartoonist and Australia's first war artist, died. He never got over losing his beloved wife, writer and artist Ruby Lindsay (sister of Norman Lindsay).

1941 – World War II: Australian and British forces attacked Tobruk, Libya.

1942 - I-124 was a I-121-class submarine of the Imperial Japanese Navy that was sunk off Darwin, Northern Territory,during World War II. I-124 was conducting mine laying operations and attacking shipping along with three other submarines along the northern coast of Australia.

1947 - Wartime restrictions on Stock Market share prices were lifted.

1959 - Large sections of Northern NSW and Southern Qld were hit by major flooding.

1981 - Head for the hills ! Malcolm Fraser had a bit of time on his hands whilst PM so he jumped up into the drivers seat of a bulldozer and started excavation work on the new Parliament House in Canberra.

1984 - He was disabled but he could still jump puddles. ...Alan Marshall, journalist and wonderful author, died in Melbourne.

2001 - The B endigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative was established on this day. Founded by Joanne Badke and Raylene Harradine, BDAC was created after the loss of Bendigo’s Aboriginal primary health service. When Dja Dja Wurrung lost its health funding, more than 20 Aboriginal staff members were left without jobs and the community experienced significant health issues. Although funding was diverted to mainstream services, the community did not feel culturally safe accessing them and stopped receiving healthcare.

2008 - In northeastern Australia surging floodwaters forced scores of people to evacuate their homes. Farmers described the heavy rains as a mixed blessing after years of drought.

2014 - Australia’s federal government granted an exemption from environmental laws to approve a Western Australian shark mitigation plan, which is aimed at reducing the risks to water users after six fatal attacks in the past two years.

2016 - The Aboriginal Plant Use Trail at the Australian National Botanic Gardens was officially opened by Ngunnawal Elder Aunty Agnes Shea.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

January 20 On This Day in Australian History

1803 - Seems Charlie Grimes popped into Port Phillip (which wasn't Port Phillip at the time but probably labouring under its own moniker now long lost in the mists of time), cast his pithy baby blues over the Mornington Peninsula and declared, "I am soooo not redecorating this place!" before tattling to Gov King how he just didn't do sandy soil for settlements.
The lack of fresh water may have had some bearing on it, too.
Best not let on to the swarms of tourists and residents of the Mornington Peninsula that its unsuitable for settlement!

1803 - Louis Freycinet, in his ship Casuarina, sailing up the larger of South Australia's two gulfs, was in the vicinity of what is now called Moonta Bay.

1841 - Jorgen Jorgensen, The Convict King and claimant to the throne of Denmark and Iceland, popped his clogs, as all men do, in Hobart.

1842 - Tunnerminnerwait was Hanged at Melbourne for the murder of two whalers at Cape Paterson.
1842 - Maulboyheenner was  Hanged at Melbourne for the murder of two whalers at Cape Paterson.
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were the first people to be hanged by the Government in the District of Port Phillip and were buried in an unmarked grave on the site of the now Queen Victoria Market, where there have been numerous reports of sightings of their ghosts.

1849 - The good,not Lollipop but Fortitude parked in Lower Level 2 space 3a at Morton Bay QLD with its cargo of 245 immigrants from Britain for Rev John Dunmore Lang's Cooksland cotton growing scheme. Its temporary headquarters were set up at Fortitude Valley, named after the ship which brought them there.

1854 - Fire destroyed a city block in Hobart, Tas.

1858 - The Wesleyan Chapel in Lydiard St , Ballarat, opened for business.

1863 - James Whyte replaced T.D. Champman as Premier of Tasmania.

1880 - Andrew George Scott, better known as bushranger Captain Moonlite, was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol.

1880 - Thomas Rogan  (Bushranger) A member of the Moonlite Gang, was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the murder of Constable Webb-Bowen at Wantabadgery.

1881 - Bushfires caused extensive damage to properties at Rookwood and Lidcombe in suburban Sydney.

1891 - Western Australia's first parliament opened under responsible government.

1898 - They had a proper knees up, Mother Brown at the Melbourne Town Hall with a banquet to kick off the third and (at long last!) final session of the National Australasian Convention (where the delegates agreed on drafting the Constitution Bill...but not before they dragged it out until the 17th March).
But the banquet...!
Prawn cocktail for starters, anyone?
More wine, sir, to cope with the boring old fart to your immediate left?
Perhaps the gents would like to retire with cigars and port to escape the harpies screeching about the ridiculous notion of the female right to vote?
Yes, madame, Melbourne does boast its share of quality male lap dancing clubs, would you like me to recommend one to your party?

1910 - After much gallivanting across the country, which involved lengthy feasting, drinking, knees ups and a spot of *gasp* skinny dipping by our revered Fathers of Federation, Canberra was finally named as the new capital for Australia.

1918 - The Great 1918 Mackay Cyclone hit Mackay and devastated the City. 22 people died in Mackay and over 80% of buildings were badly damaged.

1943 - A direction from General Headquarters was given to the Chief Chemical Officer, United States Army Service Of Supply (South West Pacific Area) that he prepare a Chemical Warfare Plan for the South West Pacific Area theatre.

1944 - Seventeen people died in a collision between a bus and the Kempsey mail train at Brooklyn, NSW.

1952 - Better go before you go, ladies, this caboose aint stopping for no one ! The first express trains ran between Melbourne and Adelaide when they finally dusted and polished the track connection.

1958 - Oooooh hel-loooooo sailor ! The Royal Australian Naval College, HMAS Creswell, was commissioned at Jervis Bay. In the Navy, we will sail the seven seas, in the Navy...

1964 - Brian William Robinson was Hanged at Fremantle Prison for the murder of Constable Noel Ileson.

1965 - The North Melbourne steam locomotive depot was demolished.

1967 - South Vietnamese Prime Minister Air Vice-Marshall Ky made a controversial visit to Australia. Anti-war protesters mounted strong demonstrations against Ky and hurled abuse at him wherever he appeared. Australian PM Harold Holt had been forced to deny allegations that Ky and his supporters had murdered his predecessor, President Ngo Van Diem and that the Ky government was riddled with corruption -- charges which were later proven to be true.

1967 - The aviation branch of the Victa Company closed.
Who knew....?

1971 - The Spotswood to Newport Power House Railway line (Vic)  closed.

1975 - Today saw the extension of suburban train service from Dandenong to Pakenham (Vic).

1978 - Irian Jaya 
Foreign Minister Andrew Peacock’s recognition of Indonesian sovereignty over East Timor made Australia the sole country to accept Indonesia’s military takeover in 1976.

1985 - The railway line from Altona to Westona (Vic) opened.

1987 - Alan Bond announced the $1 billion take-over of Kerry Packer's electronic empire, giving Bond the biggest media ownership in Australia. Ahh well, we know how this will end up...tears before bedtime Bondie, tissues are thataway.

1998 The (gag) Metcard automated public transport (cough) ticketing system was (choke) introduced to several Melbourne train stations....signaling an end to tram conductors and most train station staff (sob).
The infallible (hysterical laughter) system has (fed up with sardine seating) fare evaders costing $50 million this financial year alone....(giggle, snort, cackle). Tram conductors and station staff would be faaaaaaaar cheaper, ensure less vandalism, provide more safety and encourage more commuters, but hey, that's commonsense, isn't it?

2011 - In Australia a surging river flooded and isolated Kerang, Victoria state, the latest community hit in the deadly flood disaster, straining a levee serving as the main protection between the muddy waters and residents' homes. The flooding shut down much of Queensland's lucrative coal industry and has caused 30 deaths.

2013 - The NRSR (National Rail Safety Regulator) commenced operations, being the regulator for NSW, South Australia,Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

Friday, January 19, 2018


St Patricks Day On The Green @ Dunolly Bowling Club

Dunolly Jazz and Blues Show

Come and enjoy this afternoon of Jazz and Blues, where Oozin’ Blues will be special guests.
Music starts around 1pm.
Bands will include The Groove Dudes, Six Degrees, and The Jazz Dudes.
Bar opens around Midday and BBQ snacks and woodfired Pizzas are available.
Entry is gold coin, and if you want to sleep over, bring your swag, caravan or motorhome!
For any information call Jan Stephenson on 0408 442960.

Twilight Guitar with Bart Stenhouse @ Buckleys of Dunolly

Fresh from his tour of India, Australian virtuosic guitarist Bart Stenhouse will be touring Victoria. Jazz fusion/ mandolinist and guitarist, Bart’s music brilliantly blends feiry flamenco with cool jazz and rollicking Indian rhythms to create a sound that leaves the listener energised and ready for more..

Bookings required for this limited seating special twilight event at Buckley’s of Dunolly.

Seating is limited. Book with Rachel at 0427 275 006 or $25 goes directly to the artist.

Dunolly Australia Day Community Twilight Market 3pm-8pm

Get your stalls booked, pitch a tent, hire a caravan, hop on board the broomstick,  perch on a chimney pot but get thee up the highway to the great, fun-filled Dunolly Australia Day Twilight Market.

When?  - Ummm....Australia Day January 26th
Time?  - 3pm - 8pm
BYO?  - Yes, BYO own giggles. Or borrow some from the frolicking frivolous funsters.

For stall enquiries, bookings and a chirpy conversation phone Lucinda 0448 681 147

January 19 On This Day in Australian History

1790 - The Second Fleet decided to play follow the leader with The First Fleet and, dragging 1,006 convicts along for the ride, set off on a Sunday sail from England.

1800 -  John Washington Price, recently arrived on the ship Minerva, observes that ‘Pummil-woy (who frequents Sidney & Paramatta)’ is known to say that ‘no gun or pistol can kill him … He has now lodged in him, in shot, sluggs [sic] and bullets about eight or ten ounces of lead, it is supposed he has killed over
30 of our people, but it is doubtful on which side the provocation was given.’

1835 - The "last remaining" Tassie Aborigines were rounded up and put onto Flinders Island.
Apparently all those others in Tassie were figments of our imaginations.

1846 - Charles Sturt's 18 month expedition to open up inland Australia came to a crashing halt (coz the Simpson Desert and a severe drought just wouldn't play ball), so he took his bat and ball home to Adelaide.

1850 - Australian Philosophical Society (late the Royal Society of NSW) was formed in Sydney.

1863 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was flung open for business from Kingswood to Penrith.

1869 - Ida Stanley, the first female school teacher in Alice Springs who was loved by both Europeans and Aborigines, was born.

1886 - Australian wharf workers went back to work after an 18-day strike over wages.

1877 - Hmph! They didn't ask my permission...Construction began on the great hall and vestibule in the Victorian Parliament, costing 37,500 pounds.

1887 - Dust off your travelling rug and pick up your gloves Aunt Mildred...Victoria and South Australia were finally joined by rail when they finished their tea break and completed a section of track from Dimboola to Seviceton.

1887 - The railway line from North Creswick to Rocky Lead (Vic) opened.

1897 - The Sunday Times was first published in Perth, WA

1900 - Sydney excitedly discovered its very first case of the plague; in the following 8 months 103 people were carried off this mortal coil from the disease.

1906 - William Kidston became the Premier of Queensland.

1907 – A tropical cyclone hit Cooktown, Queensland, killing six.

1925 - The Molong -Dubbo Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1926 - The 10th Federal Parliament opened.

1931 -Canberra Airport opened.

1931 - Australian National Airways (ANA) began a daily Hobart to Melbourne air service.

1939 - Author H.G Wells had seen a light on and thought he'd pop in to Australia. While gracing our shores, he gave a chat on ABC radio about Utopias.

1945 - In a War Cabinet Agendum the Acting Minister of Air sought approval for the purchase of chemical warfare weapons of United States design.

1950 - A cyclone severely damaged towns on the east coast of Australia between Brisbane and Sydney.

1956 - Two brand spanking new banks opened their doors - The Bank of NSW and the ANZ.

1957 - Pass the tissues and the hip flask...The Argus, a Melbourne-based but thoroughly loved Aussie newspaper put out its final edition today. This paper pioneered many things in journalism, one being the use of colour photos in the news spread, which took the London tabloids almost another 40 years to master.

GTV-9 telly studios in Richmond were officially opened by Gov Sir Dallas Brooks.
Who was grandfather to Jennifer Byrne.
Who is married to Andrew Denton.
Whose father, Kit Denton, wrote a novel about Breaker Morant.
Who once married Daisy Bates, who in turn collaborated with journalist Ernestine Hill who penned a novel based on  the life of explorer Matthew Flinders who ...did something with the coastline of Oz but more importantly had the eminent good taste and sense to hitch his wagon to that of a cat, Trim.

1966 - Pig Iron Bob aka Ming aka Robert Menzies, the longest serving Aussie PM, had a bad hair day and resigned. Que sera, sera Bobby...oops did I say that out loud ?

1966 - Speaking of Banana Benders...a banana farmer named George Pedley fell over a 'flying saucer nest' at Horseshoe Lagoon.

1970 - The resorts on the Great Barrier Reef islands were destroyed by a cyclone.

1975 – 2JJ, the predecessor of youth radio Triple J, commenced broadcasting in Sydney.

1975 - Gazing into my crystal ball I smell..... A house painter predicted that on this day Adelaide would be levelled by an earthquake and washed away in a tidal wave. Those many who fled the city returned to find everything intact and ripples gently lapping at the beach.....something fishy, paint fumes and horses doovers !

1975 - Although there was a bit of flooding up north , at Lucinda and Mackay QLD when Cyclone Gloria gave her last hurrah before vanishing in a puff of wind.

1976 - Tropical Cyclone David ran out of puff on this day having crossed onto land at Rockhampton but not before it made its presence felt ; It generated huge swells and these combined with large tides caused extensive damage to Heron Island as it passed to the north, winds unroofed 30 buildings in Yeppoon and several in Mt Morgan. Large seas combined with high tides caused considerable damage to breakwaters, retaining walls and other structures especially at Rosslyn Bay Harbour (Yeppoon) where the Breakwater was destroyed along with yachts and trawlers. Storm tides flooded houses and shops at Urangan, Noosa and Kirra. Storm surge at Beachmere on Moreton Bay cut all roads into the town. The Port of Brisbane was closed. At wave recording stations the significant wave (peak) height reached 5.8 m (8.9 m) at Double Island Pt and 3.8 m (8.7 m) at Yeppoon. Tides were up to one metre above predicted levels.

1982 - A double female  act, going by the title of Cyclone Daphne-Fifi got the wind taken from their sails by a big bruiser of a lad named Bruno.
Daphne-Fifi waned and weakened after being brushed aside by Bruno finally disappeared near the northwest coast.

1984 - The Tumut Railway Branch Line (NSW) was closed.

1994 - Cyclone Rewa caused damage in Queensland; a man was sucked down a drain to his death.

1995 - Pope John Paul II conducted a mass at Rankwick Racecourse for horse number 11 in the 5th race who didn't have a snow flake's hope of even making it around the course to celebrate Mary MacKillop's beatification.

2004 – Cricketer David Hookes died following an altercation outside the Beaconsfield Hotel in St Kilda.

2006 – Former leader of the Australian Labor Party Mark Latham was charged with common assault, malicious damage and stealing from a person after an altercation with a News Ltd reporter.

2014 - The Nauru government deported Peter Law, its Australian resident magistrate, and barred its Australian chief justice, Geoffrey Eames, from re-entering the country.

2017 - It was announced that Vegemite would be Aussie owned once more after Bega Cheese agreed to buy the delicious spread , amongst other well-known brands, for $460 million.