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.

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