Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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.

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