Saturday, January 6, 2018

January 6 On This Day in Australian History

1822 - The first service is held in the unfinished St James' Church, Sydney.

1845 - First known exhibition of pictures in Australia held in Hobart.

1848 - Today saw the first issue of Deutsche Post fur die Australische Colonien in Adelaide, a bilingual English-German weekly newspaper.

1860 - The Melbourne Trades Hall Committee and The Operative's Board of Trade merged to form the Trades Hall Council.

1877 - The Manly Municipality was incorporated. Manly achieved its own seat of Local Government.

1885 - The coast of Westralia was awash with the effects of a tsunami (origins unknown, the waves weren't talking) on this day.

1872 - In Sydney they were toasting marshmallows around The Prince of Wales Theatre as it burned to the ground for a 2nd time.

1884 - The Flinders St. to St Kilda Junction Railway line (Vic) opened.

1890 - The Royal Commission to enquire into the sanitary conditions of Melbourne presented its final report to Parliament...and it was as prettily perfumed as the leaking septic tanks along the Yarra....

1911 - A slight earthquake was felt in the south eastern 'burbs of Melbourne with " distinct vibration of buildings and rattling of windows in East Melbourne, South Yarra and Toorak"
Oh, no!
Not window rattling!

1930 - About as surprising as chewing on a lump of willow wood.... Don Bradman scored a record 452 not out in one cricket innings.

1932 - As he had nothing better to do that day,Joseph Lyons took up office as Australia's 14th PM.

1942 - The Air Board approved the take over of the disused 660 metre railway tunnel at Glenbrook, New South Wales by the Royal Australian Air Force for the storage of bombs.

1969 - An experimental set of double-decker passenger carriages was put into service on the Sydney metropolitan service. It wasn't until 1972 that they were to become commonplace.

1988 - The Kywong Railway Branch line (NSW) was closed.

2004 - As disappointing as chewing on a wicket keepers glove...Australian Cricket Captain Steve Waugh retired from Test cricket, playing his last match against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

2005 - There was cheering and toasting at the 150th birthday of the Ovens & Murray Advertiser, Beechworth.

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