Monday, February 19, 2018

February 19 On This Day in Australian History

1804 - David Collins decided to up sticks and shift his non-Corey Worthington organised party to Sullivan Cove in Tassie.

1810 - Edward Luttrell Jnr, a ship’s officer and son of Surgeon Edward Luttrell, shot Pemulwuy’s son ‘Tidbury’ (Tedbury or Tjedboro) in the face during an argument at Parramatta.

1836 - British Parliament officially proclaimed the colony of South Australia and formally defined its boundaries.
King William IV recognised the continued rights to land for Aboriginal people in South Australia's founding document, the Letters Patent. It was the first ever recognition of Aboriginal rights granted in Australia's colonial history. But the promise of legal entitlement to the land was never kept.

1852 - That glittery gold stuff that gets the population so excited was tripped over in Beechworth.

1856 - Exotic dancer (that's exotic NOT erotic you smutty minded people) Lola Montez - who was neither Spanish nor a trained dancer -was greatly displeased with a bad review written by the editor of the Ballarat Times, Henry Seekamp, about her.
So she took to him with a horse whip.
Totally justified, Your Honour...!

1863 - Thomas McGee was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Alexander Brown at Maiden Gully.

1865 - The tender was issued for work on Parliament House for the construction of the Legislative Council foundations.

1877 - A few glasses and stumps were raised when the patent for the stump-jump plough was registered in South Oz.

1879 - The foundation stone for Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building was laid.

1883 - Sir William Robinson was having a bad hair day so he decided to cover it up by popping on the South Oz Governor's hat.

1892 - Eileen O'Connor, the next possible Aussie saint, was delivered by the stork in Richmond (Struggletown), Melbourne.
She was yet another ballsy gal who took on Rome to establish Our Lady's Nurses For The Poor.

1894 - Steam trams began chugging their way to Bondi; getting a full head of steam up they could gallop along at 65km/ph, birthing the saying "to shoot through like a Bondi tram".

1894 - The Sydney Anarchy Trial found several well-known chappies were a bit naughty for flogging editions of the anarchist newspaper Hard Cash that cast aspersions upon trustees of the Savings Bank of NSW. Tsk tsk tsk. Because banks are always so trust-worthy during a depression... aren't they?
Of course 2 chappies in particular were let off the hook...future NSW Premier Jack Lang and future Prime Minister Billy Hughes.

1912 - Royal Commission into the claims arising out of the contract entered into between Peter Rodger and the Victorian Railways Commissioners for the erection of Flinders Street new Station Buildings presented its final report to Parliament.

1918 - The Australian Corps Signal Company was formed.

1928 - Thousands of spectators crammed into the Kings Oak Speedway to eyeball the latest mad craze to shift from Oz - the uber dangerous dirt track racing.

1942 - Darwin was bombed twice  on this day with deaths far exceeding the originally quoted 15 and the later revised 243.

1942 - A Japanese Zero crash-landed on Melville Island to Darwin’s north, and its pilot was captured by a local  Tiwi Islander man named Matthias Ulungura snuck up behind the Japanese pilot with a tomahawk and said, 'Stick 'em up!'— the first prisoner of war taken on Australian soil.

1942 - During the Bombing of Darwin the first wave of 188 Japanese planes was spotted by Father John McGrath, a Catholic priest at the mission station on Bathurst Island. Father McGrath sent a message on the radio saying "An unusually large air formation bearing down on us from the northwest". Nearly everyone ignored this, though it was on the most popular radio station. About an hour later there were roughly 100 people dead, but the people who followed his instruction all survived.

1942 - Following the Bombing of Darwin many Aboriginal people were relocated to 'control camps' and restrictions were places on Aboriginal movement, especially women. In Arnhem Land Aboriginal people made up special reconnaissance units in defence against the Japanese.
The United Church in North Australia set up an Aboriginal mission on Elcho Island, Northern Territory.

 1943 - The Militia Bill was passed along with the metamucil which made all Aussie troops available to Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the Pacific Campaign.

1943 - Japanese planes flew over Sydney, sparking sirens and anti-aircraft fire.

1944 - Royal Commission to inquire into the place of origin and the causes of the fires which commenced at Yallourn on the 14th day of February, 1944 established.

1946 -  “All personnel from No. 19 Replenishing Centre posted and disbandment of the unit is complete”.

1951 - Norman Andrews was Hanged at Pentridge for the murder of 'Pop' Kent.

1951 - Robert David Clayton was Hanged at Pentridge for the murder of 'Pop' Kent.

1951 -Jean Lee was Hanged at Pentridge for the murder of 'Pop' Kent in Dorrit Street Carlton. Jean Lee was the last woman executed in Australia.

1955 – The Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty (SEATO) came into force.

1962 - The Upper Ferntree Gully to Belgrave railway line (Vic) opened reopened as broad gauge.

1966 - The Rolling Stones performed three shows at Sydney Showground.

1966 - Aussie gal Heather McKay won her fifth successive British squash title.

1969 - Some bloke was seen leading animals onto his boat 2 by 2 when Darwin had a spot of rain with 125mm throwing itself from the sky within 24 hours. 1 inch fell in 5 mins...impatient little buggers!

1969 - Australian cricketer Doug Walters made the record books by taking both a century and a double century in the same match during the Fifth Test against India.

1980 - This day  saw the sad demise of one of rock's enduring legends - Bon Scott passed away.

1983 - The scary boogy monster under the ALP bed became known as Westralian Premier Brian Burke on this day.

1987 - Henry Ramsay aka Craig McLachlan  graced our idiot boxes for his debut appearance in Neighbours on this day.

1996 - Rob Borbidge threw his hat into the ring and came away as the 35th Premier of Qld.

1996 - Sky News Australia was spawned on this day.

1998 - Zali Steggall broke the drought and took home the first individual Winter Olympic medal for the Aussies when she won Bronze for the downhill slalom.

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