Sunday, March 18, 2018

March 18 On This Day in Australian History

1804 - Jervis Bay Aborigines visited Sydney.

1816 - Macquarie advises Lord Bathurst in London: ‘It is my Intention, as soon as I shall have Ascertained What Tribes Committed the late Murders and Depredations, to send a strong Detachment of Troops to drive them to a Distance from the Settlements of the White Men.’

1820 - Macquarie scribbled in his journal on this day;
"I returned early this morning to Parramatta, accompanied by Commodore Vassilieff, and Lieut. Aveenoff in my own Carriage, and by Capt. Schessmareff, Lieut. Hall, and Lieut. Ignatieff, of the Russian Squadron. — After Breakfast I walked all over the Town of Parramatta with these Gentlemen. — Colonel Erskine came up from Sydney to dine with us, and Lieut. King R. Navy also made one of our Dinner Party. — Capt. Piper kindly lent me his Carriage for 3 of the Russian Officers."

1825 - Helping Or-stray-lia feel more like Old Blighty the Sydney Turf Club was hatched.

1833 - Joseph Coleman was Hanged at Old Banks, Paterson Plains for the attempted murder of Edward Cory.

1834 - In England, six English agricultural laborers , the so-called “Tolpuddle Martyrs” ,were sentenced to seven years of banishment to Australia’s New South Wales penal colony for their trade union activities.

1840 - Talk about bringing down the house...the Royal Hotel and theatre were destroyed by fire but, fear not! Tales continue to be woven on the same spot in the guise of Dymock's book store in George St, Sydney.

1844 - St Patricks Church, Church Hill, designed by JF Hilly and built by Andrew Ross & Co, was ready for use. The parish priest was John McEncroe, an Irishman, which further cemented the church in the Irish community.

1850 - A red Letter day in some people's diaries - the birth of James Toohey in Melb, founder of Toohey's Brewery.

1863 - Alexander Ross, Bushranger. Hanged at Darlinghurst for highway robbery and the attempted murder of Harry Stephens at Caloola, near Blayney.

1863 - Charles Ross, Bushranger. Hanged at Darlinghurst for highway robbery and the attempted murder of Harry Stephens at Caloola, near Blayney.

1867 - William Henry Scott was Hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of Anne Ramsden (Scott) in Sussex St.

1877 - Constable Thomas Collins, Victoria Police, was on patrol in the Wangaratta area when he fell from his horse. He received internal injuries and died on the 23rd March 1877, at the Wangaratta Hospital.

1878 - The famous Queen Victoria Market was flung open for business in Melbourne; from whence one can acquire fresh fruit, vegies, meat, seafood and cheap souvenirs whilst walking all over the 9,000 dead bodies still interred down below.

1887 - Excitement squirrel gripped the public when the Heyfield to Maffra (Vic) railway line was flung open.

1888 - Due to the not-so-sweet aromas wafting about Smell-bourne the Royal Commission to enquire into Melbourne's Sanitary Conditions was established.
Although....must have been difficult to enquire into something that didn't exist!

1889 - William Harrison was Hanged at Bendigo for the murder of 'Corky Jack' Duggan at Elmore.

1892 - Duck, they were at it again!
Extending the rail network, that is, when they opened the Rokeby to Neerim South section of the Noojee Railway line (Vic).

1892 - Tomahawk was hanged at Mount Dockerell, the site of the crime, for the murder of William Miller.

1892 - Dicky was hanged at Mount Dockerell, the site of the crime, for the murder of William Miller.

1892 - Chinaman (Jerringo) was hanged at Mount Dockerell, the site of the crime, for the murder of William Miller.

1910 - He of the smoke and mirrors, Harry Houdini, piloted the first controlled aircraft flight at Diggers Rest, Vic.

1923 - John Campbell Miles, having nothing better to do that day, discovered lead and silver at Mt Isa, Qld.

1940 The (con artists) Govt started (flogging) selling War Savings Certificates.

1942 - Whilst flitting from one train to the next (due to differences in rail gauges) at Terowie in South Oz on his way to Adelaide Gen. Douglas MacArthur made his infamous speech of "I came out of Bataan and I shall return,".
Thankfully he didn't.

1944 - The War Cabinet agreed to raising the wage of Torres Strait Islander servicemen to 66% of what the white servicemen were paid, backpaying the increase to 1st July 1943 but only on the proviso that the wages were still paid to the Director of Native Affairs.

1954 - Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived for their first visit to South Australia on this day.

1957 - Food on the run became popular when Meals on Wheels was introduced in Sydney.

1974 - Grundy's high-school soapie Class Of '74 premiered on Channel 7, with theme music by Brian Cadd.

1985 - Neighbours premiered on Channel 7, the channel who in a moment of complete silliness axed the soapie after only 6 months and has wept buckets of tears ever since while watching its popularity climb on another channel.
( Whoever made that decision is probably still cleaning public dunnys).

2007 - More than 200,000 pairs of feet walked across the poor old used and abused Sydney Harbour Bridge to "celebrate" her 75th birthday.
You sick people! 

2011 - Dr. Peter Michell of Macquarie University announced he had located the exact spot of Bennelong's grave in a private garden in Putney.

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