Tuesday, March 20, 2018

March 20 On This Day in Australian History

1802 Matthew Flinders followed in the tradition of brown nosing naming new places after influential bods back home when he dubbed Spencer Gulf in South Oz after a bloke on the Admiralty Board.

1834 Arthur Orton, the butcher from Wagga Wagga who claimed to be the long lost heir to the Tichborne fortune, was pupped.

1838 - Patrick Cuffy was Hanged at Sydney for robbery and assault on William Vivers at Bureen.

1838 - John Toole was Hanged at Sydney for robbery and assault on William Vivers at Bureen.

1844 Oh , if only for that blue telephone police box to pop back in time...Flogging off the land selling the first blocks of land at Seymour commenced today.

1846 Just to make sure Melbourne's Princes' Bridge was going to be built, the foundation stone was laid.

1856 William Gocher, a journalist, newspaper publisher and reformer of beach bathing swimming laws (he broke 'em) was spawned. Read more about beach bathing Billy-boy HERE.

1872 Pack away your fur capes theatre lovers, the Theatre Royal in Melbourne was gutted by fire.

1873 Longwood to Violet Town railway line was opened.
Pretty little line, it might surprise some in State Govt to learn it actually did carry trains that transported people, odd though it may seem.

1878 Needing to fill up the not-so empty spot that was a cemetery, Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market was opened...yes, right on top of buried bodies, too. Roughly 10,000 are under your feet as you park the car and wander about looking for that extra special something....

1885 Ruby Lindsay, the adored, beloved and worshipped wife of Will Dyson, sister to the famous Lindsay artist brothers and artists in her own right, was born.

1893 - Cooperabiddy was hanged at Roebourne for murder of James Coppin, a half-caste [sic], at the Hamersley Range.

1903 Lightning Ridge Opal fields was a'booming when it was opened up today.

1912 – The SS Koombana sank near Port Hedland, Western Australia, during a tropical cyclone, with the loss of at least 138 passengers and crew.

1912 - Const. Frank Buttle, WA Police, died whilst travelling on board the SS Koombana.

1915 Swimming between the flags took on a competitive edge when the first state Lifesaving Championships were held at Bondi.

1916 The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps land in France.

1917 Lieutenant F.H McNamara, from Rushworth in Victoria, became the first Aussie airman to win a VC for rescuing a downed comrade in Palestine.

1920 Some feller who was handy with a needle and thread started his tailoring company called (David) Fletcher Jones. He later set up shop in Warrnambool in 1924.

1920 - Constable George Henry Taylor, Victoria Police, was shot whilst attempting to effect arrest.

1929 Start flapping those wings, the first airmail stamp was issued in Australia and it cost a whole threepence!

1932 - The North Shore Railway Line (NSW) was kicked to the kerb and closed.

1946 Henry Handel Richardson aka Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson, Aussie author who was surreptitiously but openly out of the closet during her lifetime, popped her clogs.

1976 A general election was held in Victoria - close enough to record as poltergeist activity with political careers rising from the dead...

1983 Chas, Di and Wee Willy popped in for a cuppa and some scones.

1989 The Lil Aussie Weeper, PM Bob Hawke, blubbered on national TV while admitting to doing the dirty on his wonderful wife, Hazel.

1990 – British-born serial killer John Wayne Glover was arrested for the murders of six elderly women on Sydney's North Shore.

2006 Cyclone Larry gatecrashed Far North Queensland, leaving AU$1billion in damages and no affordable bananas for nearly 2 years.

2008 - The government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leaders signed a Statement of Intent in the Great Hall of Parliament House to work together to achieve equality in health status and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians by the year 2030.

2008 - Australia commits $17 million to train Aboriginal nurses and doctors, as part of efforts to close a 17-year gap in the life expectancies of indigenous and other Australians.

2009 - Retired Federal Court judge Marcus Einfeld is sentenced to at least two years' jail for perjury and making a false statement with intent to pervert the course of justice, to avoid a $75 speeding ticket in 2006.

2009 - The federal government's Fair Work Bill passes parliament, assigning the Howard government's controversial Work Choices industrial relations regime to history.

2015 - More than 150 people filled the Redfern Community Centre to discuss a treaty for Australia’s first people.

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