Saturday, March 24, 2018

March 24 On This Day in Australian History

You can all begin by raising a glass to John Busby who was whelped on this day in 1765, and who began the 10 year construction of Sydney's first regular water supply known as Busby's Bore on his birthday in 1827.

1796 - Bass and Flinders did not find Lake Illawarra but instead fell over a noisy skinny dipping pool party.
They declined the invitation to join in due to their mortal fear of verdigris.

1804 - And after a plethora of names such as Mulumbinba, Coal River, Hunter's River,Coal Harbour, and King's Town they finally settled on calling the damn spot Newcastle.

1810 - David Collins dropped off the perch rather suddenly...probably been over-doing the little blue "performance" pills again, randy bugger.

1854 - An Act to Establish a Constitution in and for the Colony of Victoria or more commonly the first 'Constitution Act' was passed in the Victorian Legislative Council. This set out the principles and methods for Parliament and would comprise two houses the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly.

1862 - The Peeps in Power in NSW went completely nuts today when they madly threw open the Main North Railway Line from Lochinvar - Branxton.

1879 - The bridge at Murray Bridge in South Oz - as you can't have a Murray Bridge without a bridge - was opened for traffic. Playing catch up, as always, it was adapted for choo-choo's in 1886.

1883 - The Salvo's fish and chip wrapper newspaper Warcry was flogged sold for the first time in Sydney.

1890 - The train travellers were most pleased when the railway line from Burnley to Oakleigh (Vic) was flung open for intrepid tripsters.

1891 - Dr Richard Schomburgk, the Director of Adelaide's Botanic Gardens, suddenly dropped off the perch.
Read more about this former Prussian rebel who dreamt up fabulous flora for Adelaide that's still enjoyed to this day.

1891 - The peeps wot made decisions at that extinct beast Victoria Railways were sniffing some sort of adhesive when they closed the Dunkeld to Penshurst railway line.

1891 - But obviously not all of them at Victoria Railways were as high as Harry Highpants' Top Hat cos they opened the line from Fairfield Park to Riversdale.

1891 - They were on a roll when they opened the railway line from Maldon (Laanecoorie Junction) to Shelbourne (Vic).

1900 - In Queensland 1,280 acres were gazetted as an Aboriginal reserve at Barambah.

1907 - The world's first surf reel was demonstrated at Bondi Beach. They seemed to be doing a lot of lifesaving firsts at Bondi for some reason...

1916 - Always keeping their fingers in every pie on the pulse, the govt introduced war time price control.

1919 The Red Flag Riots were rampaging through Merivale Street in Brisvegas. Read more about this almost completely forgotten episode in Aussie history that was orchestrated by the puppet masters in the Governor-General's office HERE.

1920 - The railway line from Piangil to Kooloonong (Vic) was opened.

1925 - Insomnia was cured at last! The first broadcast of a parliamentary debate had everyozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
1926 - At an Australian Farmers Federation Association conference in dear old Melbourne saw the birth of The Australian Country Party Association.

1927 - The Feds parked their posteriors in Melbourne for the final time then they upped sticks to polish the seats of their suits in the p0rn capital of Oz, Canberra.

1930 - Shadrach Livingstone James, Aboriginal activist, teacher, unionist and all-round nice bloke, was today published in the Herald newspaper calling for help for the Aboriginal people, stating,
"......We are the descendants of the people you have unjustly disinherited of their land, and of their privileges. We are not unreasonable in asking you to secure for the us the best prospects of free development and to provide for us a full opportunity to display our capacities, and so legislate that we should know that we live and move and have our being in Australia as right, not on sufferance. We are at present-shame on the Governments of this land-landless and homeless wanderers..."

1939- Today John Kinmont Moir raised the idea of an award to recognise a persons efforts toward protecting native flora and fauna - thus the Australian Natural History Medallion was pupped.

 1942 - Response to Australia’s request from the United Kingdom that “immediate action was being taken to supply Australia's chemical weapons needs”.

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 presented its final report to Parliament.

1946 - The kid who became famous as Smiley in the Smiley films of the 1950's, Colin Petersen, was pupped. He also worked briefly as a drummer with the Bee Gees after acting.


1977 - Don Chipp did doth rent his Liberal Party membership in two, and then birthed the Australian Democrats (To keep the bastards honest).

1980 - The Aussie Olympic Federation stood their ground and announced they'd send a delegation to Moscow despite the PM having a hissy fit and finding every excuse under the sun to stop them.

1981 - GAYTAS members Eddy Ashmore and Geoff Ostling who were creating a school kit on homosexuality, come under a sustained attack from the Festival of Light, the Sun Herald and John Laws. Their grant was withdrawn.

1983 - The Mardi Gras Show/Fun for all the Family exhibition of photography and video of the 1983 Mardi Gras and selected “extravaganza” costumes, opened at the Link Gallery.

1983- Mr Frank Walker, the then-Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, introduced the Aboriginal Land Rights Bill into the NSW Legislative Assembly.

1988 - The National Council on AIDS replaced the AIDS Task Force and the National Advisory Committee on AIDS.

1991 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Camberwell Junction - Rixs Creek Coal Loader.

1993 - Gay and lesbian couples were specifically excluded from child adoption legislation which passed the ACT Legislative Assembly.

1997 - Today saw the Australian Federal Govt overturn the Euthanasia Law that had been passed in the Northern Territory 1st July 1996.

2004 - Eight drag queens protested at Myers store in the city against the ejection of Kirsten Damned from the store by police following complaints about how she was dressed.

2005 - The board of ATSIC, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, was abolished under the then-Howard Federal Govt following allegations of corruption.

2011 - The Lowitja Institute opened in Melbourne, the first national body solely committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. Its naming patron is Aboriginal woman Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue from the Luritja clan of Central Australia.

2012 - Indigenous mental health continued to be overlooked, despite worrying statistics, according to a leading Aboriginal psychologist and member of the Government’s new National Mental Health Commission on Close The Gap Day.

2012 - The single processing system for asylum seekers, regardless of their mode of arrival, came into effect.

2014 - The Stronger Land Account Bill was released and endorsed on the same day at Old Parliament House by a group of senior Indigenous leaders, including three who had helped negotiate the Mabo settlement and served on the first ILC board: Lowitja O’Donoghue, David Ross and Noel Pearson. This leaders group also includes Patrick Dodson, Aden Ridgway, Tom Calma and Kirstie Parker, co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. The Bill developed by the ILC was largely adopted by the Australian Greens and introduced to the Senate in June 2014.

2015 - PKU-BHP Billiton Chair Professor of Australian Studies, Professor David Walker welcomed Rhonda Black, Director of Aboriginal Studies Press, to a roundtable discussion. Held at the Australian Embassy in Beijing, the discussion allowed Chinese editors and directors of several Australian Studies Centres in China to speak with Ms Black about how to increase the profile of Australian Aboriginal scholarship in China. Participating universities included: Peking University (Professor Liu Shusen), Tsinghua University (Professor Wang Jinghui), Beijing Foreign Studies University (Li Jianjun) and Beihang University (Mr Shen Fei, editor of College English) as well as  Professor Li Yao and Yang Yumei Director of Literature of National Minorities.

2016 - It was announced that historic buildings in Green Square and a network of wetlands in Sydney Park were set to be renamed with Aboriginal words that would help bring Sydney’s original language back into everyday use.
The four wetlands in Sydney Park have been given Aboriginal language names for local wildlife that reflect the biodiversity of the park. They are:
Wirrambi Wetland – meaning ‘bat’, relates to the newly-created habitat for microbats at the park;
Guwali Wetland – meaning ‘cormorant’, recognises the water habitat island in the wetlands that’s attracting cormorants and other wetland birds to the park;
Bunmarra Wetland – meaning ‘lizard’, refers to the growing blue-tongue lizard population in the park; and
Gilbanung Wetland – meaning ‘grasshopper’, an insect prevalent in the park that can be heard singing at night around the wetlands.

2017 - After 10 years of celebrating the life of indigenous minister Pastor Cec Grant OAM (Wongamarr/Wungamaa), the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C) hosted the final Lecture.

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