Saturday, March 31, 2018

March 31 On This Day in Australian History

March 31 is the International Transgender Day of Visibility.

1792 - At Sydney eighty-seven deaths were recorded; ‘most [new arrivals] so thoroughly exhausted that they expired without a groan’.

1809 - Tricking those sly dogs of the NSW Corps, Bligh arrived at Hobart and shifted into the renovators delight Government cottage with his daughter.

1813 - Richard Berry was Hanged for cattle stealing.

1813 - John Mahony was Hanged for cattle stealing (brother of Thomas Mahony who was hanged on 24 March 1813 for a separate offence).

1818 -  Daniel Deakin (Daykin) supplies a boat to Bidgee Bidgee, chief of Kissing Point (Ryde) and is paid £13.0.0 from the Police Fund.

1829 - Fort Dundas, on Melville Island, didn't live up to its promises as a 5 star resort so everyone upped sticks and hot footed it to the next fashionable place to be seen, Raffles Bay, NT.

1831 - Surprise, the first Aussie-built steamship, was launched with much aplomb and high spirits , of both kinds, in Sydney.

1839 - Bet there were a few celebrations all round that night too...Joseph Forbes aka Timor Joe, was rescued from Timorlaut Island where he'd not been voted off the island held captive for 14 years.

1863 - South Australians grew to love their woolly backs to the point that by this date there were almost 3.5 million Sunday roasts gambolling about the Adelaide Hills.

1868 - Bernard Cunningham was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of John Fairweather, near Keilor.

1868 - Joseph Whelan was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of farmer Tom Branley at Rokewood.

1869 - Michael Flannigan (or Flannagan) was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Sgt Thomas Hull at Hamilton.

1871 - Young Griffo, the Lightweight Boxing Champion of The World, was born.

1883 - Robert Kinnear became the first Indigenous runner to win the famed Stawell Gift.

1885 - The Grey River Argus reported  that the West Island (aka Australia) had received warning from Singapore that The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!

1887 - The Enrolled Pensioner Force in Westralia was abolished and a new unit called the Enrolled Guard was formed from among its members. It was placed under the command of Captain M.S. Smith, the Superintendent of Police and the final parade of the Enrolled Guard was held on this day.

1897 - Jumna Khan was Hanged at Fremantle Prison for the murder of William Griffiths in High Street, Fremantle.

1906 - In 1906 the Grey River Argus trumpeted the news of a huge fire that took out several Sydney warehouses, threatening the entire block, gutting the Berlin Piano Company.

1909 - Victoria finally woke up to itself the treasure trove it had in the form of women and proclaimed the Act giving them the right to vote in state elections. Goodness, next you know they'll let a woman be PM of a country somewhere...

1921 - The Aussie Air Force was formed, with the "Royal" being added further down in the year on August 13th.

1928 - First Aussie Grand Prix was held at Phillip Island.
I'd say send it back there but the Fairy Penguins have moved on from their ocker bogan days...

1930 - Lectures, and not of the nagging wife kind, begin at the illustrious Canberra Uni.

1931 - The Temora to Roto Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Hillston to Roto South, from Roto South Junction to Roto East Junction and from Roto South Junction to Roto West Junction.

1937 - Contract for central spire of St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, was signed - Conolly and Vanheems.
1938 - Opening of Mackay Court House in Victoria Street by QLD Premier and Mackay Local Member William Forgan Smith.

1939 - Spires completed on St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, and blessed by Archbishop Mannix.

1943 - Oooo-ah that won't make them popular! Aussie and American servicemen unloaded ships in Sydney during a strike by the wharf labourers.

1947 - Now that all the shouting was over, assisted migration for British migrants was reintroduced with free passage thrown in for all ex-servicemen.

1954 - The Pony Club Association of Victoria introduced instructors courses to Australia ; Colonel Pope announced a proposed Instructors Course to be held during the winter months, at the Showgrounds or at Frankston . As it turned out, it was held at “Carbrook” in Frankston, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Derry Francis, (Luckock). Colonel Pope anticipated that as a result of this and any future courses, certain people would be passed as Instructors suitable to conduct tests.

1955 - And the world was blessed with the musical genius trussed up in a school boys uniform in the guise of Angus Young from AC/DC.

1956 - The Marian railway bridge was washed away by raging floodwaters causing immense disruption to Pioneer Valley residents.

1957 - The poopheads closed the Hearns Oak to Yallourn railway line.
But at least you can *gag* walk or cycle the remaining rail trail.

1958 - Patrons packed into the North Melbourne venue to witness the hot favourite Rookie Rebel race to victory in the inaugural Australian Cup, which was to become the centre piece of the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association (MGRA) and greyhound racing in the following years.

1966 - Sir Robert Menzies laid the Foundation Stone of the National Library of Australia.

1975 - Skyhooks were rocking the top of the Aussie pops with Horror Movie.

1977 - Old Iron Gloves, Rodney Marsh, took out his 188th wicket during the Centenary Test Match at the MCG creating a new record.

1983 - The fabulous Aussie kid's classic, Possum Magic, was released on this date.

1986 - ACON approached the Legal and Social Sub-committee of the National Advisory Committee on AIDS (NACAIDS) to hold a conference on insurance after insurance companies proposed to deny insurance to AIDS anti-body positive people.

1988 - The Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool hosted the opening event of the Australia’s Celebration Games.

1989 - Steve Crabb, the then-Vic Minister for Tourism announced that the Grampians would revert back to their original Indigenous name of Gariwerd - and all heck in a handbasket broke loose with the then-Mayor of Stawell stating on this day,
 "It seems to me like a little group that can get what it wants like all the minority groups. The government just bows down to them and the government is ruled by the loudest noise all the time."
Which was complete tosh as no Aboriginal groups had been consulted nor had any so-called noise from local Koori groups been heard.

2000 - The Australian Broadcasting Authority received 124 complaints about internet content in the first 3 months of the Federal Government’s Internet Content Scheme.

2001 - The Lesbian and Gay Anti-Violence Project was transferred to the responsibility of ACON.

2002 - Janelle Patton became Norfolk Island's first murder victim in 150 years.

2004 - The L Word, a soap opera about a group of lesbians began on Channel 7.

2006 - The Age broadsheet fishwrapper announced ,
"HOMOPHOBIA is alive and well in Australia and linked to startling levels of depression among gays and lesbians, according to a study to be released today."

2007 - In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million people took part in the first Earth Hour.

2010 - Veteran Aboriginal rights activist, Charles ‘Chicka’ Dixon, died aged 81. Dixon was active in the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders and its campaign for the 1967 national referendum. Dixon was also active in the Aboriginal Tent Embassy movement in the 1970s and a major player in establishing Australia’s first Aboriginal legal and medical services. He received a state funeral on this day.

2017 - The annual regional Victorian Reconciliation Network Forum (including tours) took place on Dja Dja Wurrung Country.

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