Monday, April 30, 2018

April 30 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1831 - Captain Collet Barker, original discoverer of the site for Adelaide, was killed by Indigenous Australians. Barker arrived at the sandspit where the Murray River enters the Southern Ocean. He elected to swim the channel, strapping his compass to his head. Somewhere, in the sandhills on the eastern side, Barker disappeared.
It was determined later, on the information of an Aboriginal woman, that Barker had been speared to death by Aborigines and his body thrown into the sea. His remains were never discovered.

1832 - James Camm was hanged at Hobart for piracy.

1832 - James Metcalfe was hanged at Hobart for assault.

1832 - Robert Gordon was hanged at Hobart for burglary.

1844 - George Jones was hanged at Hobart for armed robbery.

1844 - James Platt was hanged at Hobart for armed robbery.

1846 - Sir John Eardley-Wilmot was kicked to the kerb as Lt-Gov of Tassie for allegedly not suppressing homosexual behaviour amongst the convicts. Of course it had nothing to do with his on-going dispute with Bishop Nixon on the separation of the powers between church and state or govt funding for church schools....oh, no, nothing at all...

1847 - Bobby was hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the killing by spear of Andrew Beveridge at Piangil.

1847 - Ptolemy was hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the killing by spear of Andrew Beveridge at Piangil.

1850 - Bangalore was the last convict ship to park its prow in Moreton Bay with 392 "exiles" as cargo.

1857 - John Chisley was hanged at Melbourne Gaol for his part in the murder of Inspector-General Price.

1892 - The Queensland Government announced it would lift the restriction on the importation of South Sea Island labour, a move overwhelmingly endorsed by parliament. The Premier, Sir Samuel Griffith, said thousands of Queenslanders were facing ruin for want of labour, while such labour was freely available in the Pacific Islands.

1894 - Doc Evatt, Aussie statesman and President of the United Nations General Assembly, was pupped.

1905 - Police, investigating shadowy figures in a Collingwood pub one night, arrested Bill Edwards who later turned out to be Marion Edwards.

1930 - Finally! At last we can keep up with East Enders! A radio telephone service began chattering between Oz and the UK.

1930 - A massive meeting of unemployed workers in Melbourne - and wasn't there a fair few number of them! - created the Anti-Starvation Crusade.
Presumably by the hordes of unemployed who just happened to be starving.
*sigh* Great Depression...ring a bell?

1941 - Max Merritt, NZ-born Aussie singer (don't we always adopt the decent Kiwi's?) was hatched.

1952 - The passengers were no longer allowed to hop on and off the train between Birregurra and Forrest as The Horrid Powers That Be slaughtered the wonderful train service and Made People Use Their Broomsticks instead.

1953 - Graphic Designer, Douglas Annand, who was arrested on 5 December 1952 and charged with soliciting an officer of the NSW Police Force for an immoral purpose, was found guilty in the Central Court of Petty Sessions. No conviction was recorded.

1954 - George Howard broke the law which prohibited Aboriginal people from being on hotel premises. Howard, a welfare officer with the Native Affairs Department, was invited to the Savoy Hotel as a guest speaker at a Rotary Club luncheon. Howard told his audience, which included some of Perth’s leading businessmen, that to be classified as an Aborigine meant ‘heartbreak, frustration and despair’.”

1976 - A closed service for Truganini was held at the Cornelian Bay crematorium. Her ashes were spread on the waters of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel the following day. Truganini was the last of her people, daughter of Mangana, chief of the Bruny Island tribe.

1981 - The Federal Govt's razor gang began slashing spending even a mere penny on public services....and here we are on familiar ground again, today.

1985 - The drag entertainer Wendy Wayne/Waine (Wayne Brannan) who had worked at Les Girls and Pete’s Beat was shot dead.

1985 - A Trade Unions Working Party formed within ACON.

1986 - Mayor of L.A, Tom Bradley, was acting the raw prawn when he declared April 30 "Paul Hogan Day" due to those cringe-worthy popular ads on American TV promising to "throw another shrimp on the barbie".

1988 - World Expo in Brisvegas flung open it's blingy doors for the masses.

1992 - The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir refused to remove references to homosexuality from its name under pressure from the organising committee of the Australian National Choral Championships.

1997 - Federal Health minister Michael Woolridge announced funding to extend the Roche Products viral load testing scheme.

1998 - An Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RACOG) was confered upon Sister Alison Bush on this day, at the College’s Annual Scientific Meeting at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. This was the first occasion that an Indigenous nursing sister had been the recipient of such an award from a medical college in Australia.

2000 - 2,000 people visited the full display of the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt at the Exhibition and Convention Centre Darling Harbour.

2001 - Sydney gay man Johnnie Cass appears in the new reality TV show Big Brother.

2003 - Queensland Parliament heard that Aboriginal rock art more than 19,000 years old had been vandalised in a central Queensland national park.

2006 - Two Tasmanian miners were found alive after being trapped underground for five days.

2008 - Taxi drivers blocked the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Streets in a protest for more safety measures after a driver was stabbed the day before.
Yes.... the image of semi-nekkid taxi drivers is branded into my grey matter and I shall be forced to live with it until the day I die.....or until someone flashes a Stephen Fry before my very eyes....

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