Friday, June 15, 2018

June 15 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1795 -  Captain William Paterson tattled to the Home Office in London that there were now 400 settlers, with their families, on land extending 30 miles along both banks of the Hawkesbury River

1795 - Collins referred to the hostilities at the Hawkesbury as ‘an open war’ between the settlers and the Darug, who carried off the ripe corn in blankets and nets. William Rowe and his son were killed at Richmond Hill. ‘Within a few weeks five people have been killed and several wounded,’ Colonel Paterson advises London.
Paterson, who had led expeditions against the Hottentots at the Cape of Good Hope, despatched 60 New South Wales Corps troops from Parramatta to the Hawkesbury River. They were ordered ‘to destroy as many as they could meet of the wood tribe (Be-dia-gal); and in the hope of striking terror, to erect gibbets in different places, whereon the bodies of all they might kill were to be hung’.
In Sydney, ‘Pemulwuy, or some of his party’ wounded a convict near the Brickfield Village huts.

1798 - The Norfolk, a sloop built on Norfolk Island, arrived at Port Jackson.
This may not excite you but the convicts were simply overjoyed!

1804 - The Sullivan Cove settlement wasn't happy with it's title so it changed into something more comfortable, Hobart Town.

1821 - Alexander McDonald of the Field of Mars received permission to cut 10,000 feet of cedar and employ David Anderson, William Davis, free, James Perry, T of L, and William Clarke, prisoner.

1838 - Bryant Flannigan was hanged at Sydney for the murder of John Nagle, "Big Mary" Nagle and Patrick Riley at Bunbejong, near Mudgee.

1838 - Daniel Maloney was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Thomas Mahoney at Hassan's Walls.

1838 - Dennis Haberlin (Haverden) was hanged at Sydney for robbery at the house of John and Sarah Rawles and the attempted rape of Sarah Rawles, at Woodford Bay, Longueville.

1838 - Thomas Ribbands was hanged at Sydney for putting in fear and burglary from the house of Ann Jones, at Taree. Ann's husband John had been stabbed to death by one of their servants, Edward Tufts, earlier that year.

1839 - NSW was getting too big for it's boots so it pushed the boundaries out to include "portions of NZ that The Crown might acquire". So shove over and give us room to stick our aching feet in your hot springs.

1843 - The first elections for the NSW Legislative Council were held.

1845 - The Mitchell River, in QLD discovered explorer Ludwig Leichhardt.

1862 - 150 years ago saw the largest gold robbery in Oz history when that gang of naughty lads Frank Gardiner, Ben Hall, Johnny Gilbert and Dan Charters held up the Lachlan Gold Escort at Eugowra Rocks.

1874 - Brisvegas's first 'permanent' Victoria Bridge opened, with a swinging span for tall vessels. A Cobb and Co coach was first vehicle to gallop across.

1878 - Typhoid fever swept through the great unwashed masses of Sydney.

1891 -  At Morpeth a slight earthquake was felt. Mr. C. F. Wakely reported that from 8.40 a.m. to 9.32 a.m. there were slight vibrations, shaking windows and doors, and that the same phenomena were repeated from 5.31 p.m. to 6.27 p.m.

1897 - Cos we used to be at the forefront of tech stuff the Engineering and Electrical Exhibition opened in Sydney.

1901 - Sergeant James Rogers, VC,  was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on this day at Thaba 'Nchu during the Second Boer War.

1909 – Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa met at Lord's and cobbled together the Imperial Cricket Conference.

1909 - The Bolangum Railway Line (Vic) was festooned with gaiety when the Rupanyup to Marnoo section was thrown open today.
Don't go waiting for a train, though, there's nought there but rust.

1914 - Purchase of Innisfail Tramways by the QLD Commissioner for Railways.

1922 - BHP closed its steel plant at Newcastle, NSW, because of the high price of local coal.

1924 - The Yallourn Power Station began pumping away.

1936 - James Leighton Massey was hanged at Long Bay Gaol for the murder of Norman Samuel McLaren Stead at Darlinghurst.

1937 - Sydney's last steam tram service, between Sans Souci and Kogarah, was replaced by electric trolley buses.
Fools!

1942 - Forget about the white satin and tulle gown for the Town Hall dinner dance this week, Violet, clothes were rationed.

1964 - The Beatles rocked up in Melbourne and were reunited with Ringo. That night the group performed two shows at Festival Hall, Melbourne.

1967 - Those in Victoria were treated to the first live colour telecast.

1981 - The Baxter to Mornington Railway Line (Vic) was kicked to the kerb by penny pincher bean counters.

1983 - The Australian Minister for Health Dr Neal Blewett was critical of the June 11 1983 Journal of the Australian Medical Association for its prejudicial and sensational approach to AIDS cases. He announced an expert working party on AIDS that would be chaired by D.G. Pennington, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne.

1984 - The Federal Health Minister, Dr Neal Blewett announced $110,000 for research in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide into AIDS.

1987 - More dropkick moves from Them Counting Beans saw the electrification de-commisioned on the railway from Warragul - Traralgon.

1988 - The Gay History Project Colloquia held its first meeting at the University of Sydney.

1992 - Australian artist Brett Whiteley died on this day.

2004 - The federal government rejected the UN demand that Edward Young should be paid a widows pension, stating that Young did not provide sufficient evidence of his relationship with Larry Cain and that Cain’s death was war caused.

2007 - PM John Howard met the Dalai Lama triggering an angry reaction from China who accused the premier of turning a "deaf ear" to its concerns.

2007 - A government report said child sex abuse is rampant among Aborigines in remote northern Australia, blaming widespread drunkenness and the breakdown of traditional societies as among the root causes.

2011 - Research by Duane Hamacher published in the Journal of Astronomical History & Heritage indicates accounts of lunar and solar eclipses in many traditional communities understood the movement of the Sun, Earth and Moon as Aboriginal communities in different parts of Australia often have similar traditional stories to explain these events.

2012 - Documents were released revealing "horrific" child sex assaults and brutal initiation ceremonies in the Australian military, prompting PM Julia Gillard to signal a possible public inquiry. The report details allegations of sexual and other serious physical assaults against boys as young as 13 dating back to the 1950s.

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