Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April 26

1788 - An exploring party led by Phillip sighted and named the Blue Mountains.

1802 - Matthew Flinders examined Port Phillip....and graciously gave it a passing credit mark of 74%.

1867 - Police held a surprise ambush party on the bushrangers the Clarke brothers. For some reason they weren't smiling.

1890 - Transcribed from the Richmond Guardian-
Things were a bit rough when a resident of Neptune St had to approach the council for a light in the street owing to two instances of garotting after dark.
Sweeny Todd aint got nothing on the residents of Richmond!

1890 - In polar opposites of dangerous garotting suburbs Banjo Paterson's The Man from Snowy River was first published in The Bulletin.
This proved far more popular past-time of the two.
Go figure!

1924 – An explosion on the SS Singapore, berthed in Port Adelaide, South Australia, kills 13 people.

1939 - Robert "it won't hurt to sell pig iron to the Japanese" Menzies became 12th PM of Oz.

1944 - Alexishafen occupied Alexishafen, New Guinea, was occupied by Australian troops.

1953 - Warring sides join in cease fire talks to bring an end to the fighting in Korea.

1966 - Proving that voting only encourages the politicians even more, Harold "I'll just have a quick dip in the sea" Holt became 17th PM of Oz.

1970 – Queen Elizabeth II opened the National Carillon in Canberra, a gift of the British government commemorating the establishment of the national capital.

1987 - In an interview that had pollies everywhere polishing their desks with vigour and women silently taking notes Jan Murray spilled the beans on 60 Minutes that she'd done the nasty with hubby John Brown on his Federal Parliament desk.

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