Saturday, April 29, 2017

April 29

1770 On this day Jimmy Cook wafted into Botany Bay and noted that, after meeting the Indigenous inhabitants (and shooting at them)"All they seemed to want was for us to be gone".
Strange, that...

1789 Fletcher Christian and his mates had an issue or three with pulling their fingers out and doing a spot of work so they threw a mass hissy fit whilst throwing Captain Bligh and his supporters into The Bounty's launch and sailing off into the sunset with The Bounty.

1841 Rev Clark found gold in them thar hills near Hassan's Walls in Hartley Valley, NSW.

1868 Charlie McKeahnie, the bloke on whom Banjo Paterson modelled The Man From Snowy River, was foaled.

1875 the Catalpa set sail from Massachusetts to liberate the infamous Fremantle Six, Irish prisoners in Westralia's Fremantle Prison.
1885 - The Taranaki Herald put everyone's fears to rest when it relayed the news that, should war break out, the Point Lonsdale, Queenscliff, North and South channel lights will be extinguished.
And we'll all be vewy, vewy quiet.... 

1906 - Extreme measures saw the Colonist state that, although it was claimed crime had dropped in Victoria, the Imperial Defence Committee was constructing forts and puttin' in Big Guns.
Yep, that'll teach 'em!

1915 Australia's submarine, HMA AE2, the first sub to get through the Dardanelles and who disrupted Turkish shipping for 5 days, was scuttled and her crew captured. After torpedoing and chasing off the gunship shelling the beach where the Anzacs were landing on April 25, AE2 scattered shipping until her torpedoes were all gone and Turkish gunboats found her.

1925 Bobby Leach, The Canadian Daredevil who survived going over Niagra Falls, died after slipping on an orange peel whilst on tour in Australia and New Zealand.

1941 - Australia's largest known onshore earthquake, a whopper at 7.2, rocked and rolled Meeberrie in Westralia.

1952 -  The ANZUS Treaty came into force - where Oz, NZ and America promised to share their deepest secrets, swap tips on boyfriends and to wax each other's back, sack and crack when needed.
Maybe not.
Just as well I didn't mention anal bleaching, eh?

1954 Russia and Oz had a mild tiff over the Petrov affair and stopped sneaking smokes behind the shelter shed together.

1957 - The inaugural meeting of the Aboriginal-Australian Fellowship took place in Sydney's Town Hall. 

1967 A referendum held in northern NSW on the question to create a new state was opposed as the bogans couldn't elect and run their own government.

1970 and on a visit to Oz someone plotted The Lithgow Plot where a large-ish log was plopped onto the railway tracks to derail the monarch's train.
Which didn't succeed although keeping the Queen in the dark about it apparently did.

1988 The Stockman's Hall of Fame in Longreach was declared open by QEII.

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