Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 3

1804 - Risdon Cove in 1804 was the site of a massacre of a large number of Aboriginal persons, some state between 300-600, with a couple of historians disputing the facts despite well-documented eye witness accounts.

1820 – John Joseph Therry and Philip Conolly, the first appointed frocked up Roman Catholic priests in Oz, rocked up in Sydney.

1840 – New Zealand was officially proclaimed a separate colony from New South Wales...something the Kiwis are still celebrating today.

1847 - Ladies of Australia & New Zealand rejoice!
For today the news of ether anesthesia reached our far shores via the ship The Lightning in 1847, bringing with it the news that we can all get knocked out whilst in childbirth and wake up to a bouncing squalling babe who looks nothing like the placid ink drawings in those outdated mothercraft booklets the schools handed out as part of sex ed.

1851 - The Sydney Ducks (NOT the Sydney Swans!) were blamed for a fire which broke out following a severe earthquake on May 1. Looting was rife, and blame centred on the Australians when a man recognised as a Sydney-Towner was seen running from a paint shop shortly before it exploded in flames. The area remained notorious for its vicious crimes until Sydney Duck member John Jenkins was lynched by vigilantes on 10 June 1851. Following his hanging, the population of Sydney Town dropped significantly as many Australians fled the area.

1879 - Unauthorised piracy abounded in 1879 when HMS Pinafore opened at the Sydney School of Arts.

1910 - Gunzels galore, celebrate the opening of the narrow gauge railway line (VIC) from Moe to Walhalla !

1917 - Second attack on Bullecourt ;Operations against the Hindenburg line at Bullecourt were aimed at protecting the British flank during operations at Arras. After a disastrous first attempt, a second involving the 2nd Australian Division was made. That attack succeeded, at a cost of about 7,000 allied casualties.
1926 - The first named train on Victoria Railways, the Geelong Flier, began ripping up the rails.

1927 - Those new-fangled commuters were treated to a new railway line when the Goroke to Carpolac (VIC) line opened.

1927 - The All-Australian Trade Union Congress opened in Melbourne at the Trades Hall with W.J. Duggan of the Trades Hall as Chairman. There were 159 delegates from 108 unions and branches, mostly from Victoria, who went on at this Congress to found the Australasian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).

1964 - Canberra in 1964 and those party animals were reporting seeing UFOs playing aerial ping pong with each other.
Yes, Canberra...that hotbed of excitement and beige tweed.

1970 – In another boring duty day Queen Elizabeth II opened a new international passenger terminal at Sydney Airport , in Mascot, New South Wales, in an event that is apparently deemed historical *yawn*.

2004 - Seeing the error of their ways Them In Power reopened the Sale to Bairnsdale (VIC) railway line to passenger traffic.

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