Friday, December 29, 2017

December 29 On This Day in Australian History

1696 - The Flemish captain Willem de Vlamingh arrived at, and named Rottnest Island, after seeing large numbers of quokkas which he mistook for large rats. Rottenest is Dutch for "rat's nest". Just as well he didn't pack the Ratsack...

1788 - Today saw the decision of some bright spark with "We'll have to be able to communicate with the Aboriginals if we're to live together" which didn't go down as a party piece with the local Aboriginals at all.
Two days later those funny people captured/abducted/kidnapped Arabanoo and showed how hilarious they were by restraining him in handcuffs, ropes and chains.

1809 - Major Foveaux assured Macquarie, despite the military coup of January 1808 and, his own highly irregular assumption of power in July 1808, both he and the New South Wales Corps remained loyal to King George III.
And thus ended Australia’s second period of military dictatorship. 

1810 - D'Arcy Wentworth appointed Superintendent of Police in Sydney.

1827 - Captain Henry Smyth of the 39th Regiment of the British Army, Commandant of the British military outpost at Fort Wellington on the Cobourg Peninsula (NT but then part of NSW)  ordered a punitive mission against the local Iwaidja. A party of three armed convicts and three soldiers conducted an early morning raid on the native camp near to a beach on the Bowen's Straits. Many were wounded and at least five Aboriginals were killed including a child and her mother, who was bayoneted as she was fleeing to the beach. Smyth had previously utilised one of the three 18-pound carronades mounted at Fort Wellington against the Iwaidja on the 30th July. The reports of casualties from this cannon attack range from zero to thirty.

1835 - Mary Gilbert was, I imagine, sitting under the shade of a gum tree swatting at the damn flies thinking,
"Why, oh why did I listen to my husband's stupid idea to trot off to the ends of the earth?" as she was pushing out the very first European bub pupped in the Port Phillip settlement; James Port Phillip Gilbert.
Obviously she listened to another of her husband's stupid ideas and the kid probably spent time in therapy moaning about his name.
She, on the other hand,  was given 500 acres of land and a town allotment for her trouble.

1841 - An early newspaper the Monitor ceased and desisted further publication.

1851 - The Education Act of SA ended state grants to denominational schools.

1860 - Saw one of the first naval engagements of Oz when the Naval Brigades of HMS PELORUS, flagship of the Australian Station, and HMCS VICTORIA, landed at Kairau, New Zealand, to support British troops under attack from Maoris. They were under the command of CDRE Frederick Seymour, RN, commander of the Australia Squadron.
So, in other words, earlier conflicts than are currently pimped out by the MSM.

1864 - The present Ballarat Post Office building opened .

1866 - Following the two day Boxing Day cricket match (Dec 26 & 27)  between MCC v Aboriginal XI with the MCG ‘as full as on any day of the cricket match’, an athletics meeting was conducted on this day on the field, providing another showcase for the Aborigines’ skills.

1869 - An Act of parliament today incorporated the Public Museum, Library & National Gallery of Victoria.I suppose those politicians do have their uses after all...

1870 - The Victorian Parliament became the first silly buggers to begin paying the monkeys Members of Parliament.

1870 - Them in Sin-city (Sydney) didn't like the looks of the Yarra River so they birthed their own brewery called Toohey's.

1870 - A critic, local anthropologist A. W. Howitt, was more circumspect, only too aware that his views were ‘not in accordance with recent prejudices’ and unwilling to jeopardise his working relationships with the missionaries — he saved his scepticism ‘as to the utility of these missions’ for a private circle of family and friends which he wrote in letters dated this day.

1871 - Always having a knees up at the slightest excuse the Old Colonists held a festival held to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the settlement of the colony of South Australia. The convener of the dinner, Emmanuel Solomon, had gathered many of the early settlers still surviving, now noted citizens of Adelaide and the country, including Henry Ayers, Sir John Morphett, Sir George Kingston, Captain Hart and many more.

1877 - Lawless youths took over the night streets of Melbourne, Vic. The term 'larrikin' was coined here to describe them.

1881 - A law was passed in NSW limiting the sale of alcohol to before 10 p.m. on weekdays and all day on Sundays.

1884 - There were calls on this day to have women banned as barmaids in Melbourne because of the 'disastrous social consequences'.

1901 - The Commonwealth of Australia was inaugurated after an Act of the British Imperial Parliament. We was Federated !

1902 - The Cessnock Railway Branch line (NSW) was flung open for business.

1904 - Dr Walter Edmund Roth submits the Royal Commission on The Condition of The Natives report to the WA government which describes the atrocities against Aboriginal prisoners. One of his witnesses is a 14-year-old boy who had been sentenced to 2 years’ of hard labour for alleged killing of cattle.

1908 - Always remember....Twas on a Summery Tuesday, when all were bustling about the City of Melbourne and ladies were daringly trying out the horseless carriage racing on the new Wii, a general election was held.
But no one cared.

1915 - Cast a few filthy looks at the Qld Parliament if you're in the general vacinity today, boys and girls, as the stuffed shirt slave drivers pollies introduced the Queensland Land Tax.

1920 - In Australia, a special court enquiry was held into a 44-hour week for all trades...because those poor hard-done-by bankers just couldn't possibly keep up...?

1928 - Don Bradman, Australia’s and some say the world’s greatest cricketer, scored his first international test century. It was against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the third test of the
1928–29 Ashes series.

1929 - North East Tassie got shaken quite rudely by a 5.6 earthquake with significant damage to buildings in Launceston.

1948 - The Rookwood Cemetery Railway line (NSW) was closed from  Lidcombe - No 1 Mortuary Station,  No 1 Mortuary Station - No 3 Mortuary Station and from No 3 Mortuary Station - No 4 Mortuary Station.

1992 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1998 - Six died as fierce storms battered Australia's annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

2007 - David Hicks, the only person convicted of terrorism charges at a US military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, walked free and said he did not want to do "anything that might result in my return" to the prison in Cuba.

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