Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January 9 On This Day in Australian History

1815 - First fleeter Augustus Alt, who was responsible for laying out the first streets of the towns of Sydney and Parramatta, turned up his toes at age 83.

1816 - Whaling captain and explorer James Kelly popped into Port Dalrymple whilst puttering around the coastline of Tassie...and was promptly arrested under suspicion of being a bushranger.
Yep, that's how we do things in Oz...see a bloke and reckon he'd like to be flogged while in chains.

1821 - Governor Macquarie issued further grants at Illawarra: Samuel Terry 2000 acres, Andrew Allan 700 acres, Thomas Davey 2000 acres, D'Arcy Wentworth 3150 acres, James Mitcham 700 acres, John Horsley 1200 acres, William Wentworth 1000 acres.

1826 - The ayes have it...The first Executive Council for Van Diemen's Land aka Tasmania was appointed.

1830 - The Sydney Gazette announced....
'The female prisoners by the Lucy Davidson' have turned out but a profitless shipment. Most of the Magdalens, were assigned to service in Sydney and by far the greater portion of those, we are told, have been returned by their masters to government as incorrigibly bad characters'

1854 - It's your money Ralph....The first branch of the English, Scottish and Australian Chartered Bank was opened in Melbourne by F.A.Walsh....and keep those pennies in the tea tin for now.

1862 - William Voss was hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of his wife Mary Moir at York.

1863 - First Post Office opened in Mackay.

1867 - The Clarke Gang of bushrangers constantly raided crops and livestock. Their gang, the Jerrabat Gully Rakers, were regarded as scientists in the art of cattle duffing and horse stealing. The Clarke gang of relatives and friends was well trained in bushcraft and were heavily armed.
They plundered publicans, storekeepers, farmers and travelers. They ambushed gold shipments from Nerrigundah and Araluen and the coaches that traveled from Sydney and the Illawarra. Till November 1866 they marauded virtually unchecked in a triangle through the Jingeras from Braidwood to Bega, and up the coast to Moruya and Nelligen. A party of special constables assigned to capture the Clarke Gang—John Carroll, Patrick Kennagh, Eneas McDonnell and John Phegan—were ambushed and killed near Jinden Station. They had been tied to a tree and then shot.

1868 - The last convict ship, the Hougoumont, arrived at Fremantle with 279 convicts. Their arrival brought an end to the transportation of prisoners from the UK.Somehow I don't think they got mints on their pillows during their voyage...

1869 - The fast clipper ship, 'Thermopylae', reached Melbourne after a record 60 days sailing from London.
Show off !

1870 - First issue of Australian Town & Country Journal.

1872. - At first light bushrangers Edward Donnelly and John Doolan bailed up Patrick Hallinan's farm on the Campaspe River and stole his spring cart. Trooper Davidson overtook the boys and arrested them opposite the Robin Hood Hotel, White Hills. Although armed with a revolver the youths, dubbed 'larrikin bushrangers' by the local press, did not resist.

1882 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened from West Tamworth to Kootingal.

1889 - An outbreak of typhoid in Melbourne kills 400 people.

1898 - At the height of the gold rush, the combined population of Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie, WA, tops 100,000. At the beginning of the decade, the total population of Western Australia was only 40,000.

1903 - Chinese general store owner of Gundagai, Mark Loong, applied for a Certificate of Domicile which would allow him to visit his elderly parents in China then return to Oz; the townsfolk of Gundagai fully supported Mr Loong and signed the following petition...
"Mr Mark Loong
We, the undersigned, residents of Gundagai, understand that you are about to pay a visit to your Native Land, for the purpose of seeing your aged parents. We have pleasure in testifying to your worth, as a resident of this District and can state that your high qualities as a citizen and man of business have favourably impressed us; as you have borne the reputation during a residence of sixteen years in this and the adjoining district Tumut for personal inoffensiveness and commendable integrity in business.
We hope that your brief sojourn in your native Land will be pleasurable and beneficial to your health, and that you will be granted a safe return to this your adopted country.
January, 9 1903."

1903 - Because he had a free spot in his diary, Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson and son of English Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was appointed the second Governor-General of Australia.

1909 Australia defeated England nine points to three in the first Rugby Union test match at Blackheath's Rectory Field in England. Again with the squirrel gripping !

1911 - The tramline that meandered ever so meekly between Curl Curl and that oh-so Manly was excited beyond compare when it was electrified.(Public transport, an ever-disappearing assest in any state).

1913 - Former Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, Alfred Deakin, resigns from Parliament for health reasons.

1930 - Thomas Blythe was hanged at Adelaide Gaol for the murder of his wife at Unley.

1931 - The Infamous Beef March !
A number of young men met at Port Adelaide then moved to the Nile Street offices of the Waterside Workers Federation and Seaman's Union. There they invited members to join them in a march to the city to protest against the Government in omitting beef from the ration issued to the unemployed. The marchers, led by men carrying red flags and placards, were joined by others along the way. At Southwark they were joined by about 1000 more people who had marched from the Labour Exchange in Adelaide to meet them. The crowd, numbering about 2000, marched in an orderly fashion to King William Street and then down to the Treasury Building which housed the Government offices. There the leaders demanded to see the Premier.
Some marchers became impatient and several bricks were hurled, one striking a plainclothes policeman on the jaw. Others armed with sticks and bars surged forward and in the melee several more police were injured as well as a number of marchers. Eventually after a dozen of the leaders of the march were arrested the rioters gradually dispersed and the situation calmed. Another disturbance at Port Adelaide that evening at another meeting was blamed on Communist agitators.

1940 - Australian Comforts Fund was re-established .The Australian Comforts Fund (ACF), based on its First World War predecessor, raised money for comforts parcels for Australian service personnel in the field, clothing and the provision of meals and accommodation for men on leave.

1944 - Bowen was inspected in anticipation of its use by the Special Duties Flight Detachment of No. 1 Aircraft Performance Unit (Royal Australian Air Force).

1949 - Australian Aboriginal activist, Anthony Martin Fernando , died in an old persons' home in England.

1950 - Wollongong’s Illawarra Mercury becomes a daily newspaper.

1951 - Australia defeated England in Sydney, retaining the Ashes. Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi,Oi ,Oi

1954 - The Sydney Morning Herald published a short article about a nudist, anarchist and vegetarian who sold vegies at Liverpool Street. A true Jack of all trades.

1958 - The first 45 rpm disc in Australia, Bill Haley's 'Rock Around The Clock', was released by Festival Records.Ahhh they'll never improve on the gramophone I tell ya !

1961 - Myers Emporium took over Farmers department stores.

1979 - Mining of uranium at the Ranger mines in the Northern Territory was given the go-ahead.

1985 - Hark ! Tis the sound of a pink helicopter on high.... Sydney doctor Geoffrey Edelsten announced his intention to buy the ailing Sydney Swans football team.The days of Warwick Capper and tight hot pants masquerading as footy shorts....

1989 - The Corowa Branch Railway line, The Bombola Railway line and the Rand Railway Branch line (all NSW) were kicked to the kerb when they were closed.

1997 – Yachtsman Tony Bullimore was found alive five days after his boat capsized in the Southern Ocean.

2004 - The ACT Government gave the go ahead for the establishment of a correctional facility in the ACT with estimated capital costs of $103 million.

2007 - An Australian zoo put a group of humans on display to raise awareness about primate conservation, with the proviso that they don't get up to any monkey business.

2009 - The Western Australian government announced the formation of the Indigenous Implementation Board to improve social and economic outcomes for Aboriginals. The nine-member board aims to ‘enhance Indigenous involvement in local decision-making and strengthen corporate and non-government contribution to Indigenous affairs’. Members are chosen for their expertise, not as representatives.

2011 - In Australia a swollen river submerged bridges and inundated homes and stores in Australia's already sodden Queensland state as more heavy rain added to the country's worst flooding in decades.

2013 - The heat, winds and thunderstorms in the northwest of Westralia carried tonnes of the iconic red dust out to sea and dumped it creating what looked to be a towering red ocean wave.

2013 - In Australia Richard Ammar Chichakli, a Syrian-born American, was arrested on charges that he conspired with Viktor Bout and others to try to buy aircraft from two companies in the United States.

2014 - In northwest Australia the temperature in the Pilbara region reached 50 degrees C (122 degrees F).


  1. Um ...on April 25th 2018 - there will be a reunion of the Soldier Settlers at Parndana on Kangaroo Island, South Australia - and their descendants.
    (yer, i know, dunno much about history ... was that a song?)

  2. Grew up on that Island .. dunno much about its history ... will think about giving you some dates.

  3. Also .. a date that is extremely personal ..