Friday, February 16, 2018

February 16 On This Day in Australian History

1804 – David Collins became the first Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen’s Land and voted to keep Sullivan Cove (Hobart) as a settlement site on the island.

1835 - William Phineas Bowles was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his wife Sarah in Bathurst St.

1839 - Those living in Kiama, NSW, moved up in the world when their plot of dirt was declared a town.

1858 - The first Governor-General of Oz, Sir Charles FitzRoy, did pop his clogs in a not-so-merry way when he fell off the perch.

1859 - John King was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for the murder of Rebecca Hall at the Bull's Head, Goulburn Street.

1859 - Peter Haley ("Black Peter") – Bushranger was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent.

1859 - Daniel ("Wingy") Stewart – Bushranger.was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent .

1859 - William Ferns (alias Flowers) – Bushranger was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent.

1859 - William Davis was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for the murder of Andre Cassavant at Black River.

1864 - Robert McKavor wasHanged at Campbell Street Gaol for felonious assault and robbery.

1869 - Today saw Sir Henry Parkes (the Father of Federation) spouting off in his speech to the Legislative Assembly.
Go on, go read it.
You know it'll cure your insomnia...

1872 - The Evening Post was getting its knickers in a twist about something to do with the San Francisco mail service.
Can't be certain, I was snoring by the 3rd paragraph (the content, not the quality of the report) but Oz wouldn't play ball with NZ.
And we've continued that tradition with the underarm bowling incident...

1880 - The Hawke's Bay Herald trumpeted that Aussie butter was getting flogged for 120s cwt (120 shillings per carat centum weight* - which,as far as I can tell, is based on the measurement of the minimum requirement of milk fat) while 150 former colonists guts themselves silly onboard the Strathleven which had just succesfully transported the first shipment of frozen meat across the world.

1880 - Listen up, boys and girls, for here's a fairy story we'd never put any faith into happening today-
there was 17 kms of railway track opened from Trentham station to Carlsruhe station.

1887 ...And there they went again, madly opening another 4kms of train track from Parwan station to Bacchus Marsh station.

1892 - William Shiels became Premier of Victoria when James Munro did a bunk back to become an agent-general in London to escape his many creditors after the collapse of his Real Estate Bank.

1904 - The Taranaki Herald whispered about Dowie and the fact he "had a hot time in the old town" in Sydney with more catcalls and squealing than at a Justin Beiber concert.
John Alexander Dowie wasn't quite the pop star...

1904 - The Cessnock Branch Railway Line (NSW) opened from Abermain - Bellbird Junction.

1911 - Fab Aussie writer, poet and playwright Hal Porter was pupped on this day in Albert Park,  near South Melbourne.

1914 – Charles Heydon of the New South Wales Industrial Court found that a "living wage" for a family of four would be 48 shillings a week but more than a living wage should be paid.
1934 - The Seaplane Squadron was foaled out at the Point Cook RAAF Base.

1935 - The New Zealand National Women's Cricket Team made its debut at Lancaster Park against England.
Sadly, the visitors won.
Carn girls, give 'em curry!

1942 - The Defence Committee concluded enquires should be immediately made to the United Kingdom and United States to ascertain if mustard gas in containers suitable for the Army and Air Force could be supplied.

1955 - The brand-spanking new West Beach Airport (South Oz) was opened for commercial aircraft.

1959 - Cyclone "Connie" crossed the Queensland coast causing more flooding in the Pioneer River. The Forgan bridge was damaged due to undermining of one pylon in floods the year before. The dip in the bridge is still noticeable today.

1983 – After a record dry summer, nearly 200 bushfires burned across south-eastern Australia in an inferno known as 'Ash Wednesday'. The fires claimed 75 lives, 47 in Victoria and 28 in South Australia.

2002 – Steven Bradbury did a "Steven Bradbury" when he took out Australia's first Winter Olympics gold medal in the 1,000 meters short-track speed-skating event.

2007 - saw Sylvester Stallone busted in Oz with vials of human growth hormone.
Cos he's a growing lad...

2009 - Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission was established to investigate the causes and responses to the bushfires which swept through parts of Victoria in late January and February 2009.

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