Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February 21 On This Day in Australian History

1802 - HMS Investigator was misplaced (some say lost but I believe it will resurface down the back of someone's couch) whilst under the command of Matthew Flinders, who was stickybeaking about the coastline in the vicinity of present day Port  Lincoln. A water party, comprising two officers and a crew of six left the ship to land on the mainland and was not seen again.

1802 - Corio Bay, near Geelong, discovered John Murray poking about its shoreline.

1804 - Niberlooner was renamed Sullivan's Cove (Tassie) on this date when Lt David Collins cast his baby blues over the area.
Not to be confused with Sullivan Bay, Victoria, a settlement Lt David Collins named and abandoned after 7 months.

1840 - The cat was out of the bag when a particular gossip from Penwortham told the press of the vile events of this day when a shepherd promised a starving Indigenous woman a sheep in exchange for sex which he neglected to fulfill then, later forced to face the woman's rightly angry relatives, he killed her.

1842 - Dig out the feather boa and polish up that rhinestone garter-belt Mavis...the first play to be wrought in Melbourne was sprung upon the populace at the Theatre Royal, the title "Widow's Victim".

1848 - A hefty cutter named Psyche. Cutter was shop-lifted from Hobart by four convicts. Two survivors from her were picked up at Percy Island by the barque Freak, but the fate of their two companions was never discovered although some suspected cannibalism.

1881 - The Grey River Argus proclaimed that John Almao of Dunedin had been awarded a second order of merit, from the Melbourne Exhibition, for his model aerial tramway, while Reid and Duncan, civil engineers from Dunedin, received an Honourable Mention for their plain wire rope railway.
Well, I found it interesting...

1891 - Two Indigenous men were murdered by a policeman in Central Australia.

1894 - The Wanganui Herald whispered how Mr. Hindle, MLA of Lithgow, denounced Parliament for containing drunken blackguards.
One feels that Mr. Hindle was holding himself back, not really letting rip and tellin' like it was....

1899 - Sir George Bowen popped his clogs. Georgie-boy was a busy lad with fingers in political pies, being the Guv for Qld, the Guv for NZ and the Guv for Victoria where he didn't kiss the girls to make 'em cry but sacked 400 public servants and made 'em cry.

1907 - Tired of swimmers ignoring the SWIM BETWEEN THE DAMN FLAGS ALREADY message
The Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club was established on this day at the Royal Hotel, Bondi Beach.

1927 - Radio station 3DB began broadcasting in Melbourne. It borrowed the initials of the Druleigh Business and Technology college and was launched upon the world with a Children's Hour at 6.30pm.

1929 - The Cenotaph in Martin Place was unveiled on what was the anniversary of the Light Horse entering Jericho.

1929 - Riding the peace train, compulsory military training in peacetime was done away with.

1931 - Avoiding the knackers yard by a mile Phar Lap became the highest stakes winner.

1937 - Fleet of foot fellow Ron Clarke was pupped on this day.

1943 - Start of Forbes 25 pounder trials where 276 Y4 (mustard) and 53 B4 (tear gas) rounds were fired.

1943 - In a letter to the Australian Prime Minister , Macarthur concurred that a decision for gas warfare would not be taken independently, but only when agreement had been reached between the Prime Minister and himself.

1945 - Menzies decided on changing the cuffs to match the collars so he formally notified Parliament his party was no longer to be called Greedy Fatty BoomBah and The Profits of Doom United Australia Party but was now the (Not Really) Liberal Party of Oz.

1953 - The Taree RSL , down near the riverbank, had a small room attached to the side in which the radio station 2RE was birthed on this day.

1956 - Showing that we knew how to meet new friends and kill them, Australian and British aircraft bombed Kluang, Malaya

1963 -  The QE II beamed down from the mothership and visited the new town of Elizabeth, established to the north of Adelaide, which was named after her.

1965 - The Freedom Ride bus hit Grafton, NSW.

1966 -  Brisvegas got legit wif the yoof of the day when The Rolling Stones rocked out two shows at the Brisbane City Hall.

1968 - World-famous Australian scientist Sir Howard Florey dropped off the perch, aged 69.
Yes, you should give a fat rats clacker cos Florey's work was crucial in creating a useful antibiotic from Sir Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin. 
And without it most of you would never have been born.

1973 - It was The City of Churches turn to get all funky and hipster with Mick, Keith and the gang aka The Rolling Stones spending the night together at two shows at Memorial Drive Park, Adelaide.

1980 – A Beech 200 light aircraft crashed at Sydney Airport, killing 13.

1981 - Whats da matter, you? Hey! Gotta no respect!
"Shaddap You Face", by Australian Joe Dolce, topped the UK singles chart.
Ahhh, shaddap you face!

1981 - Today saw torrential rain grace the streets of Sydney and force the postponement of the Oh So Fabulous Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, themed "We are the People our Parents Warned us Against"
The Street Parade of Splendidness was played a month later on March 21.

1984 - Things were crook up north when nurses from Brisbane's 3 public hospitals walked out in what was their very first strike. It only lasted 24 hours, probably because the Qld Govt (didn't have their heads up their backsides) wanted to keep the health system running and appreciated their nurses.

1997 - Former Westralia Premier Carmen Lawrence was in a spot of bother when she was charged with bad taste in clothing perjury. 
She was later found not guilty.

2009 - Saw the very last race at Cheltenham Park Racecourse in Adelaide.
Sold for $85 million for housing development.

2016 -  Baby Asha, a one-year old asylum seeker child who was transferred along with her family from Nauru to Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s hospital for medical treatment was released into community detention. It came after the doctors at the hospital refused to discharge Asha after the completion of her treatment, fearing she would be transferred back to Nauru. Many members of the public rallied and held vigils outside the hospital.

2015 - Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia (Marcia, Marcia, Marcia, it's always about Marcia) crossed the coast at Shoalwater Bay (north northwest of Yeppoon) . Marcia crossed the coast at category 5 intensity in a largely uninhabited area, although significant damage was recorded at Yeppoon and Rockhampton as the system weakened after making landfall.
Proving she was full of hot air Marcia was downgraded to a tropical low and buggered off out to sea.

2017 - A plane crashed at the Essendon DFO near the Essendon Airport, killing all onboard.

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