Tuesday, February 6, 2018

February 6 On This Day in Australian History

Early in February the French fired on the Aboriginal people at Botany Bay.

1788 - The first female convicts graced Port Jackson with their presence...and of course riots and debauchery followed.
In an obviously displeased foot-stamping from the Goddess a violent thunderstorm that night sacrificed 6 sheep and a pig.

1808 - The US whaling boat Topaz popped in for a sticky-beak to Pitcairn Island and found the final survivor of the Bounty mutiny, John Adams, with a small community of his descendents.

1830 - Richard McCann was Hanged at Campbelltown for theft, assault and putting in fear in the Goulburn district.

1832 - The Swan River colony was officially renamed “Western Australia”

1847 - Governor Sir Charles Fitzroy was feted en mass in Newcastle following his inspection of various institutions made up of Nobby's Island, the stockade and the gaol, with a dinner being hosted in his honour at the Victoria Hotel, followed by speeches & addresses, including one from the Oddfellows, and a ball held in the Governor's honour hosted by James Reid.

1851 - Black Thursday bushfires roared all over Victoria, turning the day into night and roasting the air to 47 degrees C.

1858 - A tsunami of unknown origin made itself felt at Tassie with "an extraordinary flow and ebb of the tide noted in New Town Bay".

1870 - A Wooden barquentine, Camden, was lost near Ulladulla.

1878 - The Jervois Bridge at Port Adelaide was opened by the Governor Sir William Jervois.

1889 - Neptune was a schooner who sailed merrily away from Melbourne with 400 cases of dynamite only to end up wrecked on the Ninety Mile Beach, Gippsland coast, between Pearl Point and Sydenham Inlet, due to poor navigation.

1890 - All the blokes from the Australasian colonies, even NZ, got together in Melbourne for a bit of tucker and a chinwag about Sir Henry Parkes' new fandangled ideas on Federation.

1890 - A schooner named Summer Rose disappeared after leaving Newcastle, with only a board with her name, companion ladder, water barrel, lifebuoy, hatchways, doors, parts of a mast and figurehead being picked up south of Yamba on this day.

1893 - Rumours of the Parliamentary Mace disappearing in a Melbourne brothel were setting fire to the city so a Board of Inquiry was cobbled together to investigate the theft. (I've often wondered why Great Uncle Rupert won't let me clean his attic...).

1894 - A coastal steamer, named Minx, sank off north-east coast Tasmania after springing a leak when she hit the sandbar at the bar of the Boobyalla River whilst towing the keetch Undine and cutter Tasman. She had just released the Undine when she hit the bar. The crew of the Tasman assisted in saving those on the Minx. 

1900 - The railway line from Lancefield to Kilmore (Vic) was re-opened.

1906 - Swim Between The Flags already !!! Bondi Surf Life Saving Club was born, the first of its type anywhere in Australia or the world.

1911 - Glenbank was a steel barque that capsized in a cyclone off Depuch Island, WA. Only one out of a crew of 24 survived, a Finn named Anti Kilata who was aloft when the Glenbank foundered. He swam about 15 nautical miles supported by a paddle to Legendre Island where he was picked up three days later by the pearler Ranger.

1926 -The South Australian nickname "crow-eater" was first explained in the Adelaide newspaper, the Register. "It was first applied to some of the original settlers at Mount Barker who - whether from necessity or a desire to sample strange native fauna - killed, cooked and ate some crows disguised under the term "Mount Barker pheasants"... Later the term... was applied generally to all."

1938 - And this is why they're called Life Savers......Today was known as Black Sunday at Bondi Beach when several freak waves dragged 300 swimmers out to sea; 80 Life Savers managed to rescue all but 5 of the swimmers.

1941 - The 6th Division entered Benghazi, Libya.

1945 - Peter Silvester, an American Liberty Ship, was torpedoed by German submarine U-862 and sank  700 nautical miles west of Fremantle, on this day. Thirty-two lives were lost.

1949 - Constable Reuben McDonald  (WA) was accidentally killed at Mullewa.

1954 - Bondi Beach played host to over 60 Life Saving Clubs in the biggest carnival Australia ever saw. QEII wrinkled her tootsies in the sand as she royally goggled at the Aussie and NZ Life Savers competing.

1956 - Toorak Road, Tooronga was always a bit of a smarty-pants and proved it, yet again, by holding its breath the longest until it got to host the first automatic rail boom gates.

1961 - Shut The Front Door!
It was announced that Australia was going to sell wheat to Communist China.

1974 - Cyclone Pam was still classed as an intense cyclone as she passed within 500km to the east of Brisbane, resulting in severe flooding and the evacuation at Palm Beach.

1976 - Patricia O'Shane celebrated becoming a fully-fledged barrister on this day...as she was the first Aboriginal (and *gasp* a woman) to do so.

1984 – A bomb blast wrecked the home of High Court judge Richard Gee in the Sydney suburb of Belrose.

1989 - The town of Rosewood, near Ipswich, Queensland, experienced a shower of sardine-sized fish; at about 11:30am, hundreds of fish fell over a single two-acre plot of land. The sardine-sized fish (which were determined later to actually be bream) came down in a light rain lasting only about five seconds.

1991 - Smelling salts at the ready, boys ! Roma Mitchell, a WOMAN became the Governor of South Oz, the first FEMALE Governor of any Aussie state.

1992 - Mackay Campus of the University of Central Queensland University was officially opened at Planlands.

1995 - he Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) report Recognition, Rights and Reform says constitutional reform is a priority. The report, which is endorsed by ATSIC at its 33rd meeting held in Canberra, says consultations across the country have found overwhelming support for the recognition of Indigenous Australians in the constitution.

2006 - In eastern Australia police investigating the deaths of 13 hospital patients recommended charging Dr. Jayant Patel, an Indian-born American surgeon, with four counts of manslaughter and six counts of grievous bodily harm. On June 29, 2010, Patel (60) was found guilty of killing three of his patients and grievously harming another.

2011 - In Australia wildfires destroyed homes around Perth and flooding claimed the life of a man near Wagga Wagga, as officials warned that last week's monster cyclone would compound economic woes.

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