Thursday, March 15, 2018

March 15 On This Day in Australian History

1806 - Sealers from the ship George massacred Aborigines at Twofold Bay.

1806 - Things were crook in Tallarook... and everywhere else after the Hawkesbury River ran a banker and washed away houses, stock and crops which left the colony to face a savage diet reduction starvation.

1821 - At the Native Institution, Parramatta, Michael Yarringuy, a ‘native constable’ at Richmond, wed Polly, while Robert Naringguy [Bobby Nurragingy], son of Nurragingy or Creek Jemmy, married Betty Fulton. Both girls are from the Native Institution, now at Black Town.

1824 - Dig up those tins of pennies under the patio, Aunty Maud...The Bank of Van Diemen's Land opened its doors for business in Hobart.

1848 - Ohhh no need to throw away the injured and dying now that the Melbourne Hospital was open.

1870 - After Captain Charles Sturt swanned through the area with the help of local Wiradjuri guides a mere 41 years later Wagga Wagga was incorporated as a municipality.

1877 - The first cricket Test was fought between Oz and England at the MCG with the home grown colonial lads showing the visitors how it was done with a win of 45 runs.

1887 - A group of blokes (who obviously didn't get out much) got all hot and bothered over some other blokes sheep shearing machine thingie.
Yeah, men and their sheep....

1901 - The Australian Historical Society had its first knees up.
Was later dubbed Royal Australian Historical Society.
But the cream teas never lived up to that first meeting.

1901  - The (Hysterical) Historical Society of NSW held its first meeting.

1909 - The Toronto Branch Railway Line (NSW) was closed.

1924 - The squadron of British warships, which had been visiting Adelaide for four days, sailed for Melbourne. The two battleships, Hood and Repulse, and five light cruisers, Delhi, Dauntless, Dragon, Danae and Dunedin, were on a ten-month world tour. The two huge battleships had to anchor off Glenelg, but the cruisers were berthed at Outer Harbour and open for inspection.

1927 - Today the Register, a South Oz newspaper, related the tale of how the nickname "Crow Eater" came to be dubbed onto those from the state of South Australia.
" The following is the most feasible explanation, and is, I believe, the correct one:— In 1851 my father and uncle travelled overland to the Bendigo diggings. On their arrival they were accosted with the words, 'some crow-eaters.' It appeared that a short time before they arrived, a party of South Australians had arrived in a very hard-up state, being   without food and looking very much knocked up. While crossing the 90-mile desert they ran out of tucker, and were forced to shoot crows for food, as nothing better could be obtained. On relating their experiences, they were dubbed the 'crow-eaters.' The term was afterwards applied to every new arrival from the central State".

1929 - Oh, now, isn't that pleasant?
The Regent Theatre in Melbourne was opened.

1934 - The Western Mail trumpeted of the recapture of the notorious warrior Nermarluk who had escaped Fanny Bay Gaol whilst awaiting trial for the murders of a Japanese boat crew; he had evaded recapture for several years having survived three bullet wounds and a fall from a high cliff. He led a group of 100 warriors when carrying out raids on livestock, other Aboriginal groups and resistance to occupation of tribal lands.

1940 - First two women from the Voluntary Aid Detachments organisation enlist in the AIF Most Voluntary Aids transferred after August 1942 into the new Australian Army Women's Medical Service. Over 200 Voluntary Aids served in the Middle East and Ceylon during the Second World War.

1950 - Rosaleen Norton, The Witch of Kings Cross, graced the cover of People magazine in Sydney...only because, I'm sure, they couldn't fit that cricket match on just the front cover

1957 - Jessie Street wrote a letter (not with a thumbnail dipped in tar) regarding the Aborigines (sic) and a possible referendum.
See? Listen to women, we're always right.

1981 - The Lilydale to Yarra Glen railway line (Vic) was closed.

1981 - The Yarra Glen to Healsville Railway line (Vic) was closed.

1987 - The Tumbarumba Branch Railway Line (NSW) was closed.

1989 – Plans for the controversial Wesley Vale pulp mill were scrapped following protests over the environmental impact of the mill.

2003 - Cricket legend and all-round nice bloke who can't sing for peanuts, Brett Lee took a One Day International hat trick at Kingsmead in Durban.

2006 - QEII beamed down from the mothership (don't you just love how inconspicuously she manages that?) and happened to be passing the MCG when she noticed the 18th Commonwealth Games needed an official to open them, so she kindly obliged.

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