Wednesday, March 21, 2018

March 21 On This Day in Australian History

If we all adopt a country footy /netty club and take out even 1 membership it will help small country clubs.
And let's call a spade a fecking shovel here, boys and girls - once the footy team folds, the netball clubs go and then it's like a set of dominoes and towns disappear.
Don't let that happen to our fabulous country towns!!!

1792 - In a letter he jotted to the good Rev William Morice about the coastal Eora people coming in frequently to the convict settlement at Sydney Cove, Captain Richard Johnson stated,
" A Number of the Natives, both Men women, and especially Children are every day now in the Camp - Two native Girls I have under my roof,"

1802 Matthew Flinders was a busy chap, trotting off and finding all sorts of things on his explorative travels, like today's Show and Tell subject Kangaroo Island.
Yes, we have so many of the hoppity critters we had to name a whole lump of dirt after 'em.

1816 - After two years of severe drought, the Gundungurra (Gandangara) came down from the mountains to attack settlers in the outlying Cow Pastures (Camden) district, burning houses and sheds, spearing cattle and plundering crops. They killed four men employed by George T Palmer (son of Commissary John Palmer) at the Nepean River and three of Mrs Elizabeth Macarthur’s stock-keepers at Camden.

1829- Windradyne, known to European settlers as "Saturday", was a warrior and resistance leader of the Wiradjuri people; he passed to the stars on this day following a tribal fight at the Macquarie River.

1855 - Raffaello Carboni was tried for treason over his involvement in the Eureka Stockade.
Of course he found not guilty.

1863 - Thomas Pedder was hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Thomas Sweeny, a shepherd, at Irwin River.

1864 The very first hansom cab turned up in New Zealand with its driver asking for directions as his Sat-Nav was on the blink.

1895 - The Chickybabes Suffrage Act got the gong from Queen Vicky in South Oz when it twas Gazetted, thereby giving the gals the right to vote and to stand for Parliament.

1917 Infamous,wonderful author Frank Hardy, brother to the equally talented entertainer Mary Hardy, was pupped today.

1918- Dunolly-ite made good; Harry Lawson, pupped in Dunolly, assumed the position as Premier of Victoria.

1931 The aircraft Southern Cloud disappeared during a flight from Sydney to Melbourne, with the wreckage not found until 1958.

1963 – At a special federal conference of the Australian Labor Party, Arthur Calwell and Gough Whitlam were photographed outside the venue at Kingston in Canberra. Although Calwell was the Leader of the Opposition, neither man was a member of the federal executive. Robert Menzies jibed that the ALP was ruled by "36 faceless men".

1964 Hanji Mahomet Allum died in Adelaide at the age of 106. Mahomet Allum was born in Kandahar, then capital of Afghanistan, in 1858. As a young man he sold horses to the British Army in India and travelled to Persia,Saudi Arabia, England and in the 1890s he came to Western Australia where he worked as a camel driver in outback WA, SA, NSW and Queensland. Among other occupations he worked at surveying, carpet dealing, worked in the mines at Broken Hill and had shops in Lismore and Wilcannia.
In the early 1920s he arrived in Adelaide,where he became a herbalist, healer, and friend of the sick and needy asking for no payment, but accepting gifts of fruit and flowers. He was a well known and colourful character in Adelaide for many years.

1965 The ABC's kids show The Magic Boomerang began delighting the ankle biters.

1965 - A group of 40 Aboriginal men staged a sit-in at the Burlington Hotel in Haymarket, Sydney, to protest the unofficial apartheid of publicans, patrons and police towards Aboriginals which effectively banned them from entering and drinking at hotels.

1975 - "Wollongong The Brave", a new 4-part comedy series from the Aunty Jack team, premiered on ABC.

1981 - The Splendid Mardi Gras hosted in Sydney was flounced down the street to the theme of "We are the People our Parents Warned us Against"
Yes, yes, we are.

A group of marchers had been confused about the date and gathered in Moore Park a day early. The Sydney Star reported that they were forced to flee when fired upon by a man with a rifle from a nearby balcony.

1984 - The Kooragang Island Branch Railway Line (NSW) was opened for business from Hanbury West Junction - Hanbury North Junction.

1996 - A woman was standing on the steps of the Family Court in Parramatta, an apprehended violence order (AVO) against her ex-husband in her hand when that same man opened fire on her, hitting her 5 times and killing her.

2002 - Senior Constable Woods, NSW Police,  died whilst on duty.

2003 Race Relations Day was formally celebrated for the first time in NZ with the theme "Hands up for Kiwis of every race and place".
Something this side of the ditch could learn from *insert deep, long-suffering sigh from being surrounded by much stupid*

2009 - Anna Bligh became the first Aussie sheila to lead her party to a state election victory; previous chickybabe state Premiers Carmen Lawrence and Joan Kirner both took over the possy as Premier from their predecessors after their parties were in power, and were both kicked to the kerb in state elections afterwards.

2013 - A mere 5 years ago the then-PM Julia Gillard apologised on behalf of the Oz Govt to those people effected by the dreadful forced adoption or removal of babies practices.
Sadly, the coverage of the apology was disgustingly over-shadowed by political tantrums in the ALP party with a leadership spill announced by Simon Crean - who was subsequently sacked from Cabinet and later upheld his promise to resign from politics if he was unsuccessful.
Ta ta, Si.

2018 - Today is Harmony Day which celebrates the cohesive and inclusive nature of our nation and promotes the benefits of cultural diversity. Schools, community groups and organisations across Australia host Harmony Day events.

2018 - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”. The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reminds us of our collective responsibility for promoting and protecting this ideal.
Oh how we laughed.

2233 Captain James Tiberius Kirk will be pupped in Riverside, Iowa...and if you need to ask "Who is James Tiberius Kirk?" then you really aren't from this planet.

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