Thursday, March 29, 2018

March 29 On This Day in Australian History

1790 -  HMS Supply was back in Sydney with the terrible news that Sirius was lost and gone was all hope of a China rescue.

1809 - England: Mr John Macarthur, who supplied the wines that fuelled the Australia Day rebellion, together with Major George Johnston who led his troops against Governor Bligh, sailed for England in the Admiral Gambier to answer for their pivotal roles in the ‘Rum Rebellion’ .

1839 - The first recorded encounters in the vicinity of Langhorne’s Ferry/Rufus River took place in March 1839 and involved the combined parties of Coutts Crawford and McLeod and MacPherson, who were attacked by a large group of Aboriginal people at sunset: James Coutts Crawford's diary entry reads -
"Rose at daybreak – the stockmen on going to count the cattle, found our black friends of the night before all collected, to the number of 50 or 60, with their spears among the cattle with some difficulty they drove them across the river. Took 6 spears, a nullah nullah and some sharpening stones … Passed on over a flat alluvial land with a sand bank on our right … MacPherson & myself were on ahead on the sand bank when we heard a sound of firing behind us and on returning that another engagement had taken place with the same blacks several of whom had at last got a good peppering with small shot. Took several spears"

1841 - Edward John Eyre was in a bit of a pickle - or rather, he'd have preferred to have been in a pickle (or relish or jam) instead of the lack-of-water type of situation in which he found both himself and his travelling companions on this day. Noticing a heavy dew on leaves he began collecting water with a sponge while the Indigenous chaps used grasses; eventually they'd gathered 2 quarts of water and promptly celebrated by making a cuppa tea. After they'd sipped their tea they ambled along til they reached a spot now known as Eyre's Sandpatch, 50kms south-east of Cocklebiddy, where they dug down to six feet and found fresh H2O.

1841 - Joseph Orton, Wesleyan Methodist missionary, observed the destruction of Indigenous food supplies and the violence between different Aboriginal groups forced onto one another’s land by “the Christian Heathens who are enriching themselves on the spoil of the dispossessed and wallowing in the blood of their victims”.

1847 - Another gaol in our glorious history was that of the Adelaide Gaol which played host to the hanging of Thomas Donelly on this day in 1847 for the deliberate shooting murder of an Aboriginal chap, Kingberri at Rivoli Bay on September 1, 1846.

1852 - Patrick McNamara was Hanged at Maitland for the murder of his wife Rose McNamara at Aberglasslyn.

1857 - Today in 1857 a Census was taken in Gum Sucker territory known as Victoria; but all I can tell you is that the white population was counted at 408,998 because, being such forward-thinking chappies and knowing how it would infuriate future genealogists, the forms with personal details were all destroyed in 1892.

1876 - John Boyle O'Reilly was a Fenian sympathiser who'd done a runner from the salubrious surrounds of Fremantle Gaol in 1869 and rocked up to USA but he never forgot his Fenian brothers still languishing in Oz so he hatched a plan to rescue them; part of the plan involved helping them escape by whaling ship, the Catalpa, which parked in a berth at Bunbury on this day.

1878 - The Aussie Cricket Team bon voyaged themselves as they sallied forth on the SS Sydney to tour England.

1881-William Brown was Hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the rape of his twelve-year-old daughter Ann at Yappa Brush, The Bight, across the Manning from Wingham.

1885 - The NSW contingent arrived in the Sudan.

1888 - In Melbourne some bloke named Chidley got a nasty shock when the public display of his flying machine went uppity-up then downy down...with a kaBOOM at the end.
It always works in rehersal but when it comes to the premiere performance....!

1895 - "Queen" Nellie Hamilton, a proud Ngambri woman famous for her statement,
'I no tink much of your law. You come here and take my land, kill my possum, my kangaroo; leave me starve. Only gib me rotten blanket. Me take calf or sheep, you been shoot me, or put me in jail. You bring your bad sickness 'mong us', was either (according to some sites) THE honoured guest who opened the Tharwa Bridge over the Murrumbidgee or was ONE of the honoured guests present on the occasion.

1900 - Black Jack aka Sir John McEwen was pupped. Black Jack was Deputy PM, and caretaker PM for 3 weeks following the extra long post-lunchtime paddle PM Harold Holt was indulging in.

1901 - The first Federal election in the Fair Land of Oz was held on this day back in the dim dark ages of 1901 when *horror of horrors* WOMEN were not only allowed to VOTE! but four chickybabes also STOOD for election!
*swoon* where will this madness end...surely the gals won't aspire to the top office in the land...?

1902 - Not only did they murder Breaker Morant and Lt Handcock by firing squad they kinda sorta forgot to tell Handcock's missus who found out about his demise through the newspapers.
Nice one, cockheads.

1905 - The Wanganui Herald reported that *gasp* jam tins Did! Not! Contain! The! Correct! Advertised! Weight!
But, never fear! The War Office had the names of the Tassie and Aussie contractors (cos Tassie is a country of its own apparently)!

1906 - The Richmond Vale Railway Line (NSW) was thrown open from Richmond Vale Junction to Pelaw Main, 4.1kms of railway thrills.

1915 - Alicia Mary Kelly, ballsy chick and one of only 7 nurses to receive the Military Medal, enlisted in the Australian Army Nursing Service, AIF, on this day.

1926 - The Kooloonong to Yungera stretch of the Piangil Railway Line (Vic) was opened.

1930 For some odd reason a jury in Perth found the station manager of Bedford Downs not guilty of the murder of 9 Aborigines as a reprisal for them killing and eating a bullock.

1930 - Bust out the bubbly for as long as you can for today electors in Victoria voted against prohibition.

1935 - The parking meter was invented by some twat Mr McGee.... who was suddenly crossed off many Xmas card lists after this!

1941 - HMA ships Perth, Vendetta and Stuart were among 13 Allied ships involved in the Battle of Matapan (Greece) which saw the loss of five Italian ships and 1,230 men. Victory at Matapan gave the Allies sea control of the Eastern Mediterranean until the end of the campaigns in Greece and Crete.

1946 - In 1673 English King Charles mark II accepted the Test Act which had nothing whatsoever to do with the first official Cricket Test match between New Zealand and Oz today in 1946; played at The Basin Reserve in Wellington where Oz won by a single innings and 103 runs. Charlie's Test Act outlawed Roman Catholics from all public functions. So they couldn't have attended any cricket matches, back in the day, had they taken place. How rude.

1949 - The Stawell to Grampians Railway Line (Vic) was closed.

1964 - The coast lines of NSW and Tassie were washed a little extra today in 1964 when the effects of a tsunami that originated in Alaska were noted to have drastically altered the motion of the tides.

1967 - Go-Set reported on hints from host Johnny Young that The Go!! Show may be cancelled and Ronnie Burns being injured when mobbed by Sydney fans.

1973 - Penny Short, who was studying to be a teacher on a scholarship at Macquarie Uni, was declared, by a psychologist, medically unfit to receive her scholarship when she had a lesbian poem published in a student paper. Over 7000 signatures were gathered calling upon the NSW Teachers Federation to take action. At first they did, helping her organise a protest on March the 29th. The rally was over 1,000 people strong and marched through the city and to the Department of Education. However, afterwards, right-wing sections of the Teachers Federation bureaucracy moved to limit support and stop a joint press conference from going ahead. The BLF also endorsed the rally and according to Jeremy Fisher ‘The BLF leadership[‘s] attitude towards civil rights in general is distinctly better than that of the NSW Teachers Federation and in sharp contrast to the Department of Education’s attitude.’

1976 - The Tasmanian Homosexual Law Reform Group was formed.

1978 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Jct (Whittingham) to Mount Thorley Coal Loader.

1979 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was closed for business from Old Main North DE to Old Main North DE.

1982 - The Sydney Swans Footy Club played their first match in Sydney.

1984 - The largest coal terminal in the world at Dalrymple Bay opened by QLD Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

1987 - The West Coast Eagles made their debut in the VFL with a match at Subiaco Oval where they kicked the Richmond Tigers to the kerb 20.13.133 to 16.12.119.

1999 - The first meeting of the Western Business and Services Network, was held. It aimed to create a network of “sexuality friendly” businesses in Western Sydney.

2001 - A forum on gay male to male domestic violence was convened by LGBTQ community organisations and highlighted a lack of resources for gay men.

2014 - After 40 years on the re-established swamp in Adelaide’s western suburbs — and 24 seasons of AFL football at Football Park — SA football called Adelaide Oval home again.

2015 - Cricket World Cup: Australia defeated fellow host New Zealand by 7 wickets to win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

2015 - Dambimangari traditional owners who have been granted exclusive possession native title rights of land and sea off the northern Kimberley coast were looking to charge fees and tighten the regulation of the cruise boat industry to protect the region’s sacred sites.

2015 - Anger was rising in Northern Territory as some residents of Jilkminggan community, 140 kilometres south-east of Katherine, say they were not adequately consulted on the granting of fracking permits on Aboriginal freehold land.

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