Sunday, March 4, 2018

March 4 On This Day in Australian History

1804 - Irish convicts at Castle Hill weren't happy campers so over 200 of them launched a full-scale rebellion that became known as The Battle of Vinegar Hill.
Yep, that'll do it!

1821 - Stable your shanks' pony Mavis, a stage coach began plying its trade between Sydney and Richmond.

1824 - Thomas Harley was Hanged at Sydney for returning from Port Macquarie in defiance of his commuted sentence. Originally sentenced to death in 1822 for burglary from the house of Robert Campbell in George St.

1825 - Due to overwhelming popularity demand another resort penal settlement was begun on the picturesque isolated Maria Island in Tassie.

1831 – James Stirling was fashioned, frocked and commissioned as Governor of Western Australia, rectifying the absence of a legal instrument providing the authority detailed in Stirling's Instructions of 30 December 1828.

1836 - John Whitehead was Hanged at Sydney for highway robbery at Lane Cove.

1836 - John Hare was Hanged at Sydney for the attempted murder of Major William Elrington at Bathurst.

1836 - John Treish (Frisk, Fish, Trish, Frish) was Hanged at Sydney for highway robbery at Lane Cove.

1836 - John Smith was Hanged at Sydney for burglary in the Hunter Valley.

1837 - The native fauna packed its collective pouch and ambled off into the bush as Yass was gazetted for a town.

1837 - The Guv, Sir Richard Bourke, popped down for a gander at the Port Phillip District and Melbourne on a busmans holiday.

1853 - The Mary Anne became the first steamship plying the muddy waters of the Murray River.

1864 - Daniel Mannix, the institution who was Archbishop of Melbourne for 46 years and one of the most influential figures of his time, was born. Read more about him HERE.

1867 - Having another party away from the womenfolk inter-colonial conference in Melbourne, the boys decided on a common postal service and called for more jugs of beer the establishment of a Federal Council.

1868 - The Polynesian Labourers Act was passed with the breakfast prunes in Qld to control *ahem* recruitment of Kanakas aka "blackbirding".

1873 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1885 - The Bombala Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Tarago to Bungendore.

1896 - Again with the ugly bits - The Premier's at a conference left their racist shirts hanging out when they agreed to all colonies restricting immigration of coloured people ( those who weren't lily-white enough to pass muster) and amend the Anti-Chinese legislation they'd already put in place.

1899 – Cyclone Mahina hit Bathurst Bay on the Cape York Peninsula killing 410 people.
A nine-metre tidal surge left dead "porpoises" on clifftops, thrown there by the heavy swells.
It destroyed dozens of boats in local pearling fleets, killing about 100 sailors and crew members.
There was a massive tidal surge, flooding the region and causing another 307 known fatalities on land.

1938 - After a long while between drinks - 8 years to be exact- assisted British immigration was back to full steam ahead.

1954 - History was made when QE2 climbed aboard the Royal Train at Spencer Street Station, Melbourne, and began tootling all over Victoria to places far and wide...some of which no longer have a train station or even remember having had one tethered in the main street.

1957 - Those Powers That Be were back to sticking noses into pies that didn't concern them, IE closing down railway lines vitally needed by the public.
This time it was the Birregurra to Forrest line that copped it in the neck.

1970 - Three armed bandits committed the largest payroll robbery in Australian history, stealing $587,980 from a Mayne Nickless security van at a Guildford, NSW, shopping centre.

1978 - That gorgeous tall ship project I wouldn't mind pottering about with in my bath, the Polly Woodside, officially opened on the southern side of the Yarra River.

1978 - The Australian Weekend ran articles on "The New Homosexual".

1981 - Paspalis Centrepoint on Smith Street, Darwin, was opened by the Chief Minister Paul Everingham.

1983 - A party at Club 80 raises $4,000 towards the Legal defence fund (as a result of police raids the previous month).

1989 - The first elections were held in the recently independent Australian Capital Territory.
Finally! Those living in the national capital could actually vote!

1995 - Rains kept crowds to 150,000 for the 18th SGLMG Parade, but 4,000 with 140 entries march to the Showgrounds where 20,000 party which was described as the best one ever.
The theme was Fairy Tales & Lesbian Legends.

1996 - A little slow from the starting blocks but we're starting to catch up - County Court Judge Rosemary Balmford became the first female Supreme Court Judge in Victoria.

2000 - 7,200 marchers, 200 floats and 600,000 spectators took part or watched the 23rd Mardi Gras parade. At the party there was a women’s and a men’s tent and a cabaret featuring such performers as Samantha Leith, Joyleen Hairmouth and Tina C.
That years theme was 2000gether.

2001 - Lucille Balls, the multi orbed dress designed by Ron Muncaster formed part of the Eternity exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.

2002 - The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Coolum (Queensland) established a three-person committee to work with the Commonwealth Secretary-General to determine the appropriate Commonwealth responses to Zimbabwe’s democratic shortcomings. John Howard was one of the three members of the committee, along with the Presidents of Nigeria and South Africa.

2004 - Federal health minister, Tony Abbott failed to appoint any HIV community representatives to the new Ministerial Advisory Committee on AIDS and sexual health.

2006 - The Oh So Fabulous Mardi Gras pranced its way through the streets to the theme of Dance · Love · Radiate.

2008 - An Australian aquaculture company claimed a world first in artificially breeding endangered southern bluefin tuna.

2017 - Last years Sydney Mardi Gras was celebrated to the theme of  Creating Equality.
And, by Goddess, didn't we FINALLY get that equality!

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