Sunday, April 29, 2018

April 29 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1770 - On this day Jimmy Cook wafted into Botany Bay and noted that, after meeting the Indigenous inhabitants (and shooting at them)"All they seemed to want was for us to be gone".
Strange, that...

1770 - Captain James Cook claimed possession of the whole east coast of Australia for the British Crown. Many history classes and books start teaching Australian history from this point on.

1789 - Fletcher Christian and his mates had an issue or three with pulling their fingers out and doing a spot of work so they threw a mass hissy fit whilst throwing Captain Bligh and his supporters into The Bounty's launch and sailing off into the sunset with The Bounty.

1828 - The Colonial Committee were requested in a letter from N.S.W. Col. Govt. to furnish a Return of the number and description of those on the Comp's Grant.

1838 - Edward Tufts was hanged at Sydney for the murder of John Jones at Taree.

1841 - Rev Clark found gold in them thar hills near Hassan's Walls in Hartley Valley, NSW.

1848 - Edmund Kennedy left Sydney for an exploration expedition of country between Rockingham Bay and Cape York. Only three people survived, including Aboriginal expedition member Jacky Jacky.On this day in 1997: The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission released the Bringing Them Home report. The report concluded that, in the period from 1910 to 1970, between 10 and 30 per cent of Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families and communities. More than 60,000 copies of the report were sold, far more than any comparable report.

1857 - Francis Brannigan was hanged at Melbourne Gaol for his part in the murder of Inspector-General Price.

1857 - William Brown was hanged at Melbourne Gaol for his part in the murder of Inspector-General Price.

1857 - Richard Bryant was hanged at Melbourne Gaol for his part in the murder of Inspector-General Price.

1857 - Finding it all too much Victoria's second Premier, John O'Shanassy, retired from office after serving for just 50 days.
He's still having a coupla Bex and a good lie down.

1857 - Second verse, same as the first - William Clark Haines assumed office for his second term as Vic Premier.

1868 - Charlie McKeahnie, the bloke on whom Banjo Paterson modelled The Man From Snowy River, was foaled.

1875 - The Catalpa set sail from Massachusetts to liberate the infamous Fremantle Six, Irish prisoners in Westralia's Fremantle Prison.

1879 - Chilagorah was hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Pintagorah  at Cossack.

1885 - The Taranaki Herald put everyone's fears to rest when it relayed the news that, should war break out, the Point Lonsdale, Queenscliff, North and South channel lights will be extinguished.
And we'll all be vewy, vewy quiet....

1885 - Today was a key date in the history of football in Western Australia. It was then that the original Fremantle football club decided to adopt the 'Victorian game' over rugby.

1892 - Chew Fong alias Chew Fong, was hanged at Fremantle Prison for the murder of Ah Pang at Meka Station.

1892 - Lyee Nyee alias Lee Nyee, was hanged at Fremantle Prison for the murder of Ah Pang at Meka Station.

1892 - Yung Quonk alias Yung Quonk, was hanged at Fremantle Prison for the murder of Ah Pang at Meka Station.

1892 - Sin Cho Chi was hanged at Fremantle Prison for the murder of George E.B Fairhead, at a Mill Stream out-station, near Roebourne.

1901 - Australia′s first ′Federal′ flag was chosen from a national flag competition held in 1901. Initially started by the Melbourne monthly magazine The Review of Reviews for Australasia, the new Federal Government announced a further competition (Gazetted on this day) and the earlier competition entries were transferred and the prize was increased to 200 pounds. The competition attracted 32 823 entries.

1906 - Extreme measures saw the Colonist state that, although it was claimed crime had dropped in Victoria, the Imperial Defence Committee was constructing forts and puttin' in Big Guns.
Yep, that'll teach 'em!

1912 - Joseph Pfeiffer was hanged at Melbourne Gaol for shooting his sister-in-law Florence Whitely at 102 Mills Street, Middle Park.

1915 - Australia's submarine, HMA AE2, the first sub to get through the Dardanelles and who disrupted Turkish shipping for 5 days, was scuttled and her crew captured. After torpedoing and chasing off the gunship shelling the beach where the Anzacs were landing on April 25, AE2 scattered shipping until her torpedoes were all gone and Turkish gunboats found her.

1924 - Edward Williams was hanged at Long Bay Gaol for the murder of his three children, five-year-old Rosalie, three-year-old Mary and two-year-old Cecillia at Underwood St Paddington, NSW.

1925 - Bobby Leach, The Canadian Daredevil who survived going over Niagra Falls, died after slipping on an orange peel whilst on tour in Australia and New Zealand.

1941 - Australia's largest known onshore earthquake, a whopper at 7.2, rocked and rolled Meeberrie in Westralia.

1952 -  The ANZUS Treaty came into force - where Oz, NZ and America promised to share their deepest secrets, swap tips on boyfriends and to wax each other's back, sack and crack when needed.
Maybe not.
Just as well I didn't mention anal bleaching, eh?

1953 - The Shepparton to Katamatite (Vic) passenger service (Diesel Rail Car) ended.

1954 - Russia and Oz had a mild tiff over the Petrov affair and stopped sneaking smokes behind the shelter shed together.

1957 - The inaugural meeting of the Aboriginal-Australian Fellowship took place in Sydney's Town Hall.

1965 - Prime Minister Menzies committed Australian troops to fight in Vietnam.

1967 - A referendum held in northern NSW on the question to create a new state was opposed as the bogans couldn't elect and run their own government.

1969 - The Long Island Junction to Long Island Railway Line (Vic) opened.

1970 - During a Royal visit to Oz someone plotted The Lithgow Plot where a large-ish log was plopped onto the railway tracks to derail the Monarch's train.
Which didn't succeed although keeping the Queen in the dark about it apparently did.

1984 - Premier Wran announced that he will introduce a private member’s Bill to decriminalise homosexual acts.

1985 - The AIDS Council received $74,000 from the Federal Government for a Resource Centre and a co-ordinator.

1988 - The Stockman's Hall of Fame in Longreach was declared open by QEII.

1989 - The Police and Gay Liaison Unit run a 24 hour hotline to encourage reports of incidents of violence. Only six calls were received.

1991 - ACT UP staged a protest outside the offices of the Department of Community Services and Health for failing to “face up to its responsibilities to Australians with HIV and AIDS”.

1998 - Working With Native Title and Reaching Agreement – a three-day national forum for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people commenced on this day at the Sheraton Hotel, Brisbane.

1998 - The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby organiseed a “Relationships Rally” outside the NSW Parliament House.

2000 - The launch of the Yawulyu Mungamunga CD, produced by Papulu Apparr-Kari Aboriginal Language and Culture Centre in Tennant Creek.

2000 - An Extraordinary Meeting of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras rejected a proposal which would have enabled bisexual applicants to be accepted as members without further justification.

2002 - Members of Sex and Gender Education Foundation (SAGE) met with the NSW Attorney General’s Department to discuss legislative reform to improve the legal and human rights of the gender diverse community.

Launch of Mick Woiwod’s archives with Joy Murphy-Wandin, Senior Wurundjeri Elder at Eltham Library.


  1. My history classes certainly started late. And were as much devoted to the UK as they were to Oz. More perhaps. Dates, rulers, battles.