Thursday, May 10, 2018

May 10 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1811 - Martin Egan was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Thomas Cooney. After being executed his body was handed over to surgeons for dissection and anatomisation.

1822 - At Illawarra Robert Jenkins died from a fall from his horse in George St, Sydney; his wife Jemima took over the Berkeley Estate consisting of 1,000 acres. A further 2,000 acres was granted to Jemima Jenkins in 1834.

1824 - Sir John Pedder, an eleventy hundred X great uncle of this mad old cow, started shining the seat in his office as Chief Justice of Tassie.

1824 - The Supreme Court in Tassie flung open it's doors to begin a business that has never run out of demand for the overwhelming supply left on it's doorstep.

1832 - Richard Cunningham was appointed the position of colonial botanist and superintendent of the Sydney Botanic Garden at a salary of £200.

1836 - John Wales (also called Watt) was hanged at Sydney for the assault and putting in bodily fear of Constable Daniel Riley near Bong Bong.

1836 - Timothy Pickering was hanged at Sydney for the assault and putting in bodily fear of Daniel Riley near Bong Bong.

1841 - Sir George Grey , explorer, governor and politician, arrived in Adelaide to take up his new appointment as Governor of South Oz.

1845 - Explorer John Roper, ("Brash, no bushman and 'at all times foolhardy' according to John Gilbert) got lost in the bush more than once and on this day was kicked in the chest while trying to catch his horse by its tail.
As you do !

1854 - Edward Stone Parker, assistant protector of Aboriginals who had established the Aboriginal station of Larnebarramul (Jim Crow) at Franklinford ,  delivered a lecture on this day to the John Knox Young Men's Association which was later published as The Aborigines of Australia.

1855 - The first draft of the Constitution Bill for Victoria was introduced into House of Commons.

1855 - Gustavus Vaughan Brooke, acclaimed Irish actor and theatre owner, began his season at the Victoria Theatre in Sydney with Othello.

1860 - Julius Baker was hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for shooting with intent at Port Arthur.

1861 - Arthur Yates, he who has tempted many a backyard Aussie gardener with those brilliantly photographed seed packets, was found in the cabbage patch.

1865 - Under the Felons Apprehension Act, passed in April, individuals could be proclaimed outlaws, whom any person was permitted to shoot without warning; proclamations declaring Ben Hall and his companions outlaws were to be gazetted on this day.

1865 - After much debate a “basis of union” was drawn up and on this day the Presbyterian Church of South Australia was formed, uniting the three denominations into one Presbytery with eight ministers and fifteen congregations.

1876 - Trugernanner (Truganini) was buried at the old female penitentiary at the Cascades at Midnight on this day.

1897 - A severe earthquake shock was felt in Ballarat.

1901 - Commonwealth Parliament parked their posteriors for the first time at Parliament House, Melbourne.
The Governor-General, Lord Hopetoun, addressed the gathered senators and members in the Legislative Council Chamber of Parliament House, Melbourne. He outlined, on behalf of the Government, the matters that would receive the attention of the First Parliament.

1932 -  The NSW Government issued a circular instructing its officers to pay into the State Treasury all revenue collected in New South Wales; this contravened an earlier Commonwealth proclamation which directed that any revenue due to the Federal government should be paid into the Commonwealth Bank. Robert Beardsmore was the only departmental executive who refused to comply with the State order. His action forced a crisis: Governor Sir Philip Game ruled the circular was illegal and on 13 May dismissed the Lang government.

1951 - The Black Diamond Junction to Black Diamond rail line (Vic) closed.

1967 - After devastating fires ripped through the Cascade Brewery, brewing recommenced at Cascade and a month later, on this day the Cascade team and local volunteers came together to enjoy a richly deserved beer.

1972 – Gay Law Professor George Duncan "drowned" after being thrown into the Torrens River, Adelaide at 11pm. A visiting law lecturer at the University of Adelaide, Duncan was found drowned in the Torrens River in Adelaide in suspicious circumstances. The case became a cause celebre in Adelaide's gay community, with accusations of police involvement in his death and a subsequent cover-up. The S.A. Vice-Squad police was suspected.

1973 - Sxities pop star Mike Furber committed suicide in Sydney. Furber had reportedly become depressed after his sacking from the musical Nuclear although rumours continue to circulate that he might have been murdered because of alleged underworld entanglements.
Rock music historian Ian McFarlane  has said,
"It has been suggested, however, that Furber was actually murdered because he had befriended a King's Cross, New South Wales prostitute".

1974 - Duncan Week was held to commemorate the murder of Dr Duncan with a series of events, including a memorial service, street theatre and a wreath laying.

1976 - A gay march was held through Kings Cross.

1978 - Sydney Morning Herald and Age poll showed a 57% support for homosexual law reform.

1982 - The 1983 Mardi Gras Committee was elected – Brian McGahen, Shane Mangan, Brett Collins, Lance Gowland, Philip King, Barry Power, Allan Deith and Dee Bergmon (the first woman on the Committee).

1984 - The NSW Premier Wran introduced a Private Member’s Bill to decriminalise male homosexual acts. He met with a delegation that morning. He refused to lower the age of consent from 18 to 16 or agree to a “reasonable grounds of belief” clause but agreed to Lex Watson’s suggestion that no person between the age of 16 – 18 will be prosecuted without the consent of the Attorney-General.

1985 - 40 people graduated from the [LGBT] Community Support Network volunteer nursing program.

1986 - Protesters held a march along the proposed monorail route opposing its construction. In September 1988, five thousand protesters gathered at Sydney Town Hall, believing that the so-called 'monsterail' was an aesthetic eyesore that imposed on a number of heritage streetscapes in the city area.
Despite the opposition, the monorail development went ahead in conjunction with the development of Darling Harbour.

1995 - Lezbiz (Lesbians in Business) held its inaugural breakfast for 25 Sydney businesswomen.

1996 – Prime Minister John Howard announced gun controls in the wake of the Port Arthur massacre.

1996 – Floods in southern Queensland & northern New South Wales kill 5 people & caused more than AUD$55 million in farm losses.

2001 - The Collective Action Against Homophobia (CAAH) held a demonstration against the installation of the new Roman Catholic Archbishop, George Pell at St Marys Cathedral.

2003 - The new board of the New Mardi Gras was elected with five previous board members being re-appointed.

2005 - Peter Costello, Australia’s finance minister, proposed his 10th budget that included income tax cuts worth almost $17 billion.

2006 - Blacktown Lesbian Information and Social Support began holding regular fortnightly meetings during school terms.

2007 - EnGeneIC, an Australian biotechnology firm, said it had developed a means of delivering anti-cancer drugs directly to cancer cells, which aims to avoid the debilitating toxicity associated with chemotherapy.

2012 - Vanuatu expelled the 12-member police contingent from Australia in retaliation for the April 27 arrest of PM Kilman’s private secretary while in transit to Israel.

2013 - The inaugural conference of the relaunched Lilith: A Feminist History Journal was held on this day, following the Allan Martin week of events at the School of History at ANU. The keynote speaker Professor Carolyn Steedman was the Allan Martin lecturer for 2013.

2013 - Stamps commemorating unbeaten Aussie racehorse Black Caviar were released today.

2013 - Australia Post and Israel Post marked the Battle of Beersheba through the release of a commemorative issue of two stamps.
The stamp issue features two key images:
Stamp one (60c) - Australian Light Horseman. This stamp featured the statue of an Australian Light Horseman in the Park of the Australian Soldier at Beersheva, Israel
Stamp two ($2.60) - Battle of Beersheba. This stamp featured contemporary images of Australian Light Horsemen.

2013 - Marking the centenary of Australia's first national postage stamp, the Kangaroo and Map Australia Post released a new $10 stamp and a range of associated collectables.


  1. Felt happy to know more information. Good one!

  2. Jemima Jenkins was ahead of her time.
    And wow, on being able to trace your rellos that far back.

  3. Thanks, Margaret! I try to battle the dreaded boring history lesson.

    Good to hear, thanks, Weekend-Windup :)

    Ah, the tree is still being shaken to loosen the nuts in my family tree, EC.