Friday, May 18, 2018

May 18 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1789 - Arabanoo, an Aboriginal man, was captured at Manly on 31 December 1788 by order of Governor Arthur Phillip, caught smallpox whilst caring for others who were sick, and died at Sydney. He was buried in the governor's garden.

1806 - Report in the Sydney Gazette on five men from the wreck of the George who travelled overland from Jervis Bay to Sydney, along the coast

1825 - The Tasmanian and Port Dalrymple Advertiser, Australia’s first provincial newspaper, ceased publication.

1839 - Sarah Cook, wife of a shepherd at Norrilong (between Beverley and York, WA) and her baby were speared by members of the York tribe to satisfy tribal lore. Two brothers, Doodjeep and Barrabong were arrested and tried for ‘wilful murder’ in July 1840. They were later hung in chains at the scene of the crime. A year later, a Noongar man named Yambup was also convicted of the same crime and was sent to Wadjemup – Rottnest prison.

1849 - The Summary Trial and Punishment of Aborigines Act was passed in Western Australia.

1854 - Keep a lump of sugar in your pocket as a horse-drawn railway started plodding between Goolwa and Port Elliot in South Oz, which was in fact Australia's first public railway.

1859 - The Sydney Evening Mail ceased publication.

1859 - Harry was hanged at Goulburn for the rape and attempted murder of Margaret McMahon near Cooma.

1865 - Angus McMillan, the murderer of untold hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal people, kicked the proverbial bucket in a pub at Iguana Creek in Gippsland.

1877 - George, a Pacific Islander hanged at Maryborough Gaol for the rape of Mrs McBride.

1877 - Tommy Ah Mow, a Pacific Islanders hanged at Maryborough Gaol for the rape of Mrs McBride.

1889 - Intercolonial footy match between Tassie and Victoria was played at the MCG before a crowd of 20,000. The Gum Suckers wore colours of Royal Blue & Old Gold, while the Apple Islanders wore  their colony colours of Rose, Primrose & Black.
Final score was
Victoria - 6 goals, 9 behinds
Tassie - 1 goal, 6 behinds

1891 - James Johnston was hanged at Ballarat for murdering his wife Mary and their four children.

1897 - The original clubs of the newly formed VFL were Collingwood, South Melbourne, Essendon, Melbourne, Fitzroy, Geelong, St. Kilda and Carlton, which played their first matches today.

1901 - Harry Rickards opened his New Opera House, the future Tivoli Theatre, in Bourke Street, Melbourne, on the site of the former Prince of Wales Opera Theatre.

1902 -  William Windeyer took the main part in rescuing young people from a rowing boat capsized in Fern Bay, near his Hunters Hill home, and was awarded a silver medal by the Royal Shipwreck Relief and Humane Society of New South Wales.

1914 - Ronald Munro-Ferguson, 1st Viscount Novar was appointed the sixth Governor General of Australia.

1915 - Lewis Bostock Radford was elected fourth bishop of Goulburn.

1919 - Harry George Hawker and Commander Kenneth MacKenzie-Grieve attempted to fly the Atlantic Ocean from Newfoundland to England. They took off on but an icy storm caused the plane to drift off course with its engine developing radiator trouble, and eventually Hawker had to ditch in the mid-Atlantic. They were picked up by a Danish tramp steamer which did not carry wireless. The men were posted missing, presumed dead. King George V sent a message of condolence to Hawker's wife, but after learning of the rescue announced that both men would be presented with the first Air Force Crosses ever to be awarded. Acknowledging that this was the first time that 1000 miles (1609 km) had been flown over an outwards course, the Daily Mail management presented Hawker with a special prize of £1000.

1931 - Antonio Fanto was hanged at Fremantle Prison for the murder of Cosimo Xesci at Latham.

1953 - The 100,000th FX Holden, that classic car with sweeping curves, style, class and beauty, was completed at the Fisherman's Bend factory in Victoria.

1969 - The new Glenelg jetty was officially opened by Mr Coumbe, the Minister of Marine and Harbors. It cost $128,500. An estimated crowd of 10,000 were at the opening in spite of the chilly, grey weather.

1974 - Labor scraped back into power after a snap federal election. It failed to gain the Senate majority it desperately needed and its House of Representatives majority was slashed from 13 to 5.

1974 - John Howard entered Parliament as an Opposition backbencher for the electorate of Bennelong.

1974 - Travel Lodge on the Esplanade was officially opened by Administrator Jack Nelson. It was the tallest building in Darwin at the time at ten storeys.

1974 - Australian voters rejected four proposals related to simultaneous elections in the House and Senate, allowing electors in territories to vote at referendums, determining the average size of electorates in each state, and giving the Commonwealth Parliament powers to borrow money for any local government body.

1974 - Gay Liberationist, Brian McGahen stood for the Senate in the Federal Election.

1974 - At Windy Hill a massive wild free-for-all brawl broke out involving players, coaches, officials and police when Bomber runner Laurie Ashley gave a mouthful to Richmond strongman Mal Brown. The result of an investigation was four players and three officials were charged as a result of the investigation.

1978 - Prince "I talk to the trees but they don't listen to me" Charlie Chuckle-Head popped into Melbourne for former PM Menzies funeral.

1984 - The Wran Bill was returned to the Legislative Assembly for final approval. The NSW Buggery Law was reformed and the male/male age of consent was set at 18.

1984 - Michael Glynn retired as editor of The Star and was replaced by Paul Smith.

1995 - Federal Justice Minister, Duncan Kerr announced an inquiry into discrimination against lesbians and gay men to be held under the auspices of the Human Rights and Discrimination Law Centre.

1996 - The Lesbian Space Project (LSP) held its first open day at its Bedford Street premises.

1996 - Fitzroy's last win in the AFL came against Fremantle .

2006 - Officials released a 2005 statement in which Australia's national wheat exporter admitted paying money to Saddam Hussein's regime.

2006 - PM John Howard, during his first official visit to Ottawa, urged Canada to work with his country on climate change, much to the horror of environmentalists. Australia did not ratify the Kyoto Protocol.


  1. The Tasmanian football teams colours, good heavens rose, primrose and black bet they wouldn't adopt those colours today - or maybe they would if they played in the AFL...not a followers of footy just keep an eye on it for Grand Final Day..

  2. Arabanoo was buried in the garden? I suppose he was lucky to get that. Tough on his family and friends though.

  3. Wow - that must have taken a lot of work! Or was it just something about 18th May? Seems there was a lot of raping, murdering and hanging going on...