Saturday, May 19, 2018

May 19 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1793 - Governor Arthur Phillip returned to England accompanied by Bennelong and Yemmerawanne. Following a six-month voyage, they landed in Falmouth, England on this day.

1805 - The Sydney Gazette was bemoaning the fact that so many furbabies had multiplied within the colony, or in their words...
"The prodigious canine increase within the last twelvemonth is as little surprising as alarming: go where you will you must patiently submit to be formally introduced by half a dozen domestic yelpers, who martial the way at the extreme danger of your calves. Upon many families the support of a number of useless creatures falls as a heavy tax; and yet, from some recommendatory qualification, imperceptible to every body but the owner, they must still be supported at the certain expence of those entitled by
nature to our first consideration."

1820 - Russian explorer Faddei Faddeevich (Fabian) Bellingshausen sailed merrily from Port Jackson for the Sandwich Islands where he made further discoveries, notably Ono Island in the Fiji group.

1825 - Francis Nicholas Rossi replaced D'Arcy Wentworth as Superintendent of Police in New South Wales.

1826 - Today saw the first issue of the Monitor newspaper in Sydney.
Gossip, ladies!
Shipping intelligence galore!

1830 - Polish explorer Strzelecki, having tripped over a large lump of land in south-east Victoria, named it Gippsland after the Governor of NSW George Gipps.

1837 -  Surveyor-General and explorer Sir Thomas Mitchell was a tad tired and emotional so he left Sydney on eighteen months leave.

1838 - The first Catholic Mass on Pentecost Sunday was celebrated in Melbourne with Father Patrick Bonaventure Geoghegan in the driving seat.

1845 - F.H. Faulding, the son of a surgeon, opened the doors of his business as a chemist at 5 Rundle Street.  His business grew rapidly as he made remedies for stock as well as people and he bought a site in Clarence Place, off King William Street, to give him more room for his manufacturing and wholesale business.

1854 - Ballarat Post Office opened cnr Mair & Lydiard Sts.

1861 - Helen Porter Mitchell, better known as Dame Nellie Melba, was pupped.

1863 0 The Flinders Street Baptist Church in Adelaide was officially opened with Rev. Silas Mead at the helm.

1869 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was flung open all over the shop, from Singleton to Muswellbrook.

1915 - Lance Corporal Albert Jacka won the first VC awarded to an Aussie for the action at Courtney's Post, Gallipoli.

1915 - John Simpson (Kirkpatrick), better known as The Man With The Donkey, was killed.After risking his life so many times to bring wounded to safety with the help of his donkey one has to question the idiots in the Army over the fact Simpson has yet to receive even one medal recognising the sacrifice that he made.

1924 - The Lidcombe - Cabramatta Railway Line (NSW) was opened for business from Sefton Park South Junction to Jct (Cabramatta).

1924 - Goble left Melbourne with Flying Officer I. E. McIntyre in a Fairey IIID seaplane on what became the first successful attempt to fly around Australia. The flight, carried out in often hazardous conditions, covered 8500 miles (13,676 km) in some ninety hours flying time before arriving back in Melbourne on this date.

1933 - Noel Jack Counihan , artist and revolutionary, while locked in a cart to impede arrest, addressed shoppers in Sydney Road, Brunswick, on the sufferings of the unemployed. Arrested and convicted, he appealed, won on a technicality and was released. The event became legendary in the fight for free speech during the Depression.

1941 - The Johnstone River Advocate changed its name to the Evening Advocate.

1942 – The prototype CAC Boomerang, an Australian designed and built fighter aircraft, took to the air for the first time.

1943 -  Billy Sing, credited with being the most successful and feared sniper in the Gallipoli campaign, died in Australia. The Australian-Chinese war hero was credited with having killed more than 200 enemy soldiers. In 2010 a television film, "The Legend of Billy Sing," raised the ire of the Australian-Chinese community because it featured a white actor as Billy Sing.

1948 - Federal Govt, making a sensible decision for once, announced that all railroad gauges would be standardised by 1951.

1949 - Royal Commission inquiring into the origins, aims, objects and funds of the Communist Party in Victoria and other related matters was established.

1950 – Cabinet agreed to send forces to aid the British during the Malayan Emergency.

1967 - A Morgan Gallup poll a week before the Referendum, found that people thought the chief effects of the amendments would be ‘better opportunities’ and ‘improved conditions’ for Aborigines.

1967 - Faith Bandler,  a tireless activist for Indigenous Australians, said:
“An aboriginal can’t get a house because he can’t get a job. He can’t get a job because he can’t get an education. And how can he be expected to get an education and a job if he hasn’t got a house to live in?”

1971 - The proposals of the Law Reform Committee was discussed at a General Meeting of CAMP Inc.

1975 - Federal Parliament voted in favour of groundbreaking reforms to family law, approving a "no fault" system which made 12 months' separation the sole grounds for divorce.

1979 - Inaugural Freds Pass Rural Show opened.

1986 - Performing Arts Centre was completed, now known as the Darwin Entertainment Centre. Opened by Commodore E.E. Johnston AM OBE.

1989 - Martyn Goddard replaced Tim Carrigan as editor of the Sydney Star Observer.

1991 - Manning Clarke became part of his beloved history when he popped his clogs.

1993 - A special HIV/AIDS edition of DEAFWIZE, the world’s first comic for deaf people was launched by Sophie Lee at ACON.

1996 - The annual Candlelight AIDS Memorial rally started in Green Park and ended in the Domain and was addressed by Justice Michael Kirby.

2002 – 19th Prime Minister of Australia, John Gorton, died aged 90 .

2008 - The Tasmania state government said the Tasmanian devil will be listed as an endangered species this week as a result of a deadly and disfiguring cancer outbreak.
Animal rights activists said Australian authorities have started the controversial killing of about 400 kangaroos on the outskirts of Australia's capital of Canberra.


  1. I would rather support fur babies than rather a lot of people I can think of.
    Hooray for Faith Bandler. We need more like her - and more politicians who will LISTEN.

  2. I remember the Man with the Donkey - great deed he did along with many others..

    1. Yes, he, and others, certainly were memorable.