Tuesday, May 22, 2018

May 22 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1823 - William Poole was hanged at Sydney for returning from Port Macquarie in defiance of his commuted sentence. Originally sentenced to death for leading a party of convicts in escape into the hinterland, in the hope they could walk to Timor.

1824 - At the Newcastle Police Court  - William Moore, overseer of the mines. Charged with stolen property in his possession.
The Chief Constable stated - I received an information on Sunday that some of the property lately stolen from Mr. Henry Dangar was in the possession of Moore. I accordingly searched him and found the pair of worsted stockings now produced. I also searched his house but did not find anything that looked suspicious except a pair of duck trousers made in Kings canvas which I also brought away. Mr. Henry Dangar states.....I was robbed some time since of various articles of wearing apparel amongst which were some stockings. Those produced are of the same pattern with some I have by me. I have not any doubt but that they belong to me....The prisoner in his defence stated....I bought the stockings from James Usher for three shillings. I also got the trousers from John Thomas the sail maker. They are both free men and have lately been sent to Sydney....William Moore sentenced to sleep in barracks till further orders and to have his government man taken from him

1831 - Perhaps in response to earlier grievances, a group of Aborigines mounted an attack on the Johnsons' hut at Dairy Plains near Deloraine on this day while the mother (Aboriginal matriarch Dolly Dalrymple) was alone with her children. Armed with a musket, she held off the attack for six hours until help arrived. As a reward, the government granted her twenty acres (8 ha) of land at nearby Perth, where her husband Thomas Johnson erected a dwelling.

1833 - Midgegooroo was executed at the Perth Gaol by firing squad on a death warrant issued summarily by Lieutenant Governor Frederick Irwin, for the murders of Thomas and John Velvick at Bull's Creek.

1840 - An Order-in-Council was issued, removing New South Wales from the list of places to which convicts could be sent.
In lay persons words transportation of convicts was halted, ceased, desisted.

1851 - Those who would squeeze blood from a stone declared from the rooftops of NSW that any and all gold on both public and private property was ultimately owned by The Crown and should anyone have the urge to dig and delve they would be lightened of 30 shillings each month for the privilege.

1852 - James Barlow was hanged at Melbourne Gaol for murder by stabbing William Jones at a boarding house in Flinders Street, Melbourne.

1855 - Captain Sir Charles Hotham became the first Governor of Victoria under
( ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, oh stop it, my sides are aching) Responsible Government.

1856 – First Parliament of New South Wales was opened by the governor, Sir William Denison.

1860 - The first parliament of Queensland opened.

1866 - First meeting of the Brisbane Football Club.

1870 - Serena Lake, evangelist and suffragist, held the first of her thirteen, crowded, Town Hall Sunday services in Adelaide, over 2000 listened to her sermon 'with breathless attention'; hundreds were turned away.

1876 - John Duffus was hanged at Castlemaine, having been handed in by his wife for the rape of his eleven-year-old daughter Mary Ann near Goornong.

1886 - Sin City aka Sydney probably let loose a tuppenny banger when the first cable tram trundled off from Milsons Point to Ridge Street.

1890 - The Waratah Bowling Club was formed.

1890  - The first form of flight ever in Brisvegas skies was claimed by a scantily dressed Valerie Van Tassel who made her first Brisbane ascent from the Exhibition Ground. Her balloon was some 6.5 metres in diameter and stitched from lengths of calico. She descended using a parachute, five metres across made from 'stout linen', to a spot near the old Brisbane Children's Hospital.

1891 - Royal Melbourne Golf Club was founded for those who like to belt the bejebus out of a small white ball.
Remember - golf spelt backwards is flog.

1901 - The Duke of Cornwall - who got a later gig as King George V - laid the foundation stone of Brisvegas' St John's Cathedral, and celebrated 100 years of construction in 2006.
Yes, tradies are as rare as hen's teeth.

1921 - A monster loyalty demonstration convened by the Mayor at the instigation of the local branch of the Returned Soldiers' Association, was held in the Railway Square at Quirindi.  Residents came
40 and 50 miles to participate. This was in response to disloyal persons who had flown the Red Flag in NSW.

1934 - Two newly installed guns test fired on East Point, Darwin.

1942 - Edward Joseph Leonski , US soldier and murderer aka The Brownout Strangler, was found by police at Camp Pell covered in mud from his third (and final) victim; he was arrested and charged with the three murders.

1950 The Williamstown Racecourse Railway line (Vic) was closed.

1960 - Due to a 9.5 earthquake off the coast of Chile the early effects of a minor tsunami were noted at Newcastle/Hunter River where  the State Dockyard reported a rise of 2ft 6in as the
maximum and the Maritime Services Board reported that the maximum change in tide was from 3ft to

1961 - An earthquake occurred in New South Wales, Australia. Reaching a Richter magnitude of 5.5 and causing significant structural damage in a wide area it was felt from the Snowy Mountains to Newcastle, Dubbo, and Narrandera. An estimated area of 50,000 square miles. In the area of Moss Vale, Robertson, and Bowral, the earthquake caused significant structural damage to buildings. While rockfalls blocked the Macquarie Pass. Sydney suffered minimal damage from the earthquake itself, though the tremors and resulting power failures caused "considerable alarm".

1967 - Robin Elizabeth Dicks, celebrated nurse and aviatrix, began a series of flights which took her to remote areas, many of them occupied by Aboriginal communities. Because the Sabin vaccine was administered on sugar cubes by a woman emerging alone from a small aircraft, Aboriginal children called her 'the tchooger bird lady'. 

1970 -  The ABC Board held a crisis meeting with Postmaster-General Alan Hulme over the controversial ABC budget cuts targetting ABC current affairs.

1979 - Two lesbians were acquitted of offensive behaviour. They were charged after kissing in Hyde Park.

1981 - The Gay Counselling Service began to have a doctor on the premises every Friday.

1984 - Decriminalisation of homosexuality in NSW.

1985 - Queensland Netball Association became incorporated.

1986 - A lesbian and gay caucus was formed in the Administrative and Clerical Officers Association (ACOA) NSW Branch.

1994 - 11,500 attended the annual AIDS Memorial Procession from Taylor Square to the Domain.

2006 - At an address at University College, Dublin Prime Minister Howard described the campaign for gay marriage as “minority fundamentalism” and said it was not discrimination to deny same-sex couples the right to marry to students.

2007 - Launch of Disabled Justice, Banco Court, Brisbane.

2011 - Metricon Stadium was officially opened in QLD.

2016 - The AFL Womens exhibition match between the Melbourne Demons and the Brisbane Lions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was won by the Melbourne Demons by 71 points.
Melbourne Demans - 14.7 (91)
Brisbane Lions -  3.2 (20).


  1. The authorities didn't much about hanging a man for incest...good on his wife.

  2. Hooray for Robin Elizabeth Dicks, 'the tchooger bird lady'.

  3. I wonder why ValerieVan Tassel was described as 'scantily dressed'? She sounds very courageous (or mad)!

    1. She was probably flashing a bit of ankle!