Saturday, May 26, 2018

May 26 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1770 - Captain Cook, in the Endeavour, sailed along the eastern coast where he anchored in and named Keppel Bay.

1821 - Bundle, now aged about forty and missing one eye, replaced Bungaree in the crew of the survey vessel HMS Bathurst, commanded by Captain Phillip Parker King.

1835 - Henry Barlow – John Carter – John Bryant – William Scannell (alias Daniel Hughes)  were hanged at Sydney for the highway robbery of Captain Clarke and Edye Manning on the Liverpool Road at Punchbowl.

1835 - James Barton was hanged at Sydney for highway robbery on the Liverpool coach at Penrith

1853 - The very last, never to be repeated, closing down sale, convict transport rocked up in Hobart, Tassie.

1855 - Major General Sir Robert Nickle, leader of the troops at the Eureka Stockade rebellion, died at Jolimont, Melbourne.

1860 - The Stock and Share Journal was founded.

1868 - Albert Barnes was hanged at Bathurst Gaol for the murder of James Casey at Hassan's Walls.

1868 - John McEvitt was hanged at Bathurst Gaol for the murder of a boy named Francis Evans at Clark's Creek.

1880 - Albert, an Indigenous stockman, was hanged at Old Dubbo Gaol for the shooting murders of Nugle Jack and Sally at a camp at Baradine.

1883 - The Carr Boyd Range in QLD was named on this day by W. J. O'Donnell after his companion William Henry James Carr-Boyd.

1884 - Alexander Riley, tracker, was born today at Nymagee, New South Wales. He was the first Aborigine to gain the rank of sergeant in the New South Wales Police Force. Highly commended throughout this life for his prowess in tracking escaped prisoners, lost people and murderers (including serial killer Andrew Moss) he lived all his working life at the Talbragar Aboriginal Reserve, by the Macquarie River, near Dubbo.

1893 - The NSW Govt authorised treasury notes to those poor unfortunate people who trusted the dastardly banks only to have their monies locked up in them whilst they were suspended from business.

1895 - Transcribed from The Richmond Guardian fish wrapper -
Excitement gripped Tigerland when the Richmond Town Hall clerk's brother was, after enduring the wilds of Fern Tree Gully station for 5.5 years, transferred as stationmaster to Middle Footscray station.
Woo hoo.

1897 - The Rookwood Cemetery Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1916 - The statue of one of South Australia's foremost politicians, Charles Cameron Kingston, was unveiled in Victoria Square.

1916 - Jack Marsh, Aboriginal cricketer, born at Yulgilbar, in the Clarence River district, New South Wales, one of the Bunjdalung people. He died on this day at Orange, New South Wales, from injuries received when he was attacked outside the billiards saloon of the Royal Hotel. His two assailants were charged with manslaughter but acquitted.

1919 - A report of the Brisbane Lyceum Club and its move to the Metropolitan Building at 385 Adelaide Street was in the Brisbane Courier, in which it also stated that the secretary, Miss Paten, had received membership applications from about 50 women. Miss Martha Burns, the dentist, presided at the first meeting as Miss Ogg was visiting Rockhampton. The annual subscription was set at 10 shillings with an entrance fee of the same amount. The room was available for use by members at any time. They decided to meet on the first Monday of the month which they continue to do.

1924 - Alica Katz waltzed in where angles feared to tread... she was the first chicky-babe to stand for the seat of Barwon in Victoria's Parliament.

1926 - Ellis Charles Wackett became the first person in Australia to make a free-fall jump from a service aircraft.

1936 - Edmund Albert Colson, explorer and bushman, set out from Blood Creek on this day leading a train of five camels eastward along the 26th parallel, clambering over a thousand steep, red sand-ridges, and naming Alice Hills, Glen Joyce and Lake Tamblyn. Navigating by compass, he reached his goal, Poeppel's Corner, the point where the Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australian borders met.

1938 - Alfred Spicer was hanged at Long Bay Gaol for the rape and murder of six-year-old Marcia Hayes at Windsor, NSW.

1942  - First known arrival of United Kingdom manufactured chemical weapons stocks on the ship “Heuraki”.

1944 – The acting prime minister, Frank Forde announced Australia's intention of embarking on an active postwar immigration policy.

1961 - Green Island Jetty was opened as a highlight of the inaugural Cairns Tourist Festival. The event was renamed Fun in the Sun in 1963, and has since evolved to become the annual Cairns Festival.

1967 - A New Zealand rifle company - V Company of the 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Regiment (RNZIR) - arrived at Nui Dat to serve with 2 RAR. The Australian Battalion was re-designated 2RAR/NZ/ANZAC.

1968 - At FSB Balmoral, near Coral, infantry supported by Centurions tanks turned back an assault by two battalions of NVA regulars.

1971 – Qantas was subjected to an extortion hoax.

1974 - Stevie Wright headlined a huge free concert on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, with AC/DC supporting. The concert marked Wright's first live appearance with his former Easybeats bandmates Harry Vanda and George Young since 1969.

1975 - The bushranger drama Cash & Co. premiered on the Seven Network.

1982 - The Royal Bluebell was officially announced as the floral emblem of the Australian Capital Territory.

1984 - The very popular Alexander (Alec) Fong Lim became Lord Mayor of Darwin.

1989 - Isobel Wolmby, Indigenous culture informant, a Wik Aboriginal woman also known as Kornomnayuh Telpo’ana Gothachalkenin, died after a physical confrontation with another woman.

1994 - The Australian Press Council rejected a complaint about an article in the Country Leader on March 14 which compared AIDS to the rabbit virus myxomatosis.

1997 - In parliament the Prime Minister tabled the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s report on the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, Bringing Them Home.

1998 – The first National Sorry Day protest held.

2000 - The High Court refused to grant Guo Ping (Simon) Gui, a gay Chinese man who was afraid of being imprisoned for his homosexuality on his return to China, special leave to appeal against a decision of the Refugee Review Tribunal not to grant him a protection visa.

2005 – National Sorry Day renamed National Day of Healing.

2005 - The Hidden History of Homosexual Australia screened on SBS television.

2016 - The Queensland Government appointed a Reparations Taskforce to make recommendations about distribution of the $21 million Reparations Scheme which acknowledges past injustices towards Indigenous Queenslanders whose wages and savings were controlled under previous governments’ ‘Protection Acts’.. The taskforce's recommendations report was released on this day.


  1. The Royal Hotel in Orange was still rough as guts more than 50 years later.Hopefully the Reparations Taskforce recommendations were listened to, but I have heard less than nothing about it before.

    1. It's amazing how a pub can attract the same type of person over & over through the decades.

  2. "1821 - Bundle, now aged about forty and missing one eye, replaced Bungaree in the crew of the survey vessel HMS Bathurst, commanded by Captain Phillip Parker King."

    I am giggling at the details here. Really? Now that's what everyone remembers. No mention of how he lost it. ;-)

  3. Still trouble today with many of things mentioned...

    1. In history, there's ALWAYS trouble lol !