Monday, May 28, 2018

May 28 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1813  - Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth reached Mt York, from where they sighted rich grazing land on the other side of the mountains.

1814  - Governor Macquarie offered a free pardon to absconded Tasmanian convicts, except for murderers.

1851 – The arrival of two convict ships, the Lady Kenneway with 249 male prisoners and Blackfriars with 260 female prisoners, further turned Tasmanian sentiment against transportation.

1856 - A Victorian Royal commission was appointed to examine and report the best means for clearing the Murray River. These days the Govt's solution is to just suck all the water out of it, clearing problem solved!

1866 - A meeting was held at the Black Bull Inn to arrange the formation of a Rifle Company of Volunteers.Thirty-six men attended and as a result a new Scottish Company was formed which was to be attached to the local forces. This was the first Scottish Company to be raised in Australia.

1877 - The railway line from Sale to Morwell (Vic) was opened.

1878 - Ing Chee was hanged at Goulburn Gaol for the murder of Li Dock in Goulburn.

1885 -  Cairns was proclaimed a municipality.

1894 - Hatsuro Abe, A Japanese man hanged at Boggo Road Gaol for the murder of a Japanese widow, Omatzie, on Thursday Island.

1902 - The Boer War came to an end; a conflict that claimed 600 Aussie and 229 Kiwi lives.

1904 - Round 4 of the footy season saw the following results;
Geelong 6.4 (40) South Melbourne  6.16 (52)                       Corio Oval
Fitzroy 4.9 (33) Collingwood   6.6 (42)                        Brunswick Street Oval
St Kilda 4.7 (31) Carlton           6.4 (40)                       Junction Oval
Melbourne 9.17 (71) Essendon           6.3 (39)                        SCG

1909 - The Geelong Racecourse Railway branch line (Vic) was closed.

1912 - Patrick White, Australian writer (The Tree of Man, The Eye of the Storm), was born.

1914 - Ooooooo, imagine what would happen if a whole new rural railway line opened today, just like the Navarre to Ben Nevis line did back on this day?!
No, you're right....only in our dreams....

1919 - Arky-sparky electricty had the trains sprinting from Sandringham to Essendon.
These days they can only manage a slow stroll.

1919 - They were suffering from over-heated brains, surely, when they also opened the Nandaly to Mittyack rail line, too?!
At least that's what we'd tell our Public Transport minister to avoid him having conniptions in the street.

1929 - Likely Herman McBrien was appointed secretary of the Victorian Football League, a position he held until March 1956. He helped to develop the league, chaired its finance committee and arranged the purchase of Harrison House, Spring Street, Melbourne, for the V.F.L.'s headquarters, he promoted an attempted amalgamation of the Victorian Football Association with the V.F.L. and endeavoured to expand the code interstate, while vigorously opposing any threat from Rugby.

1949 - Children’s Library and Crafts Movement (later Creative Leisure Movement) opened the Clovelly Puppet Theatre. Shows featuring glove puppets and marionettes were given by children and adults on Saturday afternoons in the cooler months. The professional puppeteers who gained experience there included Norman Hetherington (‘Mr Squiggle’), John Lewis (Jeral Puppets) and Richard Bradshaw.

1955 - A general election was held in Victoria. The Liberal and Country Party wins power resulting in Henry Bolte becoming Premier (sworn in on 7 June) for what would become a record 17-year term.

1964 - Legislation was enacted authorising Commonwealth aid for science education for both private and public schools. The controversial move revives government assistance to Church schools.

1965 - Kevin Arthur Wheatley, of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam, distinguished himself by risking heavy fire to rescue a 3-year-old girl.

1968 - Sydney underworld figure Joe Borg was done a nasty mischief by a car bomb at Bondi; his will included a $250,000 bequest to the RSPCA which was used to establish a new animal shelter at Yagoona.

1968 - A second attack on Balmoral was crushed by combined infantry, tank, artillery and mortar fire, leaving 47 enemy dead and six prisoners for 1 Australian killed.

1969 - Ned's rellies protested at the casting of Mick Jagger as Ned Kelly in the film about Ned. Everyone else just protested at Mick for being Mick...

1970 - NSW Attorney-General rejected homosexual law reform.

1978 - First Sunday issue of the Canberra Times.

1987 - The Trade Union Training Authority (TUTA) conducted a seminar AIDS: An Industrial Hazard at the Masonic Centre.

1992 - A Victorian Supreme Court jury found a straight man, Robert Marley who killed a gay man, Philip Montague not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter, because Montague provoked Murley who acted in “self-defence”.

1998 - Debate began today in the Senate on the Democrats Sexuality and Transgender Status Discrimination Bill.

2000  - 250,000 people walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the People's Walk for Reconciliation during Corroboree 2000.

2003 - The Queen accepted the resignation of Dr Peter Hollingworth as Governor-General. The Governor of Tasmania, Sir Guy Greene, served as Administrator of the Commonwealth until the appointment of a new Governor-General.

2006 - In East Timor rival gangs torched homes and battled each other with machetes in Dili, scattering and regrouping as Australian troops in armored vehicles rumbled toward the sound of gunfire.

2006 - Sydney Convicts won a landmark victory when they won the Bingham Cup grand final.

2007 - Astronomers on teams from UC Berkeley and Australia reported the discovery of 28 new planets in the Milky Way.

2008 - The UN Committee against Torture released its report on Australia, praising the end of the Pacific Solution but also calling for an end to mandatory detention.

2009 - Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith condemned a wave of attacks on Indian students in Melbourne after the latest assault left a 25-year-old fighting for his life. Indian student Sravan Kumar Theerthala was stabbed with a screwdriver on May 24 when a group of teenagers gatecrashed a party he was attending in the suburbs of Melbourne.

2010 - 'The Australian' became Australia's first newspaper to launch an iPad digital edition.

2010 - Australia said it will challenge Japan's whale hunting in the Antarctic at the International Court of Justice, a major legal escalation in its campaign to ban the practice despite Tokyo's insistence on the right to so-called scientific whaling.

2011 - Thousands of people turned out for Australia's first "SlutWalk," protesting for women to be able to wear whatever they like without fear of being sexually assaulted. SlutWalk began in Canada in April after a Toronto police official said that "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized."

2014 -  The Australian Government cut core funding to the Refugee Council of Australia, the national umbrella body for refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them, despite allocating $140,000 just two weeks before in its Budget.


  1. Today is Reconciliation Day in my city, and the start of Reconciliation Week. And we have a long way to go yet.
    Sigh on the Murray River front. Yet another short-sighted decision.

    1. Still a long way to go, yes, but the fight has come a long way in some aspects.
      Viva Koori Warriors

  2. Such a great difference as in years from Tasmania to Cairns being a Municipality.

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