Sunday, May 6, 2018

May 6 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1818 - At a next meeting of the Bible Society on this day, the Benevolent Society of New South Wales was founded as a duty of Christian charity.

1839 -  A mere four years after he'd ambled along the Yarra and thought "Crikey, this would be a great spot for a pub to brew beer,throw a fishing line in or a big blokey shed a village" John Batman popped his clogs from Syphilis.
Ahhh, syphilis...the gift that just keeps on giving while turning your brain into Swiss cheese.

1847 - A large-ish anti-transportation meeting, in Hobart (did they sail the extras in?) petitioned good old Queen Vic to cease and desist sending her convicts over to the sunny shores of Oz...or they threatened to stamp their collective feet and get really, really cross.

1862 - The first recorded brew of Thomas Cooper's now famous Sparkling Ale was made on this day.
Bottoms up !

1864 - The first Rowing Regatta was held on Lake Wendouree, Ballarat.

1868 - Charles Sladen assumed office as Premier of Victoria. A period of instability and tension between the two houses of Parliament resulted in a government being formed from the Upper House. Charles Sladen formed government despite having a minority in the Legislative Assembly. This was the first and only time this situation occurred in the history of Victoria

1872 - Adelaide was awash with champers, streamers and giggles - no, the navy was not in town for the day - the GPO in King William Street was officially opened.

1875 - Ernest Giles buggered off on his final expedition, crossing the western deserts twice.

1886 - The St James to Yarrawonga branch railway line (Vic) greased its rails and started work.

1887 - A meeting at the Melbourne Town Hall launched the Working Men's College in Melbourne, the dream of Francis Ormond to enable working men to receive a good technical education. The 'Argus' noted the large number of working men present encouraged to support the new institution.

1917 – Irish-born Daniel Mannix was all frocked up with somewhere to go when he became the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, succeeding the deceased Thomas Carr.

1925 - The Hopetoun to Patchewollock railway line (VIC) opened.

1935 - King George V and Queen Mary celebrated the 25th anniversary of their reign. Among the guests were Robert and Pattie Menzies, making their first visit to Britain.

1968 - The Portland North to Portland railway line VIC) closed.

1969 - What later became a frequent and notorious address call-out for police the Kurringal flats complex opened in Fannie Bay, Darwin.

1972 - Broadcaster Atholl Fleming died aged 77. Best known as "Mac", Fleming spent most of his working life as the host of ABC Radio's long-running children's show The Argonauts' Club. Fleming's death came just over a month after the program had been cancelled after 31 years on air.

1974 - The pro-gay policy of the Australian Union of Students was ratified by mass meetings at 3 of Sydney’s university campuses.

1982 - The Minister for Defence announced the inclusion of girls in the AIRTC aka Australian Air Force Cadets.

1995 - The Queer Youth Cultural Coalition organised a one day literary workshop for young gays and lesbians interested in writing plays, poetry, songs and short stories.

2000 - The Aurora Foundation, an organisation which aims to raise funds for gay and lesbian community organisations, was launched.

2000 - The Erskineville premises of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was sprayed with anti-gay slogans.

2001 - Celebrations for the centenary of Federation opened in Melbourne with a street procession, 'Our Nation on Parade', down Swanston Street.

2001 - The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) launched its Parenting Consultation Report in conjunction with a Rainbow Babies Picnic.

2001 - : Hawthorn played a home match against Adelaide at York Park, Launceston.

2002 - Paul Capsis and Judi Connelli won major awards at the second Helpmann Awards.

2004 - The Castlemaine Mail celebrated its 150th birthday.

2005 - Arab television station al-Jazeera said militants holding an Australian engineer hostage had issued a 72-hour ultimatum for Australia to start pulling troops out of Iraq.

2005 - The world - or at least Oz - first came to hear of a woman called Vivian Solon who was illegally deported from Oz.
Yes, desperate asylum seekers are forbidden into the country....yet the lawful residents get shipped out, too.....
Hey, Turnbull...? Chuck us a pair of floaties for the trip, mate?

2009 - Ben Southall (34), a bungee jumping, ostrich-riding British charity worker was named the winner of what's been dubbed the "Best Job in the World," a 150,000 Australian dollar ($111,000) contract to serve as the caretaker of Australia’s tropical Hamilton Island. He beat out nearly 35,000 applicants from around the world for assignment to swim, explore and relax in the Great Barrier Reef for six months while writing a blog to promote the area.

2011 - Australia's Defense Ministry announced it will slash 1,000 civilian jobs as part of a belt-tightening exercise to bring the national budget back into surplus.

2016 - A Papua New Guinea court ruled that a pregnant African woman, who says she was raped at an Australia detention center for asylum seekers on the tiny South Pacific island of Nauru, cannot be forced to have an abortion in Papua New Guinea because it is unsafe and illegal.


  1. Sigh on our shameful and by our politicians shameless treatment of asylum seekers.