Thursday, June 14, 2018

June 14 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1789 - Poor old Billy Bligh, and a few of his crew, popped into Timor after a not so pleasurable cruise in their open boat lasting 5,800 kms.

1813 -  Coroner (and artist) John William Lewin presided at an inquest into the death of an Aboriginal girl named Nanny Cabbage, who is found dead at Cockle Bay (Darling Harbour). Evidence was given that Nanny and two friends, Norry and Currumburn, ‘had connections’ with two soldiers from the Barracks and drank their rum. The soldiers, Peter Watson and James Rattray were committed for trial,
but acquitted.

1814 - Aborigines attacked settlers at Bringelly, Airds and Appin to avenge the murder of an Aboriginal woman and two children.

1814 - Revolting convicts - and, ohhhhh, weren't they revolting! - snatched the ship Argo in the Derwent area of Tassie and sailed off into the sunset, never to be seen again.

1825 – Van Diemen's Land was separated administratively from New South Wales, it became fully independent in December.

1832 - John Fitzsimmons was hanged at Sydney for arson. (Fitzsimmons set ablaze a stack of wheat at Penrith).

1837 - HMS Buffalo, after being at anchor in Holdfast Bay, South Oz, for six months serving as a home for Governor Hindmarsh, set sail for Sydney.

1851 – Gold discovered at the Turon River, New South Wales, the diggings became the richest in New South Wales.

1875 - The railway line between Ipswich and Brisbane (QLD) was officially opened. The line was not quite finished; the railway station buildings at Brisbane and several suburban stations were unfinished. The bridge over the Brisbane River at Indooroopilly, which was to supply the missing link, was incomplete, and passengers and goods were conveyed across the river in a punt.

1883 - The bridge over the large puddle of water known as the Murray River was completed at Albury-Wodonga and finally linked the NSW and Vic railways.

1899 - The first official visit of a British Team representing all the four Home Unions, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, now known as the first British Lions to tour Australia and New Zealand.
Todays match results -
British Lions 11 v Central South 3 at Goulburn

1890 - Battery operated trams began puddling about in Bendigo; these didn't have enough oomph for the Bendigo hills so were replaced by steam engines in 1892. But on a downhill run and with a tail wind, they'd still outrace the Metro express from Flinders St - South Yarra.

1893 - Edward Smedley was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of his wife Phoebe at Qurindi. This hanging was mishandled and Smedley suffocated to death on the rope.

1907 - The Ballarat Art School was transferred to the School of Mines Ballarat (SMB).

1917 - Qld's Golden Casket Lottery made it's debut draw; it was created in 1916 to aid war funds.

1936 - The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) officially registered the Western Australian Section.

1940 - The (NSW) Aborigines Welfare Board (AWB) was constituted under the Aborigines Protection (Amendment) Act, which also dissolved the Board for the Protection of Aborigines (BPA).

1943 – Forty American service personnel were killed in Australia's deadliest aviation disaster at Bakers Creek, Queensland.

1962 - Stokes Hill Power Station, Darwin (Stage 1) was opened by the Hon Paul Hasluck MHR. Stage 1 had a capacity of 15 MW or 21.42 MW if you included the diesel station.

1965 - TV variety show In Melbourne Tonight celebrated its 2000th performance. Since its premiere in 1957 the show earned the Nine Network over £4 million in advertising revenue and attracted more viewers per capita than any other television show in the world. Nine was rumoured to be paying host Graham Kennedy more than £20,000 per year.

1968 – Pacifist Simon Townsend (later TV entertainer) was granted exemption from National Service after being detained at Ingleburn Army Camp on bread and water rations.

1971 -  Jack Lang was re-admitted to the ALP dance party. The controversial former NSW Premier had been expelled from the party in 1943.

1974 - Opera diva Joan Sutherland was blinged up when she was made a Dame of the British Empire.

1994 - The Inverell Railway Branch Line (NSW) was closed from Moree to Biniguy.

2007 - In Australia New Zealand PM Helen Clark met briefly with the Dalai Lama as they both toured Australia, where the Tibetan spiritual leader's visit has drawn fire from China.

2012 - Australia announced a 2.3 million-square-km marine preserve expansion creating the world's largest network of marine reserves which will restrict fishing as well as oil and gas exploration in a major step to safeguard the environment and access to food.


  1. How nice that you finished today on a positive note. I needed that.

  2. Quiet day at Hangman's Corner!

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