Monday, June 18, 2018

June 18 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1808 - Alexander Wilson (alias Charles Boyle) was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of William Moad.

1808 - John MacNeal was hanged at Sydney for burglary and robbery upon his master, having stolen two half casks and two quarter casks of gunpowder from the house of Robert Campbell.

1808 - Mary Grady was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Charles Stuart at Parramatta.

1814 -  In a General Order, Governor Macquarie said he regreted ‘the unhappy Conflicts’ between the ‘natives of the Mountains’ and settlers at Bringelly, Airds and Appin, caused by the Aborigines helping themselves to the maize. He promised to punish anyone involved in hostilities on either side.

1827 – James Stirling established a settlement at Raffles Bay.

1829 – Official proclamation of the Swan River Colony.

1839 - Explorer Edward John Eyre shot through from Adelaide to explore the northern regions of SA.

1868 - An earthquake shook NSW. The quake was centred around the Hunter Valley town of Maitland. Minor damage to buildings only.

1868 - The first rowing race was held between Scotch College (originally known as the Melbourne Academy) and Church of England Grammar School on Yarra River, Melbourne, Vic

1872 - George Robert Nichols (The Parramatta River Murders) was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of William Percy Walker (and John Bridger) in upper Sydney Harbour.

1872 - Alfred Lester (alias Froude)(The Parramatta River Murders) was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of William Percy Walker (and John Bridger) in upper Sydney Harbour.

1883 - Wangabiddi was hanged at Rottnest Island for the murder of Charles Redfern at Minni-Minni on the Gascoyne River.

1883 - Guerilla was hanged at Rottnest Island for the murder of Anthony Cornish at Fitzroy River.

1881 – The Art Gallery of South Australia was opened by Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence.

1901 - Victorian Parliament parked their posteriors for the first time at the Exhibition Buildings following the Commonwealth Parliament’s use of Parliament House, Melbourne. State Parliament remained there until 1927.

1906 - Counting the Commonwealth
GH Knibbs was appointed head of the new Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics. Some 4.5 million people were counted in the first census on 3 April 1911. Indigenous people were first included officially in the federal census in 1971 when the population was 12.8 million.

1915 - The first lock on the Murray River opened...or closed, depending on your view,  at Blanchetown, Vic.

1923 - The Temora - Roto Railway Line (NSW) was flung open from Griffith to Hillston.

1926 - The Tottenham Railway Branch Line (NSW) was closed.

1927 - The South Oz  Governor, Sir Tom Bridges, opened the Angorichina TB Hostel at Angorichina in the Flinders Ranges. Angorichina is derived from the Aboriginal janaritjina meaning 'open place' or 'wide valley'. The land was given to the Tubercular Soldiers' Aid Society by the owner of Angorichina Station. The Society raised money, which was subsidised with a grant from the government, to build the hostel.

1942 - Aboriginal patrols were organised along the northern and western coasts of Australia.

1964 - The Beatles returned to Sydney and performed two shows each day over three days at Sydney Stadium, Rushcutter's Bay. A sound technician hired by Sydney's Daily Telegraph to attend the first concert recorded sound levels as high as 114 decibels from the screaming crowd.

1968 - The Warringah Expressway opened in Sydney.

1970 - Reverend D.A. Trathen was dismissed as headmaster of Sydney's exclusive private school Newington College after he called on Australian youth to resist the National Service Act.
Oh, you rebel, you!

1971 - The first "Green Ban" was imposed by the Builders' Labourers Federation to prevent development at Kelly's Bush,  a track of bush in the Sydney suburb of Hunters Hill.
A number of housewives also joined the Builders Labourers Federation to save Kelly's Bush.

1973 - The special Aunty Jack Rox On aired on ABC-TV; the special included performances by the late great Rory O'Donoghue's group Cool Bananas, which featured the late great Stevie Wright as guest lead vocalist.

1981 - The 4 millionth Holden car rolled off the GMH assembly line.

1992 - Gorgeous person with oodles of soul and talent singer Peter Allen died from complications due to AIDS.

1997 - Former NSW Premier the Hon. Bob Carr, issued a formal apology in response to Bringing them home. Premier Carr moved that NSW ‘apologises unreservedly to the Aboriginal people of Australia
for the systematic separation of generations of Aboriginal children from their parents, families and
communities’ and ‘acknowledges and regrets Parliament’s role in enacting laws and endorsing policies of successive governments whereby profound grief and loss have been inflicted upon Aboriginal Australians’

2005 - The sixth Rainbow Umbrella Walk for gay and lesbian rights met at the Opera House and strolled to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.

2005 - In Australia more than a dozen Chinese nationals detained for immigration violations slashed their wrists and body parts in attempted suicide fearing they will be deported.

2007 - A good Samaritan who tried to rescue a woman being dragged by her hair on a busy Melbourne street was shot dead and two other people were wounded when her attacker opened fire. On June 20 a Hells Angel biker was charged with the murder after surrendering to authorities.

2008 -  A government minister warned a drought crisis needed urgent attention or a crucial river system could suffer permanent ecological damage by October.

2012 - Archaeologist Bryce Barker said he has found the oldest piece of rock art in Australia and one of the oldest in the world: an Aboriginal work created 28,000 years ago in the Northern Territory rock shelter known as Nawarla Gabarnmang.

2015 - TAFE Western Yarradamarra Centre head teacher Connie Ah See officially launched the online Certificate I Aboriginal Languages and Culture course for people to learn in the privacy of their own homes.

2017 - Australian Aboriginal rights activist Rodney Kelly visited the British Museum to demand the return of an artifact with a potent history: the Gweagal shield. The shield belonged to Kelly’s great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather, Cooman, and was seized in 1770 by Captain James Cook during the first encounter between the British and Indigenous Australians. It was later given to the British Museum. The bark shield bears a bullet hole, marking the first shot fired in the long history of violence toward the continent’s Indigenous people.

1 comment:

  1. I remember 2012 regarding that rock...
    All interesting dates with their happenings.