Wednesday, June 6, 2018

June 6 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1768 -  Louis de Bougainville approached Australia from the east, encountering Bougainville Reef near Cooktown.
Except it wasn't Cooktown; the  Guugu Yimithirr tribe called it Gan.Gaarr (Gan.Gaarr) meaning "place of the rock symbols".

1816 - Macquarie sent two ‘fine boys’, Nalour and Doors, and two girls, Mybah and Betty, described as ‘Black Natives’ captured with the ‘Hostile Native Tribes’, to the Native Institution at Parramatta.
‘I this day appointed Bidgee-Bidgee Black-Native, to be the Chief of the Kissing Point Tribe, and invested formally with a Brass Gorget having his name and Title engraved thereon.’ Bidgee Bidgee brought in Coggie (Cogy) who submitted to Macquarie and promised ‘to be friendly in future to all White People.

1817 - Macquarie crossed his t's and dotted his i's on the contract to slap up a church and tower at Windsor.

1817 - Explorer John Oxley was trotting about the Griffith area when he bemoaned in his diary,
 "We saw no signs of water during our route: the whole country seems burnt up with long continued drought; no traces of natives, or any game seen" .

1825 - Norfolk Island was re-opened as a holiday resort for those extra naughty, incorrigible convicts.
They had a grand time but were rather frustrated in their efforts of sailing to other lands to spread the word of their 'wonderful fun'.

1835 - John Batman made a treaty with the Wurundjeri locals on the banks of the  Merri Creek in Clifton Hill to get his cotton pickin' mitts on 242,800 hectares of dirt near Narrm (Melbourne).

1845 - Georgina King, odd bod anthropologist and geologist, was found in the tulip patch.

1856 - The first responsible self-government of New South Wales was formed with Sir Stuart Alexander Donaldson appointed by Governor Sir William Denison as its first Colonial Secretary which in those days accounted also as the Premier.

1856 - The first person appointed to the rank of Queen's Counsel (QC) was John Hubert Plunkett.

1859 - Queensland was given the joyous news that it was able to close the boarder, start printing it's own currency and deport anybody who didn't salute the Big Pineapple when they were granted separation from NSW.

1871 - Chong Gow was hanged at Deniliquin for the murder of Tommy Ah Gun at Hay.

1875 - James Venture Mulligan discovered tin ore in the Wild River near Herberton.

1881 - Robert Rohan was hanged at Beechworth for the murder of John Shea at Yalca.

1884 - Henry Morgan was hanged at Ararat for the rape and murder of ten-year-old Margaret Nolan at Panmure.

1890 - The North Australian and Times newspapers (Darwin) amalgamated.

1904 - The Boer War Memorial, Adelaide was unveiled by the Governor, Ruthven Le Hunte flanked by detachments of military men who had served in South Africa.

1908 - The Ballina Golf Club was formed.

1912 - The Musical Association” which later became the Musical Teachers Association (MTA) of NSW  was first mooted in a preliminary meeting at the Palings Concert Room, a committee was established to investigate the possibility of ‘forming an association of the musicians of NSW’.

1916 - The Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia was founded on this day.
It became The Returned Sailors', Soldiers' and Airmens Imperial League of Australia in 1940 then in 1965 it was The Returned Services League.

1919 - The Kilmany Park steam tramway, opened in 1913 to assist sugar beet growers transport their produce from the Kilmany Park estate, was closed barely 2 months after the death of Kilmany Park owner, William Pearson.

1922 - The railway line from Glenhuntly to Mordialloc (Vic) was electrified.

1944 - Butter rationing began with adults only allowed half a pound per week...however did they make their bacon butties?!?!

1944 - D-Day, Operation Overlord, the landing at Normandy.

1948 - Victoria's oldest MP, William Edgar for East Yarra, popped his clogs barely 4 months after celebrating his 90th birthday.
These days our pensioners have better things to do with their time than play at schoolboy nonsense in Parliament.

1949 - Petrol rationing was lifted when the High Court declared the regulations invalid.

1961 - Mervyn Fallows was hanged at Fremantle Prison for the rape and murder of 11-year-old Sandra Dorothea Smith at North Beach.

1969 - The Battle of Binh Bah
Two companies from 5 RAR, supported by APC and Tank troops and Australian helicopter gunships, engaged in house-to-house fighting to clear the town of a strong force of NVA regulars. The fighting destroyed much of the town and cost the NVA more than 100 dead for the loss of one Australian.

1980 - Saving the whale
Enactment of a Whale Protection Act, following strong lobbying for the end of whaling in Australian waters.

1983 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Drayton Junction to Mount Arthur Coal Loader.

1984 - The first Australian Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) was held at Sydney University. One workshop was entitled Is Affirmative Action Appropriate for Homosexuals? and it discussed the implications of homosexuals being excluded from Part IXA EEO of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act.

1984  - The legislation decriminalising male homosexual behaviour was proclaimed and commenced on the 8 June 1984.

1991 - ACT-UP demonstrated outside Parliament House against the Federal Health Minister Brian Howe’s failure to increase drug access for HIV-AIDS patients. Protests include at Parliament House Canberra where the House was disrupted during question time, a die-in was held outside Perth’s
health department, the Minster for Health’s office was splattered with red paint and Melbourne’s floral clock was torn up and replanted with crosses.

1991 - Two Australians who worked in the HIV sector, Andrew Carter, the Founding member of the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt Project, and Keith Harbour, a former president of the Victorian AIDS Council, both of whom are outspoken gay men with HIV/AIDS, were made members of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. It was said that both died within 2 months.

1993 - The Wallerawang Colliery Railway Branch Line (NSW) was closed.

1993 - The Rozelle - Darling Harbour Goods Railway  Line (NSW) was closed.

1996  - Rainbow.Net, a national gay, lesbian and queer Internet Service Provider was launched at the Exchange Hotel.

1999 - " One Tony Lockett, there's only one Tony Lockett, there's only one Tony Lockett" became the highest scoring player in Aussie Rules Football.

2005 - It was reported that the rate of rural suicide in Australia is among the highest in the world as farmers battle the stress of years of drought, failed crops, mounting debt and slowly decaying towns.

2010 - Australia’s attorney general said police have been asked to investigate internet giant Google over possible breaches of telecommunications privacy laws. The investigation followed complaints from members of the public about activities of Google employees while taking photographs for Google Maps, the search engine's maps page. Google said it would cooperate with the investigation.

2012 - The Yallourn Power Station was a touch damp when a few drops of water made their way inside the open cut mine.

2013 - The Musée du Quai Branly (MQB) in Paris unveiled the largest Australian Aboriginal public artwork in the world on its roof, a detail of Lena Nyadbi’s painting Dayiwul Lirlmim (Scales of the Barramundi). The permanent artwork can only be seen from atop the Eiffel Tower.

2017 - A 2.2 earthquake was felt today centred at Macclesfield, Vic.

2017 - The Cathy Freeman Foundation celebrated their 10th Anniversary.


  1. Rural suicide numbers are still high. And sadly we lose more of our military to suicide than we do in the theatre of war.

  2. Very interesting to read your posts.
    Having visited many places within Australia it's often lovely to read when certain things happened in that area..