Friday, January 25, 2019

January 25 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1795 - Cameragal (North Shore) elders officiate at the Erah-ba-diang initiation ceremony in Cadigal territory at Woccanmagully (Farm Cove), in which a dozen boys were ‘made men’. According to David Collins, ‘Pemulwuy, a wood native, and many strangers, came in.’ No attempt was made to detain Pemulwuy. Collins thought him 'a most active enemy to the settlers, plundering them of their property, and endangering their personal safety'. Raids were made for food, particularly corn, or as 'payback' for atrocities: Collins suggested that most of the attacks were the result of the settlers' 'own misconduct', including the kidnapping of Aboriginal children.

1795 - Governor John Hunter wrote that Bennelong's health was precarious because of cold, homesickness and disappointment at the long delay which had 'much broken his spirit'.

1863 - James Morrill , a British citizen, ended years of living with Australian Aborigines after a shipwreck in 1846.

1881 - An intercolonial conference imposed unilateral restrictions on the number of Chinese immigrants following ongoing trouble on Australia's goldfields involving Chinese miners.

1924 - A Japanese naval training squadron visited Sydney.
Because, if you'd known your history, you would have known they were our Allies in WW1.

1988 - Manning Clark published an article in Time Australia entitled 'The Beginning of Wisdom'. Clark wrote:
"Now we are beginning to take the blinkers off our eyes. Now we are ready to face the truth about our past, to acknowledge that the coming of the British was the occasion of three great evils: the violence against the original inhabitants of the country, the Aborigines; the violence against the first European Labor force in Australia, the convicts; and the violence done to the land itself. "

1992 - Armajun Aboriginal Health Service Incorporated was registered on this day. The name Armajun means “open minded”.


  1. Manning Clark nailed it. How I wish that some of our politicians took note.

    1. Politicians and ostriches...can't tell 'em apart.

    2. I prefer the ostrich. By a country mile.