Saturday, January 26, 2019

January 26 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1824 - Maria Lock  daughter of Yarramundi, 'Chief of the Richmond Tribes' married Robert Lock, an illiterate convict carpenter who had been assigned to work on the construction of the new Native Institution buildings at Black Town (Blacktown) in 1823. The marriage was the first officially sanctioned union between a convict and an Aboriginal woman, and Robert was assigned to her.

1838 - Waterloo Creek Massacre took place 50kms south-west of Moree.
Five white men were killed while between 120-300 Aboriginal People of the Kamilaroi Nation were murdered by police commandant Major James Nunn.

1927 - Perth magistrate, G.T Wood was appointed as Royal Commissioner to investigate the charred remains found on Forrest River by Aboriginal deacon and tracker, Rev James Nobel.

1938 - The first Day of Mourning was held when defiant Aboriginal protesters gathered in the Australian Hall in Sydney calling for citizens rights.

1958 - Thousands of frustrated Greek chappies vented their frustrations when they rioted in Melbourne after the bridal ship Castel Felice was 9 hours late.

1968 - Lionel Rose was the first Indigenous person to be named Australian of The Year.

1972 - The Aboriginal Tent Embassy was set up in the wee hours on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra.

1972 - Liberal Prime Minister (Sir) William McMahon’s announced that the Commonwealth would lease Aboriginal people their own land following a decade’s long campaign by the Yolngu people in Arnhem Land and others for land rights.

1972 - In Brisbane homeless Aboriginal people drew attention to their plight with a planned tent city in Central Brisvegas.

1978 - Land rights in the Northern Territory
The proclamation of the Northern Territory Land Rights Act in 1976 enabled traditional owners to claim unalienated land. The Act provided for a Commission to hear claims and with power to grant a limited title. This was the first Australian law enabling claims to traditional ownership to be judged.

1988 - More than 40,000 people, including Aborigines from across the country and non-Indigenous supporters, staged what was the largest march in Sydney since the Vietnam moratorium. There were a dozen buses of Victorian Aborigines among those congregated. The protesters marched through Sydney chanting for land rights. The march ended at Hyde Park where several prominent Aboriginal leaders and activists spoke.

1988 - Standing below the cliffs of Dover, Aboriginal Burnum Burnum (Henry James Penrith) claimed Britain on behalf of the Aboriginal people as a gesture to highlight the plight of contemporary Aborigines in Australia.

1993 - 37-year old Aboriginal rock singer Mandawuy Yunupingu was declared Australian of the Year.

1998 - Cathy Freeman was named Australian of The Year.

2000 - Sir Gustaf Nossol, 68-year old scientist and deputy chairman of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, was named Australian of the Year.


  1. Some pluses in there, but also confirmation of the reason that so many of our first people refuse to celebrate 'invasion day'.